After so many attempts at landing a job in Odesk, I have finally made it! I have been a member in Odesk since April 24 but it was just recently that I was able to earn my dollar. Sometimes you really need to be patient and wait for the right timing. My first job is a copy/paste routine. I was very ecstatic when I received my first contract. Ok, I guess I have to elaborate it more starting from the top.
As I have said, I recently acquired my first work. I have been doing some job hunting (as I have done for the past 3 months) when I saw this post “Copy data from website to spreadsheet – F”. I click the apply button and fill in the necessary information. I send apply even though I have not met all the qualification the employer needs. You see, the employer requires a provider who:
(1) Passed MS excel 2003
(2) Have at least 1 hour in Odesk
(3) At least 4.5 feedback
(4) Fluent in English in Written and verbal skills
Of the above criteria, I only met # 4. So it was a gamble I took. After a minute or two, I received an email from Scott (he is my employer by the way) asking when can I start and when can I finish. Being a beginner and a lost soul in Odesk, my reply to him was: “I can start now and I can finish the job within 5 hours.” Not actually thinking straight if I really could do it within the timeframe. I thought I could, but as it turned out I completed the job 2 times the 5 hours! LOL! In which case he replied saying: “I have assigned that job. If you apply for another that you can do in 5 hours I will hire you for that.” It turns out that Scott needs several providers for the job from A-Z. Finally he gave me the letter “G” job.
So there! My very first job in Odesk which earned me $4.50. Don’t pout though, my rate was $3.00 but I guess Scott likes my work so he gave me a bonus.
Oh! By the way, I have sent an email to Scott saying I could not finish it in 5 hours. I have attached a file containing my 5 hours of labor. I also asked him if it’s ok if he can give me an extension so that I can finish it all to which he replied “Pls. continue. Extra time is ok. Thanks for letting me know.” What am I pointing here? I’m just saying that you should be honest with your employer even if it means you are going to lose some…
I really worked hard on the job Scott gave me. I want it to be perfect. That way, I can have my very first feedback and Odesk hour (I’ve worked for fixed rate and realized now that working fixed rate will not earn you hours). When you are a first timer in Odesk, it’s hard to land a job because employers are not willing or risking hiring a newbie. I know they have their reasons. But come on! Give the freshmen a break! Some of them might be new in Odesk but outside, I know just like me they have lots to offer.