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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant

Do you want to make your online business more efficient? Hire a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant is, as the name implies, a person that helps you to achieve tasks online. In this way, you can save time on routines and focus on more and/or new projects. The tasks that can be done by your assistant can be as diverse as:

–       Writing articles, web content

–       Translation services

–       Link building for your websites

–       Managing your website(s)

–       Online research

–       Data Entry

–       Standard business processes (i.e. sending emails)

The Advantages of a Virtual Assistant

There are some specific advantages of hiring a virtual assistant – why would you hire them otherwise? The main reasons to hire a virtual assistant are:

> They can be contacted in a location independent matter. That means you can communicate with them online from anywhere you want (and they with you) by using email, Skype and/or social media.

> They are cheap. By using geo-arbitrage you can hire a virtual assistant from low-income countries. In this way, you have a relative cheap assistant while they make an above average income from your pay. Some VA’s charge as low as $100 a month (full-time employment).

> They can be experienced and good. Some have worked in a specific field (i.e. writing) for many years. Now, this is obviously not true for all of them and you will have a strict hiring policy but when you find a good virtual assistant they are worth gold.

> You can focus on your core competencies. When you outsource standard task you will have more free time to pursue new projects where you can utilize your core competencies more efficiently and to a greater extent.

As such, there are some real good reasons why you should consider hiring a virtual assistant. Of course, there are also some drawbacks. For one, you will have to instruct your virtual assistant(s) when they start out. This takes time. Second, you will have to go recruit them and find the good ones. This will also take time. But eventually, these drawbacks are minor compared to the advantages. Your only limitation is actually the amount of work that you can outsource (in other words, the size of your online business).

Where to Find Virtual Assistants

You can find virtual assistants in many sizes, and as such in many places. You can even start to ask around your family and or friends if they know someone who wants to earn an extra buck. But in general there a many good website dedicated to providing you a virtual assistant. Some examples:

Odesk – You can find virtual assistants here of all kinds

Elance – Mainly for designers, writers, programmers

OneHourTranslation – Best place to find translators and interpreters

Online jobs – For virtual assistants from the Philippines

You will also be able to find virtual assistants through online agencies if you do a google search.

How to Find a Good Virtual Assistant

They key thing in finding a virtual assistant it that she or he clicks with you as a person. Your way of working at your business has to be understood by the VA. So it makes sense to find persons who are compatible with you on this level. A good way to find this out is just to talk with them over email or on Skype for a little bit. In this way, you can also test their language (i.e. English) abilities and their communication skills (if needed).

The second thing you have to look at is past experience and education from the VA, with the former much more important than the latter. Obviously, if the VA has worked in similar business as yours before that is an advantage. In case you are serious in hiring a certain VA (or need to choose between a couple of good candidates) you can also ask for references and contact the company they worked for before. In this way, it is not dissimilar to a standard hiring process. It is even better if you know others with an online business who can recommend you, virtual assistants, they work or have worked with.

Now, prices among VA’s differ wildly. Some charge as low as $100 a month, while real experienced ones charge a normal 4 figure monthly salary. More expensive is not always better though. First, it depends on your requirements for the job. In case it is a simple data entry job or link building, this is not hard to learn so you do need an experienced VA. Also experienced does not equate to more capable, but obviously your chances to find a really good VA a bigger in the high end than in the low end.

Essentially, the more time you are willing to spend to search for the perfect VA, the bigger the chance is that you will find him or her. And when you have a good one for the long term it really can grow your business. So it can be very beneficial to invest something upfront in a VA as it will provide you many benefits in the long run.

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“Convince the Prospective Employer that you are the Best Person for the Job!”

These situations can drive you nuts, depress you and make you think you will never get past the nightmare of interviews and waiting to hear the phone ring. It is a nerve-wracking process, but does it have to be?

The job interview questions and answers sometimes make you feel like a police interrogation is taking place and you know you haven’t done anything wrong, but it makes you feel like maybe you did.

The job interview questions & answers are throwing you for a loop.

You are going over your whole life every time a question is asked.

You start to wonder about the clothes you’re wearing; are they what this interviewer likes or do they disapprove?

Did I smile or frown?

Is my hair Okay?

Did I answer quickly enough?

Did I give enough information or too much?

There is a way out of the never ending loop of anxiety and unknowing!

Simple strategies to help you nail that next job interview!

Hi, my name is Cecil Ming. I have been a counselor for over 30 years. I want to tell you a story about how I found the most comprehensive information for job seeking success.

