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A new survey highlights the strange jobs that office staff had to do

Remove a dead body?! Walk the MD's dog? Write the boss's resignation letter?

A new survey highlights the strange jobs that office staff had to do...

Removing a dead body,
Writing boss's resignation letters,
Walking the manager's dog
Dismissing a colleague
Buying and programming his mobile...

Secretaries today carry out a remarkably wide range of tasks

Removing a dead body, dismissing a colleague, organising for a new passport, selecting mobile phones, even writing a manager's resignation letter can now be among the increasingly wide responsibilities of secretaries and PAs.

A survey of prospective visitors to The Times Crème Executive Secretary and PA Event, asked them about the unusual tasks they have been asked to do. Their answers demonstrated the variety of the role.

The remarkable list of tasks they had done also included:
· Breaking news of a death
· Escorting out dismissed employees and collecting their property
· Buying shirts and sewing on buttons
· Walking the manager's dog
· Cleaning cars even
· Making excuses to wives

As well as installing software, programming phones, training, compiling expense claims and organising recruitment.

Emma Rossiter of The Times Crème Executive Secretary and PA Event commented: "The role of secretaries has changed and expanded enormously from the old image of shorthand, typing and filing. Their responsibilities are now much greater, and that is reflected in many of the unusual and important tasks they are given."


The survey was carried out during April and May 2004 among 1275 office staff planning to visit The Times Crème Executive Secretary and PA Event which took place at Olympia 2, London, 11-13 May 2004.

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Getting Started

Deciding Where To Focus

One of the critical first steps in any job search is deciding where to focus

It is okay if you are not sure what you want to do next – the average person will change jobs 8 times over the course of their career. What is important is to figure out what you like, what you are good at and what you care about and then research what careers are related. Sometimes a job is as good for helping you figure out what you do not want to do as it is for helping you figure out what you do want to do.

Success In Your Job Search And Your Career Starts From Within

Many people associate professional success with an impressive job title, or believe that working for a famous company is intrinsically better than working for company that is not well known. Success comes in many different shapes and sizes however, and overlooking that can lead to finding one’s self in an unsatisfying job or focusing on the wrong things in their job search. Determining what is important to you, and setting and staying focused on long-range goals will lead to a successful job search and more importantly a satisfying career. As you think about what success means to you and tackle job search, here are some important things remember.

Don’t Loose Track Of The Big Picture – What You Do Does Not Define You.

How many times have you asked someone or have you been asked “what is your job?” or “what company do you work for?” This is because it Is common to equate someone’s job with their success, and the more impressive someone’s title, or the more famous the company is that they work for, the more successful we perceive them to be.

When starting a job search it is important to not just think about your next job, but also consider what you want to do and be in the future and where you would like your career to take you. Then consider what the possible paths are that could take you there. You might work as a salesperson in a shop to earn money while studying to learn a new language or get a masters degree. You might work as a restaurant waiter so you can learn the business and someday open your own restaurant.

Your job at any given time is not as important as what you are working towards in your life. And no matter your age, working in a non-prestigious job while developing your skills in other areas is just as respectable as working for a famous multi-national company.

Careers evolve over time and it s important to prioritize your future goals over your current job title. No matter what stage you are in your career, you’ll be happier ten years from now if you are doing or continuing to move toward something you like and that is important to you. You’ll be glad if you can look back and say the yourself “I had to make some sacrifices in the past to get to where I am today, but it was worth it.”

As you advance in your career it may change direction also. Hardly anyone knows exactly what they want to do for the rest of their life when they are young. The principal still applies though that if you focus only on the present and take a job for the pay or the company name, eventually you will become dissatisfied and wish you were working toward something you actually cared about.

To Succeed In Your Job Search And Your Job, Figure Out What Is Important To You And Stay Focused.

When you are looking for a job, nothing is worse than to come across as unfocused. It's okay not to have a definite career direction because it's unrealistic to think you can perfectly plan out a career path from day one. However, you do have to be focused during a job search. You can be absolutely sure that a job you are applying for is right on target, even if you are not absolutely should of your long-range goals.

Whether through letters, phone calls, or interviews, every point of contact with prospective employers must convey that you have a focus and that you arrived at that focus with careful thought and consideration. You must be able to articulate why any given job is right for you and why you should be hired. And this is what you should convey to an employer

By Figuring out what you like, what you are good at and what you care about, you can research and determine what the career is that’s right for you. You need to determine which interests need to be a part of your work life, which skills you have that will be of value to an employer, and what are the things that are most important to you – money, lifestyle, pursing a personal interest, doing something good for the world, etc.

To assist you in answering these questions you should imagine yourself in different jobs and consider what you might like and not like in each scenario. You should research various industries and careers by trying to speak with people in each profession you are considering. The Internet can be a valuable source of information as well. Websites such as and have a lot of information about various industries and careers. Personality tests available on the Internet can be helpful as well. offers basic personality and career tests free of charge.

After you have considered your options and decided on the industries and jobs to focus your search on, you should identify and approach specific companies. You should communicate to them why a job at their company is right for you and what you have to offer.

Know What You Have To Offer.

Ambitious career planning and big dreams are great. And if you work hard and stay focused it is possible to accomplish a tremendous amount. At each stage of your career though, it is important to be realistic as well as ambitious. Remember the job has to be right for you AND you have to be right for the job. You may want to run a company some day, but you’ll need the right experience before being ready for that. You may want to be a Sales Manager some day, but it is important to be a Sales Person first. So aim high, but tale it step-by-step.

If you take a thoughtful, focused and realistic approach to your job search and your career, it is possible to accomplish a great deal. Don’t worry how long it takes or what others think. Keep thinking about your long-range goals and keep working towards them and eventually you will achieve them.


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1. A bad cook blames his tools.

2. A bird in the bag is worth two in the bush.

3. A new broom makes clean.

4. A stitch in time saves mine.

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5. Behind all successful man there stands a woman.

6. Early to bed and early to rise makes a man clever, wealthy and wise.

7. God likes those who help themselves.

8. Honesty is the best police.

9. Jack-of-no-trades, master of none.

10. Money doesn't grow in trees.

11. One man's lost is another man's gain.

12. Rome wasn't built in a week.

13. The customer is always wrong.

14. The early bird catches the fly.

15. There's no such thing as a cheap lunch.

16. Think before you acting.

17. Time is honey.

18. Too eager cooks spoil the broth.

19. While the cat's away, the mice will come out to rob.

20. You can't make an omelette without breaking (a few) legs.