Networking for Assistants

Posted On 12 Mar 2024

Networking for Assistants

12 Mar 2024
Welcome to the March edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

The Assistants Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

Welcome to the March edition of The Assistants Newsletter. Our 2024 Masterclass series is well underway and we are looking forward to welcoming Adrian Baillargeon on the 13th March – details below! To note, our Masterclasses are complimentary for everyone! We would love to see you there and please feel free to share the invite around!

Today is International Woman’s Day, this year the theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion’ – when we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. Everyone is able to inspire inclusion in all areas of their lives, today at EST10, we will be focusing on what we can do as individuals and as a business to inspire inclusion more deeply.

This month we are looking at Networking for Assistants. This can be quite daunting for many people, but the good news is, it doesn’t need to be. We hope our top tips below put you at ease and show you how networking can be easily woven into your daily activities.

Much Love

Networking for Assistants
Believe it or not, networking plays an integral part in everyone’s day to day life. Consciously or not, we are making connections, sharing information, and even changing plans or ideas because of it. For some the word Networking conjures up images of forced small talk in large conference rooms, not everyone’s cup of tea! However, with ever advancing technology the world is edging away from the more traditional style of networking and this is true for Assistants too.

What is networking?

Networking is more than exchanging business cards and introductions. It is forming strong connections and meaningful relationships both inside and outside your place of work and as an Assistant the benefits are huge. You gain insights, information, have access to expert knowledge, resources, advice, help, support, assistance and so much more!

The important part of networking is it must be genuine and authentic, you shouldn’t see people just for what they can do for you. Reciprocation is essential for networking. In fact, our recommendation is to be the first to offer advice and help and be generous with it!

How do I network?

Well, there are lots of way! The first and most obvious is with your colleagues. How well do you know them? Take the time to really understand who does what? If you work in a large business, properly introduce yourself to the IT team, facilities, or anyone else you might need in a moment of panic. Think how much easier it will be to make that call be if you can put a face to the name and vice versa.

Staying within your organisation, is there a mentoring program? If so, get yourself signed up! You never know what you may learn, new experiences you may come across or who you may meet through your Mentor or Mentee. Perhaps you too could be a Mentor?

Further afield we can look online, which as you can imagine facilitates as many connection opportunities as you like! Starting with the basics, look at your professional social media accounts like Linkedin. There is the opportunity to connect with peers but also training, webinars, specialist groups, even online conferences. Do your research find the ones that genuinely interest you and will help you professionally develop. Many of these will take place in work hours, don’t let that put you off! Most business really value employee’s looking to expand their networks and skillsets.

Face to face events remain a great way to increase your network. Industry specific conferences, or events specifically dedicated to Assistant development are a great place to start. Also look at Alumni functions from previous employers or educational institutions as these will be a rich source of likeminded individuals to connect with. Perhaps you are member of a Professional Association? If you are, make the most of it! Many offer a plethora of resources both online and in person, take advantage of any that work for you.

Networking is something you can never tick off your to do list, it is ever evolving. Try not to see it as a chore and instead slowly integrate it into your daily activities. Don’t forget networking is a two-way street, you have lots to offer other people as well, so it works both ways.

Good Luck!

Networking for Assistants

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12.30pm, Wednesday 13th March 2024

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About the author
Roxanne Calder
Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director at EST10, Roxanne has an all-encompassing role that includes building and growing the business, as well as actively recruiting and consulting.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree at Monash University, Roxanne began her recruitment career with renowned recruiter Julia Ross. From there, Roxanne worked in HR and recruitment with a number of global players and boutique businesses throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong for over 20 years. She has been responsible for managing large teams and projects, implementing RPO models, managing and assisting businesses to an IPO and assisting companies in setting up their recruitment teams and processes.

Following completion of her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Roxanne launched EST10 in July 2010. In doing so, she hoped to combine the flexibility and high touch service levels of boutique agencies with the structure and strategy afforded to larger firms. Roxanne believes in high-touch, high-care consulting and is always on the lookout for consultants that share this vision of recruitment.