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3 Ways An Ended Contract Is An Advantage For A Virtual Assistant

 

3 Ways An Ended Contract Is An Advantage For A Virtual Assistant

“Your contract has ended” or “This contract has been paused”, are messages a virtual assistant dreads.

I bet the first thought upon seeing the message is “what’s next?”.

Yep, what’s next indeed.

What’s your next course of action? Do you jump back to the pail immediately and bid for other projects? do you take your time, or will you consider this as a “divine sign” to consider a career change?

Before you hang your gloves from being a virtual assistant, allow me to share some ideas that may help you turn this event around, to work to your advantage.

Learn a new skill

If you feel you’re not ready to start working again just yet, take this opportunity to re-fuel your money-making skills, by growing your knowledge on other skills and services, that freelancers like you are offering, that you have not yet possessed.

Take a hint by visiting freelancing platforms, like Upwork and Freelancer.com. Browse to get an idea of  the kind of services that you can add up to your skillset.

There are lots of how-to videos and articles online, that you can utilize to learn a new skill or online application, that can help you achieve a more rewarding career when you decide to get back on the VA track.

Assess your workflow

This can also be a perfect time to find ways, on how you can further improve your working habits. It can be your workflow, workplace, or organizational skills.

Small changes can make a big difference in cultivating a more effective and productive working habits, like decluttering your workplace, clearing out old messages from your email, or compiling notes and/or ideas that you have written down from your previous projects, for future reference.

Changes like this can improve focus, and make you more passionate on the tasks that you will do in the future.

Know your passion

As Aristotle said, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

Finding pleasure in what you do, will fuel you with the drive and focus that you need, to deliver top of the line results in completing future projects, and find fulfillment in doing it.

Also, you get to assess the kind of tasks that you enjoy doing more and devote more time learning ways on how you can tackle the tasks that you find challenging.

This provides you more time, to conquer a learning curve and a clearer vision of the future projects that will get you excited to bid on.

Conclusion

So you see, an ended contract doesn’t mean an ended career for a virtual assistant.

Consider it as an opportunity to look back and assess the big picture, on how else you can be better on what you do.

Once you have seen it and worked on it, you’ll know that it’s time to sit back on your workplace, start bidding and remember why you love being a virtual assistant  🙂

 

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Ace Your Virtual Assistant Interview

Ace Your Virtual Assistant Interview

The process of landing on a job as a virtual assistant, also involves some streamlining. Of course, all employers wanted to make sure that they’re hiring competent and professional people, to work on their business and tasks, and one way to do it is by conducting interviews.

These interviews can be conducted one on one or by group, wherein, aspirants are interviewed at the same time. Other employers may even submit you to an online examination, before or after the interview process.

Online interviews are now made possible by using various platforms, such as Skype, Go To Meeting and Google Hangout, to name a few. And just like any typical interviews, you may get nervous and jittery, regardless of the set up.

I mean, come on, this is kind of a make or break moment, right?

So, having said that, let me share with you proven and surefire ways, that will help you get through the interview process and hopefully nail the job you’re applying for.

Make a list of your assets and skills

Making a quick note of your skills, assets and other relevant things about you and your work as a virtual assistant, will make it easier for you to present and sell what you can bring to the table.

It can also save you the time and effort of doing the outlining mentally, while in the actual interview, as this can cause you to miss out beneficial skills, and relevant facts about the things you do and can do.

Be careful not to write long statements,though or you may end up reading a script when you answer. Just jot down relevant skills, applications or programs that you know and the services you can offer, and you’re good to go.

Be punctual

Respect your interviewer’s time by going online for the interview, 10 to 15 minutes earlier than the agreed hours.

By being punctual, you send out a message that you are a professional, and that you are serious about getting the job. You also earn yourself some time to prepare, and make sure that everything you need for the interview is working efficiently, like your headset, speaker and camera, if needed.

If for some reason, you can’t meet your interviewer on the agreed hours, due to some unavoidable circumstances, send out an early notification and request for another convenient schedule for him to conduct the interview.

Most employers don’t mind tweaking their schedules and making adjustments, but  I would recommend this to be a one time option.

Confidence is key

It always is. Even if you’re feeling nervous and jittery, maintain your confidence by focusing on your skills, that you believe makes you a perfect fit for the post you are going for.

By focusing on your competency, and experience, if you already gained some, you will feel confidently geared and focused in presenting yourself, and answering the questions that will be thrown at you.

My personal technique is to take a deep breath before the interview starts, and quickly look back on the relevant assignments and tasks I have worked on effectively in the past, in order to remind myself that I have the capability to deliver and that I am fit for this.

This process of reassurance, helps me conquer my nervousness and retains my  confidence.

Be honest

Honesty as in everything, is very important even during interviews, especially when it comes to questions about your character, skills and competency.

Interviewers and/or employers will be able to tell if you’re just saying the things you say, because you think that’s what they wanted to hear.

Make sure that you can stand by the competencies you claim you have on your CV. Better to set your clients’ expectation early on and express willingness in learning things, than mislead them and inefficiently deliver later on, when you get hired.

Be honest with your expectations as well. Being able to establish mutual trust, even at this early stage of the application process, will ensure a positive working communication and effective working relationship, when you get hired.

Be professional

Express everything in a professional manner at all times. It may also do you good, if you avoid sharing personal circumstances that you may be encountering in your personal life.

I have been in an interview wherein, I was in a tight competition with another person, who has the same skills as mine, but I ended up getting the job because the other person, according to the interviewer,  has divulged personal problems that she’s been going through, during the final interview.

Some employers may be okay with it, but it’s always good to deal with business, by drawing a line between your personal and professional life.

Light personal questions may be asked when you get hired, as a “getting – to know you better” phase between you  and your boss, but even then, I suggest it would be better to keep personal problems at bay.

