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How to Find Jobs on oDesk That Match Your Skills

Updated on June 8, 2014

Narrow Down Your Job Search

In this lens well talk about oDesk jobs, or more precisely, about finding a job that perfectly matches your skills. If you are a freelance writer, you will surely find a lot work opportunities on oDesk. However, not every job will match your expertise. Therefore, I want to share with you some tips on how to narrow down your job search, and find jobs that will help you showcase your talent, as well as help you start building your oDesk career. So, lets begin.

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Before You Apply for a Job

Your job search should begin after your freelance profile is complete, and you are familiar with some basics on how to write a cover letter. In case you are just starting out on oDesk, be sure to read a detailed guide on how to write a great cover letter, and how to fill out your oDesk profile. If you've already done that, your job search can begin.

oDesk Job Feed Feature

One of the great things about oDesk is that you can easily find jobs that match your skills thanks to a relatively new feature on the site – Job Feed. This handy oDesk feature is very easy to use. All you need to do is enter a specific keyword that matches your skills and add it your job feed. This search will be saved and automatically updated each time there’s a new job in the selected category.

Example Search through Job Feed

So, let's see how this actually works. The first thing you need to do is type in a keyword oDesk clients would use to find a freelancer with your skills. For example, if your expertise is writing articles, your keyword should be 'article writer', 'article writing', etc. Type in the selected keyword in your search bar, and press 'Search'. You'll be presented with jobs that match your keyword, and you'll also see a tab 'Add This Search to Your Job Feed'.

Refine Your Search

Now, prior to adding this job search to your feed, be sure to refine your search using the categories on the left.

As you can see in the picture above, you can choose a Job Type, Project Length, Experience Level, and so forth. You will also see a Client History category.

If you are new to oDesk I strongly suggest that you exclude projects posted by clients who have no previous hires.

This doesn't mean that you should never work with new oDesk clients. It will only be easier for you to work on the first few projects with clients who have experience with oDesk, as they will be able to help you familiarize with the site and successfully complete projects.

Before You Save Your Search

There is one more thing you need to do prior to saving your job search. Right under your search bar you’ll see ‘Advanced Search’. If you click on it you will see a few additional options that will help you narrow your search even more.

You can adjust your job feed to include job postings that have exact phrases you choose, or any of the words you specify. Also, you will be able to exclude words from your search. For instance, if you are an article writer but you don’t write about law, news, medicine, etc, you simply need to type in these words in the field that says ‘Exclude These Words’. As a result, your job feed will not include job postings that require medical or law article writers.

Saving Your Search

After you've selected your job preferences, you can save your search. After pressing the ‘Add This Search to Your Job Feed’ button, you will be given the option to save your search. You can name your search or leave this field empty. If you decide not to name your search, it will be saved as the keyword you entered in your search bar.

After you've added several keywords to your search, you can start browsing through projects.

Remember to read a job description, and make sure you have required skills for a particular job position prior to applying for it.

Happy Bidding!

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