My job quota is 20. I already passed the oDesk Readiness test, more than 10 other skill tests, worked two hours and did 3 jobs, and I have a 5 stars feedback.
I've heard that the maximum quota is 25.
1) Is it true?
2) How can I raise my quota to 25?
I've read the help page about quotas but the maximum seems to be 20.
Similar topics in the forum don't answer the question either, apparently.
It is indeed weird that the help article about job application quotas mentions only 20.
My quota is 25 (I only use 5 or less when hunting for projects though). I did all you did plus have my identity oDesk verified and added a bank account in my name. Perhaps you should contact customer service .
I don't think it is a test since mine has been 25 for about 1.5 years now (since my first week or month here). I think the ID verification has something to do with it but the best way to know is to ask support directly.
Mine has been 25 for years! I was thinking the 20 might be the test or a new policy, but you're right - guessing isn't going to answer the question
It will be interesting if anyone finds out what the story is.
I was also having 25, but last month my account undergone with review and reinstated with 20.
When contacted support reffering to ID verification they replied "The maximum is 20, and ID verification does not have any influence any longer. It did in the past though".
This disparity may be due to some testing phase, as previously I had undergone with"minimum wage test" without knowing.
It used to be possible for a freelancer to raise their quota up to 25 by verifying their identity. However, it's not offered anymore and maximum quota freelancers can get now is 20. Those freelancers that did raise their quota by verifying their ID when it was possible were grandfathered though.
I see a contradiction in their answer:
1) They say that the maximum is 20, and I told them that my quota was already 20. So already the maximum, I can't raise it more.
2) ... And the rest of the answer says that I could increase my quota! It also implies that I have several ways to increase it, and that getting good feedback is just one of the possibilities.
From the discussion above, it seems that the current maximum for new members is 20 (not 25 anymore). The moderator did confirm that those who got 25 were grandfathered...meaning, they are treated a bit more special because they verified their profiles when it was still possible to get 25 as the maximum.
I honestly don't think you need more than 10 unless you are into spamming/sending mass applications. I hardly ever use up 5 but then I am picky and quality rather than quantity-driven when I am hunting for projects. Having 20 as the quota per week is more than enough to get you started and established. Applications more than a week old does not count against your quota so there is really no need to have more.