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It may come as a surprise that being on Facebook as a professional is not always a bad thing. Yes, you have heard horror stories about the employees who posted less than flattering statuses and photos of themselves and ultimately got fired over it. That is a topic for another day, though.

Facebook, for virtuals and clients, can be a great way to disseminate positions, job inquiries, and a place to ask questions and voice concerns. With the availability of Facebook groups specific to virtual assistants and clients, as well as Facebook, being a great place to create a professional profile of yourself that is a little more relaxed than a Linkedin profile, with a great ability to connect with like-minded virtual assistants and the clients who want to hire them.

Here are some reasons why being on Facebook may not be a bad idea for virtuals and clients:

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Clients have the responsibility of deciding to hire a virtual assistant and then following up by looking through applications to find the best virtual assistant for your company. A little-known idea for many companies is that how you position your company will also equate to the type of virtual assistants you have applying.

Offer little to no means for advancement and the tools for success and you may find yourself with virtual assistants applying that also do not want to move up or progress in the company. Whereas, being involved and having your virtual assistants be a direct member of your company culture and give them the means to succeed and you will find your inbox filling up with applications of driven virtual assistants. Below are some tips on how to attract the best virtual assistants for the job:

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Different fields may give different benefits based on your work and what company you work for. Some people find 401K’s and health insurance to be perks, others find two weeks paid vacation to be a perk.

For many virtual assistants, the perks do not come in the tangible form of vacation or a savings plan, but in the idea of being free from an office and free to come and go–as long as the work is being done. The freedom is whatever you make of it, whether it be working out of a coffee shop every day or being able to wear comfy pants while you work. Below are some of the main reasons many enter the field of virtual assisting and some virtual assistant perks.

Working From Home

Working from home is a major benefit to those who work as virtual administrators. You can roll out of bed, jump on the computer and sit with a cup of coffee and no one would know the difference.

This lifestyle works very well for women who want to be a stay-at-home mom, those who may have a disability that prevents them from commuting or even college students who want to start a meaningful career but do not have the time to go into an office.

Anyone needing a little bit of freedom from the 9-5 rat race can truly benefit from the idea of working from home. You save money on your commute, you do not need an entire wardrobe of office clothes and you can be around those you love a bit more if they are also home with you.

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Congratulations, you just hired a virtual personal assistant for the first time. You needed the extra help, saw the growth within the virtual assistant job market and decided that having a virtual assistant would help you towards your own business goals. But, now what?

Unlike in-office employees where there is on boarding, training, etc. you are now hiring an employee who could be a town over, a state over, or even in another country, so how do you figure out what they should do and teach them how to do it?

There are many ways you can go about this virtual assistant training so that your virtual assistant will be knowledgeable and ready to take on the daily tasks without questions in no time. Below are ways to delegate tasks to a new virtual personal assistant.

Be a welcoming employer, first and foremost:

There is an immediate distance between yourself and your virtual assistant that comes from not working in the same office. While virtual assistants know they will not be feeling the same as if they were in office, you as the employer also need to make sure they feel welcomed enough to stay. Unfortunately, virtual positions make coming and going much easier–so best to make your new virtual assistant want to come on and stay.

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Virtual VS Traditional

Hire virtual assistants versus full-time employees? is a question that more and more businesses are asking themselves. Cost and following traditional work arrangements can deter some employers from choosing virtual workers. As a result businesses often feel like they are succeeding when they have a growing roster of employees. What that really shows is the growth of overhead and the commitment of resources that are not driving revenue. The hidden costs of on-site employees.

Reality of Traditional

Yet, the hidden costs of on-site employees are far greater than a business might expect. Office space, furniture, equipment, utilities, benefits, PTO, breaks, unproductive time to name a few. Add human resource needs to the mix, liabilities, and the current procedures necessary in letting someone go if they are not working out and we can see it’s not an apples to apples comparison. Continue Reading

Brutal Honesty Video Interview Advice

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

Lets Face It

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. The hiring managers and recruiters rarely contact you back, and you don’t know why.

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.

Oh How It Sucks

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. 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

Creating your own opportunities

Forward Thinking

Hi! My name is Lindsey. Reflecting on my past is the best way to have forward thinking on our future. With over ten years’ experience in human resources and recruiting—five of those years in a virtual capacity. Working for dozens of industries worldwide in traditional and virtual settings. I started my company because I always thought, “Why am I at work when I could be doing the same exact thing from home and spending more time with my kids?” I hit the brick wall of being a working single mother. My kids need me and I need them. If I leave work because my kids are sick then I’m a bad employee and a good mom, and if I have to work then I am a good employee and a bad mom.

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