Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I've been reading your blog for a couple of years and I find it to be incredibly entertaining and insightful. I have a quick question that hopefully you can answer quickly, and doesn't need to be on your blog -- unless you feel someone else may benefit .
I have been an Executive Assistant for over 10 years, and am now working for a Vice President in an academic medical center. I've worked for him for 2 years, and recently I learned his boss is being replaced. They are bringing in a top exec from a major Fortune 500. This person is not bringing their assistant, and I've learned they will get the assistant to her predecessor.
This is a bad idea! This assistant has been here for 30+ years she is not knowledgeable in Microsoft Office, not a forward thinker, not anticipatory, efficient, or effective. Her skill set it basically calendar and coffee. Although she is really sweet, I don't believe she will cut it working for a dynamic new leader -- who from what I understand is fast paced, effective, and driven. This person needs someone that can keep up. I also believe this person will be on a fast track to perhaps one day become CEO.
I really would like to align myself with this new senior leader. She is a woman and I really respect her career path and how she has climbed the ladder in a relatively short time. I am excellent at my job and could work for any CEO -- but I am limited by the market I am in. I also am a mom to a 9 year old, and she also has a young child so there are some similarities.
My question is -- she has not yet officially started, but will be coming in to meet with my current boss. I would like to email her after they meet to let her know I am interested in the role. My current boss fully supports this, and I would rather be proactive and tell her about my interest rather than applying after she goes through the messy process of terminating the other assistant.
Do you think this is a good plan? To email her expressing my interest and why I would be great in the role?
Thanks so much! And your blog!”