the c-level exec's right hand
An Executive Assistant (EA) is the right hand to a successful, busy professional. She’s based at the executive's office and is the gatekeeper who makes the impossible possible. By staying a step ahead and handling the details, she enables her boss to focus on the bigger picture. She’s an extraordinary liaison who is diligent and discreet, always working with a sense of urgency.
THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ROLE
An EA provides high level support to the C-Suite. With exceptional administrative and organizational skills, she is instrumental in helping her boss and the company achieve goals. She thrives behind the scenes in a fast-paced environment and is driven and accommodating. Having a sense of humor and strong emotional intelligence are key. By anticipating needs and never missing a detail, she makes her boss shine and succeed.
The EA handles multiple simultaneous projects with grace and finesse, typically including:
Creating and coordinating detailed travel arrangements and itineraries
Managing complex and ever-changing schedules
Planning meetings including Board meeting and events
Overseeing an administrative team and office
Spearheading special projects as needed
Judicious handling of confidential information
Building relationships with diplomacy and warmth
Executive Assistants earn a salary in the range of $90,000 to $160,000 depending on location, plus benefits and bonuses.
FINDING A GREAT EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
I've found that many stellar Executive Assistants have worked their way up from an Administrative Assistant role or have successfully transferred skills from other roles, gravitating toward a role where they partner closely with an executive.They are very tech savvy and stay abreast of the latest software and effective tools.
Career EAs have 5+ years experience and are often asked to follow their executives to new companies. Many have college degrees.
EAs have a 24/7 mentality and are always available via smartphone for urgent matters.
I CAN HELP
With 18 years of experience, I have placed hundreds of Executive Assistants and other staff with executives at Apple, Facebook, Google, and other prominent entities in the SF Bay Area.