What is your role at Boster Group and how long have you worked there?
I’ve been at Boster Group nearly six years working my way up from Executive Assistant to Managing Director Susan Boster, to my current role as Senior Account Executive responsible for client relationship management.
What does Boster Group do?
What was your background before working as Executive Assistant at Clive Christian?
After graduating with a 2:1 BSc Hons in Exercise, Nutrition and Health from Oxford Brookes University, I temped for a year before working as an Executive Assistant and Events Co-coordinator at Centaur and Buy Time. These roles helped me to develop my organisational skills and become adept at prioritising and handling multiple deadlines.
What attracted you to working as a PA?
The number of secretarial jobs in London has spiked in the last year with an increase of 22% but with top candidates hard to come by, the supply can’t keep pace with the demand. Candidates are able to compare the benefits and disadvantages of multiple job offers, allowing them to choose the option that suits them best.
We spoke to Meredith who, thanks to RMS Recruitment, earned a top PA job with flexible hours. She was initially unsure if there were the kinds of roles available that would best suit her. Through RMS Recruitment she is now working for a famous Italian Fashion Designer!
Recruitment agencies also have online presences which they can use to advertise vacant positions, highlight their services to potential employers and offer advice and support to potential candidates. RMS Recruitment is no different with active Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts that allow us to post the latest PA and secretarial jobs in London as well as promoting our blog. We are excited to be launching an account on the latest social media craze, Snapchat.
Summer is here and that means an increase in the number of temporary PA and secretarial positions available as employees jet off on their holidays. Someone else’s holiday is another’s opportunity.
Even if you’re only drafted in for a few days cover there are many different things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your brief employment.
As the dust settles following the EU referendum, questions are now being asked about the impact the UK’s eventual exit from the European Union will have on the recruitment industry.
Some have predicted a negative effect on recruitment following Britain’s decision to begin the process to leave the EU. There was a period of uncertainty leading up to the 23rd of June within the labour market and that period looks set to continue.
Most of us are lucky enough not to experience this kind of gender disparity in our jobs but remember that this is the reality for many women across the globe. And we are still a long way from gender equality in the UK. While 69% of UK women enrol in tertiary education compared with 51% of men, women only occupy 35% of managerial roles compared with 65% of men and are paid only 68% of men’s salaries.
The answer: the surgeon is the boy’s mother. If you were one of the 40% of people who got this wrong, you can safely assume that the same unconscious bias may be operating at your interview for that PA job. The most common bias which is found in the workplace concerns gender, race and disability. Just ask black MP Dawn Butler how it felt to be told in the Westminster lift reserved for MPs that cleaners should use an alternative lift.