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UW Talent Specialist team strikes again

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Below is the note I just sent to the client when I declined an invitation sent to me by an UW TS:

 

It's unfortunate that the Upwork Talent Specialist wasted your time and mine with this invitation. Your average pay rate is $12/hour and you require very fast turnaround on the project in question (writing online job descriptions). My posted hourly rate is $80 and I have never done a project on this platform for less than $40/hour (and that was several years ago), and the writing projects I take on typically last for several weeks. So, this would seem to be a very poor fit.
Good luck finding the right freelancer for your needs!

 

The TS's invitation text pointed out that my skills include "writer" and that's why he thought it was such a fantastic match and such an exciting opportunity for me. Apparently, he did not really look at my profile very carefully, much less my job history.

 

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
2 of 18

Phyllis G wrote:

Below is the note I just sent to the client when I declined an invitation sent to me by an UW TS:

 

It's unfortunate that the Upwork Talent Specialist wasted your time and mine with this invitation. Your average pay rate is $12/hour and you require very fast turnaround on the project in question (writing online job descriptions). My posted hourly rate is $80 and I have never done a project on this platform for less than $40/hour (and that was several years ago), and the writing projects I take on typically last for several weeks. So, this would seem to be a very poor fit.
Good luck finding the right freelancer for your needs!

 

The TS's invitation text pointed out that my skills include "writer" and that's why he thought it was such a fantastic match and such an exciting opportunity for me. Apparently, he did not really look at my profile very carefully, much less my job history.

 


This is why I think the Talent Specialist program does more harm than good. Why invest in offering this service if there is no benefit to either clients or freelancers? The specialist in this case isn't analyzing your profile using the right criteria to make the match. I think we'd all be better served if UpWork concentrated on providing users (both clients and freelancers) with better baseline customer service. 

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
3 of 18

To be clear, I'm not personally affronted. It takes a few seconds to decline an off-target invitation. But when it comes from a Talent Specialist, it is upsetting for the reason Renata noted: It's a complete disservice to the client which doesn't help any of us.

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Heath S Member Since: Mar 16, 2016
4 of 18

I feel your pain, Phyllis. I have received at least two invitations from Talent "Specialists" where the job specifically requested a MD or DO. I'm not a physician, and I don't claim to be. My profile makes my education level clear, but the "specialists" either don't take the time to read the information or their English reading comprehension is very poor.

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Renata S Member Since: Jun 10, 2014
5 of 18

Heath S wrote:

I feel your pain, Phyllis. I have received at least two invitations from Talent "Specialists" where the job specifically requested a MD or DO. I'm not a physician, and I don't claim to be. My profile makes my education level clear, but the "specialists" either don't take the time to read the information or their English reading comprehension is very poor.


My favourite was when they sent me an invitation to become the director of an online law school. I've edited a handful of law papers and a couple of law blog posts. But maybe I'm just not seeing the obvious opportunities to parlay that into a career advancement strategy?  I mean, seriously, what's there to know that someone with a decent law dictionary can't handle? 

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
6 of 18

I did have a TS invite me for a job that actually *WAS* perfect for me. Once.

 

The only fly in the ointment was the fact I was already hired on that very contract.

 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
7 of 18

What happened to all that training that was going to be implemented a few months back - and the assurance that this feature was necessary and professional?  

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Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
8 of 18

Petra R wrote:

I did have a TS invite me for a job that actually *WAS* perfect for me. Once.

 

The only fly in the ointment was the fact I was already hired on that very contract.

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Petra, I remember when you'd previously shared that. At the time I thought OMG and continue to so think! 

 


 

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Silvia Carlotta S Member Since: Jul 9, 2018
9 of 18

---Apparently, he did not really look at my profile very carefully, much less my job history.---

 

Well, a few seem to do that. The very first line in my profile states that I'm not an English mt, so I'm not translating in English and guess how many invitations to translate from Italian to English I keep on receving?

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
10 of 18

Silvia Carlotta S wrote:

---Apparently, he did not really look at my profile very carefully, much less my job history.---

 

Well, a few seem to do that. The very first line in my profile states that I'm not an English mt, so I'm not translating in English and guess how many invitations to translate from Italian to English I keep on receving?


Upwork, notoriously, is incapable of recognising language pairs. If one well-known translation site can  do this so should Upwork. If this were my business, I would make sure that I sorted this problem to give my competitors a run for their money.

 

Unfortunately (and mistakenly, IMO), translators here are low in the hierarchy of money-making importance. 

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