oDesk has automated the application and signup process for Providers.
How does it work:
New Providers can now come to odesk.com, click on "Post a Profile", complete the online application process and start applying to jobs.
The new process includes the following steps:
- Email validation
- Contact information, for verification purposes and to set up payments
- Skills, employment and other oDesk Profile information
- An online Training Quiz
The Training Quiz is 20 multiple-choice questions, that take Providers through the basics of working in oDesk, downloading oDesk software and best practices for working on remote assignments. We have developed the quiz so that every new Provider will be able to work effectively within oDesk as soon as they join the network.
What does this mean for Buyers:
Buyers will now be able to access a much larger network of Providers, both in terms of number and skill type.
What does this mean for Freelance Providers:
Freelance Providers will now be able to create an account and start applying to jobs in a single online session. There will no longer be any delays due to recruiting backlogs.
What does this mean for Affiliate Managers:
Affiliate Managers will now be able to utilize the same automated process to add their Providers on the network. Please read the announcement on "Invite a Provider" feature.