A Personal Assistant will ensure the seamless execution of a principal’s day-to-day routine. To be successful at the position, he or she must possess attention to details and accuracy, computer literacy and Microsoft Office skills, and excellent verbal and written communication skills. Busy executives and professionals do not have the time to train someone and so when applying for a job, these traits should be effectively conveyed in a cover letter. It presents you in a way that a resume never can. Below are some simple guidelines for writing a successful cover letter for a personal assistant position.
An opening sentence thanking the recipient for considering your candidacy. It should also serve as a brief introduction into your skillset and what you could bring to the position.
Transition into the number of years you have working as a Personal Assistant – being sure to mention that you worked for C level executives or high-profile families if applicable. It’s important to stress your flexibility to the needs of your employer, and that you practice discretion at all times.
The most common skills to highlight are – maintenance of calendars and scheduling, contact maintenance, complex travel planning (private jets if applicable), liaison with financial and legal, bill paying and the record keeping (credit card accounts, etc.), staff supervision, hiring and firing of household staff, party planning, personal shopping, research for the family (products and services, family activities on vacations etc.), vendor relations, etc. If there is something unique in your background, you should highlight it as well.
A Brief Mention of Technical Skills:
List the computer programs you are familiar with: Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Many of these programs can be vital assets for your work as a personal assistant.
Identify how your specific previous experience matches with the employer’s needs. We suggest not going into specifics, as that would be presumptuous.
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