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Crazy Job Postings Part II

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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Let's see... Came across one a few weeks ago wanting to have some audio voiced to the tune of 4,000 to 5,000 words per recording, and one or two of those per week.

 

They said the freelancer must be US based and have no accent whatsoever, the freelancer must do all the editing and production required to deliver ready-to-publish files, and stressed that they would be getting a lot of offers, so it would help your chances if you were willing to work for less than the advertised budget.

 

What was that budget? $5 per 1,000 words. And they were hoping to find someone to deliver professional, polished, American-sounding voiceovers with full studio quality and ready-to-use for less than that.

 

I've also seen several video production postings with things like "do not bid if your hourly rate is more than $2/hour", yet they want AAA-level After Effects work done.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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LMAOOOOOOO

oh please please I have nowhere to post this. Crazy forum threads

 

OOPS wrong account LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/Can-a-client-change-his-feedback/m-p/394897/highlight/fa...

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Jennifer M wrote:

LMAOOOOOOO

oh please please I have nowhere to post this. Crazy forum threads

 

OOPS wrong account LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/Can-a-client-change-his-feedback/m-p/394897/highlight/fa...


I just read that. What the heck (can I say that? Cat Happy) is going on? Are people just randomly landing in different threads or something?  That guy just looked like he dropped in there from somewhere else. Are there problems with the transporter again?  

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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Michael S wrote:

 

They said the freelancer must be US based and have no accent whatsoever, the freelancer must do all the editing and production required to deliver ready-to-publish files, and stressed that they would be getting a lot of offers, so it would help your chances if you were willing to work for less than the advertised budget.

 



Cllients like this pretty consistently stress that it will improve your chances if you bid less than the advertised budget.  


I've also seen several video production postings with things like "do not bid if your hourly rate is more than $2/hour", yet they want AAA-level After Effects work done.

I think people actually aren't allowed to advertise anything lower than $3 an hour. So if you see something like that again, it's good to flag it for removal. 

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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@Renata S wrote:

I think people actually aren't allowed to advertise anything lower than $3 an hour. So if you see something like that again, it's good to flag it for removal. 


It's been a good while since I've seen one of those, but it definitely stood out in my mind.

 

Then there's the ones where the entire post is "Need <artist/coder/editor/admin>." and that's it. No budget listed other than the rough experience level (always a single $), no project details, no scope of use, nothing whatsoever to give anyone even the slightest idea what to bid, yet they always seem to have 50+ proposals in a matter of hours.

 

I've seen a few "Bigfoots" as well. These clients usually have a rush job to begin on a certain date, be done with in a certain timeframe, verified payment methods, a thorough description of the job, and a budget that's definitely adequate for the work requested. They get tons of proposals, and then they seem to vanish. The start date comes and goes, and nobody's been hired or even interviewed. They just disappear and you're left wondering if you really saw them in the first place.

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Michael S wrote:

 

I've seen a few "Bigfoots" as well. These clients usually have a rush job to begin on a certain date, be done with in a certain timeframe, verified payment methods, a thorough description of the job, and a budget that's definitely adequate for the work requested. They get tons of proposals, and then they seem to vanish. The start date comes and goes, and nobody's been hired or even interviewed. They just disappear and you're left wondering if you really saw them in the first place.


I've applied for jobs like this in the past. I've had some interesting work as a result of being available to handle something last-minute (sometimes the timezone aspect of things is really a bonus, especially for Aussie ladies with last-minute welding work). And if they're legit, they're willing to pay decent rates (or at least don't have any time left to go shopping). If it's legit, they just need to get the job done. So it is possible to get work from postings like this.

I always have to remind myself that what I'm seeing doesn't tell me a whole lot about context. That's what's hard. I think this mainly means that the clients are either handling a lot of projects themselves or possibly they're disorganized or possibly they're also exploring last-minute options in the "real world" as well (or my standard fallback assumption with "rush-job" clients is that I could be dealing with someone who hasn't had significant contact with the "real world" as I understand it for some time). They might have hired someone previously that they're waiting to contact.  I think it's less frustrating on the days when you've got more work coming in. But then, those are the times when you're not going to be applying for last-minute stuff in the first place.  

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Suzi E Member Since: Nov 19, 2018
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What's worst is that these jobs hang on and on getting others to actually apply. They're probably hoping to get some freelancers they can talk into working off the site, but using the site to find them.

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
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@Michael S wrote:

 

They said the freelancer must be US based and have no accent whatsoever


Is it even possible to have "no accent whatsoever"? Aren't there all kinds of US accents depending on what part of the country you're from? 

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Suzi E Member Since: Nov 19, 2018
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Makes you wish that Upwork had a "get real" button you could use to send these clients a message. Or maybe it should say "try F***r)!

 

Suzi

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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
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Something in from a well paying Digital Agency in California.

 

They have been around a while, and have good reviews. What struck me first was the 5th word in the job description, which implies that the Digital Agency is awake. Oook. Probably they meant "growing" or  "busy" or somesuch.

 

In addition to this oddity, they need someone well versed in email list administration, with experience managing pretty big email lists using different tools. NOWHERE in the title of the job post is this represented clearly.

 

Looks like another "junior" HR sort of job post.

 

 

 

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