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How Long Before You Withdraw an Application?

One has only a limited quota of applications. I would like to know the best practice about withdrawing job applications.

Here is what I do. Each day I spare a few minutes to review my applications that are over 2 days old. I go to the job posting page to see

  • How many people have applied.
  • Average rate
  • If the client is interviewing (what is average rate for contractors he is interviewing).

I then try to process this information in my head and ask myself
"Do I stand a chance?"
"Is it worth waiting?"

Then I withdraw my application so my quota is available to me in next cycle.

How do you approach this?

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Increase your Quota

Hello Mansoor,

You can try some oDesk tests to increase job application quota. I am not sure about yours, but i have 25 applications per week, which is a reasonable number. Having said, I normally try to do follow ups with client on weekly basis. If client does not reply by third week. I will withdraw the application, with reason "client unresponsive".

Hope it helps.


Quote: average rate for contractors he is interviewing

The client might not be interviewing anyone. The information is misleading. What happens is that when a client responds asking something then it goes to active candidates. Sometimes after one question the client decides not invite the contractor to an interview.

little explanation

>>The information is misleading.
Which information are you referring to?

I have seen some jobs, where clients does not interview anyone. some times, such jobs get cancelled or expired over time. In both cases, I believe doing follow up is the right thing.
The reason to withdraw is mainly so there is not a large number of job applications, that I cannot keep track of but it is something that is personal and works for myself. Ofcourse, If contractors can manage more jobs or may be just dont care, they can just leave the way it is.

Hi Nauman :)

Nauman J. wrote:
>>The information is misleading.
Which information are you referring to?

Client Activity on this Job
Last Viewed: 1 day ago
Hires: 1
Applicants: 15 (avg)
Interviewing: 10 (avg)

The client might be interviewing only one contractor. Never withdraw thinking the client is interviewing too many Smile

Multi-Hire Jobs

Even for multi-hire job, I believe if client is not responding for weeks, to your 'what's going on' messages. Its a little unlikely that you are going to get selected later. In any case, client can always send you an invite, if for some reason , he was not able to communicate back, yet found you suitable for job.
Ofcourse, at any time, if he prompts back to follow-up and request you to wait for him, then you should wait. To me communication lost means job lost =)


Nauman J. wrote:
In any case, client can always send you an invite, if for some reason , he was not able to communicate back

I once got hired after withdrawing. I got a message from the client asking if i was no longer interested. When i withdrew i did include a message for the client, telling him i would still be available for the job, to send me an offer Smile

Yep, same here.Withdrawing

Yep, same here.

Withdrawing an application, does not actually prohibit the client from reading or responding to it.

Yes, but If client is interviewing 4+ candidates.. then?

if he is interviewing 4-5 candidates out of 20+ and average rate he is interviewing is $3 - $5. then this means, he is shopping for that range +/- 25%

So, If I had bid for $20 , I don't stand a chance.

Maybe you don't stand a chance

Maybe you don't stand a chance. But then, weren't there other indicators that this would be the client's price range before applying?

Why waste so much time on such insignificant things as determining which applications to withdraw? Spend the time beforehand, over-scrutinizing the jobs you apply too, and make sure you are confident with your $20 bid before you bid. If the guy wants cheap (which you should really be able to determine before hassling with the application process) or someone more qualified wrote a better CV, the only thing you can do is be choosier and improve you CV and profile.

All of these things are much better ways to spend your time than sorting through applications trying to regain your quota in order to apply to even more ill-suited jobs whose application you will eventually withdraw.

I prefer forward motion, and never exceed 3% of the quota.

I agree! The easiest way to

I agree! The easiest way to check the client's usual budget/range is to look over his past jobs. In most cases the new hire will match that range, unless he finds someone extraordinary that knocks his socks off. If yo believe that's you, go ahead, otherwise look for other jobs to apply where the client is paying wages that are closer to your own rate.

Rather than blindly applying to anything under the sun, and then worrying about your quota, apply to good jobs and take your time while you are at it. It isn't important to be the very first applicant. It is better to be more prepared and have everything in order rather than hurrying to get the application in.

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24-48 hours

I wait 24-48 hours after applying for a job for a response. If I don't receive one I withdraw and mark it as an unresponsive client. I've noticed that lately a lot of people are hiring but not closing the job. When I hire people for jobs I complete the process quickly and close the job out once it's been filled personally so I assume that if they haven't made a decision in a day or two that they're not serious about hiring someone anyway (especially on smaller jobs).

I'd really like to see oDesk autoclose the job after a certain timeframe once a hire is made or to at least notify those of us who have bid on a job that a hire has been made.