(December 11, 2012)
If you follow my project about outsourcing my job search efforts closely; you will ask yourself the question;
“Setting up the cooperation and outsourcing the research – Was it worth the time?”
Actually, I took about two hours to record my ideas and the plan for the instructions for the provider or contractor in order for him to complete the task of researching job openings for me.
It was not much of a loss of time because I did the following;
I simply worked through the job search myself as I would’ve done and recorded what I was doing with the free screen recording software “Jing” as I was going.
So the additional time invested was pretty minimal.
Perhaps of those two hours, one hour was “wasted” in order for me to set up a system where someone else could outsource the whole process.
You also have to be aware of the fact that my virtual assistant has been trained to be a hiring manager. In other words, he can take care of hiring, managing and screening through different applicants for me. This is some time I invested beforehand and from which I reap the rewards right now.
So if you would have the idea of outsourcing your job research for your special situation yourself, you need to be aware of the time you will need to find an applicant, manage him, take care of paying him and etc.
Another question is about the money. Was it worth the money?
How much did this experiment actually cost me?
As it is still running at the time of writing this blog post, I cannot give you the sum yet, but you have to invest in to the hourly rate of a researcher between $1 and $4 an hour depending on the quality, qualifications and personality of the personal assistant and the time you need to manage him or whatever the time is worth to you.
Compare that with professional career search services. In many of them you pay hundreds of dollars. Some of them have monthly costs of about $10 a month and the results of those services are menial to say the least.
In some cases, of course, you will find a perfect job opportunity to apply to, but in many cases, you will need to do the searching yourself.
So decide it for yourself. If you have tried out every paid job search in the book, why not have someone else help you find or research the internet for you for the places around where you live for a job opportunity.
It was this sort of time consideration which made me decide that it is time to outsource this whole process. I have spent hundreds of hours and a few weeks and month doing the research already. So I know I can do it myself.
But now it’s about numbers. It’s a number’s game and to increase those numbers, I will use the help of a virtual assistant to do the job searching for me.
Yes, it is worth it.
Comments for Outsourcing My Job Search, Was It worth the Time?
|Dec 11, 2012||$40 – And a Big List of Backup Contacts
by: Francis I recorded this blog post when I was in the middle of the whole project.Now I can tell you…
The project costs me $40 for a great virtual assistant’s work, plus $5 for a not so great work which I didn’t use.
I actually never came in a situation where I needed to use the researched job contacts.
I found a job in the mean way with a very classical method.
Please read my tips for the job hunt for the No. 1 secret I learned in order to get a job.
|Sep 17, 2014||Favor in return
by: Jomvie In my opinion, if that helped you get a job, it’s definitely worth it!It would have cost you more than 40 dollars if you did the job hunting yourself like spending cash up front for gas, meals and other unsolicited expenses.
For that matter, I do agree that outsourcing is better because it will not only benefit you, you also have given work opportunities to other people—just like me 😀
I don’t think it’s called “charity” (some might think that way) because I work hard for it and you also benefit out of it—it’s a win-win situation.
Keep it up!
|Sep 17, 2014||Costs are much more transparent than other job search services
Needless to say, that I have no results to show for this investment, as unwanted as it was.
With outsourcing that you pay per hour, you have a much better control about the budget that leaves your pocket, at least!