Well Cathy I still think $11 for data entry plus "0" oDesk hours/feedback is going to be very hard. But I also told you it was just my opinion and that in the end you would need to make your own decisions. I know many contractors who started at a lower rate and worked their way up after each contract. At least this has been my experience. We all have different experiences and opinions. Go with what you think is best. I saw your profile and first thing I noticed was "data entry professional", perhaps you could add more to it
@Preston H wrote:
One of the most important things to know about what CLIENTS (not "employers") see is that when you write a cover letter, only the first sentence or first two sentences... About two lines of text in a medium-sized table... Is actually visible to the client when he sees a list of applicants. The client needs to click on your specific application in order to view you application on a page of its own.
So if a contractor applies to a job and wastes the beginning words of their job application introducing themselves, stating their name, where they're from, etc. they aren't being smart. They're restating things that appear in the table already. Get right to the point explaining why the client should hire you for THIS particular job. That is more likely to attract attention.
Remember: a busy client may get dozens of applications to the same job. A client doesn't want to waste time reading through all of them. If they can quickly choose one, they'll do so and ignore the rest.
Several job posting (clients) insists on some strange code words at the starting of job application. The code word could be seen somewhere at the middle or end of the job description. If we could have read the whole job requirement then we could see the cord word. Else if we copy paste the same cover letter template then our application will get deleted by the client. I have been wondering how this is been done. Now I understood.
I always start with "Hi," as the first line and one line gap and then second line for job application. Time for me to change. Several thanks to Preston H for pointing this out.
I would have to say the cover letter is the decider. I'm always pushing boundaries in my cover letters. I like to crack a few jokes, be a little cheeky, and make sure I really get th client's attention. It works.