What Skills Does A Virtual Assistant Need | 2018
So what skills does a virtual assistant need? In becoming a virtual assistant, of course there are some skills you need to have, from fundamental skills that all employees have to special skills that a successful virtual assistant should have. Yes, as you can see from the previous sentence, things we are going to learn here is not just about what kind of common skills you should have as a regular virtual assistant. But we are going to learn all the important skills, or at least most of them, that can guarantee a successful career as a virtual assistant.
Of course, skills you are going to learn from this article won’t be enough because there are unlimited skills that you could acquire in your journey as a VA. You will however discover some of the skills you need to become a highly successful virtual assistant as you going through. Now, let’s move to the first skill.
Communication skill becomes the first and most important skill that not only a virtual assistant, but also all employees should have. Now, when we talk about virtual assistant or assistant in general, communication becomes more important than other type of jobs. It is mainly because everything you have and you do for the job will become meaningless if you don’t have a good communication with your client. It is communication that becomes the foundation of virtual assistant, especially when both employer and employees have high possibility for not know each other in personal, do not meet for a long time etc. due to far distance that separates both of them.
Communication is closely related to work effectivity and efficiency. Never hope to work effectively and efficiently as well as make your employer proud with your work if you don’t contact your employer regularly.
Second skill came from a more technical aspect. It is a skill that you must have before applying a job as virtual assistant. It is completely different than other jobs because being a virtual assistant means that you not only should understand what kind of job you are applying for, but also at least main tasks that your employer usually does. It is because once you are hired to fill the position, you will be given at least most of your employer’s task and they should be completed at least at the same quality when your employer did it before. Yes, as you can see, communication is strongly needed here again because in order to understand the tasks, you need to contact and have clear understanding about it from both of you.
Being a virtual assistant also means that you will spend most of your time to assist your employer. At this case, you need to have a good time management. You need this to divide time you need for personal issue and another time you need to complete your task as virtual assistant. As it applies with other jobs, success rate of become a virtual assistant is not measured from how much time you spend assisting your employer, but your ability in separating your personal and working time.
Besides these three main skills you should have as a virtual assistant, of course there are other important skills you won’t find here but you will find them yourself as you work through the time and journey as a VA.