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.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s for good reason. Jonas is also the guy behind Replace Myself, a leading outsourcing education membership service. In a relatively short amount of time, OnlineJobs.ph has attracted a large user-base of both virtual assistants and employers.
The beauty of OnlineJobs is in their powerful filtering system. 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 the experts, the most important filters are to choose only resumes updated within the last month, and 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.
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, 15,000 pesos is roughly $360 at today’s exchange rate, and that is NOT an exceedingly low salary request.
OnlineJobs.ph recently added a new 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 for sure.
Video Overview with the Founder
Plans and Pricing
The way OnlineJobs makes money is on a subscription-based pricing model, where it is $49 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.
Discounts are available for extended membership terms, but unless you need to build a large team or are using it as a recruiter, it shouldn’t take you that long to find a suitable selection.
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.
As an alternative, you can get OnlineJobs.ph access for “free” if you buy into the Replace Myself training program, starting at $97 per month.
Virtual Assistant Tracking
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 (currently in beta), 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.
A popular alternative a while ago was a site called BestJobs.ph — but for some unknown reason, they’re are no longer accepting job posts from international employers. In fact, my account was banned with no explanation or warning after posting just one (completely legit) VA job there.
Have you had any experience with finding a VA on OnlineJobs.ph? If so, please share it here and help others with their decision.