Getting your first job is always difficult not only in oDesk but in any other freelance sites too. You don’t know the client, the assignment he is going to deliver and how would you deal with that is a big deal. You are capable and you know your job but the question is how will you convince your client about your caliber? That’s a real problem on oDesk especially for a newbie like you. Never ever try to jump too high or else you will tumble with even greater speed. There are no shortcuts in life and on oDesk, don’t even think about it. The key is to never give up and fight until the last moment. You must have a big heart to overcome all the hurdles that will definitely try to steer clear you of your goals. No one can skip these hurdles but only greats cope with these challenges and that’s what makes them great. So if you are an ordinary person, you will give up even at the first obstacle. Look! Everyone has to start from scratch and it takes time to be an expert at oDesk too. No man is born with experience!
How to Get first job at oDesk
Being a writer on oDesk, I can only quote from my initial experiences with oDesk regarding writing business. But it applies to other categories too. It took me almost 4 hours to write my maiden article of 600 words on oDesk and you know for how much? Just for $1.00. Of course it’s nothing but that’s how you take off. Had I gave it up at that moment by saying that it’s far too less, I would not have had a chance to become a good writer. These initial steps polish your skills and abilities and ultimately transform you into a great author. Today I write for at least $5.00 per article of 500 words each and I’m looking forward to increase my rate as per my experience. What’s more, I do it within 1 hour. Isn’t it good?
When I first started writing on oDesk, I was raring to go at every job and my hopes began to fade away with every declined application. However I never laid down my arms at any point in time and believed that there must be something wrong at my side. May be my cover letter is not up to the mark or maybe I’m applying for those jobs that are not for me because they ask for work history and past experience or I’m quoting much higher rates for a low paid job. All these things came to my mind and really bothered me too much as to why did I not get any reply?
But then there is a glimmer of hope as I found blunders in my cover letter. Not only this, I went for high paying jobs by quoting high prices as I thought it will do the trick however nothing changed. Instead of blaming others or oDesk for my failure (as most people do), I always pointed finger at myself. That’s the key to my success and if you want to make it too, always holds yourself accountable for every action. Thus, I gathered all the courage again and headed out for another venture but this time not with that same old approach. By this time, I had a strong self-belief and I didn’t let my mind to go off track.
Thus, I started fixing my cover letter first, filled the missing info and omitted irrelevant ones. How? Well it’s simple.
My Approach Towards How to Get first job at oDesk
Next, I changed my approach for applying to the new jobs altogether. Before applying for a new job, I saw the client’s requirements and tried to see whether I would be the right person for him or not. I tried to put myself into his shoes and saw the probability of my selection. One of the most important things that most newbie contractors on oDesk overlook is not to note down the credentials of the applicants applying for that very job. When I was a newbie I used to go through most of them, if not all. This will tell you the real picture about your competitors and you can have a fair idea about your own selection. If you’re applying for a low rate job and there are one or two applicants who have 5 stars and strong feedback, then your chances are slim. But still you have something that others may lack and with the help of which you may outperform all others. What’s that! “Cover letter”, yes, that’s right. It’s the cover letter which makes all the difference because client doesn’t have too much time to see your profile or work history. But if you catch the bull by its horns, then the job is yours. You may be new to oDesk but you’re a writer after all if you have ever had a chance of writing any essay, story, article or even a single paragraph in school, college or university life. So don’t underestimate yourself. Finally all my efforts pays off I got it and now earning handsome salary from oDesk. Does it sound easy to you now?
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