* Reason candidacy was ended: Job Opening Expired“
The undeniable underlining hope was that it would take me closer to a successful freelance writing career. I was yet to learn the tricks of the freelancing trade. I did not know then that I was wasting my time and effort applying for some of those ‘freelance content writing openings’ that were very clearly saying ‘DO NOT APPLY’. Surprised? Don’t be.
The signs were all there. The thing was I did not know how to read all those signs then. I do not claim to be any wiser now. But then I think I am better off from where I began working on oDesk, having spent more than 50 productive oDesk hours (you can check my oDesk history) and made some pretty decent money with freelance writing. It included, website content writing, product descriptions (more about it in future), press release news, ghost writing for employment related blogs, some Internet research apart from other jobs.
Those little known ways that helped me, didn’t they? So I would like to share them with you so you too can save some time. You can invest that time in improving your chances of quickly finding ‘paying jobs’ and make some more money.
The First Tip
I subscribed to “Job alerts” a feature that you will find under your ‘My Profile” tab. Half the clutter is out.
The Second Tip
When I visit the job posting on oDesk, the first thing even before I read the job posting is, check to see if the ‘buyer‘ is ‘oDesk Verified” for ‘Payment’
The Third Tip
I check the ‘Buyer Facts’. If this buyer became a member and posted this job the same day, this buyer too is ‘out‘.
So, there you have a buyer, who is not “oDesk payment verified” and the ‘oDesk Buyer Facts’ has nothing to tell you, so what would you do?
You love the gig and want to ‘do’ it. Go ahead. Be my guest. You can always give this gig a try and may be you will be introducing a great buyer to all of us here at oDesk.