For the very rare person, it is easy to jump into being a VA and get your first job or client; but for most of us it takes awhile and a lot of hard work. It can take weeks to months to find your first job. For me, it has been a long road. It has taken me a few months to get my first job. I was making job searching online a full-time job. I was scouring the internet to find job sites, and posting for jobs. Some don’t say the are virtual jobs in the title, so you should click on the jobs and read the description. It can be very slow, but worth it. I have applied to at least 40 jobs before I got my first one.
I used Google mostly, but there are many sites that offer job listing such as Workopolis, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter and so on. I find its good to make a complete profile so potential employers can see everything you have to offer before they contact you. That way too, they will have a better idea if you’re the right person for the job. Some jobs have more tasks in a certain area than others, and depending on your experience it may not be a good fit. Some employers are also looking for someone with experience, so unless you already have experience as either an Administrative Assistant or a Virtual Administrative Assistant, you will not be considered. You will also want to make sure you have your resume up to date. It may sound like it should be a given, but the last thing you want to do is keep a prospective employer waiting because you forgot to update your resume. You also want to have an awesome cover letter. That’s where they are really going to get to know you and what you have to offer. Spend some real time on this to make sure you get it right. Make sure you’re concentrating on making it all about getting that perfect Virtual Assistant job and where you will shine in the job they have to offer. If you’re stuck for your cover letter and what to put, there are lots of sample letters online your can use for inspiration. Start by reading some of them, then sit and work yours out. It took me awhile to get mine right, and from time to time I still tweak it.
Good luck with your search. Stick with it; if you really want to be a Virtual Assistant, it will be worth the long road.