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First Look : Jobs for Voice Over Talent

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

October 5, 2008

Comments (14)

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Here we are in the second week of the preview series covering the biggest launch at Voices.com ever!

Last week we covered how clients will use Voices.com to search for, audition and hire professional voice talent.

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!

JOBS LIST

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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

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

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

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

Answered gives you the list of jobs you've replied to. This will replace the "Answered Leads".

Deleted

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.

The List

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:

๏ Company
๏ Budget
๏ Status
๏ Deadline

Alright, let's move on and see what happens next.


JOB TABS

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The new layout will make navigating all sections of the job much easier.

๏ The Overview gives you a snapshot of key details and recent communications (private messages).
๏ The Job Posting shows you the project requirements, budget and deadline.
๏ 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.
๏ Files is where you'll download the final script and upload your completed voice-over files once awarded the job.
๏ 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.


JOB OVERVIEW

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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 :)


What's On Tap Tomorrow?

Tomorrow we'll explore the Job Posting page and how to send auditions for voice-over projects at the all-new Voices.com.


Any Comments?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

Best wishes,

Stephanie and The Voices.com Team

Related Topics: hired, how to, industry


Comments


    Hello,
    Is there any chance you could re-introduce the Language column or put a language filter?
    Otherwise you are excluding all the foreign voices from your system.
    We really need to be able to identify the jobs in our language.
    I think it's great that you are trying to make improvements, but this simple change is making my subscription useless.
    Please put the languages back.
    Thanks!

    Posted by:

      Like the idea of being able to see more information on that initial screen. Will it be pre-filtered so that if a job lead is open to both men and women that we can opt to only see leads for women? Or can that open real estate be used to add that column of information to this screen?

      I usually go through the job leads page and delete everything under $250 and that says Both.

      Posted by:

        @Claire Thank you for your comment. With regard to Jobs, the new Voices.com site will only show you job postings that match you profile, so Claire, as a native French voice you'll see French job postings. If you've selected any other languages, you'll also see job postings for those, respectively. Rest assured, you'll only see jobs you are qualified to apply for that reflect the information you've included on your Profile.

        @Connie Thank you for your comment, Connie. Something else that is new with the site pertaining to Jobs is that you'll only see jobs that are gender specific to your profile, meaning as a female, you'll only see jobs that were posted for female voice talent. This simplifies things further for you and for clients. It also prevents people who aren't of the appropriate gender from replying to jobs that do not call for voices of the opposite sex.

        We'll post more about the improvements in our next article so stay tuned. I have a feeling it will answer more of your questions :)

        Best wishes,

        Stephanie

        Posted by:

          It sounds like Voices.com are doing just why I prefer your service, you are making things better for us, the paying subscribers. Your site treats me the professional I am striving to be. There is another site that I am registered with that I don't plan to resubscribe to because they treat talents as if they aren't smart enough to know if a job is right for them. they inundate the pages with statements reminding you to "Be Picky"...then they stop you again and remind you once more....then they inform you that if you reply to too many, you won't get automatic "invitations" sent to you.
          They claim it's their way of being fair....ha.....

          My point of carrying on about this is YOU don't make me feel like a Kindergardner....Thank you.

          Kimberly W. Berg
          "Bergie"
          Voice by "Bergie"

          Posted by:
          • Kimberly W. Berg
          • October 6, 2008 10:56 AM

            This is awesome, Stephanie. It's always been a challenge, once hired for a job, to remember what we bid on it! Since you guys get us so many great leads, we can't remember each project!

            Thanks for the upgrade!

            Julie

            Julie Williams...author How To Make Money in VoiceOvers Even If You Don't Live in N.Y. or L. A., and Proven VoiceOver Techniques. Sign up for the FREE VoiceOver Insider Magazine at http://www.voice-overs.com !

            Posted by:

              Wow! I had no idea that you guys were doing even more than what we saw last week! This is going to be so great!
              thanks for all your hard work guys!
              Kelli

              Posted by:
              • Kelli Casey
              • October 6, 2008 12:47 PM

                Looks great! When do the changes take place?

                Jane

                Posted by:
                • Jane E. Morgan
                • October 6, 2008 4:18 PM

                  Hi Jane,

                  Thanks for writing in and I hope you are well.

                  While I can say "soon" I can't give you an exact date. Testing will occur in late October and the site will go live officially once any bugs are ironed out and all is peachy keen :)

                  Best wishes,

                  Stephanie

                  Posted by:

                    Stephanie,

                    Thank you for the thorough overview of these details. I continue to like what I see. Please let me know if I can help you with your beta testing.

                    Be well,
                    Bob

                    Posted by:

                      Just another reason why Voices.com is #1 on my list of online casting inlets. It will be great to jump in and play around with all the new additions and upgrades.

                      A sincere THANK YOU,

                      Brian in Charlotte

                      Posted by:

                        This is great! Must one be a premium subscriber to access and utilize the job list section?

                        Posted by:

                          Hi Michael,

                          Thank you for your comment and question.

                          To answer your question, yes, you need to be a paid subscriber to access the job opportunities and audition at Voices.com for Public Jobs. Guests may be invited to Private Jobs, however, you can only pursue Public Jobs if you are a Premium or Preferred member.

                          Best wishes,

                          Stephanie

                          Posted by:

                            Hi!
                            These changes seem to really push the envelope to getting us more and better leads AND get paid for them! Thanks so much. My only comment would be if there could be some kind of category for the client who posts a lead to specify if they are looking for a child's voice, young adult, middle age or senior instead of simply male or female. I have clicked on many jobs that are absolutely not right for me since they want a female CHILD's voice or a teen or a young sassy woman with an Asian accent, an African-American, etc.
                            Otherwise, I'm delighted with the changes! Thanks!

                            Posted by:
                            • Robin Rowan
                            • November 5, 2008 11:46 AM

                              Stephanie,
                              You folks have done a sterling job - the site is so much faster and easier to use.
                              I love all the changes *except one* - being able to delete multiple leads at once. It seems that I now have to open each lead individually before I can delete it. I used to like selecting 8 or 10 leads at once on a page and deleting them all at once.

                              Posted by:
                              • Dave Menashe
                              • November 24, 2008 1:32 PM

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