I’ve been in management for over 15 years and I know exactly what it’s like to want a better job.
When I graduated from university, I had no idea about how the world of work worked. But now I’ve managed teams across four continents, and I’ve learned a lot about how to land your dream job as management assistant (MA).
So if you’re looking for some tips on how to land your first MA role or just want some inspiration as an MA going through that journey right now – read on!
Build Your Career Around One Skill
Focus on one skill. The trick to getting a career-defining job is to build your career around one skill. It can be a skill you are good at, or a skill you want to learn, but it needs to be something that drives your passion and pushes you forward.
Use your skill as the foundation for building a business or network. Once you’ve identified what this core element of your professional identity is, use it as the basis for building business opportunities and relationships that will help further your career goals.
Take Advantage Of The Hidden Job Market
There are many ways to find a job, and some are more effective than others. While it’s important to use all the channels available to you, especially if you’re just starting out, it’s also good to know which ones will be most useful in your search.
Job boards: These are great for finding jobs that fit your qualifications. They can be good places to start because they’re easy and accessible.
Networking: This is another great way of getting a foot in the door at companies where you really want to work!
You can meet people from the company through events like conferences or even just going out for coffee with someone who works there (they’ll probably appreciate having someone around who cares about what they do).
It’s also helpful if there is someone who knows someone else at the company it might help get your application noticed!
Referrals: If you have connections within an organization or business network, take advantage of them! Sometimes this means asking friends/family members; other times it may mean reaching out directly via email through LinkedIn or Facebook Messenger..
Find The Niche In A Non-Niche Field
Finding your dream job means looking for jobs that are not advertised. This can mean multiple things and it is up to you to find out what works best for your situation.
If you are currently employed, look for opportunities within your current role and company. If there is nothing available, consider taking on new responsibilities or ask about training programs that could lead to more responsibility in the future.
If you are looking for a change of pace or just want something new, search online for positions in areas where similar skills apply but have different titles (e.g., management assistant vs executive assistant).
Consider applying even if they aren’t hiring at the moment many companies keep these positions open so they can hire quickly when they need someone with those exact skillsets. You might also find them during an interview process as a reference candidate!
Improve Your Communication Skills
- If you don’t understand the difference between being assertive, aggressive and passive-aggressive, this can put you at a major disadvantage in job interviews.
- Assertiveness is the ability to speak up for yourself by expressing your needs and opinions directly without being rude or critical of others.
- Aggression is when you are overly direct with your requests or commands without considering how other people feel about them; this can lead to conflict and hurt feelings.
- Passive-aggression involves withholding anger in an indirect way that can be confusing for others who do not know what is going on inside of your head.
- Or what motivates your behavior it’s also easier for others to dismiss than aggression because it doesn’t seem like an attack on them personally (even though it really is).
Learn To Ask For What You Want
There are two types of people in this world: the ones who ask for what they want and the ones who don’t. If you’re in the latter category, I have one piece of advice for you: start asking for things!
Don’t wait for someone to offer you a raise or a promotion; go ahead and request one yourself.
You may be surprised at how willing people are to meet your needs if you simply speak up and even if they say no, at least they’ll know that they have to give good reasoning.
Because otherwise they risk losing an employee who asks questions instead of waiting patiently (or passively) for whatever is thrown their way.
While it’s tempting sometimes just to hope that everything will work out as planned without any input from us.
We run into problems when those plans fall short because nobody bothered asking what was going on and taking responsibility when mistakes were made (which is pretty much always).
Start With Your Natural Strengths
- Identify your strengths
- Use your strengths to your advantage
- Use your strengths to help you get the job
- Use your strengths to get noticed by others and stand out as an employee (even if you’re not in a position of authority)
- Use your strengths to help you get promoted and stay that way!
Ask Questions And Learn Actively
You’re not just there to learn, though you’re also there to make a good impression. Asking questions is the most powerful way to do that. Not only does it show your interest in the position and company, but it helps you find out if this might be a good fit for you.
You’ll want to ask questions like:
- What’s a typical day like?
- How would you describe the culture?
- How long have you been with the company?
The answers will help paint an accurate picture of what it’s like to work there and give you some insight into whether or not it’s right for you.
Use Social Media When Searching For A Job
Social media has become a huge part of how we search for jobs, and it’s easy to understand why. With over 2 billion users on Facebook alone, it’s very likely that you have some former classmates or old colleagues already on the platform.
While your school friends may not be the best people to ask about what you should wear at an interview (you know who I’m talking about), they are great sources of information in terms of what kind of roles are available out there, who might want your services and how you can get there.
You may even find someone who is willing to mentor you through the job search process because they’ve been there before and want to help their fellow classmate along their journey!
A great way to find such mentors is simply by befriending them on social media if they’re active online then chances are they’ll be more than happy to help guide your search efforts by sharing job opportunities with you as soon as they pop up.
Once again though: don’t limit yourself just because “all my friends” aren’t currently doing this exact same thing yet;
Rather, use those relationships as starting points for expanding outward into other networks where professionals whom may be more relevant in terms of industry knowledge would hang out online too (e., LinkedIn).
