I am sure that every freelancer of Upwork has received invitations from "Upwork Talent Specialists" for many times. But have anyone ever hired from this Talent Specialist Invitations or have anyone ever seen that they have hired anyone before the job closed! I think, it just up the level of interviewing than the hiring of the stats! Does UW pay their Talent Specialists for this!!! And what do they mean by "Talent Specialist" here!?! What are their specialties in talents?
One of my best clients is one I got because of a talent specialist, but basically as far as their "specialty" goes, I think they are just Upwork employees who search the freelancer pool for the client and send out invites to freelancers who theoretically fit the requirements for the project.
When I first started here, and would do almost anything for money, my talent specialist invites were all over the map. As I've narrowed my focus and accepted fewer jobs outside my specialty, the talent specialist invites have become more appropriate.
And in my case, it just the opposite of you! I never get any further response from those client! Even I never have seen they hired anyone but I have seen, almost all of those jobs were closed without hiring anyone. Who knows, maybe the tons of freelancers whom they invited, no one of them was not fitted for their requirements! Strange...!!!!