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The Job Interview

Recruiting an individual should be an entirely unemotional and logic-driven exercise. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as many people will allow their feelings and emotions to influence decisions that they have to make. For an interview candidate, this phenomenon creates problems and opportunities.

You and everyone else involved in an interview may know that you are the perfect candidate in terms of skills and experience. However, other concerns of a more personal nature also have a large part to play. Many candidates fall short because they are unable to convince the interviewers of their suitability as measured by the employers’ concerns. The converse of this applies as well, whereby you might not be the best in terms of skills and experience, but you are a perfect fit when it comes to the personality side of issues considered.

It often happens that the best person for the job in terms of skills and experience is not the one appointed. Other people not involved in the interview process often meet this regular occurrence in the workplace with bewilderment and disbelief. It may be that you yourself were overlooked for a role or a promotion when you believe that you were the best person for the job. If you understand that the entire package represented by a prospective employee is evaluated, you may then understand why this may have happened to you.

How to start a VA business in Florida

This is a basic and quick reference on how to start a Virtual Assistant Business. This is especially useful for people who live in Florida because of the big number of so-called “snowbirds”. A snowbird is a person who moves for winter months to Florida (or California). Often, these people are retired and they usually come from northern states and Canada.

Today the majority of snowbirds are between the ages of 50 and 69. The retired winter travelers often need help with their administration duties such as paying bills, making an appointment with a doctor or even promoting their snowbirding blog. Yes, snowbirding blogs are popular too 🙂

You can easily find a job as a VA for snowbirds. So, let’s take a look at what it takes. First, you should have at least a GED or High school Diploma. if you don’t, you can easily prepare online (check Best GED for free lessons) and pass the GED test. There are plenty of GED schools and testing centers in Florida so, it’s easy. The test results are sent the same day so you can have your GED Diploma within a short time.

Obtaining a Virtual Assistant certification is not required to land a client or start a Virtual Assistant Business. It does, however, look good on your resume and add weight to your skills. Many young entrepreneurs are ready for a VA so get on with it and start your own business today!

Are You Ready For A VA?

If You’re Ready to Have …

  • Increased revenue (many of my clients credit my contributions for their making more money);
  • More time in your workday;
  • Items on your To-Do List removed;
  • Social Media set-up, linked, monitored and/or managed (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blog, etc.);
  • A monthly newsletter which matches your professional “brand” and promotes your message;
  • Business processes streamlined;
  • Your email sorted and database kept up-to-date;
  • Your appointments added to your calendar (after all, prospects & clients are your bread & butter);
  • A weekly & monthly detailed overview of all current projects (so tasks won’t fall through the cracks);
  • Fresh ideas you haven’t thought of for promoting your business or marketing your events;
  • A partner in productivity who is able to see the ‘big picture’ and provide creative solutions;
  • Etc.

Then A Virtual Assistant is ready to work with you!

Best Salary Negotiation Strategies

For most students, and even for more experienced employees, salary negotiations can be quite a nuisance and a very emotional experience.

Sure, you want the job, yet you would like better pay, or you just want to get paid what you think the position is worth, but you may be a little hesitant or not assertive enough.

And what’s more, how would you negotiate higher compensation or better bonuses or fringe benefits if you just graduated and have virtually no experience on this matter? Well, the proper answer is that, although you won’t at all times get what you wanted, it is crucial that you understand the process of negotiating, feel how it goes, and begin to start getting yourself into that more assertive role. Read on to get the feeling of being in control, and you may end up getting better perks and get a better salary deal in the process.

Understand the process

Let’s first take a look at the definition of negotiation. Well, simply put, it is the process of discussing a subject in a meeting with another person with the objective of reaching an agreement. The game (or art) of negotiation is founded on the idea of mutual agreement on specific issues, not on confrontation.

As a Social Media Virtual Assistant, I’m a Jack-of-all-trades

Let Me Speak Your Mind. I’m a Jack-of-all-trades. I’m not supposed to tell you that. I’m supposed to tell you about my in-depth knowledge of one specific niche and hope that that’s what you need to be written. The fact of the matter is that as a Social Media Virtual Assistant, I do whatever you’ll ask me to do (to a certain limit) when it comes to writing social media content or administrative assignments.


