New Job Opportunities for Filipinos – The Rise of Virtual Workers

The advancement of technology has paved the way for more and more job opportunities all over the world. In particular, the internet has spawned a new breed of workers online. And once again, Filipinos are at the forefront of this rising trend of virtual workers.

If you’ve never heard about it, I’d say read on and get yourself educated. This is the new reality of an age where every people in the world can get connected pretty easily. Employers are not limited with the people available within their vicinity. On the contrary, they are free to employ anyone they think can do the job that they need.

Thus the demand for virtual assistants, freelancers or virtual workers (however you may want to call them) have steadily increased for the past couple of years. But if you want to take advantage of this new opportunity, you cannot sit idly by and wait for it to come to you. You have to seek it, make sure you are capable to do it and be committed with all your heart and mind to succeed in it. Then you will profit from it.

Do Research to Improve Your Knowledge

But to give you some insight, let me talk about what particular tasks are in demand online. Being a virtual assistant is a job which normally performs the tasks of a secretary or an admin assistant. These tasks include word processing, data entry, appointment setting, file transcription, monitoring incoming and outgoing calls and handling email correspondence.

Some virtual work, however, needs technical expertise which can be attained only through good training and job experience. These include web designing, web development, writing, accounting and others.

You Have to Have the Necessary Education

Though there is no specific educational attainment required in order to become a virtual worker, employers normally want to hire professionals. It is usual for them to require sufficient background from workers. Some may even want workers with college degrees especially if the virtual assistant is going to handle correspondence. Still some employers will simply want to see the worker’s portfolio to prove his or her capacity to do the job.

You Have to Have the Proper Equipment

Just like any other job, this career will require you to have the necessary equipment. You have to have a computer with a reliable and high speed internet connection. It is advisable to also have an improvised home office so that you can focus on your work with minimal distractions.

Post Your Resume in the Internet

Since you are looking for a virtual job, you have to establish your presence in the virtual world. There are free websites that will allow you to set up an account and post you resume. You can also use social media that offers professional connections. This way, your information is available and can be viewed by prospective clients. Just make sure that it is a legitimate website.

I have written about a good selection of websites for online job marketplace. You may want to revisit that for your reference.

You Need to Be Dedicated and Hard Working

Like any profession, being a virtual worker needs your dedication and hard work for you to succeed and earn money. You probably need to start by taking on small projects with smaller pay. But as you build your reputation and experience online, you get to reap the rewards. You get paid higher and you get more clients. Slow but surely, with your determination and perseverance, you’ll be on track to take advantage of this new world of work.

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