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How Do I Choose the Best Personal Assistant Service?

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  • Written By: Sheri Cyprus
  • Edited By: Heather Bailey
  • Last Modified Date: 13 July 2014
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To choose the best personal assistant service, it's a good idea to take a few minutes to figure out the exact assisting services you need by making a list. Think about which part of your job duties you could delegate to an assistant so you'll have more time to devote to the tasks deemed most important by your boss. The better you assess and plan your work, the more likely you are to select a personal assistant service that meets your needs.

In addition to a list of the job duties you'd like an assistant to be responsible for, also note the skills and qualifications for the position. Many people tend to go overboard on this by listing numerous personality traits and skill sets. Specifying too many qualifications can backfire by taking the focus off of what is really needed to perform the job well. You should be able to quickly analyze the skills needed for each task on your list plus the minimal experience level your personal assistant requires.

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The more experience you want, the higher the salary requirements are likely to be for a personal assistant. By keeping your budget in mind and your expectations focused and reasonable, you should be well prepared for a personal assistant service to find the best worker for you. Look for a company that will allow you to choose from a short list of candidates if you'd rather have the final choice of which person will be your assistant. Being able to interview a short list of candidates in-person is an option offered by some personal assistant services.

If a personal assistant service is run by one person who assists different companies, make sure he or she will be able to devote the time and effort needed for your projects. You'll have to assess whether you need a personal assistant on a full-time or part-time basis. Giving the candidate you're considering choosing a list of the required job duties and other essentials of the position may help you find the best service.

Each candidate's response to your job duties list during the interview can help you gauge their interest and attitude about the position. You can discuss each list item with the candidates briefly to find out how closely they meet your preferred qualifications. After the interviews, you can carefully consider which personal assistant service would be the best choice for you.

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