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Hiring A Personal Assistant

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  • seasoned PA will always been one-step ahead of their employer
  • takes care of life's details that busy people do not have time to manage
  • works with members of employers' personal office and domestic staff
  • become treasured assets to an efficiently run team


  • maintains household, business, and social calendar
  • schedules all appointments for employer
  • makes all travel arrangements
  • handles event and social planning
  • oversees home business and personal office
  • conducts media and public relations
  • handles all mail and written correspondence
  • manages bill-paying, bookkeeping, and account maintenance
  • maintains personal and business files
  • maintains private rolodex and contact database
  • coordinates business meetings and business conferences
  • writes personal thank-you notes, invitations and greeting cards
  • computer and office supply maintenance
  • completes all personal errands


  • 2+ years experience as a PA (home, home office, or to an executive)
  • minimum of a B.A. or B.S. degree
  • computer literacy in all basic computer programs
  • including Microsoft Word, Excel, Microsoft Office, ACT!, and QuickBooks
  • strong communication, organization and "people skills"
  • knowledge of business, personal and social etiquette
  • strong moral and professional outlook
  • polished, professional appearance and disposition
  • available for travel


  • salary range will depend on a number of circumstances
  • years of professional experience
  • educational background
  • formal training
  • extent of benefits offered
  • hours
  • duties
  • in general, a PA will be compensated $25.00 - $45.00 per hour, plus benefits


  • employed for individuals who live extremely busy lives
  • have a time-consuming, executive career or own their own business
  • may work in a large home or estate handling day-to-day "office" operations


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