Are you guilty of sabotaging your own virtual assistant job search ?
Virtual Assistants can sometimes be a little too presumptuous when it comes to landing a home based job. After all, the vast majority of virtual job seekers have a home computer, an average of ten years of office experience and a college degree. It should be easy to get a great virtual administrative assistant or virtual office specialist job, right?
While those are certainly nice credentials, the virtual assistants who actually GET HIRED have a well equipped home office with all the tools necessary to work from home, an average of ten years of *VIRTUAL* office and freelance experience, and a degree PLUS technical certifications. In fact, most professional VA's have a solid understanding of technology, HTML and networking which allows them to be a trusted home office companion.
So, with this type of competition for a relatively small number of virtual assistant jobs and projects, how can you increase your chances of being hired?
The answer is simple: with a spectacular VOT resume profile and virtual assistant website.
- Set Up Your VOT Resume Profile Click Here
- Set Up Your Virtual Assistant Website -
About Your Virtual Assistant Website
Look around... everyone has a website these days. Small businesses, freelancers, independent operators - even families have a webpage! Therefore, virtual assistants who expect to have any respect at all in the marketplace simply MUST have at least a basic site that showcases their resume, skills and portfolio of work (if applicable).
But not to worry - you do not need HTML or web skills to build a great looking virtual assistant website. Better yet, you don't need much of an investment (if at all!) Most services offer free or very low cost website building and hosting. If you have not completed this important step in the hiring process then it is unlikely that you will land top job offers.
WHAT TO INCLUDE ON YOUR VIRTUAL ASSISTANT RESUME AND WEBSITE
Does your resume include the basics? Then get rid of them.
You probably have a basic, chronological resume that you've been using for years, right? Well, the first thing you'll need to do is start over with a new approach and fresh idea. Take a look at your current resume and see if you are using any or all of these dull or obsolete headings:
- WORK HISTORY
Traditional resumes that include a standard objective and list daily responsibilities of past jobs will *NOT* help you land a virtual assistant project. In this job market, you need something cutting edge that highlights your unique accomplishments and your ability to independently perform work from home if you want to gain the attention of a hiring manager.
Without fail, the first job seekers to complain about "never hearing anything" after they apply for a job are almost always the ones with the absolute worst resumes. Their VOT Resume Profile is either completely empty or looks as if it were thrown together without thought or care. If there is one thing we know for sure it is that hiring managers have no patience for short and sloppy virtual assistant resumes. To them, a potential virtual employee who cannot take the time to prepare a sophisticated document must also lack the professionalism to provide solid and reliable work from home.
Bottom line: Your resume matters !
Start With Improving On The Old Resume Objective.
Most experts agree that these types of throw-away statements are no longer viable and should be replaced with something that better highlights your particular brand of virtual brilliance.
Objective: To Work As A Virtual Assistant
This one sentence will get your resume rejected time and again. Why? Because it SCREAMS to the employer that you EXPECT them to hire you based on the fact that you want to work at home as a virtual assistant. That's great, but it doesn't SHOW the employer that you are capable or qualified. Remember, thousands of job seekers want exactly the same thing and many of them are more qualified than you (or just have better resumes).
Worse is when your Resume Objective contains wordy, filler statements that attempt to beef up your importance and professionalism without evidence. Anyone can say they are a great employee - but few can QUANTIFY that they are.
Objective: Challenging work as a virtual assistant with a progressive company where I can utilize my excellent office skills.
This objective makes it sound like you are doing the employer a favor by showing interest in their job opening. Essentially, this and most other objectives are nothing more than a waste of prime, front and center resume space that could be used for better purposes - like working to land you a great virtual job!
Remember, hiring managers do not care what you want. They only care about what you CAN DO - regardless of the circumstances. In fact, they would probably rather read that you are willing to work for ANY company "progressive" or not. The trick here is to stop thinking in terms of what the employer can do for you and start thinking about what YOU have to offer the employer.
Virtual Branding Headlines: A Virtual Job Winning Approach
Ask just about any employer and they will tell you that they consistently ignore Resume Objectives. So, what can you do to bring this prime piece of resume real estate back to life? Try a Virtual Branding Headline.
Think of your Virtual Branding Headline as the advertising slogan for your home based virtual services. What is it that you do best? Customer Service? Computer Programming? Accounting? Whatever your particular area of specialty, make sure that you have a Virtual Branding Headline that highlights it.
Resume Headlines work particularly well on virtual assistant WEBSITES because most VAs are independent operators who work as freelancers or small business owners as well traditional employees. A Virtual Branding Headline therefore, works well to bridge the gap between a virtual assistant business and a virtual assistant employee by showcasing your unique abilities.
Virtual Branding Website Headline Examples
You have about 10 seconds to catch the employers attention so create a resume that beats this "10 Second Rule" by using a dynamic Website/Resume Headline.
A Resume or Virtual Assistant Website Headline is an eye popping title that sums up your main career purpose in a short but sweet marketing statement. Not only can you use a Resume Headline in place of the Objective on your resume, but it is also useful in online resume databases and as the title of your VOT resume profile. (Sometimes, such as is the case with your VOT Resume Profile, your short headline is the ONLY thing an employer will read if it does not entice him to click further).
- Certified Virtual Paralegal * Wills, Estates, Real Estate * LexisNexis Qualified
- Web & Computer Programmer with 15 Years of Experience - SQL, PHP, HTML
- Award Winning Virtual Assistant. Project Management. Customer Service Excellence.
To Create Your Virtual Resume Headline:
One trick is to begin with an adjective that highlights your top attributes. (For example, if you have received numerous honors for your work, you might use "Award-winning" or "Sought After" if you have repeat clients ).
- Include your speciality or virtual niche. Are you an accounting specialist? A legal office expert? A medical transcriptionist? Whatever your niche, specify it. But beware! Do NOT use a generic "Virtual Assistant" heading! There are simply too many general virtual assistants to compete. If you want to set yourself apart then you will need to niche. If you have not yet established your specialty then another option is to cater your Virtual Branding Headline to the particular job for which you are applying.
- Add a virtual or keyword reference specific to the job or your background. For a hint on what to include, review the job posting and see what the company is looking for, then target the appropriate keywords.
Must-Have, Job Winning Resources
The Virtual Assistant's Guide to Marketing, 2nd Edition
Resume Advice with Job Winning Examples That Will Get You Hired
Fearless Resumes for Getting a Great Job Fast
Posted On April 24, 2012