How to write a Personal Assistant job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Personal Assistant job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Personal Assistant job titles

    Personal Assistant
    Personal Executive Assistant
    Personal Assistant (5+ Years’ Experience)
    Personal Assistant (Part-Time)
    Administrative Assistant

Personal Assistant job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Personal Assistant job summary

Our company is searching for a Personal Assistant who can assist the executive administrative staff and help improve productivity. The Personal Assistant will be responsible for running business errands, maintaining ongoing business files, working with the administrative team to set up the company conference room for important meetings and assisting with creating outgoing correspondence. The ideal candidate for this position is a self-starter who can work well in a fast-paced environment.

Personal Assistant responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Personal Assistant responsibilities

    Maintain all hard copy and digital records for ongoing executive projects
    Assist in creating and distributing meeting minutes for the monthly manager’s meetings and other executive meetings
    Deliver and pick up business related correspondence in the immediate geographic area
    Work with executive administrative team to create spreadsheets and presentation information for trade shows and meetings
    Prepare the conference room for sales presentations and staff meetings

Personal Assistant qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Personal Assistant skills

    School leaver’s certificate required (tertiary qualification preferred)
    Current clean driver’s licence
    Strong sense of responsibility and ability to complete tasks with minimal supervision
    Proficient in Microsoft Office
    Impeccable written and oral communication skills

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