FAQs - For PAs
What is the PA Register for?
The Active Independence PA Register is a resource to be used by both PAs and employers. Think of it as a searchable database designed to enable both parties to introduce themselves to one another.
It works on two fronts. It allows employers to advertise PA jobs, and it allows PAs in the region to advertise their availability.
How does it work?
The PA Register is a database. It allows PAs to complete a profile, and these profiles can be searched by employers. It also allows employers to advertise specific jobs, which are searchable by PAs.
If a PA thinks they might be suitable for one of these advertised jobs, they are able to apply directly to the employer.
How do I get a job?
- Register as a candidate and fill out your profile. The more information you provide on your experience the more likely employers are to want to contact you. If an employer wishes to get in touch with you, they can contact the Active Independence team Who will contact you to ask your permission to forward the employer your contact details.
- If you wish to apply for any job being advertised, you can do so at the bottom of the advert, using the Apply Now link. This allows you to send a short message emailed to the employer. It also allows you to upload a CV. The employer can now contact you directly.
How do I know when a new job is posted?
Stay up to date with job adverts by subscribing to job alerts using the feature in the menu on the left hand side of the PA Register screens.
Enter your email address into the ‘Subscribe to job alerts’ box in the right hand menu of the web page.
Using "Personal Assistant" in the key word box should work for most types of jobs on the PA Register. You will receive an email letting you know when a new job has been posted.
How do I keep my details up to date?
You can update your profile at any time. In fact, we advise you to update it whenever your situation changes. You will not be prompted.
How will I know if my application has been successful?
If you apply for a job it will be at the discretion of the employer as to how to proceed. Normally, a follow up email or call will take place, and arrangements can then be made for an interview or further meetings.
Is there a charge for using PA Register?
If you are a PA, using this service is free of charge.
How is my privacy protected?
Though your name and profile details will be visible to the public, your contact details are never made publicly available.
You can choose to hide your profile from the PA list, but if you do this please be aware that potential employers will be unable to see your profile at any time.
If you are hidden, the only people able to access your details will be the Active Independence team. You will still be able to apply for advertised jobs. We will not share your details with anyone else, ever.
How else will my details be used?
By becoming a member of the service you will automatically be subscribed to the Active Independence PA Support newsletter.
If you wish to unsubscribe from these you can do so at any time - simply click the unsubscribe link in any newsletters you recieve.
Can I use a fake name?
We have no policy requiring members to use real names. You can use a fake name on your profile if you are worried about being found online but still want your profile to be publicly searchable.
If you do this, please be aware that potential employers will at some point need to know who you are if you wish to pursue a particular job.
Do I need a DBS certificate or employer references?
It depends on the employer. It is good practice that they ask you for these as evidence of your suitability for the job, but it is not a legal requirement.
Can I delete my details?
You can delete your account at any time. Simply Contact Us - providing your name and email address you use on the site, and we will wipe your records from our system. We will not be able to recover deleted accounts.