Has your business started outsourcing yet to countries like the Philippines? If not, you’re missing on a huge opportunity to find top talent and optimize your staffing expenses.
The average salary in the Philippines for a virtual assistant usually ranges from $250 to $550 USD per month.
Compared with salaries in the US, Australia or UK this is a lot more affordable, and you will find that assistants in the Philippines have a very high level of written and spoken English. So the Philippines is a great country to look for virtual talent.
OnlineJobs.ph is a great website to look for these type of virtual assistant staff members, however there are a number of alternatives.
So, where else can you look for qualified and experienced freelancers in the Philippines or around the world? Here are some of the top options:Read More
You have many options when it comes to running your business and optimizing processes, including outsourcing.
Though the sky is the limit when it comes to outsourcing corporate practices, many business owners seem to be reluctant.
And who can blame these business owners?
Finding and managing talent, communicating across time zones, and overcoming language barriers present very real challenges for any business owner.Read More
You wouldn't turn up to a first date in your pajamas, even if they were a true reflection of your personality.
Similarly, we always make an effort to show our best side when applying for jobs, but the mistake a lot of people make is thinking that the interview is their chance to make a good first impression.
Before you even open the door to the interview room, the interviewer will already have your resume in their hand and subjected you to multiple stages of screening. So it's already too late to make that all important first impression.
In fact the first thing the hiring manager is looking for in your resume is a reason to reject you as quickly as possible; to get the list down from hundreds of applicants to a more manageable number. That means no silly fonts, no childish email accounts, and as we'll see no regrettable Facebook posts.
We'll cover some of the surprising reasons why candidates get rejected and how you can make sure this doesn't happen to you, so good luck, and let us know if any of the tips help you get hired.
1. Your font is too funky
You may be tempted to shake things up a little in an effort to make your resume stand out, but a font is probably not the best place to show your character.
Many recruiters will simply throw any crazy looking resumes straight in the trash.
If you're applying for a job in the creative industry then a little quirkiness is fine, but there are so many other ways to show your personality than font choice alone.
It may not be worth the risk using a non-standard font, as your resume could look garbled if your potential employer doesn't have your font installed on their computer.
Pro-tip: Barbara Safani, the author of "Happy About My Resume", recommends sticking with Arial as a safe bet as it's clean and easy to read and perhaps most importantly widely distributed across operating systems, meaning whether it's viewed on a Mac or a PC your resume will look as you intended.1
Ko-kard is a payment option for workers in the Philippines only. The advantages of using ko-kard are:
- You can send automatically from your bank card in countries such as the US, Australia, UK.
- Potentially a lower cost than PayPal. The cost is $7 per transfer which compares with 4% for standard transfers and 2% for MassPay.
- Employees receive money in their local currency (pesos) which saves them money
- Workers don't need a bank account to receive the money. They will be sent a card in the mail and they can withdraw money from an ATM using this card.
- The currency exchange rate is potentially lower than PayPal. They don't give a specific rate but say that it should always be the same or better than PayPal.