Please tell, it's interesting. Do you open all of them dispite of some filters (maybe - I'm not sure what you see there) ?
This question is only to clients - buyers.
Simply as I read many times you recieve tons of proposals and it's not easy to read them all. Do you go to the bottom ?
Please tell your own, personal way of dealing with these situations.
It depends, if there are just a few candidates i do read them.
If there are dozens of candidates.... How i scan proposals:
1. Job succes score cuts out 80% of freelancers, i usually don't read proposals of low JSS
2. Then i read only headline and skills, this cuts out another 5-15%
3. Of the 5%-10% left i do read the proposals, however: half the proposals is not relevant and just copy paste ("dear hiring manager")
I make my decision based 80% on job feedback and 20-30% on proposal and profile text. So it does help to have a good letter
Do I read all job proposals?
Oh my goodness, no.
I think job proposals are VERY important.
But as a client, I rarely read any proposals.
I mostly look at portfolios and work history.
But I think other clients read job proposals.
@Yury M wrote:
Cheers Robert. So you don't read new freelancers proposals at all. with zero JSS
It confirms what I think.
It confirms what you think. Indeed. Not the reality of the market.
Yury - That's not what i said. I do read proposals if there are only a few of them (less than 6-7). That happens for some projects.
I rarely read proposals of freelancers with low JSS if there are many applicants, this saves a lot of time. I'm not sure what others do though and do think writing a good proposal is important.
I don't just UpWork's "recommended" function but search manually. First filter is usually JSS + number of hours worked.
Obviously, if i were you, i would spend less time on a proposal if 100's of others are replying, the job isn't entirely up your alley or you're not that interested in the project or client anyway.
The few times I posted a job I spent a tremendous time reading proposals. Usually I would filter out spams and proposals from people that have nothing to offer. And then I would refine the selection until only two or three of equal quality remain. Then, I would pick one.
I don't consider low JSS.
I totally consider people without JSS. I see them as an opportunity. Hiring someone with no Upwork job history is great because usually they want to make a very good impression for their first job.
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