Monday, March 4, 2013

Using a VA In Your Resume Writing Business

Last month, Christine Edick of A Virtual Connection, delivered an excellent teleseminar on BeAResumeWriter.com on "Be More Organized, Efficient, Productive & Profitable (Using a Virtual Assistant)."

In talking with resume writers, I find more and more of them are using virtual assistants (VAs) or outsourcing key tasks.

Christine offered some great tips for getting started with virtual assistants, which include:
  • Start with a small project or trial period. Identify one thing to turn over or outsource initially. (See below for the top five things to have a VA do for you.)
  • Make sure you're a good match. Many VAs specialize in certain areas, so make sure what you need aligns with what the VA offers (or specializes in). 
  • Have a contract — or some agreement — outlining the scope of work and rates.
  • Give as much guidance as you can about the project and the work you do — if your VA understands your clients, services, and perspective, he/she will be more effective.
  • Check-in regularly, especially in the early stages of a project. This will ensure your VA is on the "right track" with your expectations.
  • Be flexible. If you give them one project, and it's not working out, don't be afraid to put an end to that project, and try delegating something else. Make sure you are working to your VA's strengths. What are they good at?
There are five main areas that a virtual assistant can do for you as a resume writer:
  1. Website work. That can include updating information, adding plug-ins to a WordPress site, or keeping your calendar updated.
  2. Social media. Virtual assistants can both write and schedule content for your social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  3. Database management. A VA can set up your customer relationship management (CRM) system, add in your autoresponder messages, and more.
  4. Communications/outreach. Whether that's sending email newsletters oor managing speaking engagements, a VA can work as your virtual representative.
  5. Appointment scheduling. This is one that many resume writers would love to do — but are probably wary — allowing your VA to schedule appointments for you and send out pre-meeting information (such as questionnaires) and follow up with prospects to set appointments.
Christine also outlined four key success factors for working with a VA:
  • A strong desire to do it (a clear and compelling reason)
  • Identify core actions your VA can do to produce results for your career services business
  • Count the costs (is the time, energy, and risk worth it)
  • Finally, ACT! Act on your commitments, not your feelings.
Take the time to listen to Christine's 60-minute call. Free Level members of BeAResumeWriter.com can find it on the Free Level Resources page (you must be logged in to the site to access it) for the next few weeks. Bronze Members have access to the MP3 and transcript in the Expert Interviews Series section (must be logged in as a Bronze member).

You can also purchase the MP3 recording and fully edited transcript (plus Christine's slides and two bonuses — a Resources and Tools guide, and a 23-page guide, "How to Systematize and Automate") for just $5. Find out more information here.

Find a VA here:

Outsource specific tasks:
Elance
Guru
• Odesk


3 comments:

  1. Before starting a resume business one should need to understand that people simple don't write their own resume. Resume writing services plays a key role in the economy.

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  2. Having a perfect resume is essential if you want to break job market. Not only must your resume be formatted to according to industry you are applying for, but it must also emphasize all your skills as per the job's need.

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  3. It can be difficult to communicate your professional experience without either minimizing your accomplishments or overstating your importance. Your resume is a marketing tool, not a laundry list.

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