Do you want a super fabulous assistant, a right hand kind-of-a-person that can make your life so much easier and do all the things that you just can’t get done no matter how long the day is? Do you want or need that very badly…I mean, really badly?!
I would guess that most people would say yes but, you know, maybe some people have it all under control and are fine to work independently. I ask this question because over the years I’ve learned something really profound and I can’t wait to share this with you guys.
For those of you that want or need incredibly fabulous assistants, the big secret…the big tell…the big thing that you need to know is that you need to be outstanding to assist. You know what that means, I know what that means, but let’s just go through this simple principle: if you think about it, what you throw out there usually comes back to you and sometimes it does so multiple times over. So if you’re wonderful and fabulous to assist then you’re not going to have to look too hard to find the ultimate right-hand person. You will attract them and they will really want to work with you.
When you are focused and aware of the multitude of various qualities one needs to possess in order to be your perfect match, you will be better able to identify the right person when he or she crosses your path. Here’s a key bit of information that’s also incredibly important during this process: you have got to go with your gut on this one. If your head is telling you one thing about hiring a particular individual and your heart is saying another, then that’s a red flag you need to examine and really go in depth with. If you’re considering just hiring out of convenience because you need someone so badly, then you’re probably not going to find the best person. Investing the time on the front end can save so many headaches later on.
If you have a chance to work with someone beforehand it can be very beneficial. Try various candidates out through a temp agency or through contracted, short-term employment (and if you go this route, be extremely transparent, detailed and clear in the terms of the agreement.) This can save you a ton of money, frustration and time in the long run.
When we place a high value on and respect those that help support us, then a great relationship with that person is bound to flourish!
If you enjoyed this blog post, I invite you to leave a comment in the comments section. I’d also love to hear from any administrative professionals out there and how they feel on this subject. Cheers!