I was told the same 15 minutes ago by oDesk support.
A Freelancer's first job is to apply for Jobs.
Actually, the preference varies. I am into 5 different Job categories. I feel, less than 5 applications per day is a deficit. At least, they can leave some room for 25 applications. Some may need only 5 per week, some may need even 50. 50 will encourage the spammers. But 25 is not a luxury. I work 7 days a week or at least I apply 7 days a week.
Even though I am very careful in applying my jobs. I analyse the descriptions before applying. Big Jobs need better Worked hours and Good Rating. So, I choose the high success ratio small Jobs. They look very decent and very legitimate. But few turn out to be complete Scams. E.g They post as "Web Research" but it would turn out to be captcha entry, I don't mind captcha. But asking me to work outside oDesk without a Job offer is definitely a Big NO.
At least 5 out of 20 of my applications go like that. That's really a waste. I need to withdraw, report and sit on my hands for another 12 hours. oDesk could stress the Clients for Payment and ID verification before allowing them to post Jobs. That way, there will be less scammers, lots of good jobs, trust and peace of mind.
A specialist may need less than 10-15 applications per week. But oDesk should also consider the Generalists' point of view. I am new here. I need to take up a new short job everyday to gain the rating before hitting bigger gigs. I don't have any other way to prove my experience and skills.
oDesk is a Wonderful platform for Freelancers like me. I don't mind the 10% fee. All I say is, oDesk could be little more generous when it comes to Job application Quota.
I hope you could understand my concern
Thank you for your feedback, Pravin.
I understand that 20 applications can get used up pretty fast if a freelancer is actively searching for jobs. However, currently this is the maximum job application quota that a new freelancer on oDesk can get.
Thank you for your answer.
I created my oDesk profile 3 weeks ago and I've had 4 jobs.
20 applications a week is almost fine; however:
- 50% of the jobs (English-French translation) finally hire nobody, even if every time, professional translators apply.
- Among the 10 remaining applications, when they hire someone, there are 40 candidates, and it's me 10% of the time.
So I get one job/ week. Usually, the job consists in tranlsating 500-1000 words for 10 $, so it's not a lot for a whole week, even working part-time.
I see. What you can do is if the client hired someone else or failed to respond after a few days, you can withdraw your application so that will count as new quota which you can use after 12 hours. Most of my jobs are long-term and oftentimes, old clients just rehire me whenever they need me. That's why I don't need lots of application. After some time, when you're more established here and continue offering high quality service, there's no doubt that it will be the clients who will seek you out
All the best!