Thank you for sharing your feedback. As it was mentioned earlier on this thread, we cannot force clients to hire freelancers. Additionally, job postings auto-close unless the client extends the date. Clients receive a notification about it.
Also, as was advised by others here, you can always withdraw your application. Note that, your quota refreshes twice a day.
"I don't want oDesk to be fair. I want oDesk to be profitable"
I believe in fairness. I really do. But honestly, I came here in search of profit... so, I must admit I agree with you. Clients and freelancers should not be treated the same way, simply because they're not the same. As a freelancer, I'm ok with some restrictions (the 25 weekly applications, for instance), since they don't affect my ability to work at all (usually, I manage to get a decent job after 5-10 applications max, and I'm not a genius or what...). But it makes no sense at all to apply those restrictions to clients as well: you cannot force a client to hire someone. If you do so, chances are that the client will not post any other job in the future.
Probably it's a controversial topic, but I really think that oDesk should be appealing to clients, in first place. That's where money comes from. Satisfied clients = more jobs = more money = more clients (by word of mouth) = more freelancers hired = more freelancers paid = satisfied freelancers. And we all win.
So, yes, I prefer oDesk to be profitable, rather than fair.
Well you guyz are write as well. When it comes to profitability, sometimes we have to compromise on other thing. So till yet i think i did not get enough profit that's why i was not compromising. LOL 😛
& on the other end whole discussion was just about saving freelancer from getting his application waste. You do not want to hire. Simply close.
No hard feelings plz
As Valeria pointed out: "[...] job postings auto-close unless the client extends the date."
You shouldn't really worry too much about that, then... plus, every week your application quota is restored, so you can keep on applying. My advice is simple: choose wisely among job postings. You'll surely find out that some jobs are worthwhile, some others are not. I know, it takes time to get used to, but in the end you'll be able to pick up the most appropriate ones. It also takes time to build a reputation here: clients tend to be a little "suspicious" towards new freelancers, as the latter have just a few (or no) feedbacks. It took me three months to get my very first job on oDesk. Then it took me another month to get the second one. Then it took me a couple of weeks for the third, and so on. As you slowly build a good feedback history, you'll notice that more clients will be interested in your services. Hopefully, you'll even find some long-term jobs, or clients who just keep calling you for several tasks... don't give up, work on your profile, keep on applying, put your best efforts in your jobs, and you won't have to worry about clients restricions at all.
This is one 'hot' thread with a lot of creative writing! lol....
It should have nothing to do with "equality" among clients and freelancers. In this case, it's simply about whether or not freelancers have a reasonable chance to win job bids on this platform.
Given the situations involving hidden applications, fewer invitations, and the ineffectiveness of job search features available for freelancers, there needs to be ways to minimize the growing number of frivolous job postings appearing on this platform.
How many hours are needed to find the best jobs and the best clients, that is, what the freelancer feels is the best match for them, when a lot of job postings result in no hires at all. It's akin to the risk–return tradeoff. How much time are you willing to loose searching for jobs with no results and no gain?
Edited 01/09/2015 RT/lwm
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