Yes that is true, but do continue to apply for jobs and eventually you will land one.
Firstly, you need to have a great profile. Try to have your profile as updated as possible, and always ensure it is up to date as you learn new skills every day so make sure to incorporate those on there.
Secondly, you do research on your client before applying. Read reviews from other freelancers who have worked with that client before to see what they said about them. Also look for a name. Some freelancers post their client's name in their feedback and this really helps you in your proposal when applying to personalize and wow your future client. Also I always like to tick that option that says payment is verified in the left side of your page when searching for jobs. Non verified clients may be legitimate too but I like to be on the safer side.
Thirdly, after you've decided this is the job you want to apply to, ensure you write a winning proposal to secure that job. If you know the clients name make sure to mention it starting off with for example "Hi John" to break the ice instead of dear sir/madam. Tell your client why you are a great fit for this position and why they should hire you instead of any one else. Emphasize your skills, any successful projects/portfolio items and experience.
Remember Marian, you may only get interviewed at first for 1/10 jobs you apply to, but doing these 1/10 jobs to the best of your ability and getting your deserved 5star rating can lead to so much more in the long run(The bigger picture).
I hope this helped somewhat .
(Optimistic Upwork Freelancer)
I am Jamaican and I have been active on Upwork about two months straight now, even though I joined more than a year now. Upwork excites me every time I come on here searching for that "perfect" job. I feel like it serves a great purpose in the hiring world and so many people benefit from working on here. My first job was a scam, and my second job interview the client interviewed me and just disappeared lol.
But overall I have landed three jobs since then and I feel very optimistic about the future as I will be looking for bigger and better with the more experience I gather.
I am constantly updating my profile because every day I learn something new, a new skill and try to find new innovative tools to master. I apply to a lot of jobs on a weekly basis, I don't get as much feedback as i think I would, but I believe that is just because I have not received enough work to make my profile stand out even more but eventually I will.
I aim to get a "Rising Talent" status and move up to "Top Rated" or anyone I get first lol.
Keep upgrading yourself on here and keep seeking and you will eventually find is my advice to you. The right jobs are here for you, and I see from your profile you have done a great job on the jobs you've done so far.
Optimistic Upwork Freelancer