Undelay, undelay, mama, E-A, E-A, uh oh! Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “Executive Assistant” as–okay, actually there is no entry in the dictionary for “Executive Assistant.” There is, however, an open spot for one at this legit-ass media company we work with. We know this isn’t the type of role you’re accustomed to seeing at The Hired Guns, but there’s a special reason we’ve taken it on. After a solid tour of duty doing EA stuff, the lucky recipient of this gig will have a wide open door to the department of their choosing at said legit-ass media company. So while this gig may not be for you, perhaps you know a scrappy young buck, doe or genderqueer antelope with office mojo who’s looking to get their foot in the door. If so, you’d be doing them a huge favor by sending them this gig alert.
Zzzooooom! That’s the sound of a fast-paced media company, whizzing by its competition. Editorial speed demons concept and produce content faster than a ray of light (she’s flying)! People are walking and talking through corridors like they’re in an Aaron Sorkin screenplay! It’s actually kind of crazy, so this Executive Assistant will bring some method to the madness.
No, we’re not talking about psychopharmacology! We’re talking about calendar management, travel coordination and expense accounts. We’re not talking about stuff like dry-cleaning, dog-walking or wakeboard-polishing. We’re talking about feeling the pulse of an organization, making meetings happen, knowing how to solve the problem before the problem arises. We’re not talking about–alright, enough of that trope. You get the point, right?
Hired Gun Profile
There are plenty of depictions of Executive Assistants in film and television. The good news is that this particular role does not require training as an actor. What it does need is a natural project manager who takes pride in making things easier for people. Yes, they should know Google Docs and Outlook and all that jazz, but they should also have a high degree of emotional intelligence and intellectual grit. They need to be strict with the troops and know how to lay down the law when necessary. Whether they’re a seasoned, career EA or an newb office administrator looking to get into media, they need to be calm, cool and collected with a just a hint of bossiness. A gun coming from a big digital media company will have a leg up, especially if it’s a fast-paced one.
This role is great for someone with intuition who can get a feel for a place just by observation. Gets the who’s whos and the what’s whats down and you’re bound to succeed.
If you’re looking to begin a new chapter in digital media, this is a rare opportunity to do so. Make a splash and you’re that much closer to the job of your dreams.