Our Virtual Assistant Spotlight Series focuses on members of Meadows Resources Virtual Assistant Team and how they came to decide a career in virtual administration was the best fit for them. Below we speak with Cindy Garcia:
When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?
I worked half from an office and half from home prior to working fully virtual so I was getting a taste of what it was like to be virtual but wasn’t 100% virtual yet. In 2011, we moved due to my husband’s promotion. Now having moved we were alone with the kids and needed something so that we were able to be with the kids, so I decided to go into virtual assisting to be able to spend more time with my family.
Did your career background and experience fit into the general realm of virtual assistant work or was this a complete change in career?
My first work at home role was a customer service background so that had the customer service role which tied into virtual assisting. I worked as a customer service rep so I was 100% on the phone, which was a career change when I switched over to virtual assisting but I am a people person so I did not mind moving into the role. I was able to do a little more of what I did in customer service and administrative work.
What were your first thoughts when researching the scope of work of a virtual assistant?
I found it to be amazing that I am able to work from home and it does take a lot of responsibility and dedication. It is not all peaches and cream and it takes a lot of hard work which is something, integrity-wise, I am 100% on. I have always had a boss example around me for guidance but it’s great because I am able to do what I do without much guidance.
What ultimately made you decide this was the right career choice for you?
Ultimately, I have to go back to my family. This is the right career choice because I am able to be flexible. Having the flexibility is 100% why I enjoy virtually assisting so I can be with my family more while still working.
What steps did you need to take to become a virtual assistant?
I went online and checked every resource I could and applied for any and all virtual assistants available to me. Thankfully, I’ve been able to work for firms and actual companies and have had those opportunities to grow and learn and build my experience.
How did Meadows Resources help with the entire process of becoming trained in virtual administration?
I applied for the position with Lindsey (Meadows Resources). She reached out and set up an interview and loved my credentials. She talked and said I was a good fit and then from there I will get placed with any clients she feels will be the best fit for both of us.
What advice would you give to anyone on the fence about switching their career or simply becoming a virtual assistant out of college?
I would say, if they are looking for a virtual assistant role, definitely do what I did. Search job openings, resources, apply, apply, apply! I know something will come to them. You just have to get your foot in the door.
How could someone that is considering switching benefit from Meadows Resources?
Lindsey has many many resources and knows exactly how to recruit a candidate and know the perfect fit for the person and the client. She can also help them how to become a VA. I think they are very resourceful and experienced and definitely recommend.
Cindy is a highly motivated individual with exceptional bookkeeping, customer service, and administrative skills. She has 6+ years’ experience working virtually from home as an administrative professional, customer service representative, and employment verification specialist. Cindy has great attention to detail with great oral and written communication skills. She loves traveling with my family and enjoys the excitement of theme parks.