OnlineJobs.ph has more than 1 million profiles available. Whether you’re looking for writers, programmers, web developers, internet marketers, SEO specialists, graphic artists or virtual assistants, there is no shortage of talented Online Filipino Specialists (OFS) here.
Let’s be real though. No matter how many skillful candidates out are, it’s just not easy to find the right fit. The hiring process is tedious. Trimming your list of potential workers can be a pain.
So let’s talk about a few ways you can narrow things down a bit.
Use your intuition
There’s something to be said about first impressions or gut feelings. Often, when you check out a profile, go over a resume, or review email responses, you’ll get a sense for whether a candidate is a right fit for your business.
Maybe it’s a feeling of ease — something tells you you’ve found the right person for that certain role in your business. Tapping into your intuition can go a long way. Trust your feelings AND use common sense.
If something simply feels wrong about the candidate, there probably is. Don’t dismiss uneasy or nervous feelings. Remember, there are plenty of people to choose from. If someone doesn’t feel or look right to you, concentrate on other candidates.
Watch out for inconsistencies in resume vs. emails
Pay close attention to what your prospective worker writes in emails.
Compare their responses to what is written in their profiles and resumes. It’s not uncommon for stated skills and experience to be slightly different from what is listed on their OnlineJobs.ph profile. It could be that their profile or resume isn’t updated.
But if there’s too much of a difference, this would be a red flag.
Ideally, your OFS will only work for you.
It’s very difficult to get the most out of someone when they are juggling two jobs.
On the other hand, you might find someone who works for someone else but is an absolute rock star. Someone who is just too good to pass up. If this happens, don’t shy away from hiring this person. Just tell them up front that you want them to work only for you.
Great grammar vs. OK grammar
With some positions, a candidate’s grammar will have little importance in their duties.
But if you’re hiring a copywriter, social media expert or a similar position, good grammar is essential. Pay close attention to candidates’ skills in this area.
If you hire someone who has great grammar, you can assign challenging projects and give them more work.
Your OFS will be working remotely, so just about all of your communication will be done through email. In addition to the daily email check-in, you and your worker will send lots of emails back and forth.
There would be times when you’ll need information quickly, and there’s nothing worse than having a worker who doesn’t answer your emails or replies late. This can be frustrating and upsetting. It’s also simply unprofessional.
As you narrow down candidates, take note of those who are slower to respond to your initial emails. Give more consideration to those who respond promptly.
Too many skills
This might not seem like a bad thing. But in some cases, it could be concerning. Maybe someone who lists an abundance of skills just embellished their resume. Maybe they’re exaggerating. Maybe they’re overqualified.
In any case, be on the lookout. Verify and confirm that the candidate does indeed have the talents and expertise they’re claiming to have.
Worked for numerous other clients
Personally, this bothers me. It also means that they bounced around from one employer to another.
As a business owner, you are using OnlineJobs.ph to find OFSs who can work for you for a long period of time. You don’t want someone who has a history of coming and going like jobs are a revolving door.
When someone has been hired and let go by a large number of different employers, it’s a pretty clear signal that the worker has some flaws. Maybe they’re not hard workers. Maybe they are poor communicators. Maybe they’ve worked for more than one employer and were spread too thin.
Part time vs. full time
You know your business and what it needs. A part-time worker might be a good fit for you, but for me, full time is the way to go. And when you outsource to the Philippines, this just makes sense.
For Filipinos, part-time work is temporary work. To get the most out of your worker and grow your business, you want someone who is going to be around for the long haul.
It’s much more cost effective to hire full time than part time. It really is. For example, if you hire a Filipino to work 20 hours a week at $6 an hour, that works out to be $420 a month. That’s about what I pay for a starting full-time OFS. And they’re happy because they want stable, permanent work. Also, full-time workers generally produce better work because they are more committed to your business.
As you email candidates back and forth, pay close attention to this. The last thing you want to do is hire someone with the expectation that they can do awesome work—because they told you they could—when it turns out they can’t.
Look at samples
This is where you find out someone’s resume is just for show. If a person’s samples don’t match up with what they’re saying, then you know they’ve overstated their skills.
On the flip side, solid samples will verify that the candidate can produce and does have the abilities you’re looking for. Comparing samples of a few candidates can be a huge deciding factor as you make a hiring choice.
How does it feel?
Like I said, intuition. If it doesn’t feel good, it probably isn’t. As you send a few emails to different candidates, pay attention to the whole process. After you’ve gone through all of these steps we’ve outlined, take one last inventory of how it all feels to you.
In my experience, I’ve passed on people that just didn’t seem right to me. When I do this, I’ll go back a few days later and recruit someone else who works out just fine.
There are tons of Filipinos waiting to be hired on OnlineJobs.ph. There are plenty of qualified candidates who would do a wonderful job for you. Selecting the right person is key. It isn’t always easy. Following these steps will lessen the headaches and frustrations that often come with recruiting.
Good luck and happy hunting!
About John Jonas
John Jonas is a long-time outsourcing expert and the creator of OnlineJobs.ph.
Since 2005, John has taught hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs how to profitably delegate to VAs in the Philippines (and get their lives back in the process).
With help from his own VAs based in the Philippines, John has created an outsourcing empire that allows him to work 17 hours/week and to spend most of his time with his wife and 5 kids.
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