The simplest explanation is that the interview and hiring process are long drawn out.Consider this: Why would a candidate (a highly sought-after one at that) spend months waiting for an offer?Instead, they’ll move on to the organisation that would hire them sooner.Here’s some data from Robert Half’s Time to Hire survey to back that up:For almost six in 10 workers (57%), the most frustrating part of the job search is the long wait after an interview to hear if they got the job.Nearly one-quarter (23%) lose interest in an organisation if they don’t hear back within one week after the initial interview; another 46% lose interest if there’s no status update from one-to-two weeks post-interview.When faced with a lengthy hiring process, 39% of survey respondents lose interest and pursue other roles, while 18% decide to stay put in their current job.Nearly one-third (32%) said a protracted hiring process makes them question the organisation’s ability to make other important decisions.In addition to losing out on top candidates slipping away, companies deal with some detrimental effects like the following:The role remains unfilled, which means there are employees who need to shoulder the open position’s responsibilities.This will likely lead to lower quality output and job dissatisfaction.The vacancy leads to unproductive hours and revenue loss.The longer the position stays unfilled, the larger the revenue loss.Poor online reviews in employment websites like Indeed and Glassdoor due to long recruitment processes.So what do you need to do to avoid all this?It’s crucial that you inform them after each step in the hiring process.If they don’t, they’ll assume the company isn’t interested and will move on to other opportunities.Clarify details from the outsetDetails matter; if you publish inaccurate information, you’ll end up losing candidates.
Want a sure-fire way to determine if a candidate’s values, attitude, and skills match the position you’re hiring for?Do a behavioral interview, which looks at how an applicant behaved in their past jobs to predict how they may act in the future.The problem with behavioral interviews is that they’ve become overly-structured and predictable.For example: when not done correctly, a behavioral interview may deem a candidate as suitable even when they’re not.Plus, there are resources and individuals out there who guide how to answer behavioral interview questions.They show candidates how to invent examples of good behavior or how to respond with prepared examples in real-time, among other things.Here’s a quick rundown of the things you need to do to conduct a truly useful behavioral job interview:Identify the requirements for the positionCreate a job description by talking to people who are successful in the role or at least something similar.Find out about required outputs as well so you can understand why specific characteristics are essential.Craft questions according to your listInquire how the applicant has demonstrated each trait in previous jobs.Try inquiries that allow competencies to be displayed more naturally.Dig deep into their documentsReview the cover letters, resumes, portfolios, and other materials that you received from the applicant.Go through what they’ve written with the behavioral characteristics in mind.
In the United States alone, tech companies and government officials have been asking employees to start working from home.Seattle’s King County is encouraging companies to allow remote work.Amazon has asked employees to test virtual private networks (or VPNs), which may mean that they may have to telecommute.JPMorgan has started a pilot program called “Project Kennedy, “which asks about 10% of its staff to work remotely as part of the financial institution’s resiliency testing.Remote work is no longer a noveltyWhile the abrupt work-from-home growth is expected to be temporary, know that the overall trend of telecommuting isn’t.According to a FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics study, there’s been a 91% growth in remote work in the past ten years (which has nothing to do with the coronavirus).The sudden demand for remote work, however, will likely bring permanent change.I do think we won’t go back.”What your team will needHowever, switching to a telecommuting setup will pose challenges to newcomers.For your team to function remotely, you’ll need the following:Proper hardware – Each team member expected to work remotely will need laptops.Software – The list includes cloud integration, remote access VPNs, remote desktop, and team management tools (e.g., project management software, time-tracking software).Training – Each team member expected to work remotely have to be trained in using the hardware and software.Sufficient bandwidth – It’s not enough for remote employees to use public Wi-Fi; they need high-speed internet connectivity to do their work correctly.IT support – Employees working from home will also need IT support when they encounter hardware or software issues – particularly for the remote newbies.A change in mindset – Telecommuting isn’t like regular office work; employees and leaders must change the way they approach it.When remote work starts, both should be more conscious of their collaboration and communication efforts.Remote working tipsRemote Workmate has been running a distributed workforce for several years now, so we know a thing or two about telecommuting.Here are some tips to help further along with your team’s transition to working from home:Continue developing rapport with your remote teamWhy?
Why do real estate investors fail in setting up a cold-calling system using virtual assistants?And why can’t they seem to implement anything that works?According to licensed real estate agent Connor Steinbrook, the mastermind behind Investor Army – a rapidly growing YouTube channel – it’s because real estate investors are unrealistic when looking for trained VAs with real estate and cold-calling experience.In Connor’s words:“You’re trying to track down someone that doesn’t exist.And since you’re having a hard time finding them, you try to set the strategy up, you look and you try, then you back off because it’s taking time.You need to stop looking for the invisible unicorn person out there.”Connor backs this claim by sharing that people frequently call his office to ask if he has:A real-estate-trained virtual assistantA cold-calling-trained virtual assistantA cold-call-trained and real-estate-trained virtual assistantTrain VAs yourselfThe truth is that unless a VA has worked in a real estate company for years, they’re not going to be trained in that area.Otherwise, you’ll have to teach them yourself.Interestingly, Connor believes that VAs don’t need to be trained in real estate or cold calling at all.This opens up your prospects to mostly all VAs who are skilled at communicating over the phone.“You don’t need a superstar; you just need a person that you can have work with you to help set the appointment to the future call, not the house appointment,” says Connor.The only information you needThe problem is that most real estate agents are trying to get their VAs to take all kinds of unnecessary details like:Seller intake formsMortgage informationRepair informationYes, you’ll need those details, but you don’t need a VA to get them.
It’s downright frustrating when an applicant doesn’t show up for their contract signing or the first day of work.Has this ever happened to you?Ghosting is an emerging issue in the staffing scene and is likely to get worse as more candidates believe it’s reasonable to disappear on a recruiting employer without explanation.The virtual job market is hot, so a labour shortage means seekers can afford to be choosy.Already, a considerable percentage of workers are backing out from positions after having said yes.This can be a problem if you’ve taken down your job ad and stopped all hiring efforts because you thought you'd found the one.Meaning, you’ll start over from scratch if your candidate ghosts you.Ghostbusting TipsTo prevent your top candidates from disappearing on you, you’ll need to adopt strategies to keep them engaged throughout the recruitment process.appealing without exaggerating the benefits).Let them know where they are in the recruitment process, be it for a second interview or an exam.Encourage their enquiriesYour top candidates have numerous options so they’ll likely have things they’d like to ask about the job and your company.
You need to verify that the candidate has:The skillsThe experienceThe culture fit for your office.You need to do all that while also getting each VA candidate’s buy-in.Remember: they need to like you as much as you want them.Of course, you have to do all this quickly because everyone involved is busy.If you add too many steps in the interview process, you risk losing great candidates because other companies will entice them before you do.So how do you get all the information you need to make an informed decision about a candidate and do it as quickly as possible?Vanessa shares several well-researched suggestions to help you navigate the interview process and screen your candidates effectively.the person comes to you with several solutions for you to pick from).Is a natural caretaker and takes the initiative to do so.Interview tipsUse an online scheduling system like YouCanBook.Me or SimplyBook.Me, which link to your calendar.Vanessa shares that her meetings don’t last longer than 7 or 8 minutes.As soon as she knows the candidate isn’t a match for the job, she wraps up the interview.Take notes during interviews.
You may have noticed that it’s not as high as you want it to be.Instead of communicating with prospects, your agents are spending most of their day looking for new leads, securing contact information and scheduling meetings.It may put money back into your pocket, but it doesn’t benefit your company.Confirming tomorrow’s meetingsSave time and make money when you get this done.By making sure that you aren’t waiting for a no-show on Skype or in a cafe, you’re giving yourself more chances to sell.The sad news is that seeking confirmation takes more effort than you think.Some people are only ever available during the time they’ve already set aside for you for the actual meeting.Researching about prospectsGet a sales virtual assistant, to put together a short briefing note that contains industry numbers, deal size and other details before your calls with prospective clients.Instead of scouring the web for additional information on your leads, you’ll be able to save your energy for building a professional relationship with them.Finding more leadsAs long as you set parameters, you can assign someone else to mine social media and other networks for a list of qualified candidates for your selling efforts.While there are many ways to achieve this, it can be challenging to make it personal and efficient.A virtual assistant can help with crafting messages, finding gifts and sending cards.The system is supposed to streamline your business processes and automate your everyday tasks—if set up and used correctly.However, this takes time that you could be used for making a sale.Answering your callsThe most disruptive form of communication these days are phone calls.
Meet Bobby Baehne, digital marketing specialist and president of Think Big Go Local Inc, a social media management firm based in McHenry, Illinois.She has a few concerns about hiring social media managers today:One of the biggest problems in the job market right now is that anybody with a Facebook page thinks they’ve got what it takes to call themselves a social media manager.As a small business, you’re probably being hit up by all kinds of people (individuals and companies) that make you the promise that they can build your audience, increase visibility, and take over all your social media management.But how do you know that they’re not going to suck at it?Over the years, Bobby has heard her share of laughable encounters.Here are several off the top of her head:One of her clients was trying to choose a social media company to help them with their online presence.Company X had 3,090 Twitter followers, but when their account was checked in Twitter Audit, Bobby learned that 3,000 of these followers were purchased.Bobby checked out another social media company, which had only 110 Facebook followers on their business page.If they can’t do it for themselves, can they do it for clients?Last one: the third social media company’s Twitter account has been closed down for spam.Because of these experiences, Bobby is sharing ways you can tell an excellent social media manager from a bad one.Do a background checkNothing super extensive – just ask for references and read every online review about the company.When you ask for those references, have them send you links of social media accounts they’ve been managing that are similar to your business model.Ask them to include clients’ emails, names, and phone numbers so you can contact them and ask what their experience has been like.If an individual or social media company isn’t willing to do this for you, be sceptical.Look at their digital footprintCheck out the social media manager’s website and online profiles, and see how well they’re branding themselves.
One of the most critical metrics for evaluating the efficiency of your hiring process is cost-per-hire.It helps you identify areas where you need to improve and guide you in setting a budget for recruitment efforts.No matter the size of your company or industry, you’re always limited by your funds.Implementing headhunting strategies without proper consideration of your budget is never a good idea.The worst-case scenario is that you waste money on hiring techniques that don’t even work, so you get sub-par candidates.There are plenty of talent benchmark reports for you to look at online.Interestingly, the average time to fill a position usually gets shortened as candidates get hired more quickly.It allows you to compare costs from different sourcesThrough this information, you can determine which outlets are most effective for posting job ads.If you’d like to get accurate localised results, take advantage of embedded features on applicant tracking systems.It teaches you to take a unique approach per categoryMany of the best employees are already working for someone else.
When you notice a problem, the quickest way to encourage a change in behaviour is to give feedback.This will help your co-worker improve on the key areas you bring up.Fortunately, many become inspired or motivated to perform better when they receive constructive criticism rather than be put off by it.Giving feedback isn’t limited to those who work under you or are of the same level as you.The process of giving feedback is relatively the same, but the results can vary according to your relationship.Gauge whether the person is open to whatever you have to say, especially if it’s your boss.If you know that they’re likely to react negatively, it’s better not to say anything.You can also consult with another colleague to see what they think.When it’s someone higher than youYour superior may get defensive or upset about your feedback regardless of how you’ve carefully thought it out.They might never want to hear you speak about their sales skills, for example, so provide constructive criticisms on other areas instead.Giving Feedback in GeneralNo matter if you’re giving feedback to someone of the same level or someone higher than you, there are some steps you can take to ensure positive results.Choose the right timeAs much as possible, give feedback within 24 hours of a specific instance or event, but allow enough time, so none of you feels rushed.
An outage can cost more than just your convenience: It can also result in you losing your clients, spending money on mobile data and expending more effort to deliver your output.Inevitably, your internet connection won’t always be as stable as you want it to be – especially during times of natural disaster, an issue with your internet service provider, or something completely unexpected.Rather than winging it for when it happens, it’s best to be prepared; formulate a backup plan now and minimise the headaches.For instance, if you’re using PLDT DSL, you can get a Globe Pocket WiFi to ensure continuous access to applications critical to your work.While backup connections do guarantee continuity, they often remain unused, so it’s understandable if you’re reluctant to invest in one.Have offline copies of your workBeing a remote worker usually means that the bulk of your documents and files are found on the cloud.Hence, make sure you save backup copies on your computer or an external hard drive.Doing so allows you to edit or check things even when the net is down.Switch to a laptopIf you aren’t already using a laptop, consider switching to one.However, many people prefer using a desktop because:They’re more ergonomic.They typically provide better value for money.They’re easier to upgrade since you can quickly switch out parts.The problem is that you can’t bring desktops along when you want to work outside your home – like when there’s an internet outage.You very well cannot carry all of your desktop’s components to a co-working space, after all.Research nearby workspacesYou may want to look into co-working spaces or other venues near your home where you can get connected again.A coffee shop or cafe with reliable internet is a right choice too.Do you find these places too expensive for your tastes?
Working from home is growing increasingly common among the millennial generation.It helps you start a business, build up a network of clients, explore other careers, earn more money—simply pave your own path.But while you’ll have to sacrifice your traditional job and steady paycheck for it, remote work can be well worth it.Your family won’t always be sold on the idea though.They may think that you’re only between jobs or you’re having a hard time finding an office position.Consider it an opportunity to hone your marketing skills.Convince your mom and dad as if you’re selling your value to a potential client.Show the numbersAccording to a 2018 report from the Philippine Statistics Authority, the self-employed are the second largest class of workers, making up 26.9% of the total employed.There’s also an estimated 1.5 million Filipino online freelancers.These numbers alone can show your parents that working online is part of the new employment landscape and that it’s a completely safe opportunity.Use an analogyCompare remote work to something like running a small business.On social media, it’ll appear as if you’re living a comfortable life, even when you aren’t.That’s because you also have bills to pay and clients to chase like everyone else.Be forthright with your parents as well as your followers on social media that working from home isn’t always rainbows and butterflies.Demonstrate your expertiseStay updated on new trends in your industry and become familiar with the market.
While many professionals prefer the stability of an office job, more are choosing the flexibility of working from home.It’s a different matter when they’re asking you to pay to be interviewed or something similar.Most, if not all, clients will require that you have your own laptop or desktop computer, along with a working headset and high-speed internet connection.So, there’s no reason why you’ll want to pick a work-from-home position that needs you to log in at certain times as you did before.Consider freelance work if most of your prospective clients have a set schedule.They won’t be as profitable as full-time jobs, yet they can establish a solid foundation for your home-based career.Does it help me earn extra money?Let’s say you were able to land a good part-time position that requires you to work only 4 hours a day, if not less.You might be able to insert a side gig here and there to bring in extra cash.You can choose the kind of work you want to do.
This passion can stem from being personally invested in your employer’s mission of your employer or profoundly caring about the tasks that are in front of you.But what happens when you have to do the same thing repeatedly for years?You’ll have a hard time securing the results you desire at this rate, whether it’s a salary increase, promotion or bonus.To regain the zest you had when you were new to remote work, consider the strategies below.Being passionate doesn’t mean you have to bear the burden alone.Fortunately, lengthy commutes aren’t as issue for remote workers since most work from home.Avoid having to go to places that take longer than 20 minutes of travel time.Declutter your workspaceBecause you work remotely, you’re the only person who sees the actual status of your desk.In the same way that you want to get your inbox to zero, clear your work area up as well.Once you’ve begun decluttering your home office desk, you’re making choices on what you want to keep or not.As you progress in your online career, ask the advice of those who’ve been through similar issues, and find out how they’ve managed to overcome the obstacles.Set aside time to unwind with friends and family too.
Start a conversation about your quality by asking something like, “Where can I improve?”.Not only are you taking the initiative but also making a good impression on your client.At the same time, you can improve your skills and become a better worker.Start smallNewcomers should avoid taking on too much and just focus on one primary responsibility.Take stock of your priorities and regular tasks, then figure out how you can shorten, eliminate, or delegate them.Think about what you can do to stay ahead of less important stuff.Organizing your time will help you become open to new opportunities and approach existing tasks productively.Be sure to include time for recreation or rest for work-life balance.Establish goalsSet objectives and write them down.Your mind will likely wander, so bring it back to the present moment again and again.Do this every day and see your concentration power increase.Reach outConnect with people across the company whenever and wherever possible.
Even if everything seems to be going well, your client’s responses and feedback may suddenly stop coming in without explanation, and you’re left hanging.While undesirable, it’s a common scenario for remote professionals like virtual assistants.Here are several ways how you can stop employers from pulling a disappearing act.Choose clients carefully from the beginningIt’s tempting to do business with all of the people who come to you for help.However, this also increases your chances of getting duds, who will only waste your time and effort.Learn to disqualify your prospects by asking about their history in working with agencies or experts.If they have a bad reputation in the industry, there’s something wrong, so there’s no point in pursuing a working relationship with them even if they do offer a large amount of money.Improve the client onboarding processMake sure your client is aware of what you need to be productive.You don’t want to send too many emails at once, though, as you might scare them off instead.Use no-oriented questionsEnsure that your employer’s full attention is on you by leading them with no-oriented questions.Likewise, you can quickly build trust with them as you show that you are thinking of their best interests and don’t want to waste their time with small talk.Just remember to use this method sparingly, though as you might come across as passive-aggressive if you rely on it too often.Secure a response for every emailUsing the no-oriented technique discussed above, you increase the chances of the client opening your email, but you have to prompt them to respond too.
