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UPDATE: At last test in Summer 2013, Remote Staff Recruit was no longer accepting new recruiting gigs.

Remote Staff Recruit is a virtual assistant recruiting firm in the Philippines. Founders John Paul Grant and Matt Canty are a pair of Aussies who’ve lived in the Philippines for a several years and are very familiar with the local culture and working with VAs.

Based on your detailed job description, their team of expert recruiters will source you three qualified candidates for you to interview.

remote staff recruit reviewLike Virtual Staff Finder, another well-known VA recruiting company, Remote Staff Recruit charges a one-time fee for their services. However, their fee of $297 is approximately $100 less than Virtual Staff Finder’s fee, AND you don’t have to pay upfront. Instead, they’ll source the candidates for you for free, and then you only have to pay when you want to see the candidates’ contact information to arrange the interviews.

Another point of differentiation between the two companies is that Virtual Staff Finder focuses on finding VAs in only 4 main areas of expertise (general admin, writing, SEO, and web development), where Remote Staff Recruit can find VAs across a broad range of skills.

The team recommends Filipino virtual assistants over those from other countries because they’ve found them to be extremely trustworthy, loyal, hard-working, and well-educated. On top of that, the rates are extremely affordable, with full-time help starting around $300 a month (that actually seems a little low to me, but maybe I’m a softie).

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Remote Staff Recruit goes the extra mile in their proven recruiting process. All applicants are pre-tested and pre-interviewed so you only see the best of the best. The company also does background and reference checks to make sure the VAs are who they say they are.

Remote Staff Recruit also takes care of the salary negotiations ahead of time so you don’t have to worry about that. And if you don’t like any of the 3 candidates, they’ll find you another 3.

After you interview your candidates and select the winner, you can train them in your business processes and you pay them directly as an independent contractor of your business. This keeps the ongoing costs much lower than you would find through a traditional virtual assistant company, although there’s always a certain amount of trust involved with any home-based remote working relationship.

If you do prefer working through a company, John and Matt have you covered there as well with their Remote Workmate operation.

Have you tried Remote Staff Recruit? If so, please share your experience below and help others with their decision.

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