(May 19, 2014)
This blog post was written by Honey, a virtual assistant from the Philippines I have hired as full-time.
In this blog post, she shared her experiences and thoughts about the interview process and job position.
Unfortunately, she couldn’t work for me for a long time due to some unavoidable circumstances.
I am new to this virtual assistance service. However, I am challenged by the new skills I am about to learn and hone here.
I have been teaching English online for almost 10 years and for 14 years as an English teacher as a general.
Writing is also my passion. I always regard it as my first love. I started writing articles and editing too in a school paper where I became an Editor-in-Chief and received some awards. At the university, I did not focus on writing nor editing.
However, after I graduated, I gained the same position in a local newsletter for years. When I became the editor-in-chief, the newsletter profited three times more than before.
Nevertheless, aside from writing, working online became my new and most fervent passion. I decided to work online and I have been for 10 years now.
Though I was more exposed to teaching English online, I was also blogging, posting ads to sell my jewelry designs, and other things I can sell online! I did tasks that interest me, not knowing they were already some tasks a virtual assistant does.
Yet, I am not so familiar with office tools and other software used but I am determined to pursue this career.
I have this dream of one day starting my own virtual assistance company and what would be a better stepping stone than being one! I want to help my friends and other Filipinos by providing them extra income or more a job as a virtual assistant.
I love the thought of dealing and negotiating with clients looking for virtual assistants and at the same time, screening, interviewing and hiring people to work for them.
When I applied for this job, as for most jobs I applied to, I was crossing my fingers that soonest one of the employers would see my potential and would give me the opportunity to provide me room for improvements.
I must admit I applied to several job openings for home-based virtual assistance.
However, when I had the first chat with Francis’ main VA in Skype, I had the impression that these people were cordial. I must admit chatting with him gave me the sense that I would be keen about working with them. The further discussions provided me brighter attitude about this job.
He was warm, accommodating but still very professional in dealing with an applicant like me.
Awkwardly, we had to reschedule the interview twice because of some circumstances on my end.
The reschedules even presented me with the certainty that I will be working with sensible, patient, very professional, level-headed and reasonable people.
I made it a point that I would be available for the rescheduled interview and I was glad I made it.
Talking to Francis provided me an even more positive outlook on my dreams to build my own virtual assistance someday.
I am not only working for a boss, but I am encouraged that I am going to work with someone who will be a remarkable mentor.
I was anxious after the interview that they may not pick me over the other qualified candidates. I know I have my limits and I have rescheduled twice. I actually made myself ready to receive the news that I would be rejected.
Truthfully, the email I received was some of the best news I received this year.
I have been aspiring to this kind of job for a long time.
I am happy. This may be an understatement.
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