I sometimes find a really awesome job post from a client with a pretty neat Upwork hiring/paying history but then I see the people they hired in the past, and at what rate, and I'm like:
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haha maybe you are but I do the same. I don't care. I stereotype all the time and judge people and that's how you stay smart and avoid scams or mistakes.
The people who are soooo open minded are the ones sitting with that bounced check in their hands or the scam client that was so nice and why would they ever scam me they just didn't have the cash to put that $50 into escrow at the time. dummies
ye i do that too. I mean, why waste connects on proposals thats going to be declined because my rate is too high looking at thie hiring history? can't be bothered....
I do pretty much the same, although I do take a look at the job descriptions before writing a job post completely off. If the hourly pay for a contract for a VA is $5, I think it's pretty normal (depending on the task), if its the same for an "SEO Expert", I won't be applying.
I think most of us do that, and you can tell a lot about the client by those past jobs. Since straightforward client information isn't something we're privy to and it's a big guessing game most of the time, this is at least one way we can glean some information and make our decisions.