Dec 19, 2013 07:50:03 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:34:49 PMbyPRADEEP C
Very wrong decision by odesk. A contractor can not even know he is applying for a job that will never show to the clients. A waste of job application. Its not oDesk's duty to sort out contractors on behalf of clients. What I guess it will not work properly to sorting out contractors with the help of algorithm. Different clients have different needs, they will not always mention these criteria when they post a job. Probably the algorithm is just working like "Recommended jobs" that we contractors can see in our account. Have you applied any jobs from the Recommended jobs? Most often you will get the jobs that are old enough to apply, very cheap rate or jobs that you are not looking for at all. So its better to let the client to select and sort out the contractors.
Please remove this feature.
Dec 24, 2013 05:31:06 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:45:03 PMbyGerman G
I was getting almost one invitation per day, and suddenly they stopped coming. I didn't get a single one since them (I got one from a former client, which I asume didn't have to search for me). Nothing really changed on my side. Completed a couple of works but reviews were good. I wonder if I'm being hidden. Does this apply to searchs too?
Jan 2, 2014 10:35:58 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:45:22 PMbyGerman G
I really don't understand how search positioning works. It seems random but the order is consistent so it isn't. I watch the list and can't make any sense of the order. Also, it seems that people from completely different skill sets slip in when you try to filter.
Dec 23, 2013 07:16:33 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:44:52 PMbyJohn B
I just posted a job and the best candidate was hidden! LOL.
Their bid price was about what my budget was, they had done almost 2000 hours and had 4.98 overall feedback. Then when I unhide that candidate and sort the list of candidates on "best match" they were at the top of the list!!!! LOL.
WTF is the problem with oDesk implementing crazy features that don't work all the time!?
This feature just makes my life as a client more difficult!
Dec 23, 2013 08:01:45 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:44:53 PMbyMarcia M
I've never hired on oDesk, so I don't know what clients see from their end, but it seems from this discussion that you have some sort of "hidden" button that you can click on to see more candidates. Is this made obvious to you? Is it possible that a client might not even be aware that there are hidden candidates applying to a job?
Dec 23, 2013 09:01:14 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 04:44:55 PMbyMargaret P
The hidden button is there and easy to see and it says how many contractors are hidden. Last time I posted a job it was invitation only and the 4 people I invited were automatically hidden. Absurd.
I still have an outstanding ticket about that. It took about 5 rounds of trying to get them to understand what I saying before it actually went to tech support. My point to them was that if the contractor is invited to the job then they should never be automatically hidden. Not sure why that escaped the programmers.
Clients will soon be able to leave public feedback for freelancers while a contract is ongoing. This feedback helps freelancers share the progress of a job and have it reflected in their work history before a contract has ended.