A fast-paced dynamic industry, the technology space offers a diverse array of options for enthusiastic and capable executive assistants. From disruptive startups to growing brands to established household names, the industry offers plenty of scope for growth and contribution.
Technology leaders tend to be unassuming, yet are often brilliant thinkers and innovators — and expect their executive assistants to keep up the pace. The technology industry evolves so quickly that what was current last year is now fast becoming obsolete. While the stereotypical startup with male CEOs in jeans and trainers leading a dynamic team of under 30s exists — the industry is far more diverse. Established players and startups alike recognise the importance of diversity as a competitive advantage.
If you are hiring an executive assistant for a tech company executive, you need someone who can cope with the fast pace. So, it pays to ensure your executive assistant candidates have experience in a dynamic workplace. Personality fit is important, due to the intricate and close relationship between executive and assistant.
Preparing a strong vision of the ideal candidate will help clarify the type of person who’d thrive in the role. It’s also important to decide on the level of tech understanding the executive assistant requires. Some leaders expect a highly technical EA, whereas others are content to focus on the more traditional strengths of an EA such as time management, task management and stakeholder liaison. With many high-performing EAs being capable and competent in both areas — you don’t have to view these skills as mutually exclusive.
If the technology company is a startup, an experienced executive assistant can bring much-needed organisational and strategic approach to the leadership team. Even more so if there's many executives all with their own dedicated EAs.
Given the innovative nature of the industry, the technology leaders are more likely to accept new workplace norms such as remote working, casual dress, as well as tech-based productivity tools. The use of efficiency tools impacts the role of the executive assistant, as traditional support tasks are far less time consuming. This frees up the assistant to act more as a strategic business partner to the executive, with numerous benefits on both sides. The executive has a dedicated partner in their corner, actively focused on supporting their KPIs. And the executive assistant has the opportunity to make a valued contribution as a senior member of the leadership team.