Managing Remote Workers: Clear Communication

November 8, 2010 by

how do you lay the groundwork for a successful working relationship? Start off by putting together a new hire care package - contact information, introductions to other important team members, your working hours, company background, etc. Then it's time to get specific, measurable and time-bound with your expectations. Read Full Article

oDesk to mentor 24 startups on November 17

November 5, 2010 by

oDesk is excited to announce it’s first Startup Office Hours event on Wednesday, November 17, at its brand new offices in Redwood City.  Come meet with an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and our CEO to share your ideas, pitch a concept, or just brainstorm.  This is an opportunity to network and get introduced to mentors and connectors.  Startups that haven’t used oDesk before will also get a $100 credit towards hourly work to get them started building a virtual team on oDesk. Greg Gretsch Managing Director at Sigma Partners   Gary Swart CEO of oDesk. Odysseas Tsatolos Co-founder of oDesk Location: Google Maps 901 Marshall Street Suite 200 Redwood City, CA 94063 Register here and reserve your 15 minute mentorship time slot between 10:00am and 12:00pm on Monday, November 27th on this wiki.  Please be on time.  No presentations necessary, but feel free to bring one if you like.  If all the time slots have been filled, we still encourage you to come on by for the free networking lunch that will follow, thanks to Sigma Partners, beginning at 12:00pm. Read Full Article

3 Steps to a Killer Job Posting

November 1, 2010 by

There are hundreds of thousands of contractors available to tackle whatever job you need to hire for. But, as the employer, you are competing for the attention of the top contractors, and you've got to write a killer job description to ensure that their applications head to your inbox. Read Full Article

The Importance of a Defined Workspace

October 27, 2010 by

Sooner or later every contract worker realizes it's difficult to maintain a long-term freelance career without a defined workspace. Sure there are exceptions to the rule, and there are times when every contractor benefits from a change of scenery -- a coffee shop, a library, etc. -- however, the most productive space for most will have the elements of an actual office. Read Full Article

Stay Employed 2010 – Jobs with the Least Competition and Greatest Opportunity

October 20, 2010 by

Due to the popularity of last year’s Stay Employed – Jobs with the Least Competition and Greatest Opportunity post (and the requests we’ve received for updated information), here is the most recent data to help you develop your resume and determine what skills you need to focus on to stay employed or start down a new career path. In looking at the table below, there are two columns: one with the skill or technology, the second with the Fill Ratio, which shows the competition for job postings – a low percentage in this column indicates great job opportunities with less competition, and a higher percentage score indicates that jobs requiring those skills get filled at or above the usual rate. Anything not on this list is getting filled at a higher rate, which indicates high competition for the skill or technology. Skill Fill Ratio iPhone 30.14% iOS (iPhone/iPad) 31.34% CSS 32.93% Flash 35.05% Java 35.49% .NET 35.80% Sales 36.32% HTML 4 36.90% 3D Design 38.41% Video Production 39.04% Marketing 39.30% Google App Engine 39.88% Typepad 40.20% MS Access 40.42% C# 41.18% Magento 41.35% MS PowerPoint 41.78% C++ 41.97% Transcription 42.00% Accounting 42.70% iPhone and iOS developers are recently experiencing the lowest fill rate – which means competition for jobs with this skill is fairly low. As we predicted, with the widespread adoption of the iPad and recent announcements about expaned the iPhone onto the Verizon network, the field is growing, as the number of positions requiring … Read Full Article

Sample Work: Red Flags and Reasonable Responses

October 12, 2010 by

As an online contractor, inevitably prospective employers will ask you to show them samples of your work. There's a fine line, however, between using previous work to showcase your skills and spending time and effort creating something new for a prospective employer to "see what you can do." Read Full Article

How to Hire Tech Workers When You Don’t Know a Bit From a Byte

October 11, 2010 by

So, you need a website, but don't know where to start. Or, you're dreaming of an iPhone app for your business, but learning iOS development just isn't in the cards. There inevitably comes a time when you need to hire someone whose technical skills are so far outside your comfort zone, they may as well be speaking Martian during their interview. Here are a few steps to help you hire tech workers when you don't know a bit from a byte. Read Full Article