ODesk can makes job searching easier
oDesk is a company with a global job marketplace and a series of tools targeted at businesses that intend to hire and manage remote workers. Based in Menlo Park, CA, oDesk was founded by Odysseas Tsatalos and Stratis Karamanlakis. The name is a short version of “no desk” which encapsulated the founders’ vision of enabling anyone to work anywhere, anytime.
Established in 2003, oDesk relies upon proprietary tools to allow buyers real-time visibility into the ongoing activities of remote worker activities to facilitate collaboration and supervision. oDesk’s system also includes payment, Intellectual property protection and other statutory requirements. For remote workers, the tools were designed to eliminate timekeeping and bookkeeping tasks, as well as ensure that these remote employees get paid for hourly work, even when working for a company in another country.
The marketplace has been adopted by programmers and other freelancers around the world. As of October 16, 2007, over 25,000 service providers had joined the site.
Job cuts and major changes in corporate strategies have left millions of Americans without jobs, and the technology sector is one of several industries suffering the consequences of the recent economic turmoil. However, the talented pool of technology professionals making their way out of the workforce – at least temporarily – can pick up work easily with the help of online job sites such as oDesk.
According to AP The San Jose Business Journal reports that oDesk currently features over 125,000 freelance technical professionals from around the world. Companies can hire skilled talent on an outsourcing basis from countries in the Far East, South America and even Australia. oDesk serves as a global job marketplace where freelancers can pick up work on a contract basis and keep track of their projects on a web-based interface. The key difference between oDesk and the average online job board is that skilled workers can obtain certification for their particular niche so that job providers can track them down with ease.