Applying for Jobs
100 Lessons About How to Earn Extra Money Online
Part VIII. Freelancing Using
Applying for Jobs
1. How to Apply for a Job
In this lesson, we want to show you how to apply for a job at a freelancing site.
For this example, we are at www.odesk.com. We have our free ODesk account set up. Before you get going, you need to complete your profile. It needs to have your address, your qualifications, and a catchy headline that is going to draw people in. Include the services you are interested in providing.
Next, go to Find Work.
For this example, let’s pick blog and article writing. You can also go to Browse Projects or Find Work. It works the same way at Freelancer and Guru. Here is a project of 10 articles and an estimated budget of $40. They want to pay $2.50 per article but that can be too low of cost if you want to make more money.
You can click on another one such as keyword rich articles, $2.50 per article. Again, low budget per article. Let’s say that it looks good for you so you will click on Apply to this Job.
Take the amount you want to make per article. Keep in mind that they want to pay $2.50 for 6 articles so the maximum is $15 they are willing to pay including the ODesk fees. For an example, then you want to put your amount of bid as $13. The timeframe you can pick less than 1 week and you want to include a description that has a cover letter and that shows you understand what they are asking for.
You can have a template that talks about writing projects you have done. You can tell them you have samples if they would like to see them. You can repeat what they are asking for to show you are able to provide it. Tell them why you think you are a good fit. What are your strongest job skills? Why does the job appeal to you?
There is the option to add an attachment that is a sample file. You can tell them that you have attached files or articles for them to review. You can put them into a PDF article or you can provide them with links to services you have offered. Perhaps you can give them information about clients you have worked with if they want to follow up.
The key to working with bids at ODesk is to be very thorough in what you say. This gives you a much better chance to get the jobs. It also helps you to maximize the amount of job bids you have out there for winning them. Take those tests that are offered so you can get opportunities for more jobs.
2. Recommended Websites
To improve your knowledge and skills on how to find quality offers to promote we recommend the following websites: