Does Age Matter When Applying for a Virtual Assistant Job?


This is actually a common scenario in today’s internet world of work and business.

womanOkay, so you don’t have to be as old as Robert De Niro on the movie intern, but there are many people in their 40’s and above who message us, fearing that they don’t have it in them anymore to be effective in the job. In fact, someone has asked us if it was possible to hide their age from their profile.

So we end up asking the question, “Does Age Matter When Applying for a Virtual Assistant Job?”

The answer is ONE BIG NO.

As long as you’re legally allowed to work, age shouldn’t be a factor if you want to be a virtual assistant. Age is a much less factor compared to these qualities:

1. Skills

If you have the skills to do the job, why in the world not? Young applicants may be exposed to the latest software, but unlike you, they haven’t used it for years. Don’t underestimate the current skills you have.

2. Discipline

A lot of younger applicants have mastered the art of discipline, but experience is the best teacher. You’ve already been through so many experiences where there was total reliance on your discipline to get the job done, and you do. It’s a quality not everybody has, especially when you can’t see your boss.

3. Communication Skills

manSocial skills and the ability to communicate your needs and your comments in the most understandable way possible is an instinct.

If you don’t have that instinct, it’s something you develop over time. It’s not that easy to adjust to different bosses, or talk with team mates in a way that’s cooperative and suggestive instead of pushy. You learn that by trial and error and the willingness to adjust. Communication is a vital skill required from a virtual assistant.

4. Willingness to Be Trained

If you don’t have the skills for online work yet, but you’re willing to be trained and open to new knowledge, that’s all that counts. If you were willing to explore the strange world of facebook, and was able to register for onlinejobs.ph despite your kids snickering at you, then you’re brave enough to learn and start something new.

5. Asking for Help

You might think, well that’s no big deal. However, not everyone is willing to ask for help. Asking for help requires genuine want of learning, and less pride. Not everyone can lower their pride. It doesn’t matter if you’re asking for help from your boss, your team mates, or your friends. As long as you’re looking for answers or a better way of doing things, and you’re absorbing everything they teach you.

Are these qualities exclusive to a certain age group? No. Is belonging to the tech age an advantage, yes of course. But being a virtual assistant isn’t just about being a tech pro. Just like in the movie, The Intern, everybody has their own positive qualities that can be helpful for work, or even for life in general. As long as you remain positive, and have the genuine want to help a client and his business, you’ll be the perfect virtual assistant, even if you’re a “Tito” or “Tita”. 😉

Comments

    • says

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      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

    • says

      You can apply for any of the jobs posted here or on our website by signing up for an Onlinejobs.ph jobseeker account. It’s completely free and takes only minutes to apply. Having a jobseeker account also gives you access to thousands of new online jobs daily.

      To start the registration process, just follow this link ===> http://www.onlinejobs.ph/register

      Once you’ve completed your profile, you can start searching for the job that you want here ===>http://www.onlinejobs.ph/jobseekers/jobsearch/

      You can find a wide variety of full-time, part-time and project-based jobs there, from data entry, design, writing, programming, and more!

      The job posts would contain all the information you need to apply for that position.

  1. Arnel Banzon says

    Hi! I signed up with onlinejobs.ph about two days ago, and I was wondering if there is any alternative to having an FB account for ID proofing. You see, I had maintained an FB account since 2011 then deactivated/closed it early 2016. FB doesn’t work for me because I think (i may be biased in saying this) a lot of people just use it as a platform to boast and show-off and sometimes post comments and share thoughts and greetings, even to people they live with at home (so no need to post it on FB), and many other things. Instead, I have a Linked-In account. So, can my Linked-In account be used in place of FB? If so, how do I go about it? And why is it that the website itself doesn’t have a “Help” link available? Lastly, how can I improve my ID Proof number? Anxiously waiting for some help . . . and many thanks!

    • says

      ID Proof is about providing lots of information to help determine your identity. If you only provide a small amount of honest information, then you’ll have a low ID trust score.

      Make sure that you have everything filled out…..facebook url, government id, picture, skill descriptions, etc. The more information that you provide, the easier it is for an employer to determine that you are who you say you are. Your ID proof score will be higher too. If you don’t have an Facebook profile, you can scan and email us 2 valid IDs to verify your identity.

      After updating your profile, the ID Proof score does not get updated right away, but will be automatically rechecked by the site in a day or so.

  2. Kent Paul Tempiatura says

    Hi, I’m 17 years old turning 18 this year and a senior high student, but I have an experienced in Data entry job, my previous job was data entry and it takes for almost 5 months. Is it okay to use my school ID as an ID proof? Thanks

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