Online job 101

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014


IN THE past few years, there has been a growing number of people who are entering online jobs, be it fulltime or part time. Online workers are also a growing population of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

Just like how diversified the population of online workers are, the jobs available are also wide, ranging from artistic jobs to administrative jobs and from virtual assistants to editors to content writers to developers.

Web Traveller (WT) sat down with Google Business Group Davao co-manager Angel Abella (AA) to know more about the world of online working.

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WT: What are some of the basic requirements when applying for an online job?

AA: The essentials on the surface are you have to have good English skills, both in writing and speaking. Because most of the employers are coming from English speaking countries like the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia.

Micromanagement and administrative skills are also needed because most of the online jobs need these kind of skills. That is why, many virtual assistants are women because women are natural at micromanaging. You also need to have the discipline in the job.

Make sure you talk to people who are online workers to know exactly what is the minimum of the job you want to get. Because there are some people that they get the minimum even though the employer is from outside the country. Some of them still receive P300 per day; they could have just took a regular job. Get to know standard income and make sure it is something that you like.

WT: How much can you earn if you get an online job?

AA: For the administrative jobs like the virtual assistant, it would be around P15,000 to P20,000, which are the minimum. If yo are very good at what you do, like a programmer, it would be around P40,000 to P60,000.

WT: What are reliable websites you can check when looking for an online job?

AA: Virtual Staff Finder (www.virtualstafffinder.com), oDesk (www.odesk.com), Elance (www.elance.com), Mynimo (www.mynimo.com), and OnlineJobs.ph (www.onlinejobs.ph). What is nice about these websites is that they match your skills to what is needed by your potential employers.

WT: Share to us your experience when you worked online.

AA: What I like about my employers is that a majority of them they are not slave drivers. They discuss to you things as it is, if you did bad at your work, they tell you. They won't beat around the bush. If you are good at what you do, they reward you fast. Online jobs is something not for the faint-hearted because you have to contend with the time difference and foreign bosses.

WT: Any advice for those who want to work online?

AA: Online jobs is a very great thing to go into just have discipline, stamina, and the rewards are great financially. You will also be able to spend time with your family. Just do your job right and your boss will recognize you. Be the best you can be and the rewards will be great.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on November 12, 2014.

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