Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How To Create An Impressive oDesk Profile

Fill up everything in your resume – Buyers don’t like seeing blank boxes in your profile 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 very important one so make sure you don’t miss out on this.

Write an Impressive Objective and Primary Role – One of the first things employers notice on your profile page. A well written one will surely catch any employers' attention even with tons of candidates for them to review.

List Down All Of Your Skills - Are you fast and great at typing? Are you a Microsoft Excel wizard? Can you create stunning graphics in Adobe Photoshop? Do you program database-driven websites with PHP and MySQL? All of these are skills that you can list here. However, don't overdo on the skills - anticipate your audience and only list relevant skills to your target audience. I'll let you in on a little secret, too - they're also keywords that will point buyers to your profile when they perform searches!

Show off your portfolio – Another important part of your profile page, lots of employers based their decision in choosing the right contractor by just seeing your portfolio. Show off anything that is related to your job title, if you’re a Graphic Designers you might 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 test – Aside from passing the Odesk Readiness test, taking and passing at least three more test in Odesk is highly recommended. 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. Also, if you feel confident enough to take some test related to your job title, that would be great. If you’re a Graphic Designer, you might want to take some Adobe software related test like Photoshop CS4/CS3 test. Aim to get at least on the top 20 to make your profile more stylish.

Set the right amount of Pay Rate – Even if you are the best among the rest, with a Hourly Pay Rate that’s too high, for sure you will get noticed but in a bad way. Always remember to set the right amount depending on your skill and capabilities. When you’re just starting, set your hourly rate to a lower amount than the competition but not too low.

Install the oDesk Team applications - Download the oDesk Team for Windows or oDesk Team for Mac or oDesk Team for Linux/Unix. The oDesk Team is a client application (must be installed in your workstation) that will capture and log the work that you do for your Buyers.  
It captures random screen shots every 10 minutes while you work and allows you to post work memos that will be uploaded to the oDesk server, which your Buyer will review when it’s time to approve your work log.  This is required for Hourly-paid jobs and optional for Fixed-priced jobs.

Set-up your payment account - Setup an online account where you can get paid by oDesk.  Paypal and Payoneer are among the most trusted and frequently used online payment facility.

Apply for jobs - Start applying for jobs!  Browse through the many jobs posted in oDesk and find something relevant to the skills.

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