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New design for job posts

The next time you look for a job or post a new job, check out the new job description page. Our designers have been hard at work revamping this page. They've cleaned it up, given it a fresh new look, and highlighted the key information you need. For providers, it's now easier to determine whether a particular job is a good fit for you. For buyers, you can now use this page to easily manage your open jobs posts.

For providers:

  • Right up top - see the job description, skills required and preferred qualifications
  • Check the job status, including when the buyer last viewed the job, # of applicants and # interviewing
  • Quickly see if you've already applied to the job
  • Review the buyer's work history and other open jobs
For buyers, you can now use this job description page to manage your open jobs posts - make edits, repost, make the job private to stop receiving applications, or close the job once it's filled. Keep in mind, to manage active assignments, you should go to the assignment detail page.

Let us know what you think of these changes!

Job description page

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Thank for adding this

Thank for adding this feature

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# Quickly see if you've already applied to the job

Nice updates.. Smile

Faisal B.
Lier, Norway.

I see detailed feedback just fine

You already posted this elsewhere and I responded but here it is again:
It is located on the right hand side in the "About the Buyer" box then the detail of the feedback in below in the "Buyer's Work History and Feedback (number of jobs)" Section.
So nothing is missing, it has just been rearranged.

It does not unfold it is just there

The Buyer's Work History and Feedback section does not unfold, it is just always there. The Applicant list unfolds but not the Buyer's Work History and Feedback section. It is below the Applicant list. I checked on both a PC and a MAC and it is the same on both.

I dont like this at

I dont like this at all!
Earlier system was much better cleaner, easier on the eyes an more compact.
Bring it back!

Veni, Vidi, Vici.

I like it just fine

Thanks for always looking to make things better.

the new design is more beautiful, but less usable, because:

Thanks for making the new design, it is really more beautiful, but there are some important remarks about its usability and I think it should be revised. I’ll explain you in details what I mean and I hope you'll take them into account:

I read a lot of job offers. And I do it carefully. So, what is really important for me could be described in two scenarios:

1. I'm reading new job offer:
What I need to know first is:
First priority: the description, start date, hours per week, delivery date/or and period (1 week, 1-3months, ongoing etc.), budget (if it is fixed-price), skills required, buyer's last activity (date)

Before I have got them just with one look, they were on the left side and well sorted in a table. The date/money-related information was really easy for reading and properly sorted, followed by the skill required and the description.

Now: I look to the left and right side of the page, and up and down, too.

Second priority: number of people interviewed, average bid they made, table with the others applicants, buyer's rating and history.

Before: it was easy to review them, because I didn't have to look to left and right sections and if there were no people invited for interview, their number was 0 and not missing like now and making me search for it.
When I read about the other applicants I had their headlines, which is really important to be shown, as long as if there are let say 10 competitors, your first priority are the ones with most suitable headlines, not the ones just bidding first, because actually it doesn't say anything. There are always people who are closer to the job requirements and others who are more or less experimenting. You need to know all your real competitors and you have really limited amount of time.
Now for every job offer I just have to scroll more and search more and browse more providers’ profiles.

2. I'm reading a job offer I already applied for:
Here the first priority is: did the buyer invite anyone for interview, when was his last activity and what is the average bid of the interviewed ones. Now I have to look to the bottom of the offer, scrolling its text, while before I had this info in the table.

Second priority is the new applicants (if there are any) and here we have again the issue with the missing headlines.
When I saw the new changes I wanted to write you directly what I'm concerned about, but I decided to give it some time and try to get used to with some of the new things, hoping some will appear useful for me, but unfortunately I still think the usability needs revision.

