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Pippa’s advice on… Questions to ask a New Boss

Hello my fellow PA’s. I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. I think it’s fair to say we’ve definitely had the last dregs of what has been a fairly prolonged Indian summer. In fact, as the leaves fall from the trees, the temperature drops and we head towards winter, this time of year often feels more like New Year than New Year itself!

Certainly my thoughts have turned to clearing out my cupboards, choosing soup over salad, buying a new winter coat and perhaps acquiring some smart boots or shoes to go with it. Though maybe I’m feeling particularly inspired to get shipshape because I’m about to start a new job (hence justifiable clothes buying….).

Of course, a new job means a new boss and along with a streamlined wardrobe comes a strong sense of determination to do really well in my latest role.

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How to stand out in a crowded job market

Job hunting can sometimes make you feel invisible. Getting yourself noticed is half the battle during the job application process, but the good news is you don’t have to do anything crazy or deceitful to stand out from the crowd. After all, you don’t want to get noticed for the wrong reasons…

The aim, no matter what role you apply for, is to confidently communicate your value to a prospective employer. To do this, you will need to address 5 key areas.


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Pippa’s Advice on Working for a Micro Manager

I’ve been working as a freelance PA for many years now, often on short contracts. With every new contract comes a new boss and over the years I have noticed that most bosses tend to fall into one of four different categories.

There are the ‘power’ bosses. This type of manager or boss is quite common. They’re the sort who quite enjoys throwing their corporate weight around; making sure no one is under any illusion as to who is in charge. It follows that people who have risen to the top are likely to be assertive, go getting and driven and power bosses are certainly all of these things. Power bosses are usually good at their job and can be both manageable, interesting and inspiring, on the proviso that you are doing your job effectively. Power bosses struggle to like anyone whose work ethic and output they don’t respect. So, if you are good at what you do, fairly tough and prepared to pander to their ego occasionally, you’ll be fine working for a power boss. Otherwise you’re stuffed. In short, they’re not for the faint hearted.

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How to give your new starter a great first day!

We all know how nerve-racking it is to start a new job. It can take weeks to learn everyone’s names, get your head around the new computer system and establish which mugs have already been claimed in the kitchen.

It can be nerve-racking for the employer too. An induction can heavily disrupt the working day and take a lot longer than necessary if not properly organised. However, by working to make the new starter’s transition into your company as smooth as possible, not only will they feel more confident in their new role but daily routines will also be quickly re-established.

Whether you’re looking for a new employee at the moment or have someone starting soon, here are 8 tips on how to give a new starter a great first day.

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How to start your career in HR

No matter what your age, previous working experiences or educational background, there are many ways to begin a career in HR. However, the HR department is usually a small team within a company and as a result the job market can be quite competitive.

If you love working with people and are interested in employment law, recruitment and employee development but don’t know where to begin, here are some tips to help further your career.

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How to have a great interview

Congratulations, you’ve got an interview! The company think you’re suitable for the role on paper and now want to get to know you in person. Here are our tips on how to get the best out of the interview and successfully present yourself:

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Pippa’s Guide to Working for an Introvert

Have you ever taken the Myers- Briggs test? It’s very popular in the business sector and is a test designed to indicate what an individual’s psychological preferences are. If you take it, (there are lots of free versions online) depending on what you answer to a string of questions, you will be assigned one of sixteen different personality types. It’s quite interesting to do and far more enlightening, revealing and useful than doing one of those cheesy multiple choice personality tests in a magazine or on Facebook, which I’ll admit to being partial to doing from time to time. As a result I leapt at the chance to give the Myers-Briggs test a go. The description of the personality I was allotted is me in a nutshell and the difference between silly magazine quizzes and this is that the former certainly wouldn’t be taken seriously by an employer whereas this would.

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How to make your temp job permanent

Temping is a great way to earn a wage while gaining some varied experience and giving your CV a boost. It’s an increasingly popular form of employment for companies in these uncertain economic times as workloads can be eased without making a long-term financial commitment. It’s also popular among temp employees who are unable, or unwilling, to commit to a contracted 9 to 5 job.

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A PA’s guide to confidentiality

As a PA or EA, your ability to handle confidential subjects, issues, emails and documents is essential. And increasingly, PAs are asked in job interviews how they approach the issue of confidentiality. This guide offers insider knowledge that will help you to handle all things confidential with confidence. Continue reading…