As the founder of a Startup, you and your management team are covering all the bases, and are stretched to the limit. When your everyday to-do list is endless and your attention is frequently diverted from key projects and higher-level decisions to tend to administrative tasks, you know it’s time to hire an Executive Assistant.

To support your startup business’s day-to-day operations, you need to find the right Executive Assistant. C-Suite Assistants specializes in executive assistant recruitment. Here’s what to look for when hiring an Executive Assistant for Startup companies to assist the CEO and other C-Level executives, such as the CFO, COO, or CMO.

What is the key to Hiring an Effective Startup EA?

A startup business has different and unique administrative needs compared to established companies or Fortune 500 companies. By nature, the environment of a startup is fast-paced and constantly changing, so your executive assistant recruitment strategy is critical to ensure the successful growth of your company. Startup EAs must be able to grow with the organization and “scale up.”  

In addition to traditional forms of administrative support, such as email and calendar management, they require a special combination of skills, qualities, and characteristics that are essential for success in the role. Our experience at C-Suite Assistants in recruiting Executive Assistants for our startup clients has shown us that the ideal candidate possesses the following qualities:

  • High-Level Performer: Perform well under pressure, in a fast-paced environment under tight deadlines often with limited resources. 
  • Creative Problem Solver: Ability to think out of the box, under fire, and identify and implement practical solutions to complex situations.
  • Highly motivated, super organized, and detail-oriented.
  • Thick-skinned and highly resilient.
  • Exceptional Communicator: Has superior written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate on your behalf with investors, board members, and the executive team.
  • Tech Savvy: Comfortable with and enjoys learning new technologies and developing proficiency in new programs used to run the business. 

How to Hire an Executive Assistant for a Startup

The best and most efficient way to hire an EA to support a Startup is to partner with a staffing firm with experience and a proven track record of success in this very special EA role. At C-Suite Assistants, we are experts at evaluating and vetting qualified EAs for our startup clients.  Every startup is unique and as part of our hiring process, we begin by learning about your culture and special requirements to determine exactly what type of candidate will have the most positive impact on your business. 

We draw on a deep talent pool of internal candidates from throughout the country as well as a social media network of over 40,000 followers. We have over 20 years of experience in executive assistant recruitment and placing top administrative talent that supports the C-suite. As a matter of fact, Google ranks our firm among the top results for executive assistant recruitment and executive assistant staffing. We have developed an effective recruitment methodology that combines traditional interviewing techniques, character assessment, and reference process, to match qualified Startup EAs with our clients.

We take the guesswork and stress out of hiring an EA for a startup Get in touch with our executive assistant staffing & recruitment team today.

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