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[03/2014] CAP keeps an eye on the intellectual piracy

Our professional networking Cercle Assist’Pro is happy to see that its ideas, actions, conference topics, partnership… managed by the secretaries, assistants and office managers from Paris are highly favorable received… so much that they are cheerfully replicated by FFMAS (via congresses, regional associations), in particular for their next event relating to freelance assistants (1 month after our one-day event from 8 February, latest intitled “Focus on the profession as independent assistant").

But the trouble - because it is an issue – is when FFMAS is appropriating our texts and contents and simply copies and pastes by modifying 2 or 3 works to talk about their event, without any permission or mentioning the names of the original authors/players. Let’s have a look to our pre-program of 14 January, our program of 24 January and the one of FFMAS dated 28 February and this says it all !

We would like to remind that the objectives of Cercle Assist’Pro is to enhance our profession and to support every person working in this area with concrete actions carried out by dedicated volunteers  ; and these actions are the result of a long work. Therefore we are asking FFMAS to delete each and every item (or failing that, to add the name of the author i.e. Cercle Assist’Pro), including the content of some sections of your website (example: section Library Books).  Failing that, we will be left with no choice but to start lawsuits with respect to articles L112-2 and L122-4 from the Intellectual property rights.
This leads us to wonder why FFMAS indicates on its website: “all documents and pictures on this site belong to FFMAS or to their original authors for which FFMAS has acquired the permission of the reproduction rights. Do not reproduce without the authorization of the concerned original authors” while FFMAS is not fulfilling its commitments to others.

Tired of FFMAS provocations, which declare themselves as “the voice of the profession” to CAP (the last one dated last October but our messages were deleted!), today we are saying STOP! From now on we will respond to every attack or plunder of our data to make our own voice heard!  A word to the wise…

"This lesson is well worth a cheese, indeed?" (Jean de La Fontaine).

What is their answer to our message? Well this is not about pirating ! Mystery, mystery when you hold us... Let's have a look on that here {click}

[02/2014] Article published in Le Figaro Economie "Assistants ask for more to their managers"
They wish to be better paid and have more responsability while their managers propose them schedule arrangements to find balance between their private life and their job…. To read more about the article {click ici}
[02/2014] February 8th, 2014 - Information Day "Focus on telesecretariat and freelance assistantship"
Our profession is evolving within companies and telesecretariat & freelance assistantship are also one of the changes ! There are more and more assistants and office managers who decide to take the leap. If you also consider to run your own business, whatever your reasons may be, it is a decision to take with great caution ! It is a real professional project and it implies asking yourself the right questions and knowing all the important steps before being able to carry out your project and ensure success. Would you like to engage in the entrepreneurial adventure? Feel free to attend our 1-day event punctuated by roundtable discussions, speeches from freelance assistants, so you can have a wealth of information, solutions and expertise relating to all questions you may ask yourself.

To learn more about this day (program, useful details) {click here} ------- Photos are available in the section " Photo Gallery"

[01/2014] Meet us at the Bedouk Trade Show taking place on February 5th & 6th
For the past 14 years, MICE has established itself as the major Trade Show in France with 500 exhibitors and 7.000 visitors. A programm of conferences and demonstrations during all the event. In 2014, the assistants are the privileged guests with a space and a programm especially dedicated to them. Visit us and discover the exhibitors to support you at every stage of your seminars organization, join our conferences at the heart of the core business issues and let yourself be pampered by cheerful animations.

