What Is It Really Like to Be A PA?
If you are considering looking for a PA role but want more information on what it is really like to be a personal assistant, read on!
If you are considering looking for a PA role but want more information on what it is really like to be a personal assistant, read on!
In this article, we explore what is temping, how temp agencies work, and what are the benefits of temping both for a candidate and a client.
Here we explore how to use a temporary assistant effectively and the tasks you can delegate. Learn how to use an administrative assistant effectively.
Looking for a virtual assistant to help you stay on top of tasks? Check this list of the top skills to look for when recruiting for a VA.
An admin assistant role is a key part of any business. Read on to discover how to be an administrative assistant with no experience.
Hiring an executive assistant? Here are the top 10 skills to look out for when recruiting for your ideal EA.
Interested in learning how to be a legal secretary? This article covers everything you need to know, from qualifications to qualities you need to possess.
Looking for a place to buy classy Christmas decorations to breathe festive joy into your office this season? Explore our list of favourite retailers here.
If you’re looking for ways to improve your home office set-up, look no further. This article covers the best ways to improve your working from home experience.
Hiring a VA gives you time to focus on your responsibilities so you can work smarter. Learn what a virtual EAs main duties are and how to hire a virtual EA.
There are two ways to hire a candidate on a short-term basis; a temporary or a fixed-term contract. Learn the difference between these two options here.
A receptionist is a key role for any business. Here we delve into the skills and qualities to look for when hiring a receptionist for your business.
Managing an office requires many skills such as flexibility, efficiency and excellent attention to detail. Learn what skills to look for when hiring an office manager.
An office manager is responsible for the smooth running of an office. Here we list out the key office manager duties and responsibilities.
Ever wondered what office manager career track to take? Here we cover all of the career progression opportunities an office manager should explore.
If you’re looking for commercial courier services that are quick and reliable, check out our comprehensive list of UK business couriers and delivery companies.
Get to grips with what tasks are expected of you as an office manager in light of Covid-19 with our handy office manager daily checklist.
Here are the ideal PA interview questions to ask candidates interviewing for a PA role, plus some ideal sample answers to the questions.
If you’re looking to hire an HR assistant for your business, it’s important to know what she or he can bring to your work environment. Here, we reveal the top key skills for HR assistants, as well as summarising the role of an HR assistant.
If you are looking for your first full time or temp to perm receptionist role, then you’re in the right place. This article will cover the key receptionist duties and responsibilities, plus the key skills of a receptionist.
It is important to know what to look for when interviewing prospective candidates. Here, we'll discuss the skills that are needed for an admin assistant.
We explore what the common personal assistant degree requirements are, plus the ideal qualifications required to be a personal assistant. Learn more here.
Candidates temp for a variety of reasons. It helps you gain new skills and develop your career. There are many benefits of temping which we'll discuss here.
Can a contract employee become permanent? Absolutely. So, how do you go from a temp to perm recruit? Here, we share our top 13 ways to go from a temp to a permanent contract.
Moving your office to a new location can be stressful. In this article, we’ve listed some of the best removal companies to reduce your stress.
PA recruitment can be time-consuming and costly, with no guarantee you will find the right person. To help you with your search for the perfect personal assistant, you should work with a specialist. Read why you should hire a specialist.
If you’re considering hiring a PA, you may be wondering about a personal assistant’s hourly rate of pay. Read on to know the hourly rate of a PA in the UK.
Personal assistants are an invaluable part of the team. So, it’s important to know how to manage them most effectively. Read on to know the best strategies.
Perfecting any role takes time and focus, and becoming a great secretary is no different. Read on to know the tips and tricks to become the best secretary.
Motivational podcasts can drive forward your career. We’ve made the perfect list of motivational podcasts. Read for podcasts that give professional advice.
Maintaining your work from home motivation is often a challenge. In this article, we’re sharing top work from home tips to keep productivity levels high.
If you are looking for a temporary role it is important to know whether it is right for you or not. Read our guide on temporary working.
Working from home, you may be wondering how you can undertake remote work effectively. Here, we'll know the best tips for working effectively from home.
This month we talk to Lauren, who is a PA working in the real estate sector. We asked her what she likes about her role and how she got there.
We’ve listed some of the best motivational career blogs around. Read on to learn about blogs that teach you how to boost your confidence and take steps towards achieving your career goals, plus blogs that give you practical CV and interview tips.
Whether you’re looking for a caterer for your business meetings or an impressive array of food and drink for a one-off corporate event, finding a caterer that is reliable and provides a top-notch service is important. To help take the guesswork out of your catering decisions, we have compiled a list of the top catering companies around.
Working as a temp is a brilliant way to explore different industry sectors and positions, and to gain valuable skills and experience. Read on to explore how temping works and what the opportunities are for turning a temp job into a permanent position.
The prospect of a job interview can be nerve-wracking. With the world currently in the midst of a pandemic, having a traditional interview may be out of the question. With more and more employers turning to online technology, it’s highly likely that you may be asked to have an online interview rather than face-to-face.
A perfect corporate venue holds an important part in holding a company's image. Here we’ve compiled a list of the best corporate venues from across the UK.
Often a big part of any personal assistant or executive assistant’s role is to arrange travel for their boss. This can be domestic or international travel and for some, it may mean frequently working across multiple time zones.
Personal assistant diary management is a huge task. Some employers have complex and often overwhelming diaries which can take up huge chunks of your time. In this article, we share our very best diary management tips for PAs.
If your company is looking for a charity to fundraise for this year, then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the most worthwhile causes making a real difference to people’s lives. Supporting one of these charities will help them continue their amazing work for long to come.
