3 Simple Tips To Win Paying Jobs on oDESK

As a professional freelance writer who is interested in building an online freelance writing career, there were times when I used to quite often visit oDesk.  The frequent visits were to check for openings and apply for almost all the potential jobs.  And then I used to get messages like this:

“Hello Anil,

You have not been selected for the job opening ‘ Ghost Writer‘.
* Reason candidacy was ended: Job Opening Expired
from oDesk.(Emphasis mine).The undeniable underlining hope was that it would take me closer to a successful freelance writing career.  I was yet to learn the tricks of the freelancing trade.  I did not know then that I was wasting my time and effort applying for some of those ‘freelance content writing openings’ that were very clearly saying ‘DO NOT APPLY’.  Surprised?  Don’t be.

The signs were all there.  The thing was I did not know how to read all those signs then.  I do not claim to be any wiser now.  But then I think I am better off from where I began working on oDesk, having spent more than 50 productive oDesk hours (you can check my oDesk history) and made some pretty decent money with freelance writing.  It included, website content writing, product descriptions (more about it in future), press release news, ghost writing for employment related blogs, some Internet research apart from other jobs.

Those little known ways that helped me, didn’t they?  So I would like to share them with you so you too can save some time.  You can invest that time in improving your chances of quickly finding ‘paying jobs’ and make some more money.

The First Tip
I subscribed to “Job alerts” a feature that you will find under your ‘My Profile” tab.  Half the clutter is out.

I get my job alerts into my inbox.  The jobs of my choice walk into my ‘inbox’.The Second Tip
When I visit the job posting on oDesk, the first thing even before I read the job posting is, check to see if the ‘buyer‘ is ‘oDesk Verified” for ‘Payment’

If the buyer is not ‘verified’ then you need to think twice before applying.  Is this buyer really serious about the job?  IMHO, I do not think this buyer is either professional or serious.  Out goes this from the list.The Third Tip
I check the ‘Buyer Facts’.  If this buyer became a member and posted this job the same day, this buyer too is ‘out‘.

The reason?  Well, I think this buyer doesn’t need my attention because, this buyer is not willing to tell me how she is going to pay me and when she is going to pay me, if at all she is going to pay me.So, there you have a buyer, who is not “oDesk payment verified” and the ‘oDesk Buyer Facts’ has nothing to tell you, so what would you do?

You love the gig and want to ‘do’ it.  Go ahead.  Be my guest. You can always give this gig a try and may be you will be introducing a great buyer to all of us here at oDesk.

Bonus:
The bonus is you can avoid all those “Candidacy Ended“, “project was canceled“, “Project expired” messages and unnecessary disappointments that keep crawling into your in box.
* With thanks to Brian Clark, the Copyblogger.
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What are Green Jobs?

Doesburger windmill, Ede, The Netherlands.Image via Wikipedia
Green jobs are jobs that are associated with initiatives and or activities that either directly or indirectly reduce the harm caused to the natural environment around us. These jobs are naturally with companies that are conscious of their social responsiveness.

There are also different types of Green Jobs. Let us for the sake of clarity divide them into two.

1 – This type of Green Job involves discharging duties and help reduce the harmful impact on the surrounding environment. In this job, one need not necessarily be in an eco-friendly industry.

2 – In this second type of Green Job, it involves a certain responsibility with a company or an institution that works towards reducing the harmful impact on the natural environment.

While in the first one, the individual discharges a certain duty that impacts and possibly reduces the harm caused to the environment, in the second instance it is an enterprise whose aim is to contain and possibly diminish environmental pollution or harm caused to it. In other words these entities improve the quality of the surrounding natural environment.

For example if you are looking at a company that is into harnessing wind turbine technology, we can say that this is an enterprise that is working towards reducing the dependence on fossil fuels and hence is green and eco-friendly. Therefore one who is pursuing this career is said to be in a Green Job.

For example, let us look at a person who earns his bread, repairing bicycles. This individual is helping us bring down our dependence on fossil fuels that drive our vehicles and therefore is contributing to keeping the environment around clean and sustainable. While this individual may be pursuing this job with the complete knowledge that it is a Green Job chances are until this moment even you may have not thought on those lines, that is, this is a Green Job!