On February 5th, Cercle Assist'Pro will speak at the conference dedicated to the business topic "Defend its internal environment" and you could meet us in the room "the clinic of the event" to share with us over your issues relating to events organization. {For more informations}

[01/2014] Implementation of our program "Aiming for Success"
For assistants and office managers looking for a job or undergoing career transition (or thinking of it), we have implemented a program over 5 months in order to help you and support you at every stage of your action plan. To ensure success and pull all the chances on your side, it is obvious for us to call on professionals. Therefore we will have by our side: FED OFFICE, PROGRESSIS & APEC (click on their logo to go to their website). )

To participate to this program you must be a member of Cercle Assist’Pro. If would like to sign-up, please mail your request to

[01/2014] The latest release of our newsletter is issued
You could discover the lastest news on our profession and our association CAP, with some fabulous professional and enjoyable surprises in store for you for this new year. Let’s bring 2014 a new burst of innovation !

To read our newsletter, go to section "Newsletter"
[12/2013] The latest news from our partner Bateaux Parisiens
With end of the year parties drawing near, « Les Bateaux Parisiens » propose you a large number of original and greedy ideas for your future team events or events with your clients. Go beyond your reference frame and meet in an atypical place! Cruise lunches, events « à la carte » or all inclusive events on cruise or at the dock, jazz cruises, greedy cruises, a cruise gift certificate…

To discover their offers : {click here}
[10/2013] Pictures from our professional and friendly day on 26 October available on-line
During that day, we were welcomed by the Group Frères Blanc in their restaurant « Au pied de cochon » for an excellent lunch. It was followed by a conference relating to conflict management, hosted by Irene Talmone who started by a little text thought from Devos, good to medidate upon ...

To see the slideshow: {click here}
- To read the text: {click here}
[10/2013] Vocational specialized certificate, BTS, Bachelor’s degree, and how about accreditating for your work experience ?
In France, if you are autodidact it can slow you down or stop the evolution in your career. Yet, the competencies of a 3-year professional experience can allow you to get a degree thanks to the accreditation for your working experience ... To read the article {click here}

Do you want to get your vocational specialized certificate or BTS Assistant Manager: your membership will allow you to enjoy our workshop dedicated to the accreditation for your working experience. Please send your e-mail to {click here}

Do you want to get your Assistant Manager License – Area of specialty: Business unit Management, it is also possible via the accreditation for your work experience:
* General information {click here}
* Training Institutes in Paris, delivering this license  : Greta, Paris {click here}, University Paris-East Marne la Vallée {click here} ,IUT Mantes la Jolie {click here}, UTEC {click here}, etc...
* Complete list of institute on a national level {click here}

[10/2013] Cercle Assist'Pro is partner to the Secretariat National Forum
It is the oldest events dedicated to Office and Secretarial Jobsthat welcome Secretaries, Assistants and Office Managers for a full day of training. Every year, this forum is organized around a specific theme and offers several conferences covering various aspects of the theme. Breaks, workshops, quiz (with prize) and lunches are part of this professional day. This is also the time to get to know our professional network by visiting us at our booth.
[10/2013] 2014 Office jobs salary survey
Activ'Assistante reveals in preview, by business line, the salary grid of the office assistants sector. Also discover the world of the specialized assistants, the golden jobs… To read the survey... To read the survey {click here}
[09/2013] Since June the group Frères Blanc is the partner of Cercle Assist'Pro
Spaces and private rooms of their different location are at your disposal for the organization of all of your events: seminars, meetings, business lunches, breakfasts, evening business event management, cocktails… You will necessarily find the ideal venue to organize your event among the varied restaurants of Blanc Brothers Group, at the best conditions. They propose all-inclusive “seminar package” (rooms, welcome coffee, breaks, lunches, equipment) or are flexible to the specificities of your events. The Blanc Brothers Group provide you with their expertise and is with you to organize all of your events. Choose your site, we will take care of the rest! We invite you to discover the mythicalplaces {click here}
[09/2012] "To be self-employed"
Nathalie L. (CAP member) and founder of Assisteam, is a freelancer, administrative manager working with associations, craftsmen, professionals, very small companies, new businesses or growing companies. Share her experience and advice by reading her interview {click here}
[09/2013] On September 19th and 20th in the Carrousel du Louvre
The Secretaries, Assistants and Office Managers find themselves to the Carrefour des Assistantes for two days of conferences and workshops to develop their personal efficiency, understand the practices of information technologies, organize their professional events,...
Three main themes of conferences and workshops: "Corporate services", "Intercultural in companies" and "Organization of seminars, events".
As every year, Cercle Assist' Pro will be present in this event. Come to visit us on our stand to discover our professionnal network and exchange on our job, its evolution and its future. We shall welcome you with pleasure.
See the website {click here}

