All Things Upwork
December 15, 2009 by Sean Kane

Two months ago oDesk released a new job search page and today we’re excited to follow up with the next step – new job alert emails.

Save your Job Searches

The new system gives providers an ability to save their job searches.  Additionally this gives full control over what job alert emails they receive by marking saved job searches as emailed job alerts. We did so to make job alerts more relevant and help providers increase their chances of getting a positive response to applications.

So what’s the difference?

Until now, you signed up for email alerts by job category (and subcategory) and received alerts for all jobs posted to each and every category you’ve checked as an interest on your profile.

In place of the categories as the basis for learning about new jobs posted in the marketplace, the new system uses the alerts on search queries you save.

Because the new saved search queries are more specific than the old job alerts, you’ll be able to receive results from up to ten saved searches in a combined daily email. Additional searches can be saved for 1-click access from job search results, but will not be included in your email.

And don’t worry, we’re not taking away the ability to save searches to RSS feeds – they’re still the best option for those who want to receive alerts of new jobs as they’re posted.

What do I need to do?

Activating your new job alert emails is quite simple:

  1. Go to the job search page and run a search with your desired criteria.
  2. Save the job search and check “Email me updates to this search” for those searches you’d like to receive daily alerts. You may mark up to 10 searches to include in your daily alert email.
  3. If you are a member of any oDesk Group, you may do the same for searches performed from within the Group. You may set up a daily job alert email for each Group.

Stay tuned for more meaningful improvements over the next few months, but in the meantime, please share your feedback in the feedback forum.

Sean Kane

Vice President of Engineering at Upwork

An expert at leading globally distributed teams, Sean Kane is the VP of engineering at Upwork, where he previously led the marketplace product and design teams. Before joining Upwork, Sean was director of UI engineering at Netflix and held leadership roles at AltaVista and Bigvine. He co-founded the startup GetListed. Sean holds a BS in computer information systems from California State University, Chico.