What is Secretarial?

This is a very broad range of roles covering everything from secretarial, secretaries, personal assistants (PA), office managers and executive assistants (EA)- but all carry out support tasks for one or more individuals which might include administration, diary management and event planning.

Screen telephone calls and handle enquiries

Organise diaries and make appointments

Arrange meetings

Make travel arrangements

At a senior level, an experienced executive assistant might:

Deputise for their boss

Write unprompted correspondence and reports

Play a key role in coordinating the activities of the CEO’s senior team and communications across the business

These are all just a suggestion as roles vary so much depending on the sector you are in and the role of your boss.

What Secretarial Job Opportunities Are There in Jersey?

There is a wide variety of jobs in Jersey as PAs and EAs will play a vital role in the smooth running of any company.  Being an EA can be a rewarding career in itself, working alongside the business leader and board and at the heart of decision making.

It can be really interesting work giving you a much wider perspective across the business than is the case with many other roles.  This means that it can also be a great entry point for careers in other specialisms – HR, marketing, company secretarial, other financial and operational roles. Similarly, a legal secretary could move into paralegal work or beyond.

What Skills Do You Need?

You will be working with people across all levels of the business and externally, so your soft skills will be important to succeeding. We asked finance firms in Jersey what skills they are most looking for when hiring secretarial professionals and they responded:

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Administration skills
  • To be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • The ability to work well with others
  • The ability to plan your own work, use your initiative and meet deadlines
  • The ability to manage pressure and conflicting demands, and prioritise tasks and workload
  • The ability to understand instructions and to know when to act on one’s own initiative
  • Great oral and written communication skills
  • Discretion and the ability to treat information sensitively

What Should I Do Next?

Finance Jobs in Jersey ›

If you are ready to kick-start your secretarial career take a look at our current vacancies page for the most up to date opportunities: