By Stephanie Ciccarelli
October 5, 2008
Here we are in the second week of the preview series covering the biggest launch at Voices.com ever!
This week, we'll be exploring the different areas of your account including a new Inbox, how to view and audition for jobs, accepting deposits, managing payments, delivering files and how you can get feedback.
Let's go look at the new jobs section!
As we strive to keep the language simple and familiar for those who are new to Voices.com, we're dropping some industry jargon, such as the term "Leads" and replacing it with the more accessible, "Jobs".
Just think, clients post jobs, you reply to jobs, and we help you land voice-over jobs... dropping the term "leads" in favor of using the term "jobs" makes a great deal of sense.
Having said that, we've worked hard on developing a useful interface where you can see all jobs that would most interest you. You'll have a few different views to select from, so let's run through those now.
Hiring Open will replace the current "Leads" tab. These are jobs that clients have posted looking for auditions from professionals just like you.
Finalizing Terms shows all the jobs that you're currently in negotiations with. For instance, you'd see "Finalizing Terms" if a client awarded you the job as you technically would have moved from one stage to another through the completion of the casting process.
Working shows the jobs that the client has accepted your "work agreement" for (more on that later) and you're in the midst of recording the voice-overs. The status will stay in this stage until payment has been sent to you and feedback has been given and received.
Answered gives you the list of jobs you've replied to. This will replace the "Answered Leads".
Deleted will act more like an archive. If you prefer not to reply to a job posting or don't want a job cluttering up your "Hiring Open" list then you can simply delete it. Upon doing so, we'll keep a copy for you in your Deleted archive for 30 days.
We're all familiar with seeing information displayed as lists. Bearing this in mind, we've kept this part of the page more or less the same, but added some nifty features.
The "View" link will drop down to give you some shortcuts to deeper areas of your jobs. Save a click or two and use these. I think you'll love them.
The main columns will be:
Alright, let's move on and see what happens next.
The new layout will make navigating all sections of the job much easier.
à¹ The Overview gives you a snapshot of key details and recent communications (private messages).
à¹ The Job Posting shows you the project requirements, budget and deadline.
à¹ My Audition is where you'll submit your audition, or if you've already replied to this job, you'll see exactly what you sent here.
à¹ Files is where you'll download the final script and upload your completed voice-over files once awarded the job.
à¹ Payments is where you can see the deposit made by the client, print off a copy of the order or request the release of funds.
All the info you could ever need about a job is only a click away!
Okay, let's dive into the first section today, the Overview.
The Overview is an entirely new page aimed at providing you with a snapshot of the most important details.
In the green "details" section, you'll see the status likely marked as HIRING OPEN, the Job ID and the date it was posted. You'll also see your Last Completed Step as well as your Next Step. This will be more handy once you're awarded a job which we'll discuss in the coming days. Finally, you'll see the deadline so you'll always know when the client is expecting the wrap up their proejct.
Below the details, you'll all be pleased to find a new section covering All Auditions and My Audition. Here's where you'll see the total number of responses received by the client, and if they have selected someone for their project. Next, you'll see if you have replied and if you were selected.
For the record, we plan on providing more information related to the auditions and how the client is using Voices.com in the coming months, but to start, we believe this is a step in the right direction.
The lower section of this Overview page is a summary of the 5 most recent Messages that related to this Job ID. For many, this will be a faster way to review communications than searching through all your Inbox messages.
To keep things simple, each message will have only two actions; reply or delete. Simple is good, so we've been told, and I trust you agree :)
Tomorrow we'll explore the Job Posting page and how to send auditions for voice-over projects at the all-new Voices.com.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Stephanie and The Voices.com Team
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