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Connects Back for job without interview

a7047465
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Collette R Member Since: Mar 31, 2020
11 of 25

Thanks for clarifying. However, I think that's a horrible system. We pay to apply and I've applied to COUNTLESS applications and have not received one message back nor have been hired. So it seems useless and I'm not really understanding this platform. 

 

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
12 of 25

Collette R wrote:

Thanks for clarifying. However, I think that's a horrible system. We pay to apply and I've applied to COUNTLESS applications and have not received one message back nor have been hired. So it seems useless and I'm not really understanding this platform. 

 


What do you mean by countless? While some people get lucky in their first few proposals, it's not at all unusual