(December 20, 2012)
Finally, having virtual assistants work on researching job opportunities for me will be wrapped up soon. I’ve gotten some great job interview opportunities but those were mostly based on me attending job fairs. I’ve learned a lot on how to do job research effectively.
If you want to use my best tips and free job search websites, be sure to research for jobs smartly. Quality is way more important than quantity.
Summing Up the Work of My Researchers
Roman did a great job. He researched over 200 possible places where I could call and apply for jobs; only in the area of Chemistry, Biochemistry and localized in and around of Munich. Muhammad, on the other side, was very tough to work with. Managing him has been a real challenge to my virtual assistant. This has been posted elsewhere.
This Research Is My Ace in the Sleeve
To be honest, I wanted to stay in Munich very badly. Mostly out of private reasons but I also just like it here. It’s my home. If I would not have found anything at all in Munich, I would have been forced to look globally for work.
Now this research that I got from both from Muhammad and especially from Roman, are my ace in the sleeve, tightly tucked away in case I ever need another job opportunity in Munich.
It’s a good feeling to have some pre-researched data where I could quickly crank out a lot of applications to useful places that I could even pay a visit personally to if I wanted.
Doing the research has been a fun ride.
The Cost of My Research
What did this whole outsourcing my job research experiment cost me, actually?
I hired Roman for $1.23 an hour, Muhammad was hired for $1.11 an hour. Roman’s work was the most useful. He has worked in total for 40 hours and 10 minutes. So, I paid him just under $50. When I compared his results with some professional job research websites that have premium services, this was pretty cheap.
Actually, I paid $163 at one time for a professional job research website and have gotten no results whatsoever out of it.
I’m very happy with the results I got from Roman. Muhammad, on the other side, mostly took a waste time of my virtual assistant and his research did not give us much results. He has researched a few places after finally getting set up.
Some of his research overlaps with Roman’s, of course. I will consolidate the data and use it whenever I will need it. In sum, he has only worked 5 hours. But I have made more costly experiments on Fiverr before.
So on the financial side, there was no big loss from working with Muhammad. We did learn a lot about managing a team of virtual assistants though.
As I said, outsourcing my job research was fun. I hope you could follow along with my posts. Please excuse me if some of them were pretty chaotic. You also have to know that many of my posts were transcribed from audio recordings that I made before.
Still, I hope you could get out something out of this research series.
I’d love it if you leave me a comment on what you learned from me or if you have some follow up questions. I try to be as transparent as I could. Please call me out if I withheld some information that is important to you.
See you in the comments.