Moving On

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After a week of not surfing the Internet, I’m at it again.

The sudden me-out-of-online-job got me to contemplate about what I need to do so that it will not happen again.

What I am happy about is that I was able to finish a book (Hooray!). I realized that I got to finish it after eight months. But even if it took me time to finish it, I finished it anyway for I’m determined to finish it.

So I decided that I will do the same thing with my life as a VA.

Here are the things that I need to do:

1. Update my profiles in ODesk and Freelance.

2. Verify my accounts.

3. Re-check my skills list.

4. Make this site show more of what I can do.

5. Take more tests in ODesk – and make it to the Top 10% of each test.

6. Visit my Brainbench account – take tests.

7. Finish my step-by-step presentations on every site that I learned, post them in Scribd, and link them here.

Well, moving on may never be easy. But it will come to pass.

And I will be better.

1 I didn’t know I inspired a few.

I never expected that my VA story will inspire others. Take a look at this post that I saw in our Facebook group (I erased the name and picture for the person’s security):

I might be an angel to you now, because you were to me before (and now).

I’ve got a lot of comments from my “Whirlwind” posts. Thanks to my mentor, Sir Jomar, for sending the link through our almost daily e-mail updates. Thanks also, to my new-found friends in JM Mastery Group and Marketing Master Insiders for all the prayers and support.

So now you know why I call myself Exceptional (wink wink).

One thing’s for sure: I’m never giving up.

Hope that’s your mantra, too, as we look for our online employers

4 So this is how it feels to have a heart broken on Valentine’s Day.

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I sat down for my first Tuesday work. I opened my ODesk Team application, signed in, and waited for my team to become visible.

I wondered why my team was still invisible after a few minutes. The application even said that it might be so because I do not belong to any roster.

That’s weird. I have an online job. That means I have a team, right?

I got the answer when I opened my ODesk account.

Well, this is embarrassing. But this blog is about my life as I become a full-time work-at-home geek, so I’ll spill the beans.

My employer ended my contract; she said it was not working out. She’s going to pay me on what I have worked for.

I told you I got the job in a whirlwind. Too bad I lost it in a whirlwind, too.

It’s sad. I’m going to lie if I tell you it did not hurt a bit.

It was like you know you have a Valentine’s Day date, only to find out the last-minute that you got dumped.

Ouch.

But a few minutes after, I breathed slowly, then smiled.

Well, first, I was happy for the chance to have work with the employer. That was my first ODesk work, and she gave me a chance. She gave me a good feedback on my work.

Second, I also learned that I need to work faster to keep up with work. I know I am a fast worker as a full-time employee in the companies where I worked. I need a little more re-training on how to work more fast for online jobs.

So I decided to move forward from the loss. Heck, I even provided words of encouragement to others who gave their time to post their comments in my earlier post (thank you, guys!), minutes after learning I lost the gig (and I started looking for jobs again).

Still, I’m going to lie if I tell you that it did not hurt a bit.

I just chose to carry on and take the lessons with me because I believe I will be able to get a better gig.

I thank God I have become matured enough to always see the good things. I have also realized that situations like this remind me to be humble yet still be a source of encouragement for others.

So this is how it feels to have a heart-broken on Valentine’s Day.

Nah, there are still a lot to date out there.

Inasmuch as there are still a lot employers online who’ll get me.

2 Distraction

No se puede, Ricky! I've got a job to do!

It was my first day in my ODesk job. I was happy and excited. Finally, another work!

My dad was watching TV during the time that I worked. He switched the channel and found the show, “Glee,” on TV.

Before I could even tell him to stop watching the show (we watch the re-runs on Sundays), Ricky Martin, this week’s guest, showed up.

Well, if you know me very well, you will know that Ricky was one of my boyfriends (he doesn’t know that).

I could very well admit that I got distracted.

Here’s the lesson: if you want the virtual assistant job, you’ve got cut ALL types of distractions.

No matter how dashing they are.

You have to find an area in your house where there is no TV. Well, unless you are really good in multi-tasking (watching TV while working), there is no problem with that.

So I begged my dad to go to another channel so that I could focus on my work.

And I told Ricky Martin not to do surprise show ups.

At least that’s what I told him on the poster in my room.

I am posting this picture of future desk in my dreamboard.

From Google+: The idea is that your desktop itself would be a Microsoft Surface-like multi-touch display that responds to objects placed upon it. Sync your phone by just setting it down on the desk. Touch any area of the desk and it becomes a trackpad.

I found this on Google+’s What’s Hot stream. You may read the full article here.

I hope to have one for my home office. I just hope the table’s legs could be adjusted so that I could work whether standing or sitting.

This is so cool! I want this!

2 Lessons from the New Job

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Lessons from the VA world

Here are the lessons that I have learned on the new job that I just got:

1. Training is really important. I am thankful for the VA seminar that my mentor, Jomar Hilario, has been conducting. It did not only open my mind to this new “work-at-home” idea (no scams), but it also made me confident that I could be a VA.