A few months ago I started researching the subject of job interviews and the questions and answers that would be of use. In my 30 years of counseling, I had run across many clients that were tearing their hair out over the job search process. Being in the business of helping, I wanted to see what was available on the subject and possibly write a book. In doing the research I found plenty of information, but not a complete picture. I searched over 50 sites that offered information on job interview questions & answers, some of which was free info while others only presented a sales page.

I searched further and actually started buying the available products. Wow, that can get expensive! However, it is part of a thorough research project, and I wanted to know what was in these different programs.

Finding the answers is important to me. In my 30 years of counseling, I have found that the anxiety and angst that people went through while looking for work actually kept them from doing their best while applying for a job. It affected every part of their life. Many had their relationships suffer because of the stress of going through the job search, then the interview and all the unknowns involved. I could help them to handle it temporarily, but what was it that would handle it so that they never needed to come back to me to handle it again?

 

Covering Letter For Job Application

The task of writing a cover letter can become very daunting. There are so many important features to remember and there are pressures to make sure you give the right impression of yourself; but, if you focus on the individual components of the letter, it can be done easily and efficiently. Writing a cover letter is a very important and crucial step in forming a resume and submitting a job application and very often the first written impression any potential employer will have of you. It is very important to make sure that you write a proper cover letter because that is usually the one thing that determines whether a company will contact you for an interview or just set your resume aside.

The following is an example of a cover letter for a job application.

Sample Covering Letter for Job Application

January 16, 2012

Jennifer M. Skylar

114 Morris Blvd.

Wheeling, WV 43659

Dear Ms. Kristi Branch:

Please consider me an applicant for the high school art teacher that your school system has available. I learned of the position from a current substitute teacher, Jeremy Folli. For the past 4 years I have been an art teacher at Beallsville High School in Beallsville, Ohio. After moving to northern West Virginia, I am once again eager for an opportunity to broaden my opportunities as a teacher.

  • As a teacher at Beallsville High, built a structured, enjoyable classroom environment that utilized the state requirements as a framework in assisting each student in finding their fullest potential and expressing their individual characteristics and emotions through different forms of art.
  • Excellent ability to manage a classroom and meet the rigorous requirements and demanding schedule that comes with being a teacher.
  • Strong ability to formulate the curriculum in a way that meets the needs of all the levels of the students that are in the same classroom yet encourages individuality and self expression.

A major strength that I would bring to the Wheeling School System is my many years of successful experience as an art teacher. I feel that with my strong communication and organizational skills, ability to encourage and promote self expression and art appreciation in students, and the dedication I have toward my students and teaching, I would be of great benefit to both your school and your student body.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future and would welcome the opportunity to have an interview with you and your staff. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

Jennifer M. Skylar

Certified Art Teacher

The employer’s HR motivations

Why do we have to know them? Searching for a position is selling your workforce. All sales mean satisfying demands, the consumer’s supposed or real needs. You have to know these to be able to satisfy them. Knowing them helps us with the presentation of information.

Cola. I have a kind of beverage that raises the blood pressure and damages your teeth. Do you want it?

Instead of this: It is the best if ice cooled, Cola … pure drink of natural flavours. The advertisement does not lie just presents the information adequately. It is more difficult to sell workforce because we are standing opposite a rational consumer but the presentation of information is of big significance. Let us get acquainted with the needs.

A little HR science (In what kind of conceptual framework does a HR specialist think?):

it is possible to split the needs into two:

  • staff and personal specification
  • staff: (the expectations coming from the given position, it is written down at bigger firms, and attached to the job description) These criteria usually appear in the advertisement and if the applicant does not suit them, his CV is already thrown away. (In case of too many applicants it is possible that applicants with the given criteria are not called in, that is why the quality of the CV is very important.)
  • personal specification: clever, beautiful, well-educated, etc. This is the applicant’s ideal picture.

The staff specification is mechanical, it is the essence of the selection process that examines mostly the following:

Whether his characteristics, his personality suit the given scope of activities and position or not. Furthermore, whether he really wants to work for the company in the long run at full stretch after he is applied.

