Point taken Jan.
You are right.
Except the murkiness will waste your connects.
Getting hired in any field is right place, right time and some luck.
Online these possible clients all look like the Google Campus or Apple.
In reality, many are beat up small town print shps that need that "Really Creative Designer" and only want to pay Entry level.
Why not allow us to make better choices?
Stephen, I am a pro in losing connects. I cannot shove my cover letter down someone's throat if they don't hire me. My bigger issue is that bunch of my connect went to idle job posts that got expired. I guess i have dry spell, bad luck, weird mojo.
Yes, Upwork could do something to make job posters more "human", but that would not guarantee that they are honest people. I really don't mind if my future client is a crackhead in need for club flyers or fortune 500 top billin company. All I want is honest relationship with them, payment on time, clear communication and (if possible) not to butcher my work.
So far I expect that most of job posters are regular people. Big players are more into handpicking a cute (and awarded) design agency or super media visible visual artist and trust me they are cheapskates. that protect themselves with murky contracts, you end up waiting thier money for over a year and similar. I wish you that experience, so you can come back here and vent your soul out wishing that you spent your time doing some labels for a etsy shop of some housewife from North Dakota or Spain.
Currently i have 31 proposals stuck in limbo.
No Hires, a few interviews showing on the proposals.
Some go back 3 months.
Let talk about invites? How many have you gotten recently?
I barely get them anymore and when i do its for a job I am not skilled for.
Here are some simple facts: Clients are under no obligation to disclose anything to a freelancer who applies to a public job invitation without being invited.
I personally don't want any Tom, Dick Van Dyke or Harry with an Upwork account to be able to see personal information about myself or my company unless:
You are under no obligation to apply to job postings. It's not as if clients aren't receiving enough applicants already.
If Upwork implemented what you suggest, they would lose a lot of clients. It's not going to happen...
Wow, who **Edited for Community Guidelines**? Earth to Charlie. When a freelancer applies a job the country of origin is hidden unless they choose to make it known. Sensitive details? Really? I speak for freelancers not clients. I've wasted many connects on Upwork over the past year on mystery job posts that turn up nothing. Upwork and other sites like it are a challenge and always will be. Asking for a bit of transparency from a future business associate may make for a better relationship. So asking for a country, first name, company name and job title ain't to hard. Now go grab a Turkey leg, a beer and go watch some NFL. It's Thanksgiving tomorrow, go enjoy the holiday.