The Way We Work
August 27, 2006 by Guest Blogger

Alright, so you've found the oDesk user you want to connect with for an interview. Chances are that he/she is not in the same timezone as you. The thought process goes thus:

"I am GMT minus this, and he is GMT plus that... say what?"

Here comes Google Maps to the rescue. I check the Google Maps Mania blog once in a while for cool mashups, and found these two that could help oDesk users working across multiple timezones.

  • Qlock - World Clock: Has day/night shadows on the map, plus you can download it to keep it on your desktop (I haven't tried that)
  • GChart - What time is it?: Shows the current time, pictures, blogs and currency for any point you click on the map

We have some other resources in the Calendar and Timezones section of our Handbook.

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Abid Mohsin

  • http://www.odesk.com Abid

    That's a good point.

    That Skype functionality is helpful once you are part of a team, and you have your teammembers on your Skype contact list.

    However, if you are a Buyer who posts a job and gets multiple candidates, the maps are helpful to quickly do a visualization of where these candidates are located, and then email them with times that can work for both parties for an interview.

  • John Addington

    The Skype (IM like) tool also shows your contacts local time..