Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
The executive assistant of today literally organizes the whole life of their manager according to recruitment expert Julie Sattler.

“The role has come a long way from the shorthand coffee making, appointment maker of the 60s and 70s, for the reality is that many bosses would be lost without their executive assistant,” she says.

Sattler says whilst the talented experienced professional is highly sought after it is becoming increasingly common these days for CEOs and Chairmen to hire graduates with a couple of years’ experience.

“They are smart and streetwise, very often, and are up to date with social networking and IT in general,” she says.

Julie Sattler will pass on her extensive knowledge and experience to executive secretaries at the Executive Secretaries’ and Personal Assistants’ Conference in Melbourne on 18 October.

Her view is that the job is as much about having managerial skills – once not considered important – as well as having a much greater involvement in what their boss does.

Her address – Targetting Excellence in your career – your future in your hands - will explore how the role of an executive assistant has evolved since the 1960’s, how to keep up to date and acquiring new skills.

“The role is a balancing act: knowing how and when to deal with issues as well as when to give people access to the boss,” she says.

When looking for a new position Julie Sattler sees the same mistakes made repeatedly, such as poor grooming, a weak resume, lack of research on the organization you are joining, dishonesty, and criticism of their former employer.

Of these mistakes the resume has now become far more important as a selling document with the advent of online applications.

Executive Secretaries’ and Personal Assistants’ Conference is being organised by Performance Improvement Conference & Seminars.

About Julie Sattler
Julie Sattler worked as a secretary in Hobart, Melbourne and London before joining Hoban Recruitment, where she worked for thirty years recruiting senior EA/PA administrative roles. During her time at Hoban Julie was actively involved with the recruitment industry professional association (RCSA) and was on both the state and national Boards, with particular interest in professional development and ethics. In 2005 Julie was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to personal recruitment and consulting sectors. Julie is now consulting privately and conducting training courses.

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