John K wrote:
Razvan, if this happens again, you can ask the client to upload it somewhere like google drive or email it to you as an attachment.
I haven't heard of anyone succeeding with that strategy. I would recommend immediately asking Customer Support for a link to the file, or asking here (or both). If you're lucky, you'll get the file before other any freelancers do and you'll have a big advantage over them when you make your proposal. (I once got a job that way, because I was the only applicant who'd seen the file.)
P.S. Perhaps John's strategy would be better if the job posting is very new and there are few proposals. In that case perhaps the client is still online and will immediately see your proposal and send you the file.
Thanks for the replies, but how can talk with the client if not through a proposal ?
I think John was talking about asking for the file in a proposal.
Also, by the time the support center will help me, i would have lost the time advantage.
Your competitors are in the same position. If you're the first to ask Customer Support for the file, then you'll have the best chance of receiving the file first.
There's little point in expecting Upwork to change. And anyway, any change that makes it easier for you will also be making it easier for your competitors. The best thing is to look for ways of gaining an advantage (relative to your competitors) given the current system.
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