Eclipse update – October 2017

If you have a PA, EA, or in fact any office support in your office, you must consider the Conferenz Office & PA show next year! We attended as both a sponsor and I presented a session called ‘Recruitment Bootcamp’.

The resounding feedback from the delegates was that it was a fantastic event where they gained both a burst of motivation as well as learnt new skills to take back to the office. With key note speakers that included Libby Moore (former EA and Chief of Staff to Oprah Winfrey), Zelda La Grange (former PA to Nelson Mandela) and Claire Turnbull (Nutritionist) there were so many fantastic presentations. On top of this there were two full days of seminars ranging from time and priority management, managing multiple managers and using assertiveness skills, through to event management, getting the most from suppliers and Outlook tips, plus many more.

It was wonderful to see PAs, EAs and office support staff from a range of organisations – large and small – being treated to a day or two out of the office to upskill and gain new insights. Zelda La Grange spoke about the importance of service, and how as a PA you must enjoy supporting people otherwise you are in the wrong job. So it was great to see that the very people who spend their days supporting others were enjoying an event like this.

In terms of recruitment, the market has been as busy as ever, with the Election seeming to have had little impact on companies moving ahead with their recruitment activity. We are now moving into a busy time of year as people make job changes well before Christmas. If you are thinking about recruiting, now is the time to act as it can take some time from the start of the recruitment process through to the start date, depending on the candidate’s availability.

On a final note, I recently spoke to 30 eager (and some bewildered!) year 13 students at Long Bay College about how to prepare themselves for the job market. From tips on personal presentation and do’s and don’t’s of interviewing, to what types of roles are available for them, it was encouraging to see these students furiously write notes and utilise their lunch time to attend. Getting your first job is never easy, and at Eclipse we get a real buzz out of seeing entry level candidates with the right attitude secure jobs with our clients.

As always, if you need any help with your recruitment plans and activities – temp or perm – please don’t hesitate to give me or our team a call.

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