Some people take a bit of time to land their first job. Others find instant success. What's the difference between the two? PhpORcaffeine shares the techniques that enabled him to win a job on his first DAY on the site...and land five more during just his first week! (...at the time of writing this article, he had won only two of the five).
I created my account on Dec. 8th 2006 and I won and completed my first job on Dec 8th 2006. Right now I have two other bids that I have won and am working with.
I'm not naive though, I know it isn't always that easy but I do believe that some things I did directly contributed to my quick success and I would like to share those methods with you (for article / knowledge base purposes).
Your first bid on a project SHOULD NOT be a monetary bid, you want the employer to see that you are interested in their project, not just their money. Ask questions and make sure you get clear explanations to EVERYTHING. Make sure everything is in the project message thread. If the employer doesn't respond to your first bid (comment) then I would consider pursuing a different project. If the employer does respond then by all means continue. Once you have a CLEAR definition of the scope of the project, THEN make your monetary bid (it's always easier to back out before you make a monetary bid and get accepted).
Do not copy/paste your bid's or use generic bid text. I wouldn't buy services from a bot (or generic text), neither will most other people. The employer gets the sense that you didn't even bother to read the description and is usually hesitant to select you. Some will just ignore you. I want a worker that will reference things I said in my description, that way I know they read the description that I took time to write and that I am talking to a real person.
DO NOT bid on projects that you are 'iffy' about. Unless you are 100% sure that you CAN and WILL do it, don't make a monetary bid on it. Bidding on things you can't or don't end up doing only serves to hurt the effectiveness of thevWorker.com system and hurts your reputation if the project goes to arbitration.
Listen and follow the vWorker.com rules about communicating off site DO NOT DO IT. I realize off site communication is sometime faster and most of you will still do it. My rule of thumb is that if you go off site, do not discuss details or additions/subtractions to the project. Save that for the vWorker.com project message thread.
Above all, treat the vWorker.com system and vWorker.com users on the system as co-workers in an office environment. With discipline, this can become a full time job! Treat it as such!