I joined upwork about 3 weeks ago. and have read all the newbie tips. Would someone be so kind as to evaluate my profile? After using all my connects (except 4 which I am nervously hoarding till 10/25)and almost being scammed twice, I haven't had one bit of luck landing a job.
I would also like your opinion on this. I am a medical doctor here in the US and have been advised to quote a rate that was "reasonable" but still "worthy of my skills". The thought process was that having a "MD" next to my name and bidding for a $5 job would make me look both desperate and "fishy"; essentially unhireable. How do I bid low enough to break through the glass ceiling of newbie-ness but high enough to seem legitimate in my expertise?
From what I see your rate is on target for pro medical writers. But a good source as a guideline is the EFA at http://www.the-efa.org/res/rates.php
Add a few more tests relative to your field and experience. I'm not sure what medical type tests there are here as it is not my area of writing.
I'm sure a few more people will hop on here and offer some good advice. Good luck and welcome to UW!
Thank you so much Cairenn. The test issue has been a dilema as there aren't any "medical" tests to do. The one test I did take was just to prove I could speak English. I have systematically gone from $90p/hr ( while high on naivete) to my present rate and am considering going lower. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out.
Do the tests related to the projects you are most interested in and maybe be more specific in your profile as to the writing you will offer, and the clients you are seeking.
Writing is a profession. As Calrenn suggests, charge professional rates. That you have another profession is utterly irrelevant to your rates, though it may give you a competitive edge over us lay medical specialists who are trying to make a living here.
p.s. Professional rates may also partly shield you from the sickening number of medical and nursing students who post RFPs for their coursework.
Thank you for the imput. I felt mentioning that I am a doctor was presenting proof that I could provide certain services (e.g. creating MCQ banks). I kinda think of it like "providing ID". Funny enough, I enjoy RFP's and would love to provide services to students for anything medical writing related. You see! There is a place where "lay" and "professional" can sit at a table in harmony and Kumbaya.
It will be well worth your time to work with a friend or a professional photographer to take a large number of photos and choose a photo to replace the one you have now.
Your current photo isn't bad, per se, but you could garner more immediate and more guaranteed attention with a better photo.
The lighting in the current photo isn't good.
And I would really like to see the photo cropped differently, so I see just a bit of your upper shoulder area, enough to see that you are wearing a doctor's scrubs, or lab coat, or a stethoscope. Something that instantly grabs a client's attention, identifying you as a practicing physician, and setting you apart from other contractors who applied to the same job.
I do work with graduate students, and enjoy that work. I should clarify that the number of students seeking legitimate help with their coursework is dwarfed by those who simply want to pay someone to do it for them.
“I enjoy RFP's and would love to provide services to students for anything medical writing related. You see! “
Just a small heads up. Contributing to MCQ banks, helping students by coaching them, and supervising (not writing) or proofreading their essays is fine. However, it is against Upwork’s ToS for a client (student) to ask for any course work to be written for them.