Everybody knows that behind every successful manager or company director, you’ll find an organised, efficient Virtual Assistant. Business owners actively lean on their VA, confident that work will be taken care of, in their absence.
Virtual Assistants’ tasks and skills can often be divided into technical expertise and personal skills.
Robert Half, named to Forbes list of ‘America’s Best Large Employers’ (2016), and to FORTUNE® magazine’s list of “World’s Most Admired Staffing Companies” (2016), mentions in a 2015 Special Report – The demand for Skilled talent that, “we’re facing what some have called, ‘the great skills gap.’ Businesses continue to struggle finding workers with job-specific skills and new skills needed to meet rapidly changing technologies. Candidates who have these abilities will get multiple offers and counteroffers – and employers will have to compete even harder to attract the best talent.”
If “the great skills gap” was already such an important issue of 2015, you can guess what the 2018 situation is.
For a VA this can be a really stressful problem.
The central question is, “Are Virtual Assistants getting the specialised IT Training they deserve?”
The answer is simple, ‘No.’
At least not within a VA’s time and business budget, particularly if they have just started the business themselves. Obviously, the Virtual Assistant’s IT training is a necessity, you perform a broad range of tasks that help the individual you work for be more productive.
It’s not the purpose of this article to highlight all the duties and skills a VA needs to perform and have. But it is our aim to highlight your need to receive a proper IT Training and support.
Why do you need IT Training?
As a virtual assistant, you must be extremely organised, must be able to multitask, know your boss’s day / week like the back of your hand, and stay calm should any problems crop up.
The right IT Training is essential for maintaining the successful Virtual Assistant’s continuous professional development.
IT Training also helps eliminate the feeling overwhelm.
“Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other.” ~ Bill Gates
Just envision how good it feels to be the:
- Best possible VA for the person/business you work with.
- Increase your professional skills and abilities so that you can move up the career ladder.
- Help your clients clearly see YOU as their secret weapon
- Have the confidence to get the rate you’re worth.
- Close more projects because you can prove to your clients that they’ll work with an experienced and efficient trained VA who understand the IT “rules.”
If you feel overwhelmed, wondering when and if this will be possible, let me reassure you that you’ll quickly nail the highly-valued IT skills, sooner than you think.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about how I can help you learn more about how to use IT to upscale your VA business, please feel free to contact me.