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      Many of you are either on holiday or counting down the minutes until you pack your bags and jet off. As we say goodbye to July (already?), let’s find out which of our stories were read the most this week.

      1. Top tips to ace an interview
      You’ve followed all our advice on writing a stellar CV and you’ve landed an interview. Now what? Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, even for the most confident person. Follow these top tips to keep your cool and impress your potential employer.

      2. How to maintain productivity when your schedule is full of meetings
      Research shows that the average UK office worker spends two years of his or her life preparing for and sitting in on meetings. How can anyone get any actual work done? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam recently wrote for Fast Company with top tips to you maintain productivity when you’re stuck in meetings.

      3. Why entrepreneurs need a PA
      Start-ups and entrepreneurial individuals are hot topics in the business world right now. Modern culture leads all of us to believe we can start our own company and become successful, which is fantastic. But a business comes with a plethora of small details, all of which can bog down a young CEO or founder. Which is why all entrepreneurs should strongly consider splashing out on hiring a PA to help them along the way.

      4. App of the week: Guidebook
      Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on helpful apps. We focus on a variety of products that are useful for work, personal use, or both, providing our own thoughts on the apps and what you can do with them. This week’s app:Guidebook.

      5. Win a two-night stay at a Vienna House Hotel at Disneyland Paris
      Vienna House is all about travelling, about making new experiences and about exploring. Vienna House is about rediscovering that there is nothing more refined than the simple things in life. Vienna House represents four hotel lines – each with its own individual character but with shared values and one aim: to inspire guests.

      6. Think before you share snacks at the office
      It’s a common occurrence in most offices – somebody opens a bag of crisps knowing they can’t finish it on their own so they offer the team a handful. According to Metro.co.uk, you should think twice before shoving your hand in that packet or sharing snacks of your own.

      7. Research reveals the truth about office germs
      You and your colleagues probably believe you’re clean and conscious of germs, yet every cough and cold spreads like wildfire. Microsoft Office resource provider Hloom recently conducted research that shows even the tidiest workplace is a veritable smorgasbord of office germs, with some surfaces containing more bacteria than a toilet seat.

      8. Cirencester PA stole £1.3m from employer and gambled it away
      The PA to the head of a Cirencester law firm has admitted stealing nearly £1.3 million from her employer, most of which she lost gambling.

      9. How to break up with your work friend
      Last month we gave you tips for making friends at work. Sometimes circumstances call for that relationship to end, so here are tips from Fast Company for breaking up with your work friend, whether it’s because you’re stepping into a management role or simply because your friend is the problem.

      10. 5 qualities you must show when looking for a job
      It’s pretty much a given these days that the job market is flooded with highly skilled candidates. When you have so many people with the same skills and experience competing for the same job, it’s hard to stand out from the crowd; this is where demonstration of certain qualities is key. Recruitment site Glassdoor has whittled down a list of the five qualities you must show in a job search.

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      Molly Dyson

      Former Editor – PA Life

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