A Personal Assistant (PA) assists with daily business and personal duties, usually for an employer in a busy executive position.
Daily tasks of a Personal Assistant typically include:
- calendar and diary management
- scheduling of meetings and note taking
- writing and receiving correspondence
- making travel and accommodation arrangements
Senior Personal Assistants are sometimes called Executive Assistants. Executive Assistants may be called upon to represent the executive in meetings or correspondence.
Personal Assistants may also be responsible for briefing office staff, arranging training and dealing with HR issues. It may also be the obligation of the Personal Assistant to undertake more domestic daily tasks such as collecting dry cleaning, shopping and arranging dining and entertainment bookings.
Personal Assistants commonly find that they are in a demanding environment and must be highly organised and resilient under pressure. Other personal traits required of a good Personal Assistant are tact, confidentiality, analysis and problem-solving skills and excellent organisational and prioritising skills, with the ability to anticipate what their employer requires in advance.