My Process For Hiring a Filipino VA

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Below is the sequence of emails I sent to hire someone

Note: Don’t copy these emails! These are just examples….too many employers have copied this email exactly and is flooded with these emails….jobseekers won’t reply to you b/c they’ll think you are a spammer/scammer!

Email #1: This email went out to about 15 people.

Hi, I found your resume on I currently have a job opening in my company. I need someone who is great in english, and who can do SEO for some of my websites. Other skills are a bonus, but not necessary. I am looking for someone to work full-time (40 hours/week) from home. I will expect you to not have another job except for working for me. If you’re interested, please write one paragraph of why I should hire you. I want you to write this so I can see your english skills. Don’t send me a list of your past experience. Describe it to me. I want to see how well you write. Also, please tell me your desired salary (I know you listed it in OnlineJobs….just tell me again) and when you would be available to start work. This email is going to 13 people, that’s why I didn’t personalize it to you…sorry. John

Email #2: This went to each person who sent me back a good response to Email #1

Where are you in the philippines? How are the power outages there? Will you be able to work full time? Do you have your own computer? Did you write that last response to me yourself? Did someone help you with it? When could you start?

Email #3: This went to the person I really wanted to hire. They had already proven their english skills and also claimed to have other skills.

How fast is your internet connection? What SEO experience do you have? If I gave you a new website to do SEO for, what would you do? Can you send me some references to graphics work you’ve done? How about wordpress sites you’ve built?

Email #4 – after 2 days of not hearing back from them, I sent this email

Name, I didn’t hear from you about this. I think I’m ready to hire you, I’d just like to hear from you about these things. Also, one of the things I know is a problem with Filipinos is you get embarrassed when you don’t know something. Then you disappear and don’t email me back. I’ve been through this quite a few times. If this is going to work for us, the first thing you need to know is that you MUST email me when you have a problem. I NEED to know. Let me know if you’re still interested. John

She responded with a good response.

Email #5

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