Getting Started with oDesk is simple; oDesk is the best place to make money online. I recommend oDesk more than any other websites like GetAFreelancer or RentACoder because of the friendly user interface, easy to manage profile page, and the great community where people are willing to help you stand on your own two feet. They also offer both fixed cost jobs and Hourly jobs which oDesk.com backs 100%.
One of the main ways for users to jump right in and land a job is to create the best possible profile. Incomplete or just plain and simple profiles don’t work and you wont get hired. Getting started with oDesk is not easy there is a lot of competition in oDesk especially jobs like Data Entry work, chances to land a job is very slim since the client will have a hard time noticing your profile if its blank and in turn they won’t invite you for an interview. I remember browsing for my first job I was looking for Data Entry (figured that would be easy) & it was something to put on my work experience & get some feedback. However i was shocked most Data Entry jobs were getting over 300 bids from other workers looking to Provider their services! Imagine how hard it was to get noticed by the Buyer.
You should always remember that Your Profile is YOU. “First impressions last” as they always say, same with applying for a job. What can you do to beef up your profile and get someone notice you? Here are just some pointers from my personal experience.
Fill in your entire resume – Employers don’t like seeing blank boxes in your page especially your resume tab. always make sure that you fill every bit of important information that you can show off in your profile page. Certifications, Work Experience and Educations are the most important.
Write an Eye Catching Objective – The first thing employer see is your objective. A well written one will surely catch any employer’s attention.
Show off your portfolio – Another important part of your profile page, lots of employers base their decision if you’re the suitable provider by just seeing your portfolio. Show off anything that is related to your job title, if you’re a Graphic Designers you ought to show your previous designs; Writers can show their blogs or Articles written. As long as it can show your skills, post it.
Take some tests – Aside from passing the oDesk Readiness test, I strongly recommend taking and passing at least three more tests in oDesk. Having at least four test passed raises your weekly limit to apply for jobs up to twenty. It you’re having trouble passing tests you might want to take a shot at easy ones first like Email Etiquette test. It’s free anyways and you can finish one test in less than 30 minutes. Good Luck