First Things First
In order to apply for jobs via Overpass, your profile must first be approved by our Talent Advocate team. If your profile hasn't yet been approved, please see Guide to Getting Approved. The final step in your approval process is joining one of our twice-weekly contractor training sessions.
Once your profile is approved, you're eligible to apply for positions in the Overpass Marketplace. To see available positions, click on Jobs in the site banner.
There are three different methods by which contractors may find work opportunities.
Method 1: Apply Directly
The most important and proactive way to find work is to apply to positions yourself. When you see a job title that looks interesting, click View Job Details to learn more. Be sure to review the details carefully! Make sure that you're comfortable with the job duties, schedule, and hourly rate. Applying for a job that you're not available or qualified for is a waste of everyone's time.
If the job seems like a good fit, it's time to apply! Use the field at the bottom of this page to write a short "proposal," which acts as a cover letter to the client. This is a great time to mention previous relevant experience, or why you think you'd be a good fit. Be professional -- use correct grammar, spelling, and complete sentences. When everything looks good, just click Apply.
If the client is interested in scheduling an interview, you'll receive an email with further instructions. Remember that our clients may receive many applications for every position, and they cannot respond to every applicant. Rather than staking all of your hopes on one opportunity, we recommend you apply to multiple opportunities, and check back every few days to see newly-added positions.
Method 2: Interest From Clients
While you're browsing the Jobs page, our clients are browsing our marketplace of approved contractor profiles. If an employer feels that your skillset is a good match for their needs, they may reach out to you directly, even if you haven't applied.
The best way to increase your chances of client reaching out to you directly is through your profile. A nice photo, quality voice sample, and well-written profile will all help to make you an attractive candidate.
Method 3: The Overpass Team
We're invested in your success, which is a major reason why we require a Talent Advocate interview when you join the platform. Once our team knows more about your background, skill-set, and goals, we can promote your profile to clients who we think would be a good match.
This work happens in the background -- you won't be notified that we're promoting your profile, until a client reaches out for an interview -- but rest assured it is happening! The more details and specifics you provide in your profile, the easier it is for us to match you up with a successful client relationship.
It's Time to Interview!
When a client is interested in your profile, you'll receive an email alert to your inbox.
Additionally, you'll be able to see any pending interview requests within the site itself. To see these pending requests, click Jobs, then select Interview Requests.
When you click View Request, you'll be shown potential time slots to select from, based on that client's availability. Hopefully one of these times works for you -- in that case, just click on that slot to select it, and then click Confirm Interview.
If none of the available time slots work for you, just reply back to the notification email that you received and ask the client if they have other availability. (Even though the email will be coming from an @overpass.com address, we will route it back to the client.)
At the agreed-upon time, the client will call you. This interview call will go directly to your phone, and will be a number that begins with (551), as that's the prefix that our dialing system utilizes. Be sure that you have your phone nearby, and that you are in a space that's quiet and comfortable for you to talk. The interview is a great time for you to showcase your background and skills, but also to ask any questions you may have about this role and what will be expected of you.
In rare cases, your scheduled interview time slot may pass without you receiving a phone call. We know this is frustrating; unfortunately there are situations where a client may have been unexpectedly pulled away, or simply have forgotten their commitment. If this happens, please reply back to the original interview email, and ask the client if you can reschedule for a later date.
Similarly, if you were unable to answer the interview call for any reason, you may reply back and ask to reschedule. Do remember that clients are generally looking to hire quickly, so if you miss your call, they may well offer the role to a different candidate.
Finally, please remember that there's no guaranteed time period to which you will be selected for an interview. Remember that Overpass is a competitive marketplace, not a job placement service, and opportunities will be presented to you based on your professional experience and profile.
More questions about applying or interviewing for Overpass jobs? Just ask! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Customer Success team using the chat bubble in the lower corner of the site.