OnlineJobs.ph is a Filipino job board that caters exclusively to remote online work opportunities.
It was created in 2009 by Utah-based entrepreneur John Jonas as a way to connect the affordable Filipino workforce with business owners in North America and around the world.
Over the last decade, OnlineJobs.ph has become the leading platform to find qualified virtual assistants in the Philippines. At press time, the site has over 250,000 resumes in its database–a huge talent pool!
It’s basically a resume database, and you can filter by the date the listing was created, skills required, the level of skill (very important), and desired salary.
According to John and other hiring experts, the most important filters are:
- resumes updated within the last month
- strong English writing skills
The logic behind these selections is that the ones with older resumes will either already have jobs or they aren’t great candidates.
For the English skills, writing is a great indicator of overall understanding, comprehension, and communication skills.
If your virtual assistant has that baseline knowledge, you can train them in whatever you need done. John explained, “If they understand and write English well, that usually means they think well.”
How OnlineJobs.ph Works
The site is primarily geared toward finding a full-time or part-time virtual team member–either 40 or 20 hours per week.
You’ll find an incredible variety of skills and experience on OnlineJobs.
For example, you’ll find qualified (and if we’re being honest, not-so-qualified) workers for:
- virtual assistance
- graphic design
- web development
- social media
- real estate
- and more
The typical process is to:
- Create an account
- Post your job
- Filter the applicants
- Interview / test the most promising ones
- Make your hire
- Get to work!
The salaries shown are monthly figures, and are usually negotiable. They’re shown in pesos, so you’ll have to do a quick conversion to get an idea of how much a particular VA will cost.
For example, 25,000 pesos is a little under $500 at today’s exchange rate. That isn’t an exceedingly low salary request for full-time work.
Video Overview with the Founder
Plans and Pricing
The way OnlineJobs makes money is on a subscription-based pricing model.
The rates start at $69 a month to be able to contact the workers. You can do all the filtering and searching you want, but you can’t communicate with the workers until you pay.
(There’s a very limited free plan, where you can technically post jobs, but you won’t be able to see the applications or contact candidates.)
Unless you need to build a large team or are using OnlineJobs as a recruiter, it shouldn’t take you more than a month or maybe two at the most to find a suitable selection.
Heavy users may find value in the $99 a month Premium plan, which allows you to contact up to 500 workers per moth.
After you find your ideal virtual assistant, OnlineJobs is out of the picture. You’ll work with them–and pay them–directly, with no middlemen or markups on their salary.
Just like in the rest of the world, salaries vary based on skills and experience. Most workers request between $500 and $1000 a month for full-time work.
A Recent OnlineJobs Hiring Experience and Process
For instance, I posted a virtual assistant job recently and was inundated with responses overnight.
From more than 70 candidates, I picked my top 10 to send some trial tasks.
Five or six completed those and I picked my top 2 for a Skype video interview.
All done in less than a week.
OnlineJobs Recruiting Service
If sorting through those 70 applications sounds a little overwhelming, there is an alternative.
OnlineJobs offers a “done for you” recruiting service that follows this process:
- Pay the $500 recruitment fee
- Fill out the virtual staff request form
- The company sources, screens, and finds you the best-fit candidate
- Start working with your new VA
With this option, you give up a little bit of control, but you’ll undoubtedly save some time and have experienced recruiters in your corner.
OnlineJobs.ph profiles include a metric called ID Proof.
It’s not a measure of skill or reliability, but a 1-100 rating of to what degree the candidate is who they say they are.
Apparently it’s a common practice to create multiple profiles under fake personas to hedge your bets and theoretically give yourself a better chance of getting an application noticed.
In general, I’ve found the higher the ID Proof number, the more professional the candidate. It’s a measure of how seriously they’re staking their reputation online.
I wouldn’t immediately rule someone out who has a low score here, but choosing between two equally qualified candidates, I’d go with the one with the higher ID Proof.
Virtual Assistant Tracking Software: “TimeProof”
OnlineJobs has introduced a piece of software called TimeProof to track the working hours of your remote team members.
It’s completely free to use, and aims to provide a level of protection and verification for both workers and employers.
As the employer, you’ll get time sheets and screenshots of what your VA was working on during their shift.
Other sites have attempted to replicate the success and job-board business model of OnlineJobs, but none have gotten the same level of traction.
Still, there are a few companies that might be worth a look depending on your needs.
FreeeUp is a unique freelance marketplace that claims to only accept the “top 1%” of applicants. About 40% of its talent pool is from the Philippines.
FreeeUp operates more like a match-making service, where they’ll introduce you to a candidate that matches your needs. You pay them through the platform on either an hourly or fixed-price basis.
Virtual Staff Finder
The closest competitor to OnlineJobs’ recruitment service is Virtual Staff Finder. The service similarly priced ($495) and they’ll introduce you to 3 candidates that most closely fit your job description.
If you don’t have the need for full-time support, you might consider OkayRelax. This is a task-based service that offers a dedicated VA starting at $100 a month.
I’ve been a customer for years and have my assistant integrated into several ongoing tasks and processes in my business.
|OnlineJobs.ph||Okay Relax||Task Bullet||VA Staffer|
|Minimum Package||$69 to post a job||$30 for 5 tasks||$200 for 20 hours||$250 for 17 hours|
|Best For||Full-time hires||Quick tasks||Part-time hires||Marketing support|
|Learn More||Learn More||Learn More||Learn More|
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Related: Upwork vs. OnlineJobs.ph
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