Executive Assistant


Rebecca, Ana and Linda Lee

Rebecca, Ana and Linda Lee. I met Linda Lee and Rebecca Martin at WordPress Camp in San Francisco. Linda is infectious, positive and knowledgeable, so you will walk away with additional insight about your website and blog. If you don't have one, she can help you with concept and design, as well as optimization for your website and blog.

Rebecca Martin is Founder of DearJane.info. She is an advice/career coach and has keen insight into individuals. The short time I spent with her helped me feel empowered and hopeful; I was quite motivated afterwards! She will be discussing the pros of Networking.

I decided to schedule a solid Meetup for the group Silicon Valley Virtual Assistant for Thursday, June 18, 2009 and was grateful to Linda and Rebecca for making the time for me and my group to speak to us.  Linda will talk about getting started online. She will cover websites, blogs and basics on getting started. “7 Reasons Why Every Business Owner Needs to have a Website or a Blog” followed by Rebecca Martin on Networking.

For information and to RSVP, please go to: http://www.meetup.com/SiliconValleyVirtualAssistants/

ABOUT LINDA LEE:

Linda Lee is a writer, speaker, educator, and website designer. She is currently working on her book “Smart Women, Stupid Computers,” a simple and easy guide to using your computer. Available for consulting and coaching, she helps people launch blogs and websites and trains then in how to get traffic to their sites and to maximize their website presence with the use of blogging and search engine optimization of their websites. Linda is passionate about empowering people to take charge of their computer, showing clients with laughter and enthusiasm that they can make it work for them.

This explains Linda’s slogan: “Don’t Let Your Computer Outsmart You.” Linda is co-president of the Women’s National Book Association’s San Francisco Chapter and a speaker and volunteer coordinator for the San Francisco Writers Conference.

http://askmepc-webdesign.com http://smartwomenstupidcomputers.com

ABOUT REBECCA MARTIN:

Rebecca Martin, founder of California based dear jane…, a career advisement company…, believes that people can succeed in landing the “perfect” job if they can first identify what is right for them.

As a corporate recruiter in Silicon Valley in the ’90s, Rebecca saw firsthand the personal and professional disorientation of thousands of workers displaced when the tech bubble burst. From this unique vantage point, Rebecca analyzed corporate clients’ hiring processes; job applicants’ resume-writing abilities and interviewing skills; and hiring managers’ practices and procedures.

By 2002, Rebecca had identified a pivotal factor in the success — or failure — of an individual in his or her chosen career: the ability to articulate a personal vision.

In 2004 Rebecca launched dear jane… with a proprietary career advisement program that includes career assessment, resume writing, interviewing methodologies, and compensation and other negotiations and much more.

Today, dear jane… develops and delivers career management training classes, workshops, seminars, and coaching to Fortune 1000 companies as well as individuals throughout the United States. Since its inception, dear jane… has enjoyed a 98% success rate in coaching clients through career transitions, successful interviewing, salary negotiations, and the like.

Rebecca’s speaking engagements take her to college career centers, job search work groups, professional association meetings, job fairs, Employment Development Department offices, and One-Stop Career Centers. She is an official Trainer for the US Government Employment Development Department (EDD).

A USC graduate with a B.S. in Business Administration, Rebecca has written and published the booklet “83 Tips on How to Successfully Work with Corporate and External Recruiters.” \She belongs to the Women’s National Book Association. She has recently appeared as a Career Consultant to the View from the Bay San Francisco’s ABC afternoon show.

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Are you intrigued with the world of Virtual Assistants and like the idea of getting away from having to commute into work each day? Yet, you still need an income?  I was in that position when I typed “Assistant” under Google search and “accidently” came across  links to virtual assistant websites, so I typed “Virtual Assistants”  under Google and Yahoo search and found several more virtual assistant website along  with a few organizations.  I was pleasantly surprised and it gave me hope.  But I wouldn’t be hasty and quit your job.  In the article written by Carolyn Moncel, “Starting a Virtual Assistant Business, Sharon B. Williams say:

Before packing up the office cubicle and giving notice to your boss, know that becoming a virtual assistant isn’t an easy job that just anyone can do. Sharon B. Williams of The 24-Hour Secretary cautions, “To become successful, you need a good marketing strategy in addition to that phone, PC and Internet connection.” Many virtual assistants work between 14 and 18 hours a day during the startup phase. Even after establishing solid practices, one-third of these business owners admit to working nontraditional hours, including weekends and holidays.

I needed the income, so didn’t quit my job, but I leveraged the time to read and research thereby becoming acquainted with several Virtual Assistant organizations and observe the interactions between the VA’s.  I also checked out several virtual assistant web-sites to get an idea of their niche and how they presented themselves. VA’s are professional and savvy. I was encouraged to give it a try.  I looked at my resume and saw that I could sell myself as a VA, and to be honest, I winged it.  What I know now is: Don’t be hasty. Do your homework and try to get started on the right foot.  I recommend that you join several VA sites.  I recommend the following:

International Virtual Assistant Association (IVAA); Virtual Assistant Association-Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce (VACOC); Virtual Assistant Networking Association (VANA).

There are many more available which I will mention through out my blog. What I want to convey is that it is important that you are clear about your business model and to have a plan. I will blog later this week and provide a few links from VACOC and other VA sites with their own version of recommendations and steps to follow in starting out as a VA.

Even though I “winged it”, I considered myself successful, because I did land a few VA positions and through those experiences, learned what my strengths and weaknesses were, likes and dislikes, and learned to be bold about my rates. Daniel Keister, founder and Chief Virtual Officer of VACOC has been an advocate for Virtual Assistants and has encouraged VA’s to educate clients, family, and friends that Virtual Assistas ADD value to a business owner and are experts in their field. We do not do clerical work, we have brains, style, technique and finesse.

Stay tuned for additional blogs regarding steps to take for your VA business and more stories about my journey!