All Things oDesk

Thanks For A Great Year, oDeskers!

January 4, 2012 by

As we head into 2012, I want to personally thank all of you for making the past year an absolutely amazing one. We are just scratching the surface of Work 3.0, a world where work is on demand, virtual and remote; for both businesses and workers, the opportunities and possibilities here are endless. We look forward to all the exciting opportunities 2012 will bring, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Read Full Article

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Test Jobs 2: How to Hire Marketing Help

August 3, 2011 by

Few small and mid-sized companies have the budget to have marketing experts on staff, which is why various marketing positions are among the most popular hiring categories on oDesk. To make the hiring process easier, Erica Benton, oDesk's marketing communications manager, talks about how she uses test jobs to make sure she hires the best candidate for writing, public relations and social media work. Read Full Article

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The Test Job: How oDesk Hires Contractors

August 1, 2011 by

oDesk has about four contractors for every in-house employee, so our managers know how to hire freelancers effectively. The key is giving prospective workers a test job. This post covers techniques for testing out web designers, software developers, project managers, product analysts and customer service reps, with marketing work to be discussed in part two. Read Full Article

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Test Drive oDesk

July 23, 2008 by

oDesk is an exciting new paradigm that offers multiple advantages-- remote, low-cost and low overhead work product without upfront outlay; a wealth of skilled contractors to select from; pay-for-performance; flexibility with a built-in background structure and real-time monitoring. However, with all these pluses, buyers are left with the same final hiring decision they have in any employment situation. New buyers and experts familiar with oDesk face the same question and the same challenge. The challenge. How can I be confident that I'm hiring the best person for the job at hand? Although  relevant for first time buyers and buyers seeking expertise in an area they have never hired for, any long term relationship is going to have the same initial trial period. I want to know not only that the people I hire are qualified, but also that they are going to fit my organization and the way I conduct business.. Examining provider profiles, portfolios and feedback is the suggested method, and for many jobs, this is sufficient. But  this may not be enough. There's more to it than selecting a qualified person: Will this person work well with me? Will they meet my specific expectations, time constraints and budget? Will our relationship be effective and productive? The solution. There's a way to test drive providers at oDesk with little risk. A way to answer the important questions and ease the worries that come with any new hire. And it can be key when filling a longterm position. The idea is simple. Post your Job and expectations normally, but when you find providers that have the qualifications necessary, hire them with limited hours and assign a portion of a project (or a smaller but similar project). You can create a small … Read Full Article