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Personal assistant: not just a job -- a lifestyle!
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Personal assistant: not just a job -- a lifestyle!

What makes a great personal assistant?

"Intelligence and a big worldview," says Leigh. "You have to have traveled. If you come from a small town, you can't understand how big the world of these people is. We may have 10 friends; they may have 10,000."

Leigh says most successful PAs are college-educated, multitasking wizards who can master something called "triage."

"Triage in our business means understanding what is the most important thing to be done at any time during the day," Leigh says. "The end of the day is not the end of the day. Their world continues to move, even when they're sleeping. It is 24/7."

There's also one additional requirement.

"Chemistry is really important," says Berube. "You may not have all of the other things, but if you have the chemistry, you may be perfect for the job."

Salary: Leigh says experienced executive PAs average $150,000 per year up to $250,000 for a few A-list celebrities. Berube puts the range at $80,000 to $120,000, and beginners start at around $75,000. Simply Hired lists the average salary for celebrity PAs at $45,000 and executive PAs at $61,000.


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