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What Keeps Me Going?

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Arleen R Member Since: Oct 6, 2015
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I love my job as a customer service representative in a Business Process Outsourcing company. I started working when I was 18 years old earning $300 a month. Now I'm 25 years old currently unemployed because I have to stay home with my daughter. Good thing I found Upwork and now I can continue my passion to work. 


I created an account, took some tests and sent proposals to jobs that fits my skills but I still have no interview.

What keeps me going? 


Understanding the process - The competition is tough. There will be job posts that needs 1 freelancer but the proposals are like 200 plus. We newbies just have to keep trying and keep those proposal sending as long as it fits your skill. 

* Positive Attitude I got my first declined proposal 3 days ago. I got declined because they found the one for the job ( they need one freelancer only) but that did not bring me down. Keep in mind that being declined does not mean that you're not good enough. I was like " Well, I still have 12 proposals "

* Utilize Time - Since I have no client, I have time for everything. I used my free time taking tests and reading tips from the experts here in Upwork. It's a win win situation. Taking tests and reading tips improved my profile and  kept me busy to stop me from worrying about getting a job.


I hope this will help newbies like me. Those Upwork experts have been to this situation as well. They've been a newbie too, they just kept moving forward the reason why they are successful. Thanks for your time reading through Smiley Very Happy


More Success to all of us and to Upwork!


-Arleen R.


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Dyll M Member Since: Sep 30, 2015
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Good for you, Arleen! Keep on improving. You'll soon have your break.

Come to the dork side... we have candies.
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Arleen R Member Since: Oct 6, 2015
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Thanks Cody Smiley Happy

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Mikila S Member Since: Sep 12, 2015
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Arleen, I admire your spirit! Keep at it and all the best Smiley Happy

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Althea Maefe S Member Since: Nov 6, 2014
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You have a pretty great attitude I am sure you'll land a contract anytime soon, hang in there! Smiley Happy

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Arleen R Member Since: Oct 6, 2015
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Thank you everyone Smiley Happy 
Good news.. I have my first job here in Upwork Smiley Happy 

More success to all of us !

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Natacha R Member Since: Aug 2, 2010
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CongratsWoman Happy

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Arleen R Member Since: Oct 6, 2015
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Thank you HeartSmiley Happy

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Manish P Member Since: Oct 26, 2015
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Thanks Arleen, your article installs confidence to all newcomers.. Remember, sportspersons prepare really hard everyday to get their final break at a tournament.

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Gizzelle V Member Since: Nov 14, 2015
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Thanks Arleen, your article is very encouraging. I'm a newbie, very very new. I needed this.