social media

Is Social Media Affecting Your Career?

The number of employers using social media to screen candidates has increased by over 500% in the last decade. It’s become common practice to research potential candidates on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and seeing as 69% of employers have rejected candidates based on what they’ve found on these sites it’s worth spending time ensuring your online reputation isn’t affecting your professional life. Continue reading…

Getting the Best from Meetings

Getting the Best from Meetings

What makes a good meeting, apart from fresh croissants, coffee and fruit (breakfast) or platters of sarnies from Pret or M&S (lunch) of course? I only ask because the culture of meetings can vary widely from one company to the next. Some adopt a ‘less is more attitude,’ and hold them sparingly, whereas others view them as the only way to decide anything and will gather people in a boardroom at the drop of a hat. Continue reading…

Diary

Pippa’s Guide to Weekly Reviews and When to Have Them

What’s your favourite day of the week? I’d imagine a large percentage of the British population would cite a Saturday or a Sunday but for me it’s Friday. I genuinely love going into work on a Friday. The week is nearly done, people are usually more relaxed and the promise of the weekend inevitably seems to put most people into a good frame of mind. My boss certainly takes longer lunches on a Friday and, depending on how much wine is drunk, has even been known to let me finish early. Continue reading…

Diary

Pippa’s look back at 2016

Hello one and all – Pippa here.

How are you? How is the ‘build up’ going for you? Are you feeling glittery, warm inside and as though you’re starring in one of those brilliantly cheesy American Christmas movies which Channel 5 seem to love? Or are you strung out, toxic and cynical with a complexion like suet? I’m sort of oscillating between the two. One minute I’m trotting through the streets of London marvelling at how beautiful it is all lit up and twinkly, the next I’m twitching and terrified as yet another commitment my liver can’t cope with looms on the horizon. Continue reading…

managing work place relationships

Pippa’s Guide to Understanding your Boss and Managing Work Place Relationships.

Someone once asked me what being a PA was like. I replied ‘It’s as good or as bad as the boss I’m working for.’ I still stand by this. Being a PA means working really closely with your boss. Ultimately your job is to assist them, so you’re taking orders from them directly and are probably privy to more aspects of their life than anyone else in the company. In turn this means they essentially set the rules of your working life and dictate whether, come Sunday night, returning to work is something you dread, or look forward to.

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