I posted up a job in some detail and specified the skillsets required from the available list. I then posted it, and sent invitations to the UpWork recommended freelancers. I should have looked first, but coming from Elance, the engine there was usually really good.
Turns out the freelancers invited didn't have any matches of skills. For Internet research, I was getting declines from Web Developers. No surprise - it's not what they do. It seemed like a really random selection.
One of many disappointments in moving from Elance...
Anyone figured out how to keep the recommendations relevant?
Unfortunately, this is one of the areas Upwork is yet to streamline. Contractors are sometimes getting recommendations for jobs that have no relevance to their skills too.
I think it is best to ignore those recommendations altogether when inviting applicants and instead seek out your own contractors depending on the skills they display on their profiles.
Thank you for sharing your feedback about the recommended freelancers. We continue collecting the Community's feedback and individual examples and forwarding them to the team that is working to improve the algorithm.
Perhaps by starting just with a straight match of skills identified by the client and those that a freelancer has on his profile would be infinitely better as a start than what's there now? Anything more sophisticated (natural text searches, AI, scoring, etc) can come later, though as this was done pretty well in Elance, I'm not sure why it can't be replicated fairly quickly here.
Just my tuppence! Thanks for replying.
Here, lyas - this was like a 'Eureka' moment for me! I just searched for myself the way someone outside Upwork would do, and when my profile came up this is what I read at the bottom of the page:
Skills Related to Mercy N
iPhone App Development Search Engine Optimization (SEO) C# Logo Design MySQL Administration Data Entry
No wonder Spanish translation jobs have been amongst the jobs recommended to me. In fact, in a list of 10 recommended jobs, I've been finding like one or two distant fits, and the others irrelevant enough for me to categorize the mail as 'spam'.