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  string(3853) "Over the past years of my Recruitment career there have always been highs and lows. As I reflect over the career that has thrown me some many challenges (good and bad) I thought I would share an insider account, as to when I met the most fascinating and professional Executive Assistant.

Business Support recruitment has been always been the sector I have specialised in.  I know like good parents we should never favour one child more than the other.  However when I met this Executive Assistant I knew she was perfect for my EA to a CEO role, and possibly the most outstanding Executive Assistant I have met to date. Let’s call this Executive Assistant “Sally” for the purposes of this blog.

It was a typical week in recruitment for me. Sally called up in regards to an advertisement I had on Seek. Sally was an Australian who had just returned from working in the UK for several years.  Sally advised that she was looking for temporary work until she found her ideal permanent role.

Thursday came around and it was time to register Sally. As I walked into the room, I was greeted with a warm “Hello” and firm handshake (don’t worry, I won’t give you a blow by blow account).

As time went on and we chatted about her experience, I found myself intrigued by Sally. Her professionalism was also second to none. Sally had worked alongside very successful Businesswomen and Men (some famous identities), and she understood what was required to support her Executive.

Whilst specialising in recruiting experienced Executive Assistants, I constantly met all sorts of people with various employment backgrounds. I always ask the question “What sort of EA do you want to be now?”.

Various factors, for example Lifestyle changes can impact on your career. You may not necessarily want to continue to have your Blackberry going off in the middle of the night because your Boss is on “New York time” and needs a flight amended.

Sally explained that she was ideally looking to support one high level Executive, preferably at CEO level.

Sally had integrity, honesty, professionalism, warmth, assertiveness and most importantly she was just being herself. All false pretences were left at the door.I felt a connection with Sally which is very important for me, it gives me a better understanding of what candidates are looking for.

Shortly after, I knew Sally was the right candidate for my role. I would liken the feeling, to discovering my Golden Ticket to Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

After several interviews and psychometric test later, Sally was successfully offered the position.

This was definitely a high note in my career, given this CEO had met up to 15 potential suitors from various agencies and referrals. Sally had found her ideal role, working with a successful and supportive CEO.

Meanwhile I had met a stellar Executive Assistant who raised the bar for me. It was an absolute delight to have dealt with such a professional candidate.

After catching up with Sally over the years, she advised me that when she fell pregnant, the hardest man to tell was her Boss and not her Father, because she knew she was going to miss him terribly.

Thinking back, it’s stories like these that keep you going (and at a risk of sounding dorky, having “punch the air” moments) in the world of Recruitment.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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Over the past years of my Recruitment career there have always been highs and lows. As I reflect over the career that has thrown me some many challenges (good and bad) I thought I would share an insider account, as to when I met the most fascinating and professional Executive Assistant.

Business Support recruitment has been always been the sector I have specialised in.  I know like good parents we should never favour one child more than the other.  However when I met this Executive Assistant I knew she was perfect for my EA to a CEO role, and possibly the most outstanding Executive Assistant I have met to date. Let’s call this Executive Assistant “Sally” for the purposes of this blog.

It was a typical week in recruitment for me. Sally called up in regards to an advertisement I had on Seek. Sally was an Australian who had just returned from working in the UK for several years.  Sally advised that she was looking for temporary work until she found her ideal permanent role.

Thursday came around and it was time to register Sally. As I walked into the room, I was greeted with a warm “Hello” and firm handshake (don’t worry, I won’t give you a blow by blow account).

As time went on and we chatted about her experience, I found myself intrigued by Sally. Her professionalism was also second to none. Sally had worked alongside very successful Businesswomen and Men (some famous identities), and she understood what was required to support her Executive.

Whilst specialising in recruiting experienced Executive Assistants, I constantly met all sorts of people with various employment backgrounds. I always ask the question “What sort of EA do you want to be now?”.

Various factors, for example Lifestyle changes can impact on your career. You may not necessarily want to continue to have your Blackberry going off in the middle of the night because your Boss is on “New York time” and needs a flight amended.

Sally explained that she was ideally looking to support one high level Executive, preferably at CEO level.

Sally had integrity, honesty, professionalism, warmth, assertiveness and most importantly she was just being herself. All false pretences were left at the door.I felt a connection with Sally which is very important for me, it gives me a better understanding of what candidates are looking for.

Shortly after, I knew Sally was the right candidate for my role. I would liken the feeling, to discovering my Golden Ticket to Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

After several interviews and psychometric test later, Sally was successfully offered the position.

This was definitely a high note in my career, given this CEO had met up to 15 potential suitors from various agencies and referrals. Sally had found her ideal role, working with a successful and supportive CEO.

Meanwhile I had met a stellar Executive Assistant who raised the bar for me. It was an absolute delight to have dealt with such a professional candidate.

After catching up with Sally over the years, she advised me that when she fell pregnant, the hardest man to tell was her Boss and not her Father, because she knew she was going to miss him terribly.

Thinking back, it’s stories like these that keep you going (and at a risk of sounding dorky, having “punch the air” moments) in the world of Recruitment.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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