LinkedIn: This is the most popular social network for professional networking, and it’s a must for any job-seeker. You can use it to find both colleagues and friends who work at companies where you’d like to work.
Twitter: A great place to find people with the same interests as you, especially if those interests are related to your job search or career goals in general (e.g., if you’re looking for marketing jobs).
Facebook: You probably know this one already but did you know that there’s a whole section on Facebook specifically dedicated to finding new employees?
Just click on “Jobs” at the top of your screen and type in keywords related to what kind of position you’re looking for; that’ll take care of most of your searching needs!
Instagram: Similar concept here just scroll through some profiles until they start talking about work stuff! If someone has written something interesting about themselves or their experience working somewhere specific (like an account I follow called @notexactlytherapy).
Then chances are good that person would be a good source of information about how things work there–and maybe even introduce me personally since we’re both into therapy haha 🙂 -Kathryn Pacheco
Be Prepared To Be Rejected, But Don’t Give Up On Yourself
You may have heard that rejection is a part of the job search process. This is true, but it can be difficult to hear when you’re the one being rejected. Remember that rejection isn’t personal, and it’s not always a reflection of your skills or abilities.
In fact, if you’re doing everything right in your job search your resume is tailored for each position and cover letter well-written; you’ve practiced answering interview questions; etc. you probably won’t get many rejections at all!
It’s important not to take things too personally because there are often other factors involved with hiring decisions (such as budget constraints or specific timing) beyond just how skilled or qualified an applicant may be.
While this might seem unfair at first glance, it’s actually great news: Working hard on every aspect of your application makes it more likely that you’ll find success somewhere down the line!
Rejection doesn’t mean giving up on yourself it means moving forward toward your dream job! Don’t let one setback deter you from continuing on in your career journey; instead use each experience as an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
Get Noticed By Becoming A Teacher Or A Speaker
It is important to become a teacher or speaker because it gives you the chance to build your own platform. You can use your own knowledge and expertise to teach others, which is valuable in and of itself.
When you become a teacher or speaker, you will have to do some research on what types of courses are currently being offered by other companies. This will help ensure that your course offerings meet the needs of the people who want to learn from them.
When coming up with ideas for courses, think about whether they are practical or theoretical in nature, and whether they would benefit employers or employees more so than either one individually (or both).
Also consider whether they could be used as part of an educational paradigm shift within your industry or even across industries!
Develop A Routine For Networking – Every Day
Add this task to your daily routine: Get dressed, grab your bag and go out looking for people who can help you with your job search. You don’t need to be super formal when networking, but putting in some effort will make a huge difference.
The world of work is not always super friendly and it’s important that you feel comfortable asking people for their time and attention – they might even be impressed by how you’ve made an effort!
If you’re having trouble thinking of places where there will be lots of professionals (like lawyers or bankers), search LinkedIn or Google for “networking events near me”.
Or ask your friends/family if they know anyone who works in the industry that interests you most. Don’t forget about Facebook groups – there are plenty of them out there!
Talk About Your Passion
When you’re talking about your skills and accomplishments, it’s important to focus on the things that matter most to your potential employer.
For example, if there’s a particular industry you want to work in, then make sure you include any relevant experience that demonstrates your interest and aptitude for it.
Likewise, if there’s a certain kind of job role you’re aiming for for example as an assistant or PA then make sure you talk about how this position would help take advantage of what makes you unique.
- * “I’m really passionate about helping small businesses grow and thrive.”
- * “I love working with clients directly and am particularly interested in developing relationships with customers who become friends.”
Find Your Tribe
Finding your tribe is about finding people who share your interests and values. At this point in your journey, you may not know what those are just yet. But that’s okay! Here are some ways to narrow down the field.
Conferences and workshops: If you enjoy attending conferences or workshops on topics like social media, marketing or SEO (search engine optimization), then join Facebook groups for those topics and start reading up on them online as well.
You might meet someone there who shares similar interests with you, who can help guide or inspire you along your entrepreneurial path.
Online communities: There are so many different types of forums out there from Reddit to Quora where people from all over the world gather to share their experiences with a certain topic of interest (like “management assistants”).
Try searching for one that seems relevant to what interests you most, then start participating by commenting regularly on posts by other members of the community.
Make sure it’s clear whose content is yours; this will show others that they can trust what comes from inside this community because its members have shared something valuable enough to earn themselves a reputation within it!
Make Yourself Seen At Conferences, By Volunteering
Volunteering is a great way to make yourself visible. If you volunteer at a conference, then you get to meet people who also work in your industry and also want to get noticed by employers.
Volunteering is also a great way to get foot in the door of companies that are hiring for management assistants, as companies often give volunteering opportunities out as an opportunity for people who want their foot in the door.
In the end, there’s no secret to finding a job. You just need to be prepared, work hard and be willing to try new things. We’ve covered a lot of great tips here today that will help you land your dream job as management assistant!