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I'm Jobless until now

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JeMark B Member Since: Feb 7, 2014
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Hello Everyone, Uh oh! I signed up last Feb 4th, It's been 3 weeks already and I'm still not getting any job, I applied to more than 20 different job posts, I passed those skill tests related to my skills and I made some correction on my profile as well. I am very optimistic kind of person, but right now I'm loosing hope, I believe that everyone have it's limitation and I'm getting near into it. -Check my profile, is there any problem with my grammar or whatsoever?(all the information stated are true) -Do you think that I'm not qualified with all the Jobs posted here? -I don't even know what's happening to my luck, if there's something wrong or what. To all concerned citizens, especially to all veterans here in Odesk, kindly check my profile, let me know if theres any mistakes, or any suggestions will do. Please. Honestly at this moment, I don't even know my rate would be, i just put $3.00/hr for me and $0.33 will go to Odesk. I'm a computer savvy and can do a lot of tasks like; -Data Entry -Chat/Email Support -Web Searching -Powerpoint Presentation, Excel Word -Personal Assistant -and other Office Tasks It's my first time working online, but I worked as a Data Entry Specialist for 3 years, a call center agent for 3 years, and a year as a System Administrator, total of 7 years. Yesterday I applied for 2 job posts, it came to the point that I already got emotional, I included the word "I'm begging you", hoping to receive any feedback from the Clients, Anyway I'm not getting any feedback/response from all the Clients who posted those jobs, either negative or positive feedback, Nothing. I'm getting emotional because I need to do this not for myself but for my loveones that was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan 4 months ago, they are still depending on my insufficient salary every month. I am still hoping to get a job soon, to get my first client, so please tell me why I am not getting any job for 3 weeks already? Thank you so much for your replies. My Profile: https://www.odesk.com/users/Quality-DATA-ENTRY-Specialist-Chat-Support-Web-Searching-PPT_~01acaccccb...
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Mandy D Member Since: Jul 29, 2013
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Hi JeMark, Three weeks is not a long time. It may feel like years to you in your present situation, but it really isn't. The desperation is coming through in your post, and is more than likely reflecting in your applications too. Please try to put your emotions aside and continue to apply in the professional manner that your profile indicates. This is the third time I am posting the same link, it is invaluable advice from Tony H. See Tony's thread: https://www.odesk.com/community/node/31894 And particularly this screenshot: https://www.odesk.com/leaving-odesk?ref=http%253A%252F%252Fpostimg.org%252Fimage%252F4a27v9i69%252F Good luck.
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Marissa S Member Since: Feb 6, 2008
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I'd borrow this quote and revamp your profile overview -- it's not about YOU, but your Clients. What can you do for them? What results can you provide? 'I'm seeking for a challenging task' sounds amateur.. for all we know, the client may just tell you to climb a rock to get a quick fix. Just so you know, I've got my first job here by starting my cover letter with 'Writing is an itch I can't resist..' It's just tougher to get noticed online with all the competition so you've got to be bold. Get creative. Don't quit. Don't beg either; sharks abound. Good Luck Smiley Wink
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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
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Even seasoned freelancers go through dry spells. I once had a 7 week period of complete silence, and I got great ratings and experience. Anyway, my point is, what you are experiencing is not even near to what a majority of successful freelancers here have gone through. I know someone who has a lot more specialties than you and it took him more than two months to get his first job. Once it started, he has to turn down offers. Concentrate on getting better at your skills. Don't ever beg. As a client, I will never hire someone who begs. Have more respect for yourself. Btw, just a reality check, you signed up February 4, so what you claim that you've been here for 3 weeks is not true. Applied for 20 jobs? That is nothing! Aim to apply for 10 jobs a day, and if they don't reply, chuck them to refresh your job applications quota and keep on applying. Your video is too long. Keep it under 1 minute. Ditch the clover leafs and hearts in your profile, this is not elementary school and your profile is not a slumbook page. Good luck!


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Rico E Member Since: Aug 15, 2010
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Hi JeMark, I saw in your profile that you're on the top 10% of Excel test takers. Rather than applying for jobs like data entry, why not look for clients who need Excel experts. If you check the data entry job posts you applied to, there are literally hundreds of applicants. One of those jobs have over 200. Highlight in your profile what you can do in Excel. I knew a freelancer here on oDesk who just started but was able to snag a $10 per hour contract doing spreadsheets. Don't lose hope. You need to have a lot of patience. I was able to land a contract after almost two months and it was a dud, but after the first one jobs came trickling in.
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Natasha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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Never beg, instead make sure you carefully read the job description before responding, and make your cover letter according to the requirements. Don't go on and on about things that don't apply to the job, be straightforward. Good luck Smiley Happy
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Najie B Member Since: Oct 8, 2013
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Me too, struggles to find the appropriate job. Can you mention all of the wrong things inside my profile? I will appreciate your help. Recently I had 4 contracts and they're going well, but, now since we don't have anything to work for I am jobless now Smiley Sad I sympathy with you JeMark Kind regards, Najie
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Dianne M Member Since: Jul 25, 2013
8 of 13
Hello Najie, I like your profile and bookmarking it now. We currently have someone working with us until March as an admin/support assistant so we might need your services in the future. I think its just generally slow here now so don't despair, you seem like a great freelancer. It could also be the oDesk mad robot's fault why you are not getting new jobs. Keep on applying and improving your skills Smiley Happy


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Najie B Member Since: Oct 8, 2013
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Thank you Dianne. I appreciate your comment, since I don't want to spare my time with nothing, while looking for a job here in oDesk I am reading a lot of books, also looking for something where I can improve my other skills as well. Best regards, Najie
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JeMark B Member Since: Feb 7, 2014
10 of 13
Thanks for your replies and suggestions, I got 2 already, and another project base presentation making Smiley Tongue
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