“If each of your clients asked you for a resume, you would find that you were spending too much time on non-essential things.”
When a group of virtual assistants were asked by a new virtual assistant to review her resume, the first two answers given were respectful but perfect. And both began with the word “why”. Why would she offer a resume when she was presenting herself as a business owner?
You may be surprised, when asking a VA for a resume, to find that many simply don’t offer one. However, the reasoning behind this decision is very well thought out and something that is mutually appropriate. Just what is behind a VA’s choice not to provide resumes to their potential client, and if this is the case with many serious virtual assistants, how can you gauge whether or not to use their services?
After having hired an on-site employee, you might feel that it just follows that a virtual assistant would be happy to provide a resume. The keyword here is employee. When hiring an employee, it is appropriate to ask for a resume. But a virtual assistant is not an employee. You benefit from this choice (this is where the mutually beneficial comes in) by not having to pay employee taxes, worker’s compensation insurance, and health benefits.
On the other hand, when you are hiring a virtual assistant, you are hiring a business owner and not an employee. If each of your clients asked you for a resume, you would find that you were spending too much time on non-essential things.
There are alternatives to a resume. These alternatives work equally as well in determining if you want to work with them or not.
Your first and best alternative is their website. Their website is a showcase of their work. It’s their virtual office, so to speak. By browsing around, you will find out a lot about their work ethics and the services that they offer. By visiting their website, you should know the benefits of hiring them, what services they offer, and a bit about their company.
Why not ask for a sample of their work? Many virtual assistants have put together portfolios, or information packets, in which they present their work and the quality of service you can expect and they are happy to share that with you. You can get a good idea of how thorough and professional they are from these sources as well as their website. If you are meeting with someone who does not have a portfolio prepared, it is appropriate to ask for a sample of their services.
With this in mind and a good business sense, you will find it’s not so hard to find a virtual assistant to your liking. After all, your clients find you online.