Top skills to look for in a Private PA

The role of a Private PA is of high importance in the dynamic and fast-paced world of Private Households and Family Offices. The responsibilities of a Private PA are often diverse, ranging from managing schedules and organising events, to handling sensitive information.

At Cora, we specialise in providing Private PAs meticulously tailored to the unique needs of our high-profile clients, meeting and exceeding the highest expectations with efficiency, discretion, and professionalism.

These are the key skills we look for in a Private PA:

Exceptional organisation skills

A highly skilled Private PA should have exceptional organisation skills. From managing complex and ever-changing calendars, and scheduling appointments, to coordinating travel arrangements. The ability to keep multiple tasks in order, and manage competing priorities is paramount. This vital skill ensures the Principal’s life runs seamlessly.

Strong communication skills

Effective communication is a vital skill for a Private PA. They must be adept in written communication, acting as a gatekeeper, managing emails and correspondence, handling phone calls and conveying information professionally and accurately.

Discretion and confidentiality

We work with numerous high-profile figures at Cora, so therefore a Private PA must have the highest level of discretion and confidentiality. Trust is the foundation in this relationship, and confidential matters must be handled with the utmost care.

Proactive problem-solving

In the unpredictable landscape of Private Households and Family Offices, the ability to think on one’s feet and solve problems proactively is invaluable. A Private PA should be adept at identifying issues before they arise and ensuring a highly efficient and smooth operation.

Tech savvy

As technology continues to play a significant role in our lives, a Private PA should be proficient in using the very latest software. The ability to adapt to new technologies quickly enhances the efficiency of administrative tasks.

Flexibility and adaptability

Working as a Private PA in a Private Household is a dynamic work environment, requiring flexibility and adaptability. Schedules can change last minute, priorities may shift, and unexpected events may occur. A skilled Private PA remains composed in the face of change and can smoothly transition from one task to another without compromising the quality of work.

Time management and a meticulous attention to detail

Juggling multiple responsibilities requires the ability to prioritise multiple tasks, meet deadlines and ensure the Principal’s time is optimised – so effective time management is key. Additionally, when a Private PA is arranging travel plans or proofreading various documents, an eye for detail is paramount.

At Cora, we seek candidates with the most exceptional skills to ensure they not only meet the high demands required of the Private Household or Family Office, but also contribute to the overall success and lifestyle requirements of the individuals they serve.

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Top skills to look for in a Private PA