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.

Abid Mohsin

  • 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..