Last 15 days I was busy working for clients that hired me before connects. Yes, I applied for new jobs, spent 22 connects. No job. Pushed back far in search results so no invitations either.
This year, here's how many jobs I was hired for via oDesk
Jan - 21 jobs
Feb - 20 jobs
Mar - 22 jobs
Apr (so far) - 4 jobs - and I have 5 applications available.
That is not reflected in your portfolio. I see
1 for March and 3 for January and 0 for February.
Thanks for checking on things. Here's a little anaomly I found.
I ran a CSV report of all of my jobs. According to the spreadsheet, I have worked at 271 jobs since getting on oDesk in 2009. However, according to my public profile, I've only worked 227.
Why the difference? Beats me. Anyone?
Thanks for bringing this up Bob!
Connects aren't working for me! I had already exhausted all 60 connects by the 15th of April, and earned only one contract thus far, versus 3 large contracts last month before the connects system.
1. I do not understand why all the jobs I've applied to use 2 connects?!
In essence, I've applied to only 30 jobs! That's of little help when, on average, I need to apply to at least a 100 postings to stand a chance!
2. It's a domino effect for me as a freelancer and for oDesk:
If I apply for fewer jobs, my hire percentage decreases, my monthly income decreases, and it implies a decrease in the oDesk 10% commission.
It's frustrating when freelancer websites suddenly change their policies and make it a pay-to-play site, ON TOP of commission. I have loved working on oDesk, because of the convenience it offered in terms of not charging a monthly fee, but taking a commission. I was absolutely happy with paying a commission. It worked great for me!
But the new system has hit my work really hard!
Perhaps is not the connects system, but the huge number of freelancers that came in with the effective merge between Elance and Odesk?
Elance was, to my experience, more crowded and with lesser pay grades than oDesk.
Therefore, with the merge, we see more low quality jobas and a lot more freelancers applying, many with low rates, and that make us, former oDeskers, in disadvantage.