Secretaries and personal assistants are what makes business days run smoothly. From taking and making calls to planning travel arrangements, working as a secretary or PA means carrying out important and necessary tasks every day.

Both roles are present in almost any medium or larger business as executives need reliable people to take on some of their organisational responsibilities. What’s great about this is that you have a large variety of companies to choose from when looking for a position in the secretarial and PA sector.

If you’re confident in your ability to communicate effectively, are especially accurate, and are reliable, then a position within the secretarial and PA sector may just be the perfect fit for you.

What’s Expected?

While secretaries and personal assistants certainly have some aspects in common, including certain responsibilities and skills, the two roles differ depending on the employer you are working for.

A secretary is all about organisation, information and communication. In this role, you would be taking incoming calls and dealing with client or business connections. You may have to set up and keep track of appointments and meetings for your colleagues which requires someone who can keep information and tasks orderly and accurate.

Secretaries often have many more responsibilities in addition to their main function, however once again these depend on the employer. A personal assistant, on the other hand, is somewhat less general than most secretaries in that they keep things organised for specific people rather than generally for the company.

In amongst setting up meetings and taking calls for whoever you are assisting, personal assistants may have to arrange travel plans, keep track of expenses, provide administrative support, manage professional relationships and more.

It’s important to note that in both roles, employers tend to require that you are comfortable using computers, particularly programs like Microsoft Office and desktop email clients. Having experience in similar positions in the past also goes a long way when trying to secure a job in the secretarial and PA sector.

How Can We Help?

HR Recruitment recommends hundreds of skilled job-seekers to well-established employers in almost every sector, and now you can join them too. Our matching process matches jobseeker’s skills, qualifications and experience to specific positions within their chosen area of work, we then recommend them to employers based on this tried and tested process.

If you’re looking to enter the secretarial and PA sector, there’s no better way than to seek the assistance of a leading recruitment agency like HR Recruitment. Our industry specialists can offer you invaluable advice when it comes to what employers in this sector are looking for, so you can make the best impression possible with your application.

We recruit and supply for all positions within the secretarial and PA sector including:

  • Public & Private Sector Secretaries
  • Public & Private Sector Personal Assistants
  • Executive Assistants
  • Admin Assistants

This list is not intended to be exhaustive and we recruit and supply for many other positions.