Conclusion

Virtual interviews actually doesn’t have that much difference with conventional one on one interviews, that companies perform to assess aspiring employees.

And so, the interview process, regardless of how it was done, is an opportunity for employers and businesses to streamline aspirants, and choose who they think would be positively beneficial for their business.

With that end goal in mind, which is to find competent people, virtual assistants should see this as the perfect time to “sell” their skills and competency, and build a positive impression, and the qualities listed above may just help  you to successfully do that.

Share your interview practices and experiences in the Comments sections. I look forward to hearing your stories.

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Bouncing Back as a Virtual Assistant

Bouncing Back as a Virtual Assistant

Just like in any typical job, virtual assistants may also find the need to temporarily and unexpectedly  hang their gloves, for a variety of reasons, like a business closing down, temporary absence of assignments to work on, or just a temporary postponement of a client’s contract.

Here is where you’ll find that the old adage, “when a door closes, a window opens” proves to be true, for often,  the end of one road often leads to a new adventure, a new journey. And for a virtual assistant, it means new opportunities, new skills, and  believe it or not, a chance for growth.

Let me share with you some insights, on how this circumstance, can turn you into a better version of you.

Initiate self growth

Use  your freshly freed up time, to upgrade yourself, on additional skills you can learn. Check out relevant job listing sites, to get an idea on what skills other freelancers offer, and try to devote some time to dig deeper and learn about it.

It can be some skill, you’ve been wanting to try your hands on, like blogging or marketing or Excel functions, anything that picks your interest.

This way, you’re not just doing some self – upgrade, but also adds up to your credentials on what you can bring to the table, for your future clients.

Grab a book and read

Remember that self – improvement article you may have bookmarked, and saved for reading, when you get the time? Or the book you may have already started, but never got the chance to finish?

Or maybe, an e-book about a program or application, you may have downloaded from Kindle, that’s been sitting on your device for quite some time now.Why not use some of your extra time, to start on it or just pick up where you left off?

Taking the time to read will not only enrich your mind with information, but will also equip you, with greater knowledge and ideas, that can lead to future and unexplored opportunities.

Self – assessment

Your objective of self – assessment, is for you to identify and maximize your strengths, and improve on the areas you think, you could still grow on.

You may have been wanting to research on methods, applications or programs, to solve the challenges have encountered, on jobs you have worked on in the past.

Are there any particular tasks that gets you excited? And in the same way, what skills do you think, you need more time and strategy, to focus and improve on?

This is the perfect time to ask yourself these questions,  to identify and address your limitations, and how you can overcome them using the resources you have, at the same time, further enhance your strengths, and get them to work to your advantage.

Keep looking and explore

Start fresh and never get tired searching. Continue marketing yourself and what you can do, by sending out bids and applications, for new opportunities.

There are a lot of businesses and individuals out there, searching for the services you can provide, and technology has made it easier and more convenient for us to land on a job.

Explore platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, Guru and PeoplePerHour,  to name a few for relevant job listings.

What’s next?

Keeping your career afloat as a virtual assistant also takes time, patience, faith and determination as with everything else.

These values along with your valuable skills, will lead you to endless opportunities, and nail your place with guaranteed success, in the now competitive world of virtual assisting.

Feel free to share you thoughts on the Comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Habits of a Less Effective Virtual Assistant

3 Habits of a Less Effective Virtual Assistant

We all know the habits, that leads to success towards professional growth.

Habits like hard work, patience, dedication and focus, are surefire ways to achieve growth by promotion, or earn you a raise.

But how about the habits that leads to inefficiency, and drives you to be less effective?

For virtual assistants like me who works from home, the keys to success or the road to failure, are not different from conventional employees.

In fact, I think we are more susceptible to distractions, and more prone to resistance, of getting out from our comfort zone .

Having said that, what really are the habits we need to break away from, to achieve efficiency and effectiveness on what we do.

Here is my top 3 list of those habits, and tips on how to not let them get the best of of you.

Procrastination

Admit it, there are times as a virtual assistant, that you encounter tasks, that you find brain deadening. Tasks that you find less pleasurable to do, which you may tend to avoid doing, by passing the time and pushing it for later.

These tasks, I suggest are actually the ones that you should tackle first.

The thing is, I found out that when I start my work day, doing the task I find less pleasurable, it motivates me to invest more time to focus on them, and make sure I do them as efficiently as I can.

The end result is that, I get to manage my time more effectively, after conquering them. Completing them, also gives me a sense of fulfillment afterwards.

Complacence

Your services as a virtual assistant, may have you focused on a particular niche, or specialization. But that doesn’t mean you stop there.

While it’s good that you stabilize yourself with the skills you have, you should never stop acquiring new skills and exploring ideas, on how you can become better on what you do.

That being said, having access to the internet most of the time, offers endless opportunities to learn new platforms, applications and procedures, that can open more doors of opportunities and experiences.

Just take the time to read, read, read and with the goal of upgrading yourself of the recent trends. It’s going to be worth it.

Unprofessional

Work ethics matters, regardless if you’re working remotely or in a company. And for a virtual assistant, this is one good trait to build and define, your brand of service on.

A professional service sends out a message of value, for your clients’ time and trust, and it can define a make or break working relationship.

Having said that, sending timely communication responses, efficient delivery of your work output, professional communication skills and being enthusiastic, are a few traits of showing professionalism, that can earn you long term working relationship and repeated clients.

Bottomline

The road to failure and success may seem like a choice between travelling a smooth road, or a curved road less traveled.

The road to winning may be bumpy and bloody as you go along, as it entails the need to break away, from the things that gives you comfort and joy. But what you gain, at the end of your journey, makes it worth the sacrifice.

Feel free to share your comments below.