So we can term any career that involves an eco-friendly technology and contributes to reducing carbon foot print on environment is a green job.

So if you are looking for a change look at a green job, in a green industry that is promising a bright and green future.

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A sample web résumé

Anil Rao
Albright University

Box C-23123

Cambridge, MA 02138

617-555-0392

anilrao@albright.edu

OBJECTIVE

EDUCATION

RELEVANT COURSES

To contribute my education and health management skills in a position with a growing and dynamic firm.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
Albright University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 2003
Major: Health Sciences
Minor: Management

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Health Policy
  • Organizational Analysis and Health Care
  • Health Care Management
  • Human Resource Management

Health
Management
Skills

  • Served as Assistant to the Director of the Stacey G. Houndly Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • Functioned as Public Health Representative for the Cambridge Area Public Health Administration.
  • Coordinated, Harvard University Public Health Awareness Week, 1996, 1997.

Communications
Skills

  • Served as a phone-a-thon caller on several occasions, soliciting donations from Harvard alumni and parents for Harvard University.
  • Volunteered for a political campaign, distributing literature door to door, fielding questions and making phone calls to local constituents.

Management
Skills

  • Handled all back-office management functions, including employee relations and accounting.
  • Oversaw client relations, order processing and routine upkeep of the business.
  • Coordinated efforts between customer needs and group personnel.
  • Designed all market research analysis and projects for our client.
  • Delegated suggestions and duties to other team members.
  • Presented market research results to client with suggestions of implementation.

Leadership
Skills

  • Participated in Youth Leadership Boston, a group dedicated to developing leadership skills through diverse programming.
  • Served as formal/social coordinator for my sorority program council.
  • Elected Vice President of Risk Management for Panhellenic, a group that oversees and coordinates educational programming for Harvard’s Greek system.

Systems
Abilities

  • Microsoft Office
  • HTML/Web Publishing
  • WordPerfect
  • PageMaker

* This is a sample résumé format.

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Guide to Ties – The Windsor Knot

For those of you, who need to wear a tie to be more impressive either for a job interview or in an office a TIE is a must. This video would help you learn how to knot a tie – the Windsor Knot.
Learn it.
This guide shows you how to tie them properly and this clip shows the classiest knot of all, The Windsor.
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How to Write A Good Résumé

How to Write A Good Résumé

How to Write A Good Résumé
This helps you with a few tips about writing Cover Letter and a CV / Résumé and get you that job you want so badly!
Monday, March 24, 2003
How to Write a Good Résumé.

Hints, Pointers, and Tips ‘O the Trade
1. Don’t send your résumé as an attachment. People looking to fill a position can receive hundreds of inquiries, and they’re not going to bother to take the extra time to open and print out your résumé. Put your résumé in the body of the email, after your cover letter.

Writing Letters:
The résumé & the Application Letter gives the prospective employer everything they
Would like to know about you.

You need to format your résumé and Cover letter for the hard copy, which you may send.
1- While formatting leave adequate margins on all sides i.e., top bottom, left and right.
2 – The lay out should be neat and visually pleasing.
3 – The first block on the left of the letter would be the Employers Address.

A It would be better to call up the advertiser and get to know the name of the person who is to receive the letter. Check the spelling. Check it again read out aloud and confirm it. If you do not have a name, if the advertisement gives you no salutation, print ‘The Advertiser’ or ‘The Personnel Manager’.

The title of the employers name can be abbreviated like a Mr. Or Dr. If it is a woman you are addressing, use ’Ms’. Most of the other forms would be a Mrs. or a Miss.

It is a Ms. Laxmi and a Dr. Adam Wheavil and NOT Dr. Vinod Kumar MBBS.

Introduction:
You identify yourself, the position you are applying for and how you came to know about it.

Body:
You mention about your knowledge, your experience and your desire to work for the company and any of your knowledge about the company.

Conclusion:
You indicate the enclosed contents of the résumé and finish with a request.
You may also be proactive and inform that you would call back say in a week or ten days time to follow up your application. You request for an interview.

Ending

It is ideal to close the letter with ‘yours sincerely’ and ‘with regards’ / ‘warm regards’ ONLY when you know the employer.

Signature Block

You put your signature here. Ideally two lines below the ending of the letter. Beneath your signature your name should be printed legibly. Ideally with the first letters of your name in capitals e.g. A. Bill Gates but not Mr. A. Bill Gates. (You never introduce yourself with a Mr. / Ms / Dr. Etc.,)

Check the résumé for spelling mistakes before enclosing. The enclosure should be mentioned in the cover letter.

After your name leave two lines space and type : ‘Enclosure’. You may also type
‘Encl.:’ my résumé or simply résumé or append your name to it, to make it unique.  Say for example if your name is Joe Bill, it would read, Joe Bill_résumé.

SAMPLE LETTER:

DATE

dd mmm yy

The date on which the letter was written.

ADDRESS:

The Advertiser (When no name is given) When a name is given Mr. / Ms. / Dr. /Prof. /)
The address in the advertisement.

Dear Sir / Madam

(You use this salutation when you or not aware of the gender of the person to whom you are addressing the letter.)

Sub: Application for the post of (mention the position you are seeking)

This letter is with reference to your advertisement
(NEVER USE THE ABBREVIATIONS) in the mention the name of the publication, and the date
(for e.g ‘The Hindu’, dated 15th August 2003.) I would like to apply (mention the position).

(This paragraph mentions about personality, character attributes that would suit the position you are applying for. These are the qualities that you wouldn’t able to mention in your RÉSUMÉ apart from others. Here you may mention that your résumé is enclosed).

I have ………………………. about ………………as mentioned in my résumé which is enclosed

Kindly give me a chance to present myself for an interview. I am looking forward to an early and positive response from you.

Yours sincerely,

(leave at least five lines space.)

Your signature.

(Your name)

Encl.: Résumé .

A résumé is a document that describes you, your background and the career your seeking
To excel in. This is THE document that creates the first impression of you on the prospective employer.

 try to get to know about the organization.
 Its services / products.
 Avoid length descriptions.
 Combine your knowledge with the experience required by the organization.
 Put it chronologically.
 Mention what ‘YOU’ did for the previous company or the present company with which you are employed NOT what ‘WE’ did.
 Use action words.
 Check your gramar.
 Check your spling.
 Take second opinions.

Résumé should mention your

 Personal Details
 Educational Achievements
 Work Experience
 Additional Skills and any Training
 Extra curricular interests and hobbies

Résumé
(This is to be printed in capital letters and center aligned. Ideally all the heading should be in bold letters.)

Leave three blank line spaces. But should not be less than two lines.

Name: *Start here and align the consequent text to
this margin.
Age: *Leave double / triple line spacing between
Headings. Keep it uniform.

Date of Birth:

Address: 123, abc apts
456, road
Area
City – Pincode (123 456) or zip code in some countries or postal code in some other countries.
State / provice

Telephone No: 91+ (Std Code) 1234 56 78

Academic Qualification:

Degree / Course Year of Passing Percentage

Degree 1999

HSC 1996

SSC 1994

Technical Qualifications
(Mention different h/w and s/w platforms.)

Work Experience:
Interests:

*
*

You can mail me at:

Email Id: the.achievers+résumé AT gmail DOT com
While the help that is offered here is free it would be appreciated if you could acknowledge the use of this material.

How to Write A Good Résumé

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Life Skills – Why should you get that job?

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Peter F Drucker


Peter F Drucker
The Mahaguru of Management

This is an article on Peter F Drucker the great man, this issue of LIFE SKILLS, DIKSUCHI carried. Let us see how the readers appreciate it. An other thing this week they carried a little appreciationfrom a few readers from Nalgonda.

As to ePADAM their appreciation was nice in the sense that they did like the way I am introducing the concept of learning the words through images/pictures, and various other formats. I am yet to find a response to the Cross Word. Let us wait for some time. Hopefully they’ll pick it up.

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