Saturday, May 9, 2015

Top Rated Badge on Upwork: What It Means To Freelancers

A top rated badge certainly looks good on your Upwork (previously oDesk) profile. But more than the aesthetic, this insignia means so much to freelancers who are taking their jobs seriously.

Last March, oDesk, now Upwork, introduced their Top Rated Freelancer Program. Less than 10 per cent of the freelancer population qualify for the top rated status. If you are among those who received an email from the The Freelancer Success Team, Congratulations! You've ranked higher than the 90 per cent.

I am happy to earn the top rated status despite of the struggle I had and a lean season towards end of my 2014.  This is the email I got:



Monday, March 2, 2015

Important oDesk-Elance Announcement

Outsourcing has inevitably become a very dynamic industry. A lot of companies either big or small relied on outsourcing important tasks like their sales and marketing, accounting, IT, and web development. As the demand of these outsourced jobs increase, more professionals choose to work independently as freelancers, who very much enjoy the time flexibility and location independence.

oDesk and Elance are the big platforms that freelancers often go to for outsourced jobs or projects. These two were directly competing in the past until last year when the freelance community got surprised of the merge. We hear a lot of different feedback from freelancers. Some were excited and happy but others were quite reluctant.



So, the merge happened. Since then, oDesk had introduced several changes including the blocked invitations and saved jobs feature, the portfolio and contract linking, and the improvements to the freelancer profile. But what I loved the most was the minimum rate, which have reduced the huge pricing gap among freelancers.

And today, oDesk-Elance freelancers are still expecting for more changes to roll out. Probably, you have read the email sent last week from Fabio Rosati, Elance-oDesk's CEO announcing the initiatives that we should be expecting for the next several months. The changes are as follows:
  • Improvements to how clients and freelance professionals meet each other, including better matching and redesigned profiles
  • New collaboration and productivity tools for both desktop and mobile devices
  • More resources to measure quality, screen jobs and help our community succeed
  • Expanded customer service to provide fast, friendly and reliable support
  • And so much more based on your input and a large number of R&D efforts
Furthermore, quoting from Rosati's message:

"We are eager to bring these improvements to you. To accelerate innovation we will focus the majority of these initiatives on one of our platforms, oDesk. Members of the Elance community will be able to experience the improvements via a bridge we are developing between the two online workplaces. Within a year or two we will have a new platform where everyone will access the latest innovations at the same time."

With that said, oDesk and Elance will eventually meet in one platform a year or two from now. Exciting? Somehow, it is. On the other hand, this may mean a meaner competition among freelancers all over the world


Feel free to share your thoughts. And share the love, share this blog to your friends. Thanks.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Who’s hiring? Score a new job at Monster.com’s Virtual Job Fair (Press Release)

by Monster.com

Job seekers in the Philippines can connect with employers for hundreds of  vacant jobs – without having to leave home.

Highlights:
  • Monster.com Philippines offers the fastest hiring for 2015 graduates
  • Monster.com Philippines is excited to announce its record-breaking Virtual Career Fair (VCF) that brings the fastest and biggest hiring scheme for job seekers to land a job especially for graduates of Batch 2015. 
  • Job seekers can simply register to http://vcf.monster.com.ph/ and drop their resumes. By this, it will also allow job hunters to interact directly with potential employers.

Young, skilled and determined job seekers in the Philippines have an opportunity to directly interact with companies searching for fresh talent at the upcoming Monster.com Philippines Virtual Career Fair.

This is the fifth time Monster.com (Philippines), a leading online and career recruitment solutions provider, has run the popular event, taking place this month from February 23 to 27.

Combining a number of employers with vacancies for a huge range of jobs, the career fair aims to virtually connect local skilled professionals with new job opportunities. Companies participating in the upcoming Virtual Career Fair (VCF) include a range of business process outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology (IT) and Information Technology Enabled Service (ITES) businesses, and more.

At the event, students and candidates across industries and experience levels, will have the opportunity to communicate with top employers and speak with recruiters over Skype to find out more about available jobs. Participating companies will have the opportunity to interview and interact with a breadth of talent in an environment that optimises time and efficiency.

To start linking up with recruiters and HR teams from across the country and the world, budding job seekers simply need to register on Monster.com and upload their updated resume.

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