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Not Getting Jobs on Upwork !!!

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Hannah W Member Since: Apr 1, 2019
11 of 26
I am having the same problem! I havent taken loads of time on my profile. My issue is that im unsure as to how to show examples of administration experience? Its not like i can upload any past employers’ private business sort of stuff?
Is my rate of pay too high? What is too low that would put people off?
Also, in regards to proposals - how long is normal for the cover letter? I have only been doing one sort of large paragraph
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Analou G Member Since: Aug 6, 2015
12 of 26

Hi Everyone!!!


I too keep on applying for a job in Upwok ( Web design, graphic designer ) for I think 2 months now...and not getting anything, or any job. Is there something with my profile or what?


Please advise and help!!!....





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Muhammad F Member Since: Jul 28, 2015
13 of 26

I have wasted about 100+ connects since 2 months but all in vain. 



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Joe S Member Since: Aug 14, 2015
14 of 26

I am really struggling to get my first job!!!!!! Even slashed my rates etc and nada.

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Jen S Member Since: Jun 2, 2015
15 of 26

me to I stopped paying for connects that return no results.

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Satiesh S Member Since: Sep 9, 2015
16 of 26

Hi Analou,


Im sorry you are not getting any offers. I looked at your profile and allow me to be candid about it.


1. Do you know what is the most seductive 3 letter word in the English language? A word that would make you swoon or crazy depending on the context it is used. That word is "you." I love you, you are the one for me, you make amazing dumplings, you are the right client for me, or you are crazy :-). Don't you love hearing you in a conversation about yourself? So don't  you think clients will love hearing that too? So my suggestion is try to use as many you, you can in your profile. "My design will help you drive traffic, optimized,responsive and most of all will make you money" or something like that.


2. Your profile does not have a what's in it for them area. What are the real benefits of them working for you? Will they make money on their websites, drive traffic, etc. try to put yourself in their shoes and address all their pain points in your profile so they have to offer you the job.


3.  Try to emulate other freelancers in your field, go to their profiles and make notes and include it in your profile.


4. Your profile should have, who you are, what do you do, why they listen you, features and benefits to them, call to action, service guarantee, etc. include as much you (or similiar words) as you can.


Anywyas, thats just my 2 cents. Hope it helps!


Good luck Analou!






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Jen S Member Since: Jun 2, 2015
17 of 26

You should not complain if your only 1/2 week or a few months new here. Getting started takes time. It also takes a lot of applying for jobs and not spamming your job applications. Take the time to read the job and be sure you are a good fit. This is not a get rich quick site. In fact 95% of freelancers can not earn a living on this site alone. You need to have other clients and opportunites outside of Upwork. The top 5% Freelancers on Upwork earn the largest portion of revenue earned on Upwork the rest of the pack is divided. There will be 5.1 million Freelancers using this site starting in Sept 2015 when Elance merges with Upwork. There are 6.1 million job post annually do the math thats 1-2 jobs a year per freelancer. Like I said the top tier will get more jobs while others will dry up and walk away. Thats reality.


Read this post for actual statistics **edited for Community Guidelines** not trying to thow cold water on you. If you are talented and have what it takes to be unique you might do alright in supplimenting your income. Always serve your clients first and give the best you got to give. Dont worry starting out slow it is normal.

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Bangladesh O Member Since: Aug 23, 2015
18 of 26



Thank you very much for those facts, figures and nice words. I learned many things from your comment. Thank you.


If you visit my profile, you will see that the profile is made long back. This site was 'oDesk' than. Since than I was applying for the jobs but not made any yet. I stopped visiting this site even and joined 'Elance'. My profle in Elance is doing well though I can't understand what the mistake I am making here. What is I am lacking?


Thank you.



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Shumaila K Member Since: Sep 10, 2015
19 of 26

I want job on but no one hire me. Please help me. I am working 3 to 4 month here.


Give me positive suggestions.


Warmly regard,


Shumaila Kausar Freelancer

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Satiesh S Member Since: Sep 9, 2015
20 of 26

Hi Everyone,


Im sorry to see so many people having issues getting clients, myself included. I tried to figure out test what works and came up with the following comments that brought me a bit of peace (still testing it though):


1. Since the merger of Elance and Odesk, there are now, an estimate of twice more freelancers bidding for work. More competition like ever before in each category and sub category.


2. Almost 75% of freelancers beasically offer the same services in each category. Some may have more experience but no qualification, some, the other way around. Some may have this and some  may not. Everyone is unique, but in the bigger picture there are the same.


3. When jobs posted, there are almost 2 times more bidders than before, carrying down the price for the job to bare minimum, sometimes even I can call it free.


4. More than ever, everything is cut throat. Example, I got invited for an editing job the other day, client requested that I produce a sample based on information given, I did it and submit. Later in the day I noticed on the job post, he requested an interview for someone else. I couldn't believe I did this!!!


I pulled up the other freelancer profille, checked through for ANY information I can use against him, googled him, checked other freelancing sites, got a bunch of information, AND wrote a very nice email to the client highlighting reasons you shouldnt consider the guy for this job, but should give me. But I didnt send it. Luckily my wife saw what I was doing and stopped me right there, told me We are not that kind of people, win jobs fairly and most importantly I am not acting in the best interest of the client. Competition can make us do some really terrible s#$t. My wife and I have a very successful transcription company over on elance.


Now, let us put ourselves in the shoes of prospective clients. There are so many people bidding for jobs, with the same amount of experience, qualification, job success rate, etc, how the hell can they choose someone that fits their needs???? So asking myself that question from the client perspective, I realised the following:


1.  Clients are confused as hell to select a freelancer.

2. They no longer looking for low rates. But look at profiles and cover letters, and then later on price.

3. This means that my profile has to be goood! And my cover letter should be good also.

4. They do not have time to go through all applications in detail, so the more to the point a cover letter is, then the better.

5. My cover letter should be short and demonstrate that I can do the job (in few sentences as possible), I am likeable and easy to work with, and I will act in the best interest of them.

6. Therefore my cover letter should be really personable and my profile should be like a sale letter, drawing my cleints to the sale (which is offering me the job). You can read what I did here:


7. My price should be what I believe I am worth and the VALUE i believe I can give to my clients. The value must be communicated on the profile. There are some clients that just want cheapness, these are not the people I want to work for! I need respect and my cover leter and profile demonstrates that.


I worked hard on my profile and cover letters. I try to personalise each cover letter and attach relevant and super specific samples (as this proves I can do the job). Even if I dont have a sample, I go out and get one (even spending an entire day), or if the job is too vague or even too specific for that client, I offer a free trial (but thats last resort). I will test and test and test some more, until I break into this market.


Okay, this is tooo long a post. This is just my testing. Its a bit too early to see the results.


I wish everyone a good luck and stay in there. I leave you with the great Michael Jordan:


I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed"