Invest In Career Training and Ongoing Education
As a very busy Virtual Assistance firm, we receive hundreds of resumes and inquiries from people who have decided that the Virtual Assistance Industry is something that is very interesting to them. The unfortunate truth is that only rarely receive do we receive a resume that outlines the skills, hard and soft, that my firm requires. In fact, this one crossed my desk this morning.
I am interested in becoming a VA. How does this work? Do you send the work to me weekly or are there larger, longer term projects to be had?
Please let me know – thank you!
Clearly this person has no concept at all about what it is that we do. I hate to admit that we are seeing more and more of this type of resume which is what prompted me to write this article. People are losing their jobs at a truly frightening pace and turning to the internet to either supplement or replace their income and the Virtual Assistance Industry on the face of it looks like something that could be easy and fun to do.
Job seekers are reading online that there is a very high demand for Virtual Assistants without understanding what the qualifications and skill sets are that set us apart from our competition. Simply possessing entry level office skills does not an entrepreneur make and that is exactly what we are. We are highly trained, highly competent, highly motivated professionals who regularly self-invest in career training, certifications and continuing education.
One of the best pieces of advice that I ever received is this: “Invest in yourself”.
When employment opportunities are scarce, investing in yourself can mean continuing your education, staying on the cutting edge of your chosen field or developing a new area of expertise. In any case, investing in yourself requires time, energy and often a financial commitment. Self-employed professionals who pursue continuing education stay on the frontiers of their fields more effectively. Their pursuit of new knowledge signals to clients that they take nothing for granted, that they are not stagnant and they are working daily to self-improve. When you invest in your own career training you are increasing your market skills and will earn consistently high professional fees.
While there is no formal path to training for small business ownership or entrepreneurship, training with successful professionals can give you a helpful edge in your market. As more companies and individuals rely on new technology and the internet to do business, job growth in the Virtual Assistance Industry is expected to grow rapidly.
My colleague’s advice, offered so many years ago, continues to ring true. We must invest in ourselves and, as a corollary, in our employees and team members in order to reap maximum returns.
Virtual Assistance University
Virtual Assistance Certification Training
The Virtual Assistance University is a collaboration of experts from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the faculty members are virtual assistants, web developers, WordPress platform experts, social media marketing experts, technologists, profit growth consultants, sales trainers and business development coaches. We even have a nationally renowned Psychologist who will teach you how to overcome fear and self-resistance. Each faculty member contributes years of practical experience to accelerate your growth and success.
The Virtual Assistant Certification course is a structured 20 week performance improvement program in which goals are set, actions are taken and results are realized. You will be provided with a performance plan, a disciplined implementation process, daily measurement systems, and a very unique accountability process along with specific tasks, tactics, tools and strategies to attain your business goals.
Social Media Marketing Certification Course
During the course of this 4 week intensive course you will learn how to balance your online social media marketing efforts. Every online marketing campaign needs balance. To stay relevant with your core audience, you need to interact with them and create impressions across several marketing channels. By experiencing the brand’s message across several marketing channels, the likelihood of being able to recall the brand (you) and your message is greatly increased.
Have questions about the Virtual Assistance Industry? Email them to me at info @ virtualassistantindustry.com.
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