Tips & Best Practices
Mark David Dumlao 4 posts - Philippines - Joined Sep 01 2009
I'm a relatively new hand to odesk - I'm just getting my first assignments this month after applying to jobs for about a week or so now. (to be accurate, I joined last year with a friend but was only able to start applying for serious this year)
I've tried many different styles of job application cover letters: some saying upfront that I'm new to oDesk, some just focusing on the task, some about me practically nerding myself out, some sounding corporate, and yes, some that basically read like an edited form. I know odesk advises against using those kinds, but I did notice that many of the job postings don't give out even basic information for my covers to latch on to.
What I'd like to do is be able to review which application letter styles I've used are most effective in practice, but I can't seem to find a link that points at the cover letters I used for the jobs where I actually got hired (covers for candidacies in progress are pretty straightforward though).
Also, as a newbie, I can't (yet) give job posters the ease-of-mind of having xxx oDesk hours and a track record, so I'm pretty lenient and negotiable with my first few applications. Some of my negotiation data is part of my cover letters, so I'd like to go back on them, if at least to make sure I'm delivering everything I said I would on top of some spartan job descriptions. I have at least 1 immediate "your hired" that didn't go through an interview, so just want to make doubly sure with that one.
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