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UW Talent Specialist team strikes again

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
11 of 18

I do not doubt that people are frustrated by the Talent Specialist program...

 

For what it's worth, my primary contract right now is with a client who an Upwork Talent Specialist asked me to apply to - at a time when my profile was completely blocked from invites.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
12 of 18

I opted out after I got an invitation to provide a draft for a golf ball with holes.  I am a paralegal who drafts documents.  Just couldn't deal with it anymore.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
13 of 18

Mary, that is hysterical!

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Luce N Member Since: Oct 9, 2016
14 of 18

Last time I was invited by a talent specialist I did a with a research for UW freelancers and found him. His profile had nothing showing any special talent or quality that explained why he had been given the job by Upwork. The only thing I noticed was that he was in Asia.

 

Or maybe it wasn't a talent specialist, maybe it was some support person, I'm not so sure anymore. Will have to try to do a research with the name of the next one.

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Kathy T Member Since: Jul 17, 2015
15 of 18

I just wish Upwork would be what it's supposed to be. - a site that brings clients and freelancers together for the purpose of getting work done. 

Instead it seems more and more like Upwork is trying to become an employment agency. 

Paying for connects,

restricting the number of freelancers a client can invite (unless they pay)

Suggesting jobs to freelancers

Suggesting freelancers to clients

Forcing specialized profiles for freelancers

Suggesting projects and projects pricing in freelancers profiles. 

 

Let us handle are own business. 

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
16 of 18

Kathy T,

 

"I just wish Upwork would be what it's supposed to be. - a site that brings clients and freelancers together for the purpose of getting work done. 

Instead it seems more and more like Upwork is trying to become an employment agency. 

Paying for connects,

restricting the number of freelancers a client can invite (unless they pay)

Suggesting jobs to freelancers

Suggesting freelancers to clients

Forcing specialized profiles for freelancers

Suggesting projects and projects pricing in freelancers profiles. 

 

Let us handle are own business,"

 

You may have found a business model for Upwork. It does not need to be everything to everybody. It could, in fact, offer a la carte services. My go-to ebook cover artist can't do what I want, so I posted in the designers/creatives forum with a description and asked how to ask for it so that people don't waste time and connects. I'd certainly be willing to pay someone to tell me how to word the job post and help me find good freelancers. As a freelancer, I would pay someone to help me get in front of the right clients, if the person understood both freelancing and client needs. So far, I'm not encouraged.

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Amanda L Member Since: Jan 23, 2018
17 of 18

The invites I get are mostly in my field of grant writing, they are just too often for clients who are not good candidates to receive a grant and/or expect me to work for $12 an hour or even less. On the one hand, I don't work with clients who I don't think will be competitive for a grant. I don't just take their money and write a grant and not care if they win or not. I'm a successful grant writer, with more than $25 million in grant awards in my portfolio. I make my hourly rate because I win money. So if you want to win, go with me and pay my rate and remember that you'll be $1 million to $5 million richer in a year's time, or go with someone else who took an online class, charges peanuts, and has no track record to count on.  But honestly, if I could tell them I only am interested in invites for expert jobs with a certain budget floor, that would be awesome. It would save the client and myself time. 

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Valerio S Member Since: Oct 13, 2017
18 of 18

Bill H wrote:

I'd certainly be willing to pay someone to tell me how to word the job post and help me find good freelancers. 


You should've said that before I answered your question!

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