2. When you are working for somebody out there, it’s not only your skills that matter. I felt that being a Filipino also matters. As I have learned from my VA training, clients have big expectations from Filipino VAs because we are good. Oh no, let me change the word. Filipinos are EXCEPTIONAL. It is an inspiration for me to do great on my job because I am competing against other nationalities.

3. Improvement of one’s self is empowering.  As what I have said on my earlier post,  my employer got disappointed with the previous contractors that she got because they do not know WordPress. When I got the VA training, Sir Jomar told us to put all our outputs in a WordPress site. I learned to tinker on a blogging site that I was not familiar with. I had mistakes in putting this blog during the first few days, but I got the hang of it. Had he not told us to do that, I would not get the job.

Life has lots of lessons to give. May we learn to accept them and make us grateful.

36 Whirlwind

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Had I been alone during the Skype chat interview, I could have screamed on top of my lungs like this!

On my last post, I showed you a print screen of the 10 ODesk job applications that I did. It was really the most number of applies that I did in just one sitting.

As I signed out on my ODesk account, I said a prayer. I know that out of the ten jobs, there will be one who will respond.

Indeed, one responded. And the series of events was like a whirlwind.

I applied on a Sunday, had an exchange of communication with the employer from Monday to Tuesday, got interviewed, hired, and started work on Wednesday.

Until now, I cannot believe what happened. This is my second VA job; a first in ODesk!

My employer is from the United States who maintains a site on free deals or coupons for those who want to shop for home stuff under a budget.

My employer was very particular with the WordPress know-how. She kept on asking about it during our exchange of communication in ODesk. She also asked if I was able to read the job description/instructions that she attached on the job posting. I couldn’t blame her; she has interviewed some applicants who claimed they know how to use WordPress. I just assured her that I am knowledgeable of the site; I know how to create, edit, and update posts, as well as insert pictures. To show proof, I even gave her link to this blog (as I always do in my applications).

The interview in Skype took two hours. I could consider it as non-formal interview because the contractor gave me the opportunity the ask clarifications on the job. At the same time, she already created an account for me in her WordPress site so that she could explain to me her requirements in work.

My employer is very accommodating; she told me to throw her questions about the job. I took the chance because I would like to know more about the job that I was applying for. Moreover, I would like to know more about who I will work for.

After a few more questions, clarifications, we talked about my work time and days. I told her that I can work for four hours from Mondays to Fridays.

Then the employer said, “That’s okay. Just make sure that you always log your hours in ODesk to make sure that your working hours is recorded.”

With that, I said, “Ma’m, does that mean I already got the job?”

She said, “Oh I’m sorry I forgot to tell you that. Yes, you got the job! I will now go to ODesk to hire you. Thank you!”

I laughed, and then felt some tears in my eyes.

I guess that’s what really happens when a whirlwind strikes.

3 10 ODesk applications

I know one of them (or many?) of them will hire me!

I applied to ten jobs in ODesk today. This is so far, the most several times I applied in one sitting.

Maybe I got so pumped up after seeing that my profile is now 100%.

I am happily, lovingly, and gratefully attracting them to interview me, consider me, and hire me (all 10 of them running after me is a very nice blessing to think about).

1 The Magic of Part-Time by Jim Rohn

I knew about Jim Rohn through my mentor, Jomar Hilario. Recently, he posted this link to one of Rohn’s videos, talking about the magic of part-time. Sir Jomar encourages us to listen to this before the start of 2012.

I did everything in my power to download it (I finally saw savetube.com and hhdownloader.com and jumped for joy). It was fantastic listening to it.

I hope you’d get to listen to it, too.

Cheers to 2012!

My First ODesk interview

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A day after Christmas, I had my first ODesk interview.

I could not believe it happened.

I was just updating my profile and at the same time looking for jobs when I saw an e-mail in my ODesk inbox.

There was an invitation for me to apply for a job. The employer said he needs someone who has knowledge in freight forwarding industry.

My first job was in a freight forwarding company, where I learned about sales and communicating with agents and clients properly and promptly or you’ll lose big profits.

I replied on the invitation, opened a Skype account in the process (another achievement!), sent my résumé, and agreed with a scheduled interview time.

It took two weeks for the interview to finally happen because I got sick. It also had difficult time opening a Skype account.

But the employer was very persistent in interviewing me. I have been honest about my concerns and I have  communicated it with the employer.

Finally, the day came. Or should I say night. The interview happened  at 10:30 PM Manila Time.

The interview started through chat. Then, the employer called me and we conversed for 15 minutes. I made sure that my VA resume file was open.

The interview was just like the face-to-face interview that I have experienced. What is different is that the online interview does not see facial expressions and other jitters.

I think I was able to answer all the employer’s questions. But since he needs someone for a full-time position, he said he will contact me (I’m only available for part-time work for now).

Nevertheless, I was blessed to have my first interview. I have learned a lot. If I’m taken in, I’d jump for joy. If not, then I move on to other opportunities while I update my profile and skills.

This is one achievement I’m proud of.