In life, you win some, you lose some! In my case, I win some, I lose a lot! hahaha.
Yeah, if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I lost the job I love so dearly last year, before Christmas! It devastated me and broke me into pieces but I don’t have time to mourn and be sad and be depress, WE NEED MONEY! so… I gathered myself back, clear my head up and started looking for a new Job.
It’s okay, not to be okay! So, in your every fall, cry as hard as you can, then wipe all your tears away, take a bath, brush your teeth, wear nice and clean clothes and move on. Life isn’t perfect, so expect a bumpy journey.
I move on easily. Maybe because I don’t have time to grieve and be emotional. We need money!
So, how did I get back to being a Virtual Assistant again?
- I went back to my Upwork Profile and finally update it. After six years of being idle, my profile is now live on Upwork.
- Then, I made a list of all the skills I have learnt all through the years of working and decided that my niche would be “Email Management/Handling”.
- I took all the skill tests available that are relevant to my skills on Upwork.
- I started sending proposals. I don’t just send a proposal, I read the entire job description to understand the job well, then write the draft of my cover letter based on the job description. Then read the cover letter over and over before hitting the send button. In this industry, the first impression last, so, if you can’t follow simple instructions written on the Job Description, your application will be rejected. So, always take the time to read.
- Always be on time during interviews. Make yourself available or let the client know your preferred time. But, it would be best to tell them that you can make yourself available anytime at their convenience.
- Research about the company that you are applying for. It is always best that you know them already.
- Do not ask for a higher rate, if you’re a first-timer, the lowest rate you can ask is $5.00 per hour. But, this will also depend on your background and skill set. If you know that you are worth 20USD an hour, then by all means, ask for it.
- Before setting your rate, check first the client profile. How much they have spent? How much they are willing to pay for an employee. Then base your rate on that.
After doing all of these and making a research on how to make my Profile looking better and professional, in less than two weeks I was able to finally signed two contracts with two different clients.
But you know what, it is not as easy as you think it is. My God, Upwork gave me 60 connects to apply for a job, I almost used all of my connects and only got two clients? How about that? Do you know how many sleepless nights I have struggled only to find out that my interviewer has stood me up? No show, no message, no nothing. I lose a lot, I win a little lols! But I’m still a winner!!!!!
I may be just lucky, but no! I work hard to get back on track and not be unemployed for a long time. There are lots of jobs out there, you just have to know what you’re good at and don’t stop improving yourself.
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