Why you should use an employment agency to find a personal assistant
The dangers of taking out job ads online
If you need to find and hire a personal assistant, it is advised to use a qualified headhunter to do so. Finding the right assistant can be a daunting task, and the professionals at The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network specialize in finding personal assistants and estate managers for celebrities, executives, and high net worth families in the U.S. and abroad.
If you take an ad out on Craigslist, for example, the cost is very low but you will likely be bombarded with SPAM and have an unstoppable flurry of candidates — most of whom will not be at all qualified for the task. Using the internet for a job search opens families up to all kinds of potential security problems. Since the applicants know the person taking out the ad is obviously wealthy, they can and do sent fake résumés in order to gain access to your home for an interview. Once inside your home, people will “case” your home and could plot a robbery without your even knowing it. Do you want to let just anyone into your life?
Those problems can be further compounded on other sites like Monster and CareerBuilder because in addition to the almost $500 that the ad costs, an employer could receive thousands of résumés. Sifting through the overwhelming cache of candidates is very time consuming and, still, it’s hard to determine which candidates are truly legitimate and which ones are riffraff.
A domestic employment agency can help you find a personal assistant with ease and leave you carefree to focus on the other things in your life. A home staffing agency like The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network takes a great deal of care when screening applicants. Our founder, Brian Daniel, has worked with Hollywood A-list, business moguls, icons of industry, billionaires, and even royalty. So he understands the characteristics that are needed to be successful in the field.
Most employment agencies are just high-volume commission factories that utilize college interns to qualify candidates. The qualification process is usually not very deep and the screeners use cookie-cutter computer programs to aid them in their task of qualifying the personal assistants. When qualifying candidates, Brian Daniel typically will spend 3 to 5 hours in the initial face-to-face interview just to determine if an applicant is up to the task.
When hiring The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network to find you an assistant, we can usually present 5 to 10 qualified candidates that are tried and true in every way possible. In order for the typical high net worth family to find 5 qualified candidates on their own, they could be taking job ads out for months, sifting through thousands of applications, interviewing, verifying employment, doing background checks, etc. An inordinate amount of time needs to be spent to find the right candidate, and by going through a domestic employment agency to fulfill your home staffing needs, you will save tremendous time and heartache.
We will customize the candidates to fit your special needs. Some of the skill-sets include:
And so on… The list is endless. So the idea behind hiring an employment agency to present qualified candidates is all about saving you many months of work and hundreds of hours in research and interviewing. For families who don’t use an agency, it can take 6 months or a year to find the right person, so the investment in an employment agency is well worth it. And, again, by using an agency you are not letting perfect strangers into your home for an interview.
The other challenge of trying to find a personal assistant on your own, not counting all of the aforementioned issues, is that getting the best of the best candidates through an online platform like Craigslist, Monster or CareerBuilder is very difficult at best. The most desired personal assistants don’t like applying online to jobs because of all the pervasive fraud. Most of the personal assistant jobs posted online never list a salary range or the name of the employer. For that reason, the very best personal assistants won’t even bother to apply because they don’t want all of their personal information being put into the hands of people they don’t know. For employers who are trying to find a personal assistant or administrative professional on their own, the process is going to be slow-going and ultimately won’t yield the results they are looking for.
Many employers who elect not to use an employment agency will try to find an assistant on their own for 6 to 12 months. After wasting great time, effort, and money, the employer usually ends up going to an employment agency anyway. So the best thing to do is start off on the right foot and find a good domestic staffing agency that is going to do it right.
The advantage of using The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network to find an assistant or estate manger is that we specialize in the area. Most other employment agencies and domestic staffing firms are going to have a “Jack of all trades” format. They usually have nannies, mannies, maids, security personnel, personal trainers, private chefs and so on. So the agency has many thousands of candidates in a database, and they are usually managed by inexperienced helpers or college interns. It’s not possible to have personal and professional relationships with an agent that has an impossible workload inside of the “Jack of all trades” format.
At The Celebrity Personal Assistant Network, Brian Daniel deals with candidates and clients in a very personal way. In short, we have fast and dedicated service that is founded on loyalty and secrecy. Both our service and screening process are unmatched in the celebrity personal assistant industry at large. For more information about hiring a personal assistant, you can contact us 24/7/365.