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Join Ella at Pulse...

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 12 January 2018 10:44

Pulse is a leading London boutique Recruitment Agency specialising in Media, Fashion and Luxury Goods.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in joining our dynamic team then we would love to hear from you.

I didn’t know what type of career I wanted after graduating from University and signed up with Pulse on a temporary basis – after three weeks of working here I signed a permanent contract due to the great environment Pulse offers. Our office is now expanding and if you would like to hear more about the roles we have on, or know someone else that might, please email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Merry Christmas from all at Pulse! x

Written by Pulse Search Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:26

A Happy Candidate Testimonial

Written by Pulse Search Wednesday, 29 November 2017 15:29

Pulse placed me in my current role as EA to the CCO & CPO at Ogilvy in May 2016, and I have not regretted the decision for a minute since!

Working for one of the best agencies in the world, surrounded by some of the most talented minds in the business, has led me to the final of the PA of the Year Awards 2017!!

This incredible opportunity has been a real learning curve and I know there will be much more for me to gain in this amazing position - and I couldn't have done it without the guidance, diligence and hard work of the team at Pulse.

If anyone is looking for a reliable, trustworthy recruitment agency, who will exceed your expectations in your job search, then I wouldn’t hesitate in pointing you in the direction of the team at Pulse.

Thank you!

Jo Whittington
Ogilvy & Mather
PA Of The Year Finalist 2017

 

Harassment in the Workplace

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 10 November 2017 16:25

Workplace harassment has been so prominent in the news of late that we had to comment.

 

Horrific though it is to hear the stories emerging from the film industry and our own government there is a silver lining. Two silver linings actually.

1. Companies that ignored or protected individuals who behaved in an unacceptable way will no longer be able to do so. They know now they will be exposed and punished.

2. Individuals who were ignored, threatened or gagged after being subjected to unacceptable behaviour from another employee now have a strong and clear voice.

Having a policy on such matters goes a long way towards making an office a safe and productive place to work.  It is something that Pulse will always ask of all of its clients. We have a strong Corporate Social Responsibility policy at Pulse and actively promote it. Making that policy work is the responsibility of every single person who works in that office.

 

While we despise the wrongdoings, we welcome a future that better nurtures a positive and caring culture in the workplace

PA vs. EA - the experts' opinion

Written by Pulse Search Friday, 27 October 2017 14:49

We interview a variety of different candidates here at Pulse on a daily basis however the question we are always asked is “What is the difference between a PA and an EA”.  People will have lots of different answers to this question depending on which business you are working for however, we have summarised what we believe to be the key differences and offer some advice on how to make the step into an EA role.

What is a PA?

A PA is a true organiser; he/she is someone who supports their boss/team and helps to make their working day easier.  A PA will take control of the day to day management of diaries, coordinate meetings and organise any travel and itineraries for the person/people they support as well as dealing with all aspects of admin support.

Your key role as a PA is to ease stress for your boss/team, enabling them to be highly effective in their own role. A PA will generally support a larger number of people than an EA, but this can vary from role to role.

Key skills that successful PAs possess will be geared around their excellent organisational abilities. Being able to juggle multiple tasks and demands as a PA is essential as well as being calm, proactive and flexible. This role can be extremely varied with many different administrative tasks to manage for your boss/team.

What is an EA?

An EA may look at the above and identify with many of these tasks.  However, the main difference is that an EA is more strategic in their thinking and more project focussed than a PA. They act as a business assistant/partner and support at a more senior level, such as CEO, Managing Director or Senior Board Manager, and deal with a higher level of business affairs and project work, whilst also dealing with any personal work.
The majority of EAs work for a smaller number of executives due to the level of support they provide. A successful EA needs to have the ability to keep things running in the absence of the boss and will often act as an ambassador, at times standing in for them in their absence.

If you are a strong problem solver and a results-driven individual, then these skills will stand you in good stead in an EA role. EAs need to be flexible and the ability to be accessible outside of standard office hours tends to be a requirement for many EA roles.

How to make the move into an EA role:

If you’re currently working as a PA and are keen to move into an EA role, the advice I would give would be to look at your current role and evaluate the areas of growth and development. What else can you do for your boss?  How else can you add value?  Speak to your boss and enquire about any extra responsibilities you can take on such as involvement with any ongoing projects.

Elevate yourself within the team and ensure you’re being seen as proactive and forward-thinking and that in the absence of your boss, you are stepping up to be the go-to person.  Showing an interest in the business will show to your boss/team your commitment on a higher level.

Make sure you’re a problem solver and results-driven and that you’re looking at all aspects of your role where you can make an impact. Finally, speak to your boss, show evidence of where you have developed your role, your commitment to them and the business and see if there are any internal promotion opportunities of becoming an EA or your job title changing to reflect your increase in responsibilities.

 

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