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Last updated: May 27, 2015
Published: May 27, 2015
Virtual assistant (VA) is individual who provides office, administrative, technical, or creative assistance to clients from remote location. in most cases VA’s are self employed independent contractors who provide professional assistance to businesses and entrepreneurs from their home office.
Virtual Assistants offer clients: office, administrative, business, technical, sales, marketing, and personal assistance. To get detailed idea what kind of services virtual assistants perform check out the IVAA ‘s article about 101 ways to use VA.
We can freely conclude that almost everyone can apply and be a virtual assistant, the main thing or the catch is, to get good paying and long term VA position.
in order to achieve that here are some tips for Virtual Assistants:
There are no strict requirements for VA positions, nevertheless the VA’s who venture in continuous learning will always have the advantage. We recommend taking as much as possible online courses and get certifications in fields that are closely related to your expertise.
You can post your resume containing skills, experience, education and certification at one ore more specialized platforms for VA jobs (which we list below). Getting your own website doesn't hurt either, especially if it's professionally done containing portfolio of all your training, education, references and experience. It is also imperative to include special section with detailed list of services and tasks you provide..
Joining professional VA networks can significantly increase the chances of landing dream VA jobs, socialize with other VA’s, exchange resources, experiences and ideas.
Below we feature lists with popular online platforms specialized in VA’s, resources for VA’s and list with freelancing and online jobs boards that have dedicated VA sections.
A team of US based virtual assistants, that work for clients both in USA and worldwide. And they are always looking for clever people to join their team.
They hire only the best US based candidates. The hiring process is very rigorous, only a few are selected from each pool. Upon selection VA’s go through Zirtual University, a comprehensive learning program.
Specialized in VA recruitment service helping entrepreneurs find qualified, experienced and General VA’s. It is number one platform for Filipino based Virtual Assistants.
Self proclaimed leader in providing leaders and entrepreneurs with US based Executive Virtual Assistants! There are positions for Executive, Virtual, Personal, Productivity, Project, Research and Social Media Assistants.
This platform offers SEO, press and social media Virtual Assistance, executed mainly from Philipino VA’s.
Another virtual assistant organization providing business and professionals with a variety of online VA
services. They use English-speaking VA’s from USA, UK, Australia and across Europe.
One of the oldest VA’s sites (since 1999), it is a job board for US-only VA positions. The downside is that you will need to pay monthly or annual fee to see what's is listed (we have not tried it). USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK (There are many free alternatives)
With more than 1.1 million VA task completed since it was founded, time etc is another admirable VA platform. All VA candidates must pass, identity, education, skill, work history and IQ check.
Virtual professional services company which provides Admin & Customer Service for companies around the world. They have both US and UK offices, and they use VA’s from North America and Europe.
Online since 1998, this platform specializes in document and information virtual (remote office) outsourcing. They have more than 50000 VA’s in their directory.
They call themselves as a productivity accelerator that helps high-performance professionals and working teams grow their businesses faster by delegating strategic tasks to our team of professional administrators.
US based Virtual Assistant services, assisting in the fields of: Administration, Bookkeeping, Blogging, Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, SEO, Product Launches, Website Design, etc..
Another less popular VA platform that offers pre-screened virtual assistant for hire. The assistants work offsite and only as many hours as needed.
Another less popular VA service that is worth mentioning in our list. They offer various VA services but secretarial being the main one.
The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the VA.
The largest global networking place online for successful and aspiring Virtual Assistants. It contains lots of free information useful for VA’s
Online university for virtual assistants. They provide professional training for VA’s and offer comprehensive and transformational four months mentoring program for becoming a professional Virtual Assistant.
This resource aims to help virtual professionals create and sustain the kind of meaningful relationships that will help them grow professionally and personally.
SVA was formed in 2005 to promote VA’s to the UK businesses and press, run by volunteers. Excellent resource for UK based virtual assistants. They also provide a searchable database for clients looking for a VA’s.
The International Association of Virtual Assistants, who were the innovators and founders of the concept of virtual assistant support associations within the UK with international members in Europe and as far afield as Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
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