[06/2013] 18 June, it was the day dedicated to the Assistants
The Convention Assist Manager is the day references to attending them of Assistants! Punctuated with meetings, exchanges and of strong time, it was the major appointment to remain successful in its post and stay tuned to the market. Cercle Assist' Pro was present in this day, and we thank quite those who came to visit us on our stand to exchange about our job. We make an appointment with you next year for the 5th editionof the Convention which plans big changes for 2014: new format of event, new identity, exhibition, debates, innovation etc.

To discover the assessment of the Convention: {click here }
To see the pictures: {click here } To watch the movie: {click here }

[06/2013] 15 & 16 June , Cercle Assist'Pro's Summer days
A key moment for CAP, professional and warm. 2 conferences are scheduled on Saturday: “The emotional Intelligence”, by Joël LUZI and “Communication & Team cohesion” by Jean-Luc MERCKX. On Sunday, an educational guided trip to discover the Montsouris area and the painting workshops of famous artists (Georges Braque, Salvador Dali, André Derain, Paul Gauguin, Amedeo Modigliani, Chana Orloff, Nicolas de Staël...).

To see the pictures, go to the Library photo section

[05/2013] Discover the movie on the first Assistants ‘Day
Organized by MICE ANGELS, ASSISTANTE PLUS and CERCLE ASSIST’PRO, the first Assistants ‘Day has been full of festivities, sharing and hope. Assistants were grateful for recognition during this large scale event. We have made a big step forward and this is just the beginning.... To keep on track, our next meeting will be held on 18 June during the Assistant Manager Convention. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing with you

To watch the movie : {click here }
And do not forget to sign the petition to join us and promote our profession. Hereafter the link:

[02/2013] CAP is the official partner of AssistantePlus
AssistantePlus is the first professional magazine dedicated to the job of assistants. Interviews, thematic folders and essential tools make it the 100 % magazine for all assistants. AssistantePlus is also a website where you could find the latest news about the profession: information, advice, practical factsheets, employment, training, labour law…. Without forgetting its newsletter!

As part of our partnership, the members get a preferential fee on their membership to the magazine AssistantePlus. It will also allow you to become a privileged member to the AssistantePlus club and enjoy many privileges all year long on travels, entertainment, contests and lots of other surprises!

Further information relative to the offer of susbscription is available to the link of the Forum of CAP or sent us an e-mail to
Visit AssistantePlus website [click here]

[01/2013] Take part of the Assist Manager Award and become the Top Assistant of the year!
You have been a driving force, you have played a key role in your company or your department during the implementation of a project ? Promote your skills and sense of initiative in the project management by participating to the contest. Share your experience with us and may be you will be the top assistant of the year. Awards will be distributed during the ceremony at the AssistManager Convention held on 6 June.

Download the application form [click here]
Further information about the Assist Manager Convention [click here]
[01/2012] Looking back on the secretary's job
Women began working in offices thanks to typing jobs, and were typists or secretaries. Even before the first World War; they brought their modern touch to offices, which was very different from the one of old men, writers and dispatching agents at that time… The story of our trade, was the theme of the radio program “La Marche de l'Histoire”, presented by Jean Lebrun on France Inter on January 16 th , 2013.