So what I recommend is:
1. Keep the previous order of the things, but apply the new style, colors etc.
2. Show again the number of people invited for interview, even it is 0. This is for orientation that there are no people invited
3. Keep the applicant section expandable and do the same with the buyer’s history, which was above it before.
4. Consider the position of the other offers some buyer has opened – I think it is not bad to be where it was before – this increases its visibility and makes it easy to find something suitable for you or for your friend. Now I feel it is a bit invisible under so much information and separated just with label ‘Other open jobs by this employer’. It would be great if we have at least a table with gray borders for it, even if it remains on the same position

I’ll appreciate any comments from all of you and especially from providers/buyes in the web design/UX testing area

Best Regards,
Svetlina

Svetlana - thanks for your

Svetlana - thanks for your thoughtful feedback.

1. - Date/ Money information together and properly sorted - thanks for the feedback on how you use this. Currently, all of this information is collated on the right hand side except skills. Also, your point about Buyer Activity being most important after you applied to the job is fair - a few questions?

a. Skills are relevant to the job description, they go hand in hand that is why they are placed together. Reading skills without description or description without skills will not give a complete picture - would you agree?

2. This is being fixed.

3. I am not sure I understand - the applicant list is expandable, once you expand it it stays open. The newest applicants are at the top.

4. Thanks for letting me know how you use this information - how important is this information to you? I think this is the least important information on the page, since you are looking at the job on hand and trying to evaluate how well you would fit it. This is the reason it is at the bottom.

Clarification: when you talk about the missing headlines, are you talking about the titles or descriptions of the other contractors who have applied to this job?

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Shipra K. wrote:
Svetlana - thanks for your thoughtful feedback.

1. - Date/ Money information together and properly sorted - thanks for the feedback on how you use this. Currently, all of this information is collated on the right hand side except skills. Also, your point about Buyer Activity being most important after you applied to the job is fair - a few questions?

No, it's not. The date&money information is spread now in three sections: 1 - on the top, immediately under the headline of the job; 2 - in the right table and 3 - 'Last Viewed:' is under the job post. All this means that you have to read looking to the left and right and at the end scroll to the bottom in order to assemble something you had before just straightforward

a. Skills are relevant to the job description, they go hand in hand that is why they are placed together. Reading skills without description or description without skills will not give a complete picture - would you agree?

About the Skills and their priority – they are equally important to the job description, that’s why I put them among the areas I consider as a First priority. Maybe you are wondering why I consider 'Last Viewed:' with the same priority like Skills – just try applying to 10 offers where your skills match the criteria, but after that have ½ of them expiring, because the buyer have decided to not hire anybody. It’s really important to know when you want to work seriously via oDesk, that your qualification is not enough to get hired even you offer advantageous prices. When the buyers are motivated to work with oDesk freelancers instead of just trying to see what will happen, they revise their job postings and candidates more often than the others.

And one clarificaton: the order I put in my First priority areas is NOT internal order of them. They are equally important. And about the Skills - I think they should be before the job description, not after like now, because if there are such and you don't match them, you shouldn't apply. Now you could like some job and see at the end they prefer somebody with differnt skill set, but you spent already your time reading it

2. This is being fixed.
Thanks a lot!Smile

3. I am not sure I understand - the applicant list is expandable, once you expand it it stays open. The newest applicants are at the top.
Yes, and that's great, keep it. Just do the same with the buyer's history and keep them with +/- if somebody want to see them/hide them

4. Thanks for letting me know how you use this information - how important is this information to you? I think this is the least important information on the page, since you are looking at the job on hand and trying to evaluate how well you would fit it. This is the reason it is at the bottom.
Yep, it is with lower priority than the other things. My point was just to make it a bit more visible, because this way the people will browse more jobs and will consider easier is there anything else for them, if the buyer posts few jobs in similar areas (I had such cases)

Clarification: when you talk about the missing headlines, are you talking about the titles or descriptions of the other contractors who have applied to this job?
Yes, exactly! Smile

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You guys really give great tools in which to work. I only hope that the employers will offer better prices. I am still shocked to see such low hourly rates being offered to professionals.

Anyway, it is good to work with oDesk, knowing that you can read who people are, what they are doing, and if they are getting good reviews.

I feel safe working on oDesk.

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