Writing Online as a Career

November 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

Everything feels fresh after a big change. I recently ended my contract working for Focusinc Group Corp a couple of months back and I landed on a small start-up company called YMerge as it’s Operations Manager. There’s very little operations to be done for a start-up company such as this one at this early stage so I bare get to manage anything or anyone just yet.

With a considerable amount of extra time in my hands and with my determination to earn more for my family motivating me, I decided to venture to writing online as a means to earn a little cash. I realized that starting this gig wasn’t really a walk in the park. Like every other career, you have to start at the basics. So I made a few self-notes to keep me on track while I’m starting:

  1. Create an Online Presence as a Writer
  2. Create as Many Writing Samples as possible
  3. Market Online to Interested People
  4. Reactivate and Write in Your Website/Blog
  5. Continue Brainstorming for New Ideas

Social media has dramatically improved over the course of the last decade. The last time I was actively using my Facebook was when I was in college. When I rediscovered and reintroduced it to myself once more, I was blown away with how much possibilities it has for me.

Right now, I’m already bordering on the fourth and fifth step of my five-item action plan. Brainstorming can be very tricky especially now that there are a lot of concepts out there, a lot of competition and a lot of talents readily available. But one thing I came into terms with is the fact that in an ever-changing world, the one who adapts is King.

Well, here’s to getting back after a year.

Cheers!

Working As an Elusive Business Development Officer

September 22, 2013 § Leave a comment

So What Do I Do?

For all my high school friends and college buddies who, for some reason, think that I’m currently in Manila, let me tell you now that I’m not. I stayed there for a couple of months but ultimately decided to go back and settle here with my family. But more on that on a different post.

For a couple of weeks now I’ve been posting a Want Ad on Facebook looking for applicants for a number of Virtual Assistant jobs that we offer. I’m appreciative of the few who liked it and even more thankful for those who inquired and showed up for application. Although up to date, I still don’t have any referrals yet—possibly due to the fact that I’m not very consistent in that campaign.

Why, in the first place, am I looking for Virtual Assistants?

Because the need for VA’s has been skyrocketing. I’ve never imagined that a lot of small-businesses have opted to find Virtual Assistants to help in their businesses. I always thought that only big phone companies and market researching firms were the only ones who’s into heavy outsourcing which has paved the way of big call centers here in the Philippines. « Read the rest of this entry »

Blogging: Online Résumé

April 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

I am biased to a well-thought-out résumé.

As the Business Development Officer for Focusinc, I act as panelist for incoming Virtual Assistants. But before I even meet any candidates, I make sure I’ve read their résumé. It tells me a story of how this person came to be. I check their background and imagine their lives before they come into the room. I compare the person from the résumé against the person I’m interviewing.

Personally, I feel there is a need to require people online résumés. After all, most businesses already have the internet as their daily tool. I believe the best way to put yourself out there is through blogging.

Blogging enables everyone to write about themselves. The cost to maintaining a blog is very cheap and some even free! There is a lot of flexibility in using blog and anyone can see how well you work with your resources. It is also a good way in effectively showing your skill in writing and communicating online.

I don’t think it’s a requirement for jobseekers to blog. But bear in mind, you might just be up against people who do. After all, a certain panelist out there might ask you for one.

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