Virtual Assistant Job Overview A virtual assistant is the next generation of an Office Assistant . Generally ...
Virtual Assistant Job Overview
A virtual assistant is the next generation of an Office Assistant. Generally self-employed and working from a home office, virtual assistants offer administrative, creative or technical assistance to clients, often communicating via internet, email, phone, Skype and Google Voice. A virtual assistant works from a home-based office, but the Internet connection and any training the assistant needs is provided by the company. Hiring virtual assistants is a growing trend because companies save on office space and supplies while still having the benefits of administrative support.
Virtual Assistant Job Education RequirementsVirtual assistant positions are usually independent contract agreements, but a long-lasting contract isn't uncommon. Usually five years of experience is expected in this type of work, but some young companies are willing to hire people with less experience at a lower rate. Some employers prefer that their virtual assistants have at least a Bachelor's degree, and some are fine with their employees having some college work completed, but not necessarily a degree. Many companies only require a high school diploma.
Virtual assistants may come from different backgrounds, including secretarial work, legal administrative assistance, information technology and others, but since virtual assistant jobs are relatively new, most have experience in the non-virtual administrative world.