To listen again to the radio program [click here] and hit “radio program listen again”.
[10/2012] POPULAIRE, a movie realized by Régis Roinsard and with actors Romain Duris and Déborah François. Released on November 28th, 2012
Yolande Laffont and Vanessa Guillemette from Cercle Assist'Pro took part in the shooting of the movie that honors the secretary's trade, its history and its role in the social development of women status. During several months they played the role of typists and trained on old writing machines to boost their typing speed. That was real sport! They had to tame those “antiquities”! Nothing for sensitive fingers! During a week they plunged back in the 50ies, with a typing speed test. The shooting gave them the opportunity to discover the other side of the movie industry, meet and cherish persons from different worlds, and see the backstage of a movie shooting. In a few words, it was an unforgettable and a rich experience.

To see some pictures from backstage and videos [click here]
Visit the official movie website and watch the screening, the making off and interviews of actors [click here]
To see the pictures of Cercle Assist'Pro's 4 th anniversary, with Régis Roinsart as a guest star, have a look at the section « pictures library ».

[10/2012] New partnership with Business Solutions Disneyland Paris
With more than 20 years experience in events organization – seminars, conventions, product launches …. From a confidential team meeting to big events, the Business Solutions team offers you a ready to use solution. Benefit from our premises all located in a unique place, and from our modular meeting rooms that can accommodate groups of all sizes from 15 persons and more. Plenary session rooms, meeting rooms, ballroom, exhibition rooms, convention center, 15 hotels, 57 restaurants, caterers, audiovisual experts… to organize any kind of events. A dedicated project manager will assist you to build your project in detail, together with the help of 200 incentive professionals.

Visit the website [click here]
A specific incentive program for Cercle Assist'Pro assistants has been built. Find more information on our Forum .
See the pictures of the day offered by our partner: in the section “Pictures library”.

[10/2012] A plunge into corporate culture
This article has been written by Coralie Donas for the Assistante Plus magazine – Assimilating and understanding corporate codes and habits is essential for a successful integration in a company. Interview of Yolande Laffont and 2 students from the Ravel highschool - Laura de Giorgi and Manon Couture

Read the article [click here]
[09/2012] Become a self-employed assistant
This article has been written by Coralie Donas for the Assistante Plus magazine – Find out some essential advice before you become self-employed. Thanks to testimonies, and mainly thanks to Cercle Assist'Pro members' experience
Read the article [click here]
[06/2012] Summer days pictures
A rich professional day with keys, like mind mapping, to help you be more efficient in your work and events organization. The following summer day is dedicated to conviviality with a discovery tour of the Montparnasse quarter, its alleys, hidden gardens and its museum .

To see the pictures, go to the library photo section

[06/2012] Events in your professional field
Specifically dedicated to all assistants who are working for managers and/or persons at managerial positions. A program for conference trainings will help you in your activity and will contribute to your personal fulfillment. The Assistant Trade Fair is a place where you can meet and share experiences. A meeting you cannot miss, for all assistants

**** Cercle Assist-Pro will be present at this trade fair. Come and visit our booth! We will be glad to see you there.
**** Barbara Moulin Rabel (CAP member) will participate in a round table discussion on "Assistants and Europe today, what does it mean?"
**** Yolande Laffont (CAP President) will participate in a round table session on "What is the social climate among assistants in 2012?"


[05/2012] Review of the Assist Manager convention
This year the third edition of the Assist Manager Convention has reinforced its will to make this event a warm professional and complete meeting. They did it! More than 200 congress participants, some 30 partners with 10 trainings contributed to the success of this day. Congress partners and partners could benefit from this agenda, with animations and highlights in a historical and beautiful environment !

