I was still hesitating. I didn’t know what kind of job ad to write. I didn’t know how much I should offer to pay and for how long. I didn’t know who would answer my ad. I didn’t want to waste my time. And I definitely didn’t want to get ripped off.
I had concerns.
I did more research on the topic of outsourcing to the Philippines and was led to the blog of John Jonas. John Jonas has written a lot of information about his experience and tips on how to outsource to the Philippines. His tips were valuable. I used some of his tips as well as others I found online.
I wrote my first ad…and then posted February 11, 2013 at about 2:00pm PST. I started getting responses almost immediately. By 4:00pm, within 2 hours, I had 9 applicants. I put the ad on pause to go through the first 9.
I could tell that some were auto responding to any and all ads that came on the job board. They didn’t really read through the ad and didn’t respond to the specific requirements I requested needed for the job.
One I found, was dishonest. They were not actually from the Philippines but trying to pass off as if they were.
And then I received a message from the 5th applicant…. Fredrick. It read (some parts have been X’d for privacy)…
I read your job opportunity and I am interested of it. I accept new things as a challenge that can mold me as a better person in the near future. I am 20 years old and studied Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. I am fast learner, hard working, diligent, respectful and obedient person. I am great in gathering information from the internet,managing emails, managing files, Ms Word, Excel and Power Point. I can work with least supervision. I worked as date entry specialist in XXXXXX for 11 months. I am interested of bringing our communication together. And if you hire me, I can work immediately. You can also contact me through Skype, my skype name is XXXXXX.
I’m looking forward to work with you.