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Welcome to the SecsintheCity career advice blog. Here you will find a range of insightful and useful content designed to enhance and complement your job search and working life.

For the members of our audience undergoing the job search and application process we have published a number of interview guides and CV tips articles to help you put your best foot forward. If you have been struggling to pivot to remote working during the pandemic, we have a wealth of resources and advice available to help....
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  • Introducing the Winners of the 2021 PA of the Year Awards

    • 19 Nov 2021
    • Josh Boynton

    Meet the winners from the tenth annual edition of the PA of the Year Awards, sponsored by Tay Associates.

  • Alchemy VA Celebrates Fifth Birthday

    • 14 Oct 2021

    "Many small businesses don’t make it to the five-year mark” Northamptonshire virtual assistant company celebrates fifth birthday

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    ILSPA’s Legal Secretaries Diploma: Live Online Classes

    • 9 Sep 2021
    • Institute of Legal Secretaries & PAs

    The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs are delighted to be offering live online classes, which start on Wednesday 26 January 2022. Find out more and get your early bird discount today.

  • Here's What You Could Win at the 2021 PA of the Year Awards

    • 6 Sep 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    This Friday 10 September we will be closing nominations for the 2021 PA of the Year Awards, and to encourage a final flurry of submissions we wanted to give you a sneak peak at the fabulous prizes up for grabs at this year’s event.

  • Hilarious or Horrifying? 8 Funny Stories from Last Year’s PA of the Year Finalists

    • 2 Sep 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    We asked last year's PA of the Year Awards winners and finalists whether they had any funny stories from their time as an Assistant, and their answers did not disappoint! Whether they're hilarious or horrifying is for you to decide...

  • PA of the Year Awards 2021 | FAQs

    • 26 Aug 2021

    With the deadline for PA of the Year Awards nominations fast approaching, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about the nomination process and the event itself.

  • Why you could be jumping to the wrong conclusions

    • 23 Aug 2021
    • Mo Kanjilal from Watch This Sp_ce

    What assumptions are you making in your professional life? In the latest guest post from Watch This Sp_ce, co-creator Mo Kanjilal explains why you could be jumping to the wrong conclusions.

  • Nominate Yourself for the PA of the Year Awards 2021

    • 12 Aug 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    Over the years, many of our winners and finalists have been those who took the plunge and put themselves forward. Here's why you should nominate yourself for the PA of the Year Awards.

  • What Does it Take to Win a PA of the Year Award?

    • 3 Aug 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    The tenth anniversary of the PA of the Year Awards is fast approaching – here is what it takes to beat the competition and be crowned a winner, according to last year’s champions.

  • Virtual Assistant bucks the trend in first year of trading

    • 2 Aug 2021
    • Alchemy Virtual Assistance

    A Virtual Assistant has bucked the trend in her first year of trading by supporting more than double the number of clients than the industry average – despite starting during Covid.

  • Why inclusion is the key for future-proofing your business

    • 2 Aug 2021
    • Allegra Chapman from Watch This Sp_ce

    Watch This Sp_ce co-creator Allegra Chapman is back with another fantastic guest post for SecsintheCity, this time exploring why inclusion is the key for future-proofing your business.

  • Q&A with Bethany Burns: PA of the Year 2020

    • 29 Jul 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    We caught up with Bethany Burns, PA at BrewDog and last year’s PA of the Year, to find out more about her career to date and her journey to the 2020 PA of the Year Awards.

  • How to create engaging communications that include everyone

    • 22 Jul 2021
    • Allegra Chapman from Watch This Sp_ce

    In the second guest article from Watch This Sp_ce, co-creator Allegra Chapman explains how you can create engaging communications that include everyone.

  • Why We Host the PA of the Year Awards

    • 21 Jul 2021
    • Imogen Hartley

    There are people within your organization without whom the business could not run. We explore the importance of celebrating business support professionals.

  • Q&A with Gemma Hughes: Outstanding Achievement Award Winner 2020

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • Imogen Hartley

    The Outstanding Achievement Award at our 2020 PA of the Year Awards felt more meaningful than ever. We caught up with winner Gemma Hughes to find out more about her journey to the awards.

  • Virtual Assistant franchise shortlisted from thousands in Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2021

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • Alchemy Virtual Assistance

    A Midlands-based virtual assistant franchise business has seen off thousands of applicants to reach the regional finals in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards (GBEA) 2021.

  • SecsintheCity Mentoring Scheme Kicks Off with Zoom Welcome Event

    • 8 Jul 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    On Tuesday evening we welcomed our first batch of mentors for a training session on Zoom with Personal Career Management's Corinne Mills to officially kickstart the SecsintheCity mentoring programme.

  • Starting point: 5 ideas for starting your diversity and inclusion work

    • 5 Jul 2021
    • Mo Kanjilal from Watch This Sp_ce

    In their first guest article for SecsintheCity, specialist consultancy Watch This Sp_ce offers 5 ideas for starting your diversity and inclusion work.

  • PA of the Year Awards Winners: Where Are They Now?

    • 29 Jun 2021
    • Ethan Cumming

    As the 10th anniversary of the PA of the Year Awards draws closer, we catch up with past winners to find out what they are up to these days and how winning has impacted their careers.

  • How to Transition Back to The Office

    • 25 Jun 2021
    • Imogen Hartley

    With more and more businesses re-opening their offices to employees, we explore how to make the transition back to office life.