Dec 10, 2011 12:48:30 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:39:38 PMbyFiona M
Another one of my pet peeves is the number of people demanding "perfect" English when their own leaves a lot to be desired. (Usually these are small budget jobs as well.)
One ad made hardly any sense at all. Now, I do know that these guys are hiring someone because they don't have the skills but I do wonder how they plan to check "perfect" English. Anyhow, maybe that's just me being a pain in the butt but I do think that you should take some time to spellcheck a job ad.
Dec 12, 2011 04:28:27 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:39:41 PMbyJudith B
My favourites are the ones that manage to combine being cheap and being rude in their posting - usually a combination of shouting orders, some sort of blackmail (poor feedback/ no pay if..) and a few insults about one nationality or another for good measure. Yes, if you think that is appropriate in a job advert, I really hate to think what you'd be like as a client. One actually described most of the applicants he was wanting to attract as scoundrels (as he tried to get people to work for $1 an hour). Best to avoid these, even if you are attracted by their very poorly paid jobs. Perhaps they simply don't know how to write a job posting, but if they can't manage to be respectful and professional there you wonder how they'll behave once they hire somebody.
Dec 17, 2011 10:34:55 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:39:45 PMbyBarbara W
I do think this post was well-written and a very big help for many of those new to oDesk. I know if I had read something like this in the very beginning, it would have helped me tons. So, no big cake necessary - I'm just glad to see the forums doing what they were meant to do - allow people to share helpful information about oDesk.
Now where did I put that superglue??
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Dec 22, 2011 12:58:00 PMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:39:50 PMbyCherisse R
Thanks for the great tips. Unfortunately, I read this too late. A big big employer got me to take a non-paid test. With such high scores, I progressed to the trial phase where I was given an assignment that will pay me only when I complete it and get hired for the job.
Blinded by the high hourly rate that they flashed, I did a comprehensive policy and procedure that I am certain will pass ISO standards as part of the assignment. After a few days, I get the regret letter. . . lol. And when I check their list of jobs open, the position I applied for was no longer there, yet I see no jobs ongoing under that position. Wt*?
And I pride myself in being intelligent . . . remind me not to get fooled twice please.
Dec 25, 2011 02:24:19 AMEditedOct 30, 2014 02:39:51 PMbyfloren b
Darren, my only comment is control yourself don't fight back just avoid them. You have already made the warnings and its up to us to try to defend ourselves on whatever is coming. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year.
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