All Things oDesk
June 17, 2010 by Mollie Carter

This week we have two enhancements to the oDesk service to tell you about.  Both of these changes will create a speedier site -  something many of our users have been asking for!

Faster, more interactive provider search results

We’ve made looking for providers easier and faster, helping buyers find the talent they need and helping providers get hired.

First, provider search results have a great new look.  A cleaner design highlights the information buyers need to easily review their search results.  Also:

  • Faster page loads and more interactive filters to quickly narrow search results.
  • Easier navigation to jump to any page in your search results.

Provider search listings will look different and we know change can be jarring.  But, we’re confident these changes will make it easier for buyers to find providers.  We are always working to improve the experience for all of our users.  Check out the new provider search results now. If you have feedback on these changes, we’d love to hear it!  Visit our Community Forum.

Job application quotas to refresh twice daily

Starting today, providers will see a change in how often job application quotas are increased.

Currently, when one of your job applications becomes inactive (you are hired, or your application expires, is withdrawn or is rejected), your quota is increased immediately.  This real-time updating encourages job application spamming and is causing our systems to run very slowly.  To increase system speed for all users, and reduce the amount of job spamming, increases to your quota will now occur twice per day. This means that when one of your job applications becomes inactive, it may take up to 12 hours before you see your quota increase.

Note, none of the rules regarding your quota change.

For more information, see the Help Center.  To leave feedback, visit our Community Forum.

Mollie Carter

Director of Freelancer Marketing

As Director of Freelancer Marketing, Mollie Carter brings to oDesk extensive marketing experience in the Internet and software industry. As a Senior Manager at PayPal, she was part of the founding team for PayPal’s first telesales organization, helping to build the team to an astounding $50M in annual revenue. While Director at PayPal, Mollie led the Merchant Acquisition Marketing and Consumer Engagement Marketing divisions, developing… read more

  • Michael

    I'm disappointed that the Test Taken dropdown has been removed from the search results sidebar when I'm looking for providers. That's one of my main searches as I'm looking for providers with a certain skill set and test taken helps me find that. I know I can find it in Advanced Search but would be great to have on the standard sidebar in the search results of Find Provider.