(November 08, 2013)
The trick is to learn how to pick the right candidate for you
A friend of mine is looking for a virtual assistant with fluent English skills and who should be able to call prospects and negotiate business deals with them.
My assistant and I have been researching for him how to best post a job for advanced skill level virtual assistants.
Since we have lots of experiences hiring, for example data entry personnel, we expected as always lots of people applying into our job offer.
In the end, very few people applied to the job opening. And the people who did apply mostly failed our “Sunshine Test”.
Use the Correct Category to Post Your Job
After looking into the job opening which my virtual assistant created with the help of some voice recording input from my site, I discovered that he posted in the area of data entry persons.
Logically, mostly virtual assistants looking for data entry jobs, in other words very simple work, would be looking at the job offer. As a consequence, very little people would be fit to apply to our job offer.
The lesson learned for you, if you need to hire someone for a specific purpose make sure that you choose the right job offer category. It can make all the difference.
Reach Out to Suitable Prospects Manually
Another alternative to get more applicants looking at your job offer is to actively screen the market place and contact people who you think would fit your job offer and kindly invite them to apply. This is another task which I outsource to my virtual assistant and which he can do without any trouble.
The hiring process is not always an easy one. Dependent on the job offer and the goal you’re looking for, you have to slightly and smartly adapt your hiring strategy. There is not one glove that fits all, but many general tips on how to hire a virtual assistant always apply.
Your Questions and Comments
Now, it’s your turn. Are you struggling with hiring a virtual assistant for a specific purpose? Does no one ever bother to apply to your job offer? Is it your job offer that has an error or did you simply post in the wrong category?
Feel free to share your experiences, troubles and questions right here in here comments.
Comments for How to Search For an Experienced Virtual Assistant with High English Skill Level
|Feb 12, 2014||Right on!
by: DeniseSpeaking from a viewpoint of someone who utilizes the internet to look for an online job through websites like Odesk, Elance, and Onlinejobs.Ph, I agree with what you’ve said that in order to hire someone for a specific purpose, one must make sure to choose the right category. That is because when we are looking for a position, we usually check out only certain categories according to our skills. So if you’re looking for someone who’s good in English, you’ll usually find them under ‘English’ or ‘Writing’ instead of ‘Web Design’.Likewise, I also think you’re right about to getting more applicants by using filters and contacting people who you think would fit your job offer. This way too, you can be sure that those who will respond already have some of the skills and requirements that you want your future employee to have. In fact, this is the way I was hired! Another reason why I’m all for it. =D
Moreover, I believe that keywords and tags can be quite useful, too. You only have to add the keywords at the end of your job post. Try it out the next time you’re on the lookout for a prospective employer. It’ll work wonders!