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oDesk to mentor 24 startups on November 17

November 5, 2010 by

oDesk is excited to announce it’s first Startup Office Hours event on Wednesday, November 17, at its brand new offices in Redwood City.  Come meet with an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and our CEO to share your ideas, pitch a concept, or just brainstorm.  This is an opportunity to network and get introduced to mentors and connectors.  Startups that haven’t used oDesk before will also get a $100 credit towards hourly work to get them started building a virtual team on oDesk. Greg Gretsch Managing Director at Sigma Partners   Gary Swart CEO of oDesk. Odysseas Tsatolos Co-founder of oDesk Location: Google Maps 901 Marshall Street Suite 200 Redwood City, CA 94063 Register here and reserve your 15 minute mentorship time slot between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Monday, November 27th on this wiki.  Please be on time.  No presentations necessary, but feel free to bring one if you like.  If all the time slots have been filled, we still encourage you to come on by for the free networking lunch that will follow, thanks to Sigma Partners, beginning at 12:00pm. Read Full Article

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3 Steps to a Killer Job Posting

November 1, 2010 by

There are hundreds of thousands of contractors available to tackle whatever job you need to hire for. But, as the employer, you are competing for the attention of the top contractors, and you've got to write a killer job description to ensure that their applications head to your inbox. Read Full Article

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The Importance of a Defined Workspace

October 27, 2010 by

Sooner or later every contract worker realizes it's difficult to maintain a long-term freelance career without a defined workspace. Sure there are exceptions to the rule, and there are times when every contractor benefits from a change of scenery -- a coffee shop, a library, etc. -- however, the most productive space for most will have the elements of an actual office. Read Full Article

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Stay Employed 2010 – Jobs with the Least Competition and Greatest Opportunity

October 20, 2010 by

Due to the popularity of last year’s Stay Employed – Jobs with the Least Competition and Greatest Opportunity post (and the requests we’ve received for updated information), here is the most recent data to help you develop your resume and determine what skills you need to focus on to stay employed or start down a new career path. In looking at the table below, there are two columns: one with the skill or technology, the second with the Fill Ratio, which shows the competition for job postings – a low percentage in this column indicates great job opportunities with less competition, and a higher percentage score indicates that jobs requiring those skills get filled at or above the usual rate. Anything not on this list is getting filled at a higher rate, which indicates high competition for the skill or technology. Skill Fill Ratio iPhone 30.14% iOS (iPhone/iPad) 31.34% CSS 32.93% Flash 35.05% Java 35.49% .NET 35.80% Sales 36.32% HTML 4 36.90% 3D Design 38.41% Video Production 39.04% Marketing 39.30% Google App Engine 39.88% Typepad 40.20% MS Access 40.42% C# 41.18% Magento 41.35% MS PowerPoint 41.78% C++ 41.97% Transcription 42.00% Accounting 42.70% iPhone and iOS developers are recently experiencing the lowest fill rate – which means competition for jobs with this skill is fairly low. As we predicted, with the widespread adoption of the iPad and recent announcements about expaned the iPhone onto the Verizon network, the field is growing, as the number of positions requiring … Read Full Article

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oDesk Contractors Earn More than $200M

October 15, 2010 by

  A little over an hour ago, the odometer at oDesk’s oConomy rolled over a major milestone. Our contractors have earned over $200 million dollars on oDesk – a fantastic achievement that made our Redwood City office erupt in cheers. Hard to believe it was just 1 short year ago that we were celebrating our first $100M earned by oDesk contractors. Just last month, our users gave us another reason to celebrate by surpassing 1M hours worked in a single month. As the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform, more remote work is done on oDesk than anywhere else. So congratulations again to our fantastic contractors, and to the employers who hire them. You guys are truly changing how the world works! Update: You can watch the oDometer roll over $200M in this video. Read Full Article

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How to Hire Tech Workers When You Don’t Know a Bit From a Byte

October 11, 2010 by

So, you need a website, but don't know where to start. Or, you're dreaming of an iPhone app for your business, but learning iOS development just isn't in the cards. There inevitably comes a time when you need to hire someone whose technical skills are so far outside your comfort zone, they may as well be speaking Martian during their interview. Here are a few steps to help you hire tech workers when you don't know a bit from a byte. Read Full Article

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Customer Service Week: oDesk keeps the Spirit Going

October 8, 2010 by

Customer Service Week: oDesk keeps the Spirit Going The oDesk Customer Support Team was very busy during Customer Service Week, having tons of fun and honing their customer support skills, as they participated in the various Customer Service Week activities, events and honors recognitions. Although we keep connected with meetings, and Skype group chats and messaging, we wanted to continue our goals of team building and creating strong friendships in a fun, upbeat way. We held various games and gave special awards to our best and brightest oDesk Customer Support Representatives. We feel it is important to note that management instructed all oDesk support representatives to enjoy the planned activities between Live Support chats and phone calls, as well as Support tickets. That way, despite the festivities, we continued to follow our goals of putting oDesk users first, by providing the excellent customer service they have grown accustomed to at oDesk. On Monday, we held an interesting group scavenger hunt. Each team searched oDesk for various bits of oDesk trivia to complete the scavenger hunt form. On Tuesday, team members enjoyed filling out the oDesk 101 Crossword Puzzle in their leisure time. Wednesday brought our hilarious Name the Baby Contest. Thursday included an activity and an event. First, each support representative received the oDesk Word Jumble, to solve as a group, with respective team members. Then, in the spirit of team involvement, we held a CSS All-Hands meeting, where oDesk management shared company goals and achievements, as well as CSS departmental goals and achievements, for the previous and current quarters with everyone. Customer Service Week ended on Friday with “The Communication Game,” a group activity designed to help strengthen the communication and understanding skills of each support representative here at oDesk. And, who doesn’t love a free T-shirt? As a … Read Full Article

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Mandatory Upgrade for oDesk Team

October 6, 2010 by

Do you have the latest version of the oDesk Team desktop application? To ensure you can continue recording time and collaborating with your team, download now. Old versions of oDesk Team no longer work. Do I need to download the new version? If you rely on oDesk Team to track time and collaborate with your team, and you do not have the latest version, you will need to upgrade. Here is a list of the minimum required versions of oDesk Team based on operating system: Windows 3.2.79 Mac 3.2.41 Linux 2.0.0 If you have this version already, no action is needed. To check what version you are on, open the oDesk Team application, go to Help > About oDesk Team. If you do not have one these versions, please download it now. What’s in the new version? With the new version of oDesk Team, you get full chat functionality, an improved interface, a full team roster, and more! And, with your whole team on the same version, you will help ensure you can continue to check in with each other and stay in touch. How do I download? Downloading the new oDesk Team application is a simple process and takes just a few moments. Visit our downloads page now. What if I have questions? First, please visit our general Team app and platform specific (Windows, Mac, Linux) help pages. For Windows and Mac users: if you have any additional questions, please reach out to customer support by going to Help in the oDesk Team application, and submitting a ticket. By going through oDesk Team rather than the oDesk website, your ticket will include log files that will help our support reps resolve your problem … Read Full Article


Trend Spotlight: WordPress

September 29, 2010 by

Wordpress has become synonymous with blogging. While it isn’t the only content management system, it is certainly the most popular in the oConomy, amongst the Technorati Top 100 blogs, and arguably the largest on the Internet with over 27 million publishers . The Wordpress trends page offers additional insight into this hot online publishing platform. Read Full Article