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Recommended freelancers - Upwork are you for real?

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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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I just posted my first oDesk job. I already have a list of freelancers I plan to invite privately. However, I've discovered that as soon as you post a job, oDesk recommends 10 freelancers. These are 5 of them:


1. Someone with a rate of $3 hour (I asked for a mix of experience and value). The heading under the name says the y write web content (OK, that's what I'm aksing for) but the overview on their profile says they want to establish a career in human resources. (The job has nothing to do with human resources.)


2. A java developer


3. Someone whose profile is extremely vague and I can't figure out what they do, but it does mention java. (There is no mention of java or any type of website or app design or development in my job post. I  don't know where this is coming from.)


4. An investment banker and web developer- Hmm, maybe because the job has to do with writing for a website - web content writing, web development - all the same, right?


5. Business analyst and business consutant - OK, from investment banker to business consultant. Are we doing some type of Freudian word association here?



Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Marcia M wrote:




 Yeah, really...


That's why I keep getting invited to do funky stuff in Japanese or to teach Spanish, when nowhere on anything of mine does it mention Spanish, Japanese or Teaching....


The last client who invited me to his Japanese job did so twice in one day. The first time I politely decined, the second time I accepted the invitation and explained that I had not, in fact, mastered Japanese in the 12 hours since I last declined it because I don't speak, understand, read or write any Japanese .... Luckily he had a sense of humor.

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Vitalij R Member Since: Nov 11, 2014
3 of 20


May be you checked wrong filter options in your job therefore you get not good results with freelancers suggest?

In any way best method, in my opinion, is talking with people with good experience in your required field.Smiley Very Happy

I mean manually inviting specialists from "search freelancers" page.

Sincerely, Vitalij - Top Rated brochure designer.
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Marcia M Member Since: Apr 3, 2013
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No. This wasn't from a freelancer search. I already knew which freelancers I wanted to invite before I posted the job. This is what popped right after I posted it, with Upwork kindly offering to invite these freelancers for me. Using "keywords" from the job post, apparently.


I did mention one skill in the Skills section - which none of the recommended freelancers have.


I was actually able to find the freelancers I wanted through careful searching, which is why I am inviting them privately.


At least I am hiring someone to do work that I would do myself, if I had time, so I know what skills are required and what I should be looking for in a freelancer.

Community Leader
Charlie E Member Since: Aug 2, 2015
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Everytime I have posted a job I encountered the same thing. 


The matching algorithm is completely kaupt...


Even a search for freelancers turns up crazy results. 


This is IMO the main reason that freelancers aren't receiving invites. Client searches return irrelevant freelancers, so they end up not inviting anyone and hoping the right people apply to the job. 


The message system is also kaput. 


If you moved over from Elance, you may want to go back and post your job there until Upwork is repaired. 

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Vitalij R Member Since: Nov 11, 2014
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Completely agree.

I asked many times why I am not receiving invites from clients and "bad site search" perhaps the most likely reason for it.

Almoust "Zero invites" phenomenon observed for about a 1 year on my account.

I don't know what I need to do with it.Smiley Surprised


Sincerely, Vitalij - Top Rated brochure designer.
Community Guru
Garnor M Member Since: Oct 29, 2014
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Thanks for sharing Marica. I'll make sure our team takes a look at this.

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Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
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@Garnor M wrote:

Thanks for sharing Marica. I'll make sure our team takes a look at this.



Really Garnor??


I've been complaining, as have other, for months now about the bad search algorithm for clients. She is describing exactly what many of us have described time and time again and absolutely NO ONE has done anything since this started 6 months ago.


As a client who hires this has been very distrubing and time consuming to have to sort through the mess that Upwork offers. We've begged for this to be fixed. Freelancers are completely frustrated to see unqualified people and inappropriate people being invited to jobs that we are qualified to do and never receive invitations to even apply.


Do you have any idea how many times the "team" has supposedly heard about this?

Community Guru
Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
9 of 20

You know, Garnor......


This really is not something new. This has been something that people have been going on about for months...I have an open ticket (unless it was unilaterally closed) on this that is VERY old... regarding your freelancer search algorithm. Your team's response is 'this is more complicated....etc.....and will be addressed in a future update.....etc...." Yet for months...nothing. So it is surprising when the original OP is answered in such a way as if it is the first time it has been mentioned.

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I just ignore recommended contractor lists. I assume most experienced clients do the same. I thought everybody knew this feature wasn't working.