The acronym for a Personal Assistant - PA - has become so well known that many people assume any type of administrative assistant is a PA, but there are differences between a PA and a secretary.
A PA is someone who basically runs your working life for you. CEOs and presidents of companies have PAs, so do some managers and some sole traders because the PA takes all the phone calls that come in and deals with them, sends out emails on behalf of their boss, schedules trips, makes hotel bookings and travel arrangements. A PA is usually – but not always – a regular employee because they have to know their boss very well professionally, understand their business and know their plans. A PA does not have to work literally side by side with the employer if the employer is constantly on the move or works from home. In such cases, the PA is called a VA, a Virtual Assistant.
A Secretary, on the other hand, does not need to be so professionally intimate with their employer. A secretary needs only to be provided with the relevant information to do his or her job, such as being given a spreadsheet that needs formatting and completing, handwritten letters or documents that need to be typed, or interviews that need to be transcribed. He or she can carry on with the job without having to refer to the boss unless there is a query. This makes the Virtual Secretary a perfect choice to take over the tasks that are relatively straightforward, repetitive or time-consuming.
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