A relatively new agency in the private service industry, The Meyer Suite is highly unique in that it specializes in placing high level Personal Assistants and Executive Personal Assistants. Founded by Elizabeth Meyer, she relies on her 10 years of experience of supporting executives, celebrities, and high-net-worth families as a Personal Assistant, Chief-of-Staff, and Estate Manager to created quality matches between the PA and the Principals.
In today’s Agency Spotlight, Elizabeth gives us more insight into their unique agency model…
1. How long have you been in business?
The Meyer Suite was founded in 2012.
2. What makes your agency unique?
Unique among traditional staffing firms, we are (1) client advocates, empathetic to the particular nature of employing a personal/executive assistant; and (2) client counsel, committed to ensuring positive, professional, long-term assistant/employer relationships. If you’ve seen one of our job descriptions or applied for a position through The Meyer Suite, you may have noticed a difference. If not, keep your eyes peeled for our next posting!
3. What types of positions do you place?
The Meyer Suite places Personal Assistants and Executive assistants, primarily.
4. What is your ideal candidate?
Our ideal candidate is an individual who IS the candidate we profile in one of our open job descriptions. We spend a lot of time with our clients, understanding their needs, who they are, the type of person they see themself working alongside for years to come, and from there put together job descriptions and an ideal candidate profile. We don’t believe that bullet points on a job description plus bullet points on a resume equal a successful outcome. Instead, it starts with understanding clients’ needs, candidates’ career goals, and the professional matchmaking that lies within.
5. Do you place across the country or locally? If so where…
We do have clients across the country, but at this time, our searches are primarily in the Seattle, WA, and New York, NY markets.
6. Do you look for any special training or certifications, such as college degrees, private service schools, etc?
Most of our clients do require their employees to have college degrees, so we do look for that. Beyond that, we certainly appreciate candidates who have sought specialized, formal training and professional development, but it is not necessarily required. Often, experience counts for more than anything.
7. Where do you announce your open jobs?
We currently post our positions through The Meyer Suite’s Facebook page, networking groups on LinkedIn, and often through EstateJobs.com. Occasionally, depending on the position, we will post positions elsewhere. In 2014, we hope to have active searches added to www.themeyersuite.com
8. How should a candidate apply for a job? Do you want an online application, resume or both?
We do not ask applicants to fill out an online application, but we will certainly need to see a resume you are proud of! Our application instructions are always very specific, often requiring specific email subject lines, along with answers to a handful of questions, in lieu of formulaic cover letters. Our clients are very busy, very successful individuals and rely on very thorough assistants who are diligent and pay attention to details. For this reason, we want to make sure you fully digest the job description and candidate profile we present, and then take the time to apply the very specific way we’ve asked you to do so. Paying attention to small details is key not only once you’re in a high-level EA/PA position, but before you even landed the job.
9. Do you belong to any professional associations?
Elizabeth Meyer, Principal at The Meyer Suite, is a member of DEMA, and active member and founder of the DEMA-Seattle chapter.
10. How can people contact you?
All contact info for The Meyer Suite, along with links to our social networking presence can be found on our website: www.themeyersuite.com