  • Developing Job Tests
  • Web Content and Administrative Work
  • Ghostwriting Fiction and Non-Fiction
  • Developmental and Copy Editing

I can’t do that, though, because it’s not true. I’m a generalist — a woman — and, trust me, that’s exactly what you’re looking for if you want, for example, a new logo design. The Internet lets you reach a larger audience for less money than has ever been possible. That audience consists of people of all different shapes and sizes, each one of them a consumer of information. I develop online tests for less fortunate youth who want to earn a GED diploma, and that reminds me… I’m supposed to help one of my cousins with that as well…

A specialist may connect with a small number of those people — the ones already invested in your niche. But that’s no way to expand your reach. Staying in your comfort zone will never allow your business to grow.

Productivity secrets of seven successful people

Do you ever wonder how prominent people accomplish so much?  I often attribute it to having access to lots of money and resources. However, what I discovered might surprise you. Their success and productivity have more to do with the simple things in life, things that you and I can access easily.

Well, the above video is about productivity secrets of successful people in general. Now let’s look at seven very successful people and what they have said about how they managed to stay highly productive.

1. Wake Up Early
Getting a head start on your day gives you an advantage. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, starts his day at 5:45 am.

Getting up and at it early gives me time to get on top of things, and chart my day effectively – Free to Richard Branson

Hire a Social Media Virtual Assistant if you Want the Customer

Want the Customer – Give the Service! If you have ever worked in customer service you will know that the customer is always right. Well, that is still true if you are a social media virtual assistant. Sometimes what the client wants will not seem like the best way to do something but they are the boss and I need to listen to them or I may not have them as a client for long.

I was lucky at the beginning that I had someone mentoring me about each client.  This most likely saved me several headaches.  My mentor was passing down her knowledge about each of the clients she gave me to work with.  From the beginning, I had a clear understanding of what they wanted and expect from me.  All of the hard stuff was already figured out by my boss/mentor.  Have I told you I was really lucky to start out this way?  Well, I am telling you now!

Feeling guilty for being happy?

Do you ever feel guilty for being happy when there is so much sadness around you? I watch the news and am horrified and saddened by what’s happening abroad and in America.  I listen to the stories of suffering right here in our community with people losing their jobs and trying to figure out how they will take care of their family. Some had to kick off a new project, others were lucky enough to find employment that fit them well.

I watch the news and heart sinks but then I turn off the TV and start making dinner for my family.  By the time we’re sitting around the table and having dinner, I’ve pretty much forgotten the misery that a mere hour ago had infested my heart.

Now I’m playing with my little boys and making them laugh by making silly faces.  After dinner, we run around and play tag and all fall on the floor in a pile of giggles.

But after the kids are asleep and my head hits the pillow, my mind goes back briefly to the sad news I heard earlier in the day and I feel both sad and grateful.  Sad that there is so much suffering and hardship in the world but grateful that I can protect my children from it, for now.

How A Social Media Virtual Assistant Can Help Your Business

Social Media is Mightier Than the Sword

A Social Media Virtual Assistant takes pride in helping others become successful in their business. Actually, an experience I had with helping a friend set up some things for her business opened the door to me thinking about what being a Virtual Assistant is all about. Being able to say that I can help with some of their administrative work and media presence while they spend time with a client or growing their business in some way makes me feel good.

So the other day I was helping a client set up a new Facebook, Twitter and YouTube account, the Holy Grail in the social media world. And I realized how much this was going to help their business.

Setting up these accounts and creating content for them was going to bring them before a worldwide audience. And if I did my job right and used the correct keywords and a little SEO it would bring them before a target market that needed what they had to offer which would help the people and grow the business.

Mistakes To Avoid When Working With A Social Media Virtual Assistant

When you work with a social media virtual assistant you want to get the most out of your experience with them. You are paying good money for the services of your virtual assistant and they want to serve you to the best of their abilities. Just take a look at his interesting video that explains why hiring a Virtual Assistant may very well help your business grow:

But there are loopholes. Here are 3 crucial mistakes to avoid when dealing with your virtual assistant.

Mistake #1. Not Communicating With Your Virtual Assistant. The worse thing that can happen between you and your virtual assistant is the lack of communication. Your virtual assistant should keep in contact with you. If you are working on a project with a virtual assistant they should be watching their email or whatever form of communication is set up between the two of you.