Tuesday, February 9, 2010

oDesk Tips - Getting Started

I received an inquiry from a blogger friend of mine about getting started on oDesk. In this series of posts, I forgot to start it off by saying that after you create your oDesk account and your profile, you need to pass the oDesk Readiness Test before you can apply and get hired for jobs.

Don't worry, no math or complex calculations are involved. Once you familiarize yourself with the system, you'll find the exam a piece of cake to ace. You can also use the website itself on another window or tab for research while you have the exam open on another - but do it as quick as you can since there is a time limit to the exam. You can also retake the exam as many times as you need to until you get it right. Retaking the exam does not affect your profile and your chances of getting hired in any way.

The questions on the oDesk Readiness Test are all searchable and answerable within the site. As much as I would like to share the answers, I won't, since the exam prepares you for navigating the site, especially useful when you already landed your first job. Plus, the exam also gives you ideas on what you can and can't do during and after your assignments, disputes on pay, and other important stuff. But in case you do need help, I'm always around.

I'll post more tips on how to get hired easier, as well as the difference between fixed price and hourly jobs in the coming days.


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