virtual administration

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 Stacy Zeiler:

When did you decide you wanted to be a virtual assistant and what made you consider the change?

One day at the end of 2015 I was reflecting on the year I had and I was annoyed that I was spending so much time in the car sitting in traffic going to and from work.  And if I wanted to have any experiences in life outside of work it would all be focused for the weekends.  I was basically living most of my life (experience wise) for less than 30% of the year.  Don’t get me wrong, I like accounting.  I like learning, working hard, solving problems and stimulating my mind.  I do believe there is more to life than making it all about work.  I believe in a healthy work/life balance.  Although, I am a person that works hard at everything I do and I do push myself to learn, grow and take on new/different challenges.  I was just more so tired of not having as much control over my life, if that makes sense.  I was looking forward to a change, and once I started remote work…I realized I was more productive.  More productive with work and outside work, I was happier.  I found that more of the goals I made in the beginning of the year were getting crossed off.  It gave me a sense of purpose, since you can’t slack or it affects you.  It challenged me in a way that I wanted.

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Brutal Honesty Video Interview Advice
Brutal Honesty from a Career Recruiter about Your Video Interview

Oh, we like you! We really, really do! That is why we called you and scheduled a video interview. Too bad you are in your PJ’s and we can see your mom’s house hasn’t been updated since the 70’s. No, we will call you! You don’t have to call us. Bye-bye candidate! Need a little video interview advice? Better luck next time.

If you have ever had a bad video interview experience don’t feel alone, so have I. Nothing in my past professional experience really prepared me for what I saw when I video interviewed you the other day. Here is some video interview advice to ensure your next video interview a little better. Continue Reading

Brutally Honest Resume Advice from a Career Recruiter
Brutally Honest Resume Advice from a Career Recruiter

Let’s face it, you have a bad resume. It’s okay; you threw it together one evening after too many drinks with little to no training on how writing a resume should be done and have received no prior resume advice. The hiring managers and recruiters rarely contact you back when you submit it and you have no earthly idea why you are not getting called in for an interview.

Your resume sucks, that is why you are not getting any love from the hiring manager—just being honest. Worse off, it sucks so bad that no one has the heart to tell you, which puts you at a disadvantage. As a human resources professional, with over ten years of experience recruiting for over a dozen industries both public and private, I have seen some badly written resumes.

An example includes one epic twelve-page cover letter that detailed every sordid detail of one applicant’s whole life story. It was riveting to read, but he didn’t get the job. I did, however, let him know gently that he was not what we were looking for, but that he should pursue a career in writing, I hope he did. If you want to know why you are not getting any calls back, I am about to set you straight on resume etiquette and give some resume advice. Continue Reading

For stay-at-home moms, professionals looking for a more flexible schedule, or someone just looking to make a bit of extra money, the idea of work-at-home job is appealing on many levels. There are many home business ideas out there, but most are based on sales. They require not only selling and marketing a product, but the purchase of the product before you can even sell it. Many of us are not natural salesmen and marketers, let alone versed in the economic planning needed to purchase and then turn profit on a product with regular efficiency. These skills can be learned, but if you don’t find them as a natural fit, then the chances of sticking with it sharply decrease. You have to believe in the product you’re selling and marketing, which is much different than merely liking it. Believing in a product requires an understanding of the philosophy behind it, the culture of who’s producing it, the target audience, and the process of how it is made. Luckily, the revolution of virtual administration gives you a product that you do believe in, yourself. You know exactly the amount of effort you’ve put into the acquisition of your skill-set, what you’re about, and what you have to offer.

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At some point in everyone’s professional career, the desire to be your own boss arises. Fantasies of making your own schedule, controlling how things happen, and not having to run around fulfilling seemingly unreasonable demands and deadlines set in. Why are things done this way when it would be much easier and time effective to do it differently? If I could only be taken seriously when I make a suggestion. Why do others get to make so much more when I put in the hard work? I’m tired of others getting recognized and rewarded for my ideas. The commute to work alone can often ruin your day; the lost time and heavy traffic, the stress of making it in on time when something slows you down, fuel and maintenance for your vehicle. There are uncountable reasons that sap the joy from your day. If I could only . . .

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