Topic: assistants

8 Signs You Need An Assistant

8 Signs You Need An Assistant

When you’re just launching a business, no one blinks an eye if you’re balancing your own books, cleaning the office bathrooms or taking packages to the post office yourself. But the day will come when you’re going to need some help. Because no one’s ever been able to squeeze more than 24 hours out of a day, and your hours are literally too valuable to waste on small stuff. More »

Anna Wintour’s Two Top Associates At Vogue Just Made Very Fashionable Exits

Anna Wintourâs Two Top Associates At Vogue Just Made Very Fashionable Exits

What is happening over at Vogue? According to ShowBiz411, Laurie Jones, who actually hired Wintour at New York Magazine, and was then brought to Vogue by Wintour when she became the Editor in Chief, is leaving at the end of this month. She is the Managing Editor at the mag and is considered Anna Wintour’s right hand woman. And then on top of that, Andre Leon Talley, a very famous and well-know fashion editor-writer, is also quitting. He has been with Condé Nast since the early 80s, and with Wintour since her first day at Vogue. Whoa! More »

RIP: The Hardest-Working Woman At Playboy

RIP: The Hardest-Working Woman At Playboy

Women who work for Playboy are not exactly known for their long shelf life: Hotties at 21 are notties by 30 in the men’s magazine’s oh-so-enlightened view. That’s what makes Mary O’Connor‘s career so fascinating. She was the one woman Hugh Hefner kept around for decade after decade, until death. Nope, not his wife. His secretary. More »

Lindsay Lohan Feuds With Her Loyal Assistant, Ending One Of Her Only Professional Relationships

Lindsay Lohan Feuds With Her Loyal Assistant, Ending One Of Her Only Professional Relationships

Lindsay Lohan doesn’t have a lot of solid professional contacts these days. Within the last few months, she pissed off Barbara Walters by backing out of an interview. She got in a huge fight with her “momager” Dina, accusing her of using cocaine. (When she called her dad for help, he ratted her out to TMZ, because he is a good dad.) Her big return to acting in the Lifetime movie Liz and Dick was widely considered hilarious — and it wasn’t a comedy. So you’d think she’s hold close to the few professional connections she has. But in her latest drama, she kicked her assistant Gavin Doyle out of her car after he bailed her out of jail. Now Doyle is getting revenge on Twitter. More »

Interviewing For A Job? The Receptionist Is Spying On You.

Interviewing For A Job? The Receptionist Is Spying On You.

Think your job interview only begins when you shake hands with your interviewer? You might want to put on your game face a little earlier and make sure you’re being nice to the receptionist. Many companies check in with administrative assistants about their impressions of job candidates, the Wall Street Journal reported recently. Lobby-based first impressions become relevant to hiring decisions up to 10% of the time.
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Has Rachel Zoe Been Abused By Another Assistant?

Has Rachel Zoe Been Abused By Another Assistant?

Rachel Zoe’s latest assistant, Jeremiah Brent, is now getting his own show on Bravo. Brent was her assistant and also decorated her office. Zoe’s former assistant Brad Goreski already has a show on Bravo after quitting working for Rachel. He said he just wanted to be at home more but apparently that meant starting his own styling company. Rachel also got taken by her former assistant Taylor Jacobson, who she accused of stealing clothes and clients. When Rachel found out about Brad she said, ““It’s not the first time I’ve been used. I would say it’s going to be the last time, though.” But apparently Rachel may have just let this happen again. More »

Kelly Cutrone’s Assistant Has A Death Wish Apparently

Kelly Cutrone's Assistant Has A Death Wish Apparently

Wow. This guy has some nerve to steal from Kelly Cutrone, one of the toughest women in fashion. Yesterday the People’s Revolution founder tweeted, “One of my old assistants is getting arrested this week for grand larceny – stealing money from People’s – cannot wait – revenge is sweet.” The former assistant’s name is Brunson Stafford and he apparently stole money and samples from People’s Revolution. More »

7 Assistants From The Movies That Are Really In Charge

7 Assistants From The Movies That Are Really In Charge

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! This is actually the 60th anniversary of this important holiday. Today, there are more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles. More than 475,000 administrative professionals are employed in Canada as well. We thought we would highlight these important roles by picking our favorite assistants in films that are actually running the show. Whether their boss is a vapid actress, a billionaire playboy or the scariest magazine editor ever the assistants are there to support them and ultimately save the day. More »

Is It Inevitable For Female Bosses And Their Assistants To Not Get Along?

Is It Inevitable For Female Bosses And Their Assistants To Not Get Along?

But what is so brilliant about that Mike Nichols film is that by using larger than life examples-Katherine is a privileged WASP who has never had to work for anything in her life because it was just given to her (Sigourney Weaver plays it perfectly to a tee) and Tess is a working class girl from Queens who is judged on her looks and accent before anything else-he got to the root of the problem which is that there is tension between women when one is working for the other. Though it is a tired subject it is an ongoing problem and it often seems that it is inevitable that many female assistants and their female bosses do not get along. More »

Lady Gaga Is Being Sued By Her Former Assistant

Lady Gaga Is Being Sued By Her Former Assistant

Lady Gaga is being sued by her former personal assistant  Jennifer O’Neill. She is alleging that she was overworked and underpaid. O’Neill, 41, worked for Lady Gaga for 13 months, accompanying the 25-year-old singer on her 2010 Monster Ball world tour. O’Neill alleges that she put in 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime and is owed more than $380,000, according to the New York Post. She earned $75,000 a year but alleges that she got no breaks for meals or sleep and had to constantly make sure that Gaga had ‘the availability of chosen outfits’. According to The Hollywood Reporter, O’Neill says she catered to the singer’s eccentric whims and demands around the clock. She insists she had to ensure ‘the promptness of a towel following a shower” and acted as a” personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.” A  spokeswoman for Gaga has branded the lawsuit “completely without merit.” More »

Co-Worker Conundrum: What To Do When Your Assistant Isn’t Ready For The Job

Co-Worker Conundrum: What To Do When Your Assistant Isnât Ready For The Job

It’s not easy being an administrative assistant. Your work is often tedious and under-appreciated. But even though being an assistant is often a thankless job, it doesn’t mean that every person in the position is ready to do more. Sometimes, your assistant just isn’t capable of completing the tasks you need of them. If you have complete autonomy to hire and fire your assistant at will, this isn’t a problem. You let the person go and find an employee who better suits your needs. If you share an assistant or have to go through a million HR channels to remove an employee, your options are a little more limited. So here’s some tips on how to survive with a subpar assistant. More »