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Working as an executive assistant

An executive assistant (or EA) works in a collaborative capacity for high level professionals within a business.

This position provides exposure to the inner workings of a business and its 'big picture' goals.
"To be a great EA, you need a certain set of traits which can't be found in a book; namely patience, multitasking, attention to detail, a positive outlook and a sense of humour."

What qualifications do I need?

EA roles typically require candidates to show solid PA and/or office management experience. Relationship building is a key skill requirement as the dynamic between the EA and the person they support is crucial to success.

EAs will often have undertaken the following courses:

  • Project management
  • Business management
  • Advanced level training on PowerPoint, excel and accounting systems

EAs can command salaries from $48k – 72k depending on their level of experience and the industry they work in.

Key attributes

A successful EA needs the following key attributes:

  • Organisational skills - EAs often get involved in complex diary travel and event management
  • Professionalism - you will often act on behalf of the person you are supporting
  • Communication skills - EAs deal with key business stakeholders
  • Strong business acumen - you need to be able to learn the workings of the business


EAs can command salaries from $48k – 72k depending on their level of experience and the industry they work in. Find out more with our Robert Walters Salary Survey!

Magic CV words

Organised, attention to detail, meticulous, operational

Career prospects

A successful EA can move between industries to increase their breadth of experience. View the latest Executive Assistant and HR administration opportunities available.

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