Direct Hire vs Using a Virtual Agency
When it comes to applying for online jobs, you can go via two routes. You can apply by yourself as a direct hire. Or join a virtual recruitment agency and let them provide the job for you. Both are acceptable and legal ways of applying. Also, both possessed their own advantages and disadvantages.
Just like applying for a job in a real, actual setting, you can also apply to online jobs directly. Different employers have varied types of application process, but possess a common ground. You apply by getting the requirements that they need like a CV, attend their online interview, and pass a pre-qualification test. If lucky, you can start on your online job immediately. That’s it. It’s all you and the company.
The disadvantage of applying directly especially lies when you’re new to online work. Your lack of experiences may hinder companies from hiring you. You may also feel lost at times and don’t know where to begin. Likewise, if you need assistance, there will no other person or focus group to reach except your co-workers (if any), employer, or Google.
Yep. There are also recruitment agencies online that handles virtual staffs application and hiring. The good thing about agencies is that they will take care the hiring process for you. When they find an employer, they will forward your application to them. Some recruitment agencies also provide training for online collaboration tools for free. They act as your middle man.
But, of course, they have to get something from you or your employer for the job done. Pwede magkaroon ng cut ang agency sa sweldo mo. Let’s say ang napagusapan ng agency and the employer for your salary is $3.50 per hour. The agency will take, say, $1.50 per hour sa sweldo mo and you will get only $2.00. Or the agency can ask for an upfront payment from your employer as their commission for finding you. The employer can pay in full or by cut offs.
What’s the verdict, then?
Both ways provide particular advantages and disadvantages, but I can definitely root for direct hire first. Based on my experience, I went with the direct one. It wasn’t easy, really. I had to blast every potential employer with my resume and post to every job site known. I may have the lack of experience but I want to convey that I’m aggressive and willing to learn their business processes. It took 3 weeks to one month before I got hired and only 4 employers contacted me out of the hundreds I sent my resume to. If you have that kind of initiative with you, go for it. At the end of the day, once you break this barrier, the wages and benefits will be yours.
If you find it really difficult as a beginner to get an online job directly, then go for a recruitment agency. They will take a cut from you but you will be taken care of. It might also take a month for them to find a potential employer, but at least, you’re letting them do the job for you. Likewise, the training they will provide is most beneficial. You will learn new skills prior to doing the actual job.