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Zirtual: Virtual admins by the hour

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Modern technology combined with the recession-era focus on fewer people doing more work more efficiently have resulted in fewer admins on staff at organizations across the United States, reports Scott Kraus for The Morning Call. But many people could still use a hand managing their calendars, scheduling meetings and responding to simple emails. And that’s where virtual assistants come in.

Zirtual is one of the latest companies hiring virtual assistants who work from home to meet the needs of clients far and wide. It’s partially funded by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and is hiring hundreds of virtual assistants around the United States.

Full-time assistants work 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and receive medical, dental and vision benefits in addition to their pay, which starts at $11 an hour for entry-level assistants. Although Zirtual is looking for hundreds of assistants, it’s not easy to land a position. Only 2% of applicants get hired and those who make the cut must go through a rigorous three-month training program.

Each Zirtual assistant is responsible for serving five to seven clients who pay for a set number of hours of the assistant’s time each month.

Nicole Elzer of Pittsburgh works 20 to 40 hours a week for the company. “Anything you don’t want to do, you would give to your Zirtual assistant,” Elzer said. “I do a lot of scheduling, appointment-making, research tasks, things like that. Everything is done via email.”

— Adapted from “Firm looking for a few good virtual secretaries,” Scott Kraus, The Morning Call.

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