Selecting the Right Worker
By TotalIT Professional
I worked on vWorker.com as both an employer and a worker for more than three years now
and during all this time I learned a lot of things about how the vWorker.com system works and
I managed to optimize my strategies as both an employer and a worker in order to get as much as
possible from my projects. And in this short article I want to share with you some of my
experience and tell you what criteria I generally use to select the best workers for my projects.
The main idea behind my strategy is that I want to find the most
affordable worker that can fulfill my requirements.
The first thing I do when looking at the list of workers that made a
bid/comment on my project is to reject (hide) bids that are posted in a hurry or those which are
standard bids (who have not been tailed to my request); if the worker didn't consider that he should
invest 5 or 10 minutes from their time to make a professional, customized bid then I simply can't trust
them with my project. However I have to say that during the last time one can find less and less bids
of this kind on vWorker.com, which is a clear sign that the average quality of workers is increasing.
Another kind of bids I reject (hide) from the very beginning are those bids
in which the worker is violating vWorker.com rules, either by posting their contact information or asking
for mine or by asking for a one-to-one auction. If they don't respect and obey the rules of the site that
gives them work and they try to cheat the people that help them, then how could I even dream that they
won't try to do the same thing with me as soon as I award them my project?
These steps helped me get rid of the less serious workers and the next thing is to
check the remaining workers' profiles â€" there I can see not only their resume, but also their work history
and what previous employers have said about them. If the worker has a nice written profile and a good work history
(and by good work history I understand almost exactly what vWorker.com deems as a top worker â€" a minimum of 5
successfully completed projects, an average rating higher than nine and no lost arbitration) then everything
is fine and I move to the next step. If he doesn't then I have to analyze what the problem is.
If the worker is new to vWorker.com that doesn't means that he is not good, but just
that he didn't have time to make a reputation for himself, so I don't disqualify him from the start, but
instead I ask him if he can prove his qualifications in another way â€“ for example on content writing I ask
them to send me some sample articles they had previously wrote (however, please note that vWorker.com doesn't
allow employers to ask workers to do any work for them before accepting the project, so when requesting a sample
request something that the worker has already done, not something that they should do now).
If the worker had some problems in the past (lost arbitration or bad ratings) I
generally tend to stay away from him, but sometimes I still give him a chance and ask him about what caused
the problems â€" there really are moments when the worker may have a valid point of view, for example I found
once a worker that had a great record except three lost arbitrations, all in the same week; it turned out that
during that week the worker had some health problems and he was unable to be online and that's how he lost the arbitrations.
And since I'm on the worker's profile I also check what kind of jobs he completed, because
even if a worker has a top record, but none of the projects he completed falls in the same category or size
with my project then I wouldn't hire him, unless of course he can provide me with further references that
qualifies him for that project. And believe me, I saw enough cases where a worker extraordinarily handles
small projects, but had problems with big projects that span over a long period of time.
After this step I should have a narrowed list of bids/workers from which any of
them might be able to successfully complete my project and I may very well stop here and pick one of the workers.
However if there still are quite a few workers, then I take into consideration a few more factors like time zone
(yes two people from opposite time zones can still communicate, but the process is way harder), English knowledge
(I don't only need native English speakers, but I want people with whom I can easily communicate both via text or
voice via IM programs during the project), if there is any worker that posted an expert guarantee (which really
shows their commitment to successfully complete the project) or the estimated deadline (if I'm on a tight schedule).
Finally is the time to pick my worker and since I'm confident that all workers I selected
far now are good workers, at this moment I usually go for the lowest bid (except some situations when the lowest
bids are very close of each other and when I select the worker based on the number of completed projects or just
based on how much I liked his bid). However, if I have a large project then I may consider selecting not only one,
but more workers from the narrowed list so I get my project completed faster.
I don't say that my strategy is perfect, in fact I may end up paying a bit more
than I should on certain projects, but on the other hand I really value my time too so I can't afford to just
go on the lowest bid and risk to lose a whole month only to realize that I picked the wrong worker.
I really hope this article helped you and I wish you the very best of luck
here on vWorker.com â€" probably the best place for us, the employers, to find good and affordable workers for our projects.
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