Whether you’re looking for gifts for your clients, your partners or your employees, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up some of the best corporate gifting ideas out there to help you give gifts that are appropriate, desirable and won’t break the bank - which we know is not always the easiest task.
This month we talk to Lucy, who is a PA working in the property sector. We asked Lucy some questions to find out what she enjoys the most about her role and how she got to where she is today.
This month we talk to Natalie, who is a Senior PA working in the financial services sector. We asked Natalie some questions to find out what she enjoys the most about her role and how she got to where she is today.
Deciding where to work from is really important, as studies show the average person spends one third of their life at work. Luckily, there are some great workspace providers out there offering flexible, serviced office space, plus all the amenities you might need to make sure you stay on task while at work. Below we’ve compared some of the best office and co-working spaces across the UK.
If you’ve reached the interview stage – congratulations! You’re one step closer to landing the perfect PA job. Getting an interview in a competitive job market like the one we find ourselves in today is no mean feat, so well done for overcoming the first hurdle.
At Oriel Partners, our senior consultants recruit for a whole range of different support roles across a number of high profile organisations. After many years in the recruitment industry, one of the questions that keeps popping up is this: ‘What is the difference between an executive assistant and a personal assistant?’
PA roles are highly sought after in the UK and it’s easy to see why. As well as being varied and rewarding, being a PA can be a lucrative career with many opportunities for progression.
PA tools can save departments a lot of time and money, enabling personal assistants to work in a more streamlined and efficient way. Compare PA tools on our ultimate list of innovative PA tool software companies in order to find the perfect tool for you.
Personal Assistants can help you manage your diary, organize meetings or appointments, book transportation, travel, and accommodation. Whereas Virtual Assistants specialize in offering similar administrative services to their clients, from a completely remote location.
Personal concierge services help individuals to gain back time in their busy lives by taking control of numerous tasks. From recommending and booking tables at exclusive restaurants, organising seamless family holidays, to running daily errands, a personal concierge can be of great use.
This month we talk to Charlotte, who was recently placed by Oriel Partners in a very exciting role, working as a Private PA. We asked Charlotte some questions to find out what she enjoys the most about her role and how she got to where she is today.
Use our ultimate list of PA and VA courses in order to compare and review training courses designed for both junior and established secretaries, PAs and VAs who are looking to develop skills in order to climb the career ladder.
This month we speak with Victoria who is a senior EA at a large energy company. We asked Victoria some questions to find out what she enjoys the most about her role and how she got to where she is today.
HR tools can save departments a lot of time and money, enabling HR teams to work in a more streamlined and efficient way.
A personal assistant (PA) is someone who assists a specific person in an organisation with their daily tasks, acting as their first point of call.
Recruitment software tools can save HR departments a lot of time and money, enabling recruitment teams to work in a more streamlined and efficient way.
Since the Government enforced lockdown across the UK in March, there has been a need for nearly all staff to adapt to remote working where possible.
If you’re one of the growing number of office support professionals looking to forge a career as a virtual assistant, this guide is for you.
This month we speak with Sophia, who is currently temping through Oriel Partners. We asked Sophia some questions to find out what she enjoys the most about her role and how she got to where she is today.
Now more than ever, it is imperative you stand out as a candidate to succeed when trying to secure a new role. Read this article to find out how to stand out.
Whether you’re looking for recruitment in London, Liverpool, Edinburgh, or even in the US, you will come across...
This month we speak with Dominique, who has spent time working in Dubai and Barcelona as well as London.
We’re going to explore how to find the very best PA recruitment agency for your business.
At Oriel Partners, we are dedicated to helping local businesses in London find the perfect candidates.
At Oriel Partners we are based in a co-working space called Central Working, a fabulous, dog friendly space near Victoria station in London.
Getting the right recruitment agency can be challenging, especially when there are multiple agencies that cater to your particular niche.
To celebrate International Women’s day, here at Oriel Partners, we have decided to dedicate a blog to a woman who we personally find hugely inspirational.
Money can be something we feel uncomfortable discussing and therefore it is vital to be prepared when negotiating a pay rise to give you the greatest chance of success.
With over 30 years’ experience in the PA recruitment market, we have worked with companies from nearly every sector and in every borough in London.
Recently we have been featured on the UK’s leading specialist job site for PAs, secretaries and office support professionals. Take a look at the article highlighting our PA podcast.
Oriel Partners was co-founded by Auria Heanley and Olivia Coughtrie in 2018, two woman with different backgrounds and at different stages in their life.
My day generally starts at 7am and the first thing I always do is check my emails for any candidates or clients needing to cancel early morning interviews, as this needs urgent attention...
With so many distractions, whether from social media, mobile phones, or merely everyday goings-on, the modern office is quickly becoming an increasingly harder place to maintain productivity.
The idea of having a personal assistant (PA) is something that appeals to many business professionals and entrepreneurs when they begin their careers.
Back in January 2019 we were featured in The Assistant Room, which is the leading PA & EA network & lifestyle magazine. Take a look at the article regarding crazy interview questions and how to answer them that we were featured in.
Interviewing is a daunting prospect, regardless if you are a seasoned temp PA who does it before every booking, or if you have been in a role and therefore out of the market for a long time.
Oriel Partners is a boutique PA and administrative recruitment agency based in Central London. This allows us to be easily accessible to both our candidate and client-based.
There are many misconceptions about working with a boutique recruitment agency. Oriel Partners aims to address these directly.
Making sure your business is getting the best administration talent can be time consuming, expensive and frustrating.
Recruiting new staff can be a costly and time-consuming process and hiring top talent that is suited to the specific job and culture can be challenging.
The core of any PA role, is to do the administration and organisational tasks of running someone’s life; diary and travel management, scheduling meetings, managing an inbox, expenses etc.