Are you looking for a career change and considering becoming a virtual assistant? Awesome – you found an incredible place to apply. At BELAY, we love making connections with super talented people and introducing them to busy business leaders who need their administrative expertise.
These days, we count over 400 Virtual Assistants among BELAY’s ranks. Some work part-time hours while others carry a fuller load. On average, a BELAY Virtual Assistant may serve up to 3 clients, while many tend to 1-2 clients at a time.
Becoming a Virtual Assistant with BELAY is no easy feat. It’s a bit more competitive than just filling out an online application and getting an offer the following week. With nearly 3,500 people applying for a BELAY Virtual Assistant spot each quarter in 2017, we take our job seriously about who makes the cut. In fact, only 1-2% of applicants are offered a contract making it harder to become a contractor with BELAY than getting into an Ivy League school. (It’s true!)
We spoke with Cheryl White, one of BELAY’s talent acquisition superstars, to learn more about how to become a BELAY Virtual Assistant.
How to Become a Virtual Assistant
What is the average tenure of a current BELAY Virtual Assistant?
20 months is the average length of time an assistant stays.
Describe the ideal BELAY Virtual Assistant candidate.
The ideal candidate is someone with five years of Executive Assistant or Virtual Assistant experience, with high emotional intelligence (the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others), a broad range of technology experience, hungry, humble, and smart and a huge heart for serving.
Detail the BELAY Virtual Assistant hiring process, from application to start date.
Once someone applies to be a virtual assistant with us, we have a multistep process that the candidate goes through. We do this to be sure we are aware of all the strengths the person has so that we can make a perfect match. Once we’ve gone through our 5 step hiring process, a contract may be extended to the candidate.
What are some signs that an applicant will be successful with BELAY?
Some of the signs we are looking for are resourcefulness, timeliness, and competency. During the video interviews, we are looking to see if the applicant is kind, hungry, humble and smart displaying a high emotional intelligence. (This is the second time “hungry, humble, and smart” are listed. Are you wondering what that means? We are big fans of Patrick Lencioni and his book The Ideal Team Player.)
What are some signs that an applicant may NOT be a good fit?
All of the above in reverse!
What role does client feedback or needs have in the “matching” process?
A BELAY Relationship Manager works with a new client and talks with them about what they are looking for in a VA – the type of tasks the contractor will need to do and the tools they will need. We work together to find the best contractor for the client based on a number of factors.
Why should Virtual Assistants choose BELAY as a place to work vs. competitors?
Most of the time the answer we receive to this question revolves around our mission statement and core values. Most of the time they appreciate that we are not afraid to put God as our value. They also like the work/life balance that can be attained, as well as the amount of support they receive with us and our internal teams that are built to support the contractors and clients.
We hope you found this helpful if you are considering applying for a role with BELAY. If you are looking to hire BELAY to help you find the perfect Virtual Assistant – we hope this shed light on our high standards and commitment to bringing you the very best.
Interested in exploring the possibilities of becoming a BELAY Virtual Assistant? Start with our online application today.