It has been incredible! My first week with a Virtual Assistant has been amazing. So far, my VA has helped me write summaries, aggregate research for blog posts and started to manage my social media.
After reading The Four Hour Work Week, I decided to try and find a VA that could assist with some business tasks that I had been doing, but no longer had the time to complete. I’ve had friends and and other business owners tell me they’ve tried to outsource work to a virtual assistant with no luck, saying it took more time to explain how to complete the task than the task itself took.
With all that in mind, I started by doing research into where to find VA’s, what hourly rate I should expect, the hiring process, etc. I quickly found that the first thing I had to do was to create a job requisition and define what I was looking for. Here is the actual job posting I used to find a VA.
There are dozens of places to post your job rec online- I narrowed it down to two:
I decided to focus on OnlineJobs.ph. It cost $50/month for 3 job postings. I only used 1 of my 3, and found the job posting process to be simple and well worth the cost.
After posting my job at 3:00pm EST, within about 30 minutes I had 3 or 4 applicants, which is 3:00 AM Philippines time… It was great! I also used the search feature built into the platform to find some candidates to reach out and personally asking them to apply.
Within a week of having the job posting up, I had 93 applicants and over 1,300 views of the job. As someone who knew exactly what I was looking for- I found it fun to narrow down the applicants! In order to help me narrow down candidates, I included a little task in the Job Rec. I asked anyone applying for the job to “summarize the job post” in their application. This simple task helped in a couple ways.
First, it weeds out the 60% that are just copy-pasting the same body of text into every job posting they find on the site. It also allowed me to judge two key skills required for the job, their ability to speak fluent and cohesive English, and their ability to concisely summarize information.
I was able to weed out 70 – 80% of the applications based on the results of this simple task. It’s possible I skipped over the best candidate in the group, but this method saves a TON of time by throwing away anyone that didn’t read the job application, and couldn’t concisely summarize a job rec.
For the remaining 20 – 30% of applicants, I went through each of their applications and read what they had to say. If their application matched what I was looking for, I went to their profile and checked their social media to make sure what they applied with matched the research I found. This narrowed it down to 10% of the total applicants. With these 9, I sent them a few additional follow-up questions.
I ended up with 6 potential candidates. I ranked them in order and interviewed the top 3. The VA I went with was #2 of the 3. They did a few things to really make me feel comfortable with them. After I set up an interview with them, this candidate candidate sent me a reminder the morning before our interview as a confirmation and update. Similarly, after interviewing this candidate followed up with a screenshot showing me they were getting acquainted with some software I mentioned I used in my business. The initiative was so impressive, I would be dumb to hire anyone else. They were working for me before officially working for me!
On March 30th, I sent Glaze an official offer letter from Apollo Studios. She accepted the same day.