I received notice of oDesk "Top Rated" status. The problem is, it takes VERY LITTLE to be "Top Rated" making the distinction meaningless. "90% job success rate" would get me fired from most jobs. And $1,000 earnings per year is pathetic. If oDesk wants to make "Top Rated" mean something strengthen the requirements. The program does nothing for me, it just lumps me into the crowd.
The Top Rated badge will help amazing freelancers like you, grow a outstanding freelancing career. Because you have earned this status, you’ll be identified and rewarded with elite benefits, and access to our new priority freelancer support. Congratulations on this great accomplishment, and thanks for all your great work!
The requirements for Top Rated include: Job Success Score 90% or above, 12-month earnings over $1000, complete profile with availability, and an account in good standing . You can check these criteria against the data on your My Stats page. Once your account satisfies all the criteria, you’ll be awarded Top Rated status and have access to all of the exclusive benefits.
To make "Top Rated" more effective, I would like to see it tiered. A "Top Rated" contractor with 100% Success score, over $10,000 yearly earnings and over 1,000 billed hours is lumped in with the "mimum requirements" for "Top Rating". I feel it dumbs down the whole concept of "Top Rated".
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