One of the nice features of browser extensions is that they let you quickly access features & information from web-based services without having to visit the actual service providers' pages. As an oDesk employer, often times I've been browsing the web and had a "I wonder if I could hire an oDesk contractor to do X" moment. I imagine that oDesk contractors might have similar "I wonder if there are any jobs available for skill X" moments.
We started with a limited--but slick--set of features, all running off our APIs:
- Clicking on the extension logo brings up a quick contractor & job search dialog
- If you highlight words on a page and right-click, you get a "Search in oDesk" command that returns a list of contractors or jobs with that highlighted skill.
- On StackExchange sites, an oDesk logo is inserted next to the skills associated with a question; clicking on that logo brings up a search.
Add the oDesk extension to your Chrome browser today.
This is still a prototype, but we think it’s a great way to find contractors and jobs when you are in a "moment" and not on the oDesk site. If our community finds it useful, we will look to add more features (and potentially make a Firefox or IE version). Give it a try and let us know what you think in our community forum.