(vocational competence – the selection process is not really able to examine the vocational competence – of course they may ask about results, may apply a vocational filter test in certain cases, but this is rather the competence of staff specifications)

It is important for all employees:

  • To think in the long run: it is advantageous if he is interested in the given firm or in the given special position
  • To be motivated: be interested in the scope of activities, like his work, his characteristics and his personality suit the given position
  • To suit the firm’s “culture”: if he does not have to work alone, his social characteristics are important, such as friendliness, etc.
  • To be suitable for the given job: experience, qualifications. It is good if he can produce results showing that he is perfectly suitable for the advertised job.

How To Write a Cover Letter For A Job

When you search for jobs, you will likely see that the company is requesting employee candidates to send a resume and a cover letter, which seems like a simple task, but this is actually rather tough for a lot of people. A lot of people like you would probably like to see a sample of a cover letter, which is fine, but using another person’s sample will probably not get you the job because the boss probably has hundreds just like it. Instead, you should focus on creating a cover letter that sells the boss on who you are, and why you are the best bet for the job. When it comes to learning how to write a cover letter for a job, there are a few steps you should take.

How To Write a Cover Letter For a Job

Cover Letter Formatting

The first thing you need to keep in mind is that a cover letter that has poor formatting, spelling, and grammar will probably end up in the trash can. The company simply cannot afford to hire someone who could tarnish the company’s reputation by writing a letter to customers that would not even pass an elementary school grammar test. Thankfully, all of the word processing programs today will allow you to check your spelling and grammar, so you can ensure that it is perfect. You will also want to strategize how the cover letter will be organized. It is best to discuss your personal qualities as well as your business skills, but the two categories should be clearly separated.

Content

When your friends ask you about your favorite hobby, the first thing you likely do is tell them how much better you have become at it over the years, and your rightfully brag for a bit, so why do you not do the same in your cover letter. Well, if you are like most people, the answer is pretty simple and that is the fact that you do not think an interviewer wants to hear people brag, but they do. In fact, if a person does not do some bragging on their accomplishments, the boss will likely view the person as being unconfident, and someone who does not think they have accomplished too many things in life. A cover letter is your perfect opportunity to tell the boss why you are the right fit for the company, and it can even be an immediate step towards getting a promotion before you even have the job you applied for.

A cover letter, contrary to popular belief, is something that everyone has the natural ability to write well, but you probably tense up under pressure and tell yourself otherwise. You need to act like you are trying to convince your best friend to take up your favorite hobby, but instead of talking about your hobby, you will be talking about your personal and work-related skills. Now, it is time for you to take these concepts and get the job you always wanted.

 

Sample Cover Letter for Job

Whether you have recently graduated and are looking for your first full-time job, or you are wanting to apply for a new career, you will need to follow a few steps. One of these steps is a resume and cover letter, and a lot of people do not have a clue regarding what they should include on their cover letter. A lot of these people believe that their cover letter will not even be read since they have already included a resume, but this is far from the case. In fact, a properly written cover letter can really do an excellent job of showcasing the employee candidate’s abilities.

Sample Cover Letter for Job Application

Many people who do not know how to write an effective cover letter would like to see a sample cover letter for a job, but the problem is this does not actually exist. For one, each business is looking for different qualities, so a cover letter might be perfect for one industry and terrible for another. Instead of searching for the “perfect sample,” you should put a lot of focus into your writing skills for your cover letter. Many people fail to understand that the person who reviews the cover letter will be checking to see how well the candidate can communicate via paper.

Another common mistake that people make on cover letters is to not sell themselves completely. You need to use the cover letter to tell the company why you are a better fit for the job than the people you are competing against, which means that you should do a little bragging about your accomplishments and skills. You will also want to decide how to organize your cover letter, so the person reviewing it will be able to consider your skills. One way that you can accomplish this is to have all of your work-related accomplishments organized together, and you can discuss your personal qualities in a separate section. You should try to find out as much as possible about the company, so you can know exactly what kind of qualities they are looking for. In addition, you should never stretch your qualities to mislead the company because even if you do not get caught in the act, you will likely be pretty uncomfortable if you have to change your personality to fit the job description.

Sample Cover Letter for Internal Job Posting

When you have worked for a company long enough, you will likely be offered a promotion, but in most cases, you will not be the only one considered. For this reason, you will need to construct a cover letter that sells the boss on why your skills are perfect for the position. You should mention specific things you have learned while working for the company, so the boss has confirmation that you took extra time to learn the concepts.

With a little time and effort, you can write a perfect cover letter. You will find samples of cover letters by searching around, but none of them are going to be a perfect fit for you. A cover letter is your chance to shine, so do not waste this opportunity by borrowing another person’s idea.

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