The first thing you need to realise about the PA jobs market in London is that it is competitive, fast-paced and whilst there is no shortage of jobs being advertised, this doesn’t make it any easier to secure a really good one.
Employers in London are exacting in their expectations and this leaves little margin for error in the application process.
The first step is to put yourself in the “line of fire” so to speak. You are not going to secure the perfect PA job unless your future employer knows you are looking.
Step 1 – Put together your CV – this should be no more than 2 pages in length and should incorporate a clear personal profile, education and work history with address details at the start and interests at the end. It needs to be clearly set-out with no spelling or grammatical errors (you are applying for a PA job after all). Put it this way, if you are consistent with your bullet points, this will probably be picked up.
Step 2 – Create a LinkedIn profile (if you don’t already have one). Spend the same level of detail on this as you did putting together your CV. Once you have completed this, then search through the contacts of friends and family and “link-in” with those that could help you in your job search.
Step 3 – Send your CV to the secretarial agencies in London. There are many including a lot of bad ones, so make sure you do your research. Speak to your contacts, check out the websites and look at the vacancies they are advertising. If the agency has lots of jobs that you like the sound of, then they should be the first call on your list.
Step 4 – Research the best “job sites” to join. There are many, but only a few very good ones. Agencies and employers will be able to find you on these sites, so spend time writing your profile and be targeted with the jobs that you apply for.
Step 5 – Finally, once you are called in for interview, make sure you do your research on the company. Show that you have a good understanding of the role, maintain good eye contact throughout and ask a couple of questions at the end. Don’t be afraid to tell the interviewer that you are interested in their role. Don’t play “hard to get”. It doesn’t work!