Imagine not having to commute to work or spend on fares, fuel or parking.If you already have the necessary equipment to do your job, your costs can become even lower.The problem is that your tools and gadgets won’t remain in good working condition forever.They’ll break at some point, so you’ll have to replace them yourself.There are cases where you may need to upgrade your gear even when they’re still working too.You’ll have to consider if it’s the right time, what the best model is for your needs, how much you’re willing to spend and so on.In this article, Remote Workmate provides advice on how you can go about upgrading the devices and tools you use for your online job to ensure you’re getting valuable upgrades.Is It the Right Time?The first thing you need to check is if it’s the right time to get new gear.As long as your tools still meet your clients’ requirements, they don’t need to be replaced.When it’s been a while since you’ve bought your devices, there’s a good chance that they’re no longer able to meet current standards.Some tasks can also be accomplished with only one piece of equipment now, so you don’t have to purchase a new model for every old gadget anymore.For instance, you might have owned a desktop computer in the past and had to buy a keyboard, a web camera and a mouse separately.
Working from home continues to be on the rise as more people choose to sleep than endure the commute.Examples include chatting by the water cooler, dropping by a colleague’s cubicle and sharing cake for someone’s birthday celebration.It’s just that they don’t have to spend time getting ready for a day around others or commuting to the office.Online jobs tend to come and go too.They may not necessarily enjoy the social activities expected in a physical office, yet they can always choose to go to a library, co-working space or coffee shop for human interaction.With a quick Google search, they can find out the best public locations for getting stuff done.Many of these facilities hold events such as pitch parties or training sessions so a remote worker can still boost their knowledge and expand their network.Stereotype No.While they’re usually the ones most interested in flexible arrangements, there are many online professionals from generation X too—and they earn as much as their office-based counterparts!Certainly, technical knowledge is necessary and some older individuals may have a difficult time learning to use a computer effectively.
It might be because they’re prone to micromanaging every aspect of your work, or that they tend to write off any ideas that they didn’t think up.Or you may just have a bad first impression of them and can’t get over it.Because you’re having a hard time changing or escaping the dynamic that has been established, you can end up feeling discouraged, stressed or unproductive.You might even think the only to fix the problem is by ending the contract, even if you like the other areas of the job.Don’t make a resignation letter or send in a notice yet!Understand that people aren’t inherently bad but they have weaknesses that can be triggered by the need to deliver results.So, take a look at why they’re acting the way they are and practice empathy.They might be having a bad week, have too much on their plate, or are experiencing personal issues they can’t help but bring to work.This benefits you in the long run too, because you’ll learn to always finish your work before the deadline and avoid working overtime to complete tasks.Seek advice from colleaguesTalking to a fellow remote worker under the same employer can give you some insight in improving the dynamic.If yes, find out how they’ve managed to stay with the employer for so long.
It’s common for American clients to insist you call them by their first name.In casual conversations – Americans engage in short, informal and friendly small talk.In any case, this tip applies to all other clients as well.Australian clientsIn meetings – Australians (colloquially known as Aussies) tend to start meetings with some small talk.And because they’re typically laid-back, you may also encounter them engaging in some slang, jokes and swearing.In how they communicate – Aussies speak plainly, if not a little bluntly – but note that this isn’t aggression.g’day, cuppa, footy).In casual conversations – Aussies start conversations with, “Hi, how’s it going?”, but it’s a greeting and not a question.How about you?”In work-life balance – They may be laid-back, but Aussies work extremely hard when in the office and rarely ever refuse extra work even when their schedule is full.On hierarchies – Among Westerners, Aussies don’t place as much value in workplace hierarchies.But don’t stare – occasionally break eye contact to avoid making your client feel uncomfortable.New Zealander clientsIn meetings – New Zealanders (colloquially known as Kiwis) tend to be serious in meetings but they try to keep the mood relaxed with their humor and some small talk.
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