Meet The New Virtual Executive
Virtual assistants have been around for a while. But now there is a new type of remote worker that is on the rise: the virtual executive. This change arose in large part due to the COVID-19 pandemic, though it has been a long time coming, as this article in Forbes, featuring Alariss, notes.
The terms of global business have changed. In the past, to do global business, you had to uproot your life, move overseas, and become an expatriate. This was particularly disruptive for those who had working spouses and children in school; the entire family had to start all over in a new country. Expats would often complain about social isolation or just sheer exhaustion from working multiple time zones. And while it is exciting to be immersed in another culture, many expats had a reputation for being rather removed.
Now, it’s possible to become a virtual executive: work for an international company remotely while staying in your home country. You run a global team, speak to customers and colleagues all around the world, and still have dinner with your family every night. You can keep your local friendships. And while you can visit your overseas teams and colleagues, those visits can be on your schedule and at your choice. You can also have meaningful and deep collaborations over Zoom and still learn about others’ cultures, as we see from this testimonial from an American who found employment through the Alariss platform and notes that her new best friend is now in South Africa.
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rise of virtual executives, who lead and represent their global companies remotely and speed up their companies’ growth.
At Alariss Global, we connect virtual executives with great jobs at international tech companies. They work from their city of choice in the US for a company based abroad.
For instance, Von, based in Michigan, works as a sales executive for SwitchOn, an AI company for manufacturing based in India. Alariss first introduced Von to SwitchOn, and he has been a tremendous asset to the company: He closed a $420,000 deal for them within the first quarter of working for them.
Similarly, Kate works as a senior sales executive for Vanti Analytics, an AI company for manufacturing based in Israel. She didn’t have to move to Israel to work for them after Alariss introduced her; she’s still living in New York City.
There are a few new rules for virtual executives:
- They’re globally-minded. They work for international companies and help bring the world closer together.
- They work international time zones. “Sometimes, when you work with international companies, the hours are different. I get up at 4 o’clock in the morning sometimes to meet with some of our team members,” Von says.
- They enthusiastically represent their company in their home country. They are often one of the first hires for their company in their home country, and they seek to leave a good impression of their company with clients and potential clients.
Remote work is no longer just for executive assistants; it has become the new norm for executives. You can be a leader in a global company, have an executive-level compensation package, and have the full flexibility of working remotely and having family dinner every night.
If you’re interested in becoming a virtual executive for an international tech company, you can sign up for Alariss’ jobs portal today.