* Download the Convention report [click here]
* Discover as well the results of the trade investigation "Trade review - Assistants today" [click here]
* Read testimonies of congress partners [click here]
* Read testimonies of the Assist Manager Price winners [click here]
* Read the last Newsletter [click here]
* See the pictures of the Convention [click here]

Cercle Assist'Pro won 2 prizes out of 3 during the Assist Manager Convention organized by LTOrganisation
Yolande Laffont - President – for the trophy category Sustainability [See photo 1] [See photo 2]
Christine François - Member – Won the Prize in the HR category [See photo1] [See photo 2]
Prize [See photo 1] [See photo 2]
Cercle Assist'Pro's booth [See photo 1] [See photo 2]

[05/2012] Partnership between Orthodidacte and Cercle Assist'Pro – To get rid of spelling mistakes once and for all!
To get rid of spelling mistakes once and for all! To get back to level, to improve, avoid pitfalls and master French language subtleties. Orthodidacte is a fun training platform for French spelling and grammar. It is innovative and modern and came to life thanks to Guillaume Terrien, French Spelling winner in France , and his 15 years of hard work.The Plus of Orthodidacte
• Greater control of the French language,
• A specific module dedicated to assistants,
• Irreproachable writing in professional documents,
• A complementary and useful asset for your job search,
• A software pleasant to use, effective, simple, innovative and personalized.

To access the platform, assess your level and discover modules [click here]
A preferred rate is granted to Cercle Assist' Pro members. If you need further information, thanks for emailing us at

[04/2012] To see photos of the Assist Party evening, dedicated to assistants and organized by LTOrganisation

To watch the movie [click here]

[04/2012] Partnership with Isograd and Cercle Assist'Pro. To certify your expertise on office technology software
With assessment tests and TOSA ® certification, ISOGRAD can estimate and certify your skills level on professional technology tools, in a reliable, precise, totally independent way and recognized by all. The certification aims at boosting your employability thanks to a better skills evaluation.

A preferred rate is granted to Cercle Assist'Pro members. If you need information, thank you for emailing us at

[02/2012] Signature of an agreement with the Paris Academy
Last January a seminar was held; many participants including 150 teachers attended. The focus was the new High School Management/Administration diploma (Bac Pro Gestion/Administration), a merger of 2 high school diplomas specializing on the one hand in secretarial skills and on the other hand in accounting. During the seminar CAP members could share their experience as administration management assistants on the business evolution, the required skills and what is expected in the professional field. Other actions will be organized over 2012 to encourage synergy between the Académie de Paris/teachers/Cercle Assist'Pro, in order to share the trade expertise with the students.

[Académie de Paris' website] - [Information on the new professionnal high school diploma ]


2012 .... Active input of Cercle Assist'Pro on the occasion of its 1st participation to the Bedouk tradefair
*** Yolande Laffont did make an appearance during a round table on « what does your boss really want ? How to read between the lines of a quick brief ("debate between assistants and project managers)". Who has never experienced this stressful situation of organizing an event for someone who does not know what he wants? Or worse, who wants everything at the same time, meaning an unusual venue event, warm, in Paris (or not), high-end but not luxurious and of course cheap

*** Someone will be present at our booth to meet assistants and exchange on the profession

2012 .... A new look for Cercle Assist'Pro : for this new year Cercle Assist'Pro would like to create a new identity and develop its visibility.
New chart for the website and all communication documents
* Under the guidance of Marie Julie Rudelle, we will increase our presence on the main social networks. (feel free to join us)
* A English website

2012 .... You can access our CAP Forum again - . You will need to create a loggin and password (this place is only for members who are up to date with their subscription fees).

Nathalie Le Fouest, Cercle Assist'Pro is heading for independant assistantship: Please have a look at the information sheet of our company " Assisteam " and its services [click here]. Feel free to ask for our help if your company needs an administrative assistant in Finance, Management or Human Resources for a limited time .

Visit the "Assistants' blog" created by Christine Harache – In charge of trainings at Cegos & conference presenter for CAP : [click here]

Be a professional jury member for the new Manager Assistant two-year technical degree (BTS Assistant Manager). This new diploma gives credit to our profession. It shows how important persons working in the profession are, and how they contibute to the value of the diploma. Your presence by the side of teachers enables to be in line with the business world. If you want to be a jury member, email at Cercle Assist'Pro