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This is a great article on how to go about getting your first job. Your experience in applying for jobs and being interviewed will only come through practice. Don't be shy to apply for jobs. Apply all day long and do not take a knock back personally. My first job that I posted on oDesk only received 8 applicants and I was very surprised. I invited a number of applicants for this position. My current job post has only received 1 response in 2 days. Just like contractors, I have reviewed and made changes to my job posting however I cannot urge contractors enough to 'have a go'. It is exactly the same as if you were unemployed in the traditional job market. If you are not working, your full time job is looking for work. You can do it!
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Hi nleger, I'm glad I read through your piece here! I registered with odesk few years back, but wasn't serious back then. Now that I've been at it for a few days, I almost gave up until I came across this post. I've changed mine accordingly and hoping for my first interview. Regards, Ashis
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As a new person to oDesk, I feel that this article can help much although if you go through oDesk prompt they stated more or less the same tone. This certainly has a great deal of details that would open your eyes like they pop out of your socket. True you write something on your profile but are all items coherent and speak of you? Did you write a good cover letter that can catch employer interest? Yep, Id like to work under oDesk. So meantime, I will stop browsing jobs rather I would want to read over again and see my profile. Ill check it out. I commend the writer for taking that time for newbies, like me.
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Thanks nleger for an elaborate advice to the greenhorns in freelancing. I have been at it for more than a week. I lacked contents for my portfolio and decided to write, in response to a demand for sample work, what I felt about looking for a freelancing job. The job was declined on some ethical grounds, which I don't want to narrate here. However, I posted the article at my website forum as Freelancing Jobs - Earning Credibility. I feel this article would complement this post of yours and decided to leave the link in this comment. I also thought of pasting the entire content as a new post with a reference to this post, but decided against it. Thanks a lot again. Hope the additional material I am refering to would be of some help to the new freelancers.