Meet the VA: Nicola Hall

Here at Get Ahead VA our people are everything. Our ever growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right VA to match our customers’ requirements. 

Here’s 60 seconds with our VA Nicola Hall: 

Name:  Nicola Hall 

Area of expertiseExecutive Assistant & HR Administration    

When & why did you join Get Ahead VA: I joined Get Ahead in January 2021.   
I returned to the UK in 2019 after working in the UAE for 7 years and moved to a very remote area.  I really didn’t want to spend time commuting, especially after having a child, so I decided to utilise 13+ years experience as an EA and become a freelance Virtual Assistant.  Having the flexibility to work from home and be there for my child when needed, is an absolute blessing.   
I found Get Aheads company ethos and positive outlook very inspiring and after meeting Rebecca and hearing about the team and their processes, I wanted to be part of it. 

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA:  I had been working as a freelance Virtual Assistant for over 1 year, supporting CEOs of SMEs & business start-ups with general PA duties, along with helping to grow their teams by providing Human Resources administration and assisting with recruitment. 
Prior to this, I had spent 7 years working in the UAE as an EA.  This is where my real passion for Human Resources began, whilst supporting the Chief Personnel Officer at Atlantis the Palm. 
I also obtained great Events Management experience whilst working in the Pharmaceutical industry, project managing events for up to 500 attendees.  I was fortunate to manage not only the logistics of global attendees, but also the branding, content and team building aspects. 

Career highlight to date:  Working within the Executive Office at the iconic Atlantis the Palm Resort would be one, whilst beating a managers CIPD grade by getting a distinction would be another!  
In terms of achievement highlights, working with an SME company on their recruitment project and helping their team grow from 2  to 10 people within the space of 3 months.  Creating an onboarding pack from scratch, ensuring their employee files were compliant, putting new policies and procedures into place and setting up a HR CRM to support their future needs.  It was hugely satisfying seeing this develop.   

Plans for the future:I can’t see myself ever wanting to return to a typical 9 – 5 job. Being a VA is the way forward for me.  It’s really satisfying working with different clients and having variety in my work.   
I would love the opportunity to develop my Human Resources skills further and undergo a CIPD HR Management Diploma.   

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