Tuesday, Aug 09 2016

The Rise of the Virtual Assistant

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the rise of the virtual assistant

Digital assistants, like Siri, Cortana, and Alexa, are great, and although artificial intelligence gets better and better each year, sometimes getting what you want done requires an actual person to do it. That doesn't mean the person doing it needs to be in the same room with you. In many cases, a "virtual assistant" is the most cost-effective means of getting the job done.

Virtual Assistants and the Gig Economy

It's the rise of the internet combined with the rise of the gig economy that makes virtual assistant work viable. With internet connectivity and remote access applications, a virtual assistant can work from home, or wherever they might be, with the same access to corporate resources they'd have if they were working in an office.

The gig economy has made connecting virtual assistants to their temporary employers seamless. Marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork, and PeoplePerHour let workers market their skills and availability. Both the workers and the employers can rely on the sites for verification (usually in the form of reviews) and secure payment methods.

Virtual Assistants and the Startup Economy

For many companies, especially startups, virtual assistants fill a real need. With funding tight, the ability to commit to employees without specialized skill sets just isn't there. But the companies still need basic administrative tasks taken care of. By using virtual assistants, the companies can easily find workers to handle those tasks when there's work to be done.

Virtual assistants also bring experience that's valuable to the startup. Because startups are by definition in a state of flux, without many established policies, virtual assistants who've worked for a number of firms can use that experience to figure out how to get things done.

Delegate to Use Virtual Assistants Effectively

Using virtual assistants effectively requires the startup managers to delegate tasks and responsibilities, which can be a challenge during a company's early days. Everything seems so important that letting go of anything feels like it brings the risk of failure. But letting others handle routine tasks frees managers to focus on the more critical tasks that only they can do.

That's true in hiring, too. Using recruiters to filter candidate resumes and do initial screening interviews frees up management to do the tasks that really need management attention. Management only needs to look at resumes and interview the viable candidates, rather than everyone. Ready to delegate your recruiting work so you can focus on your business needs? Contact The Armada Group. Our experienced recruiters are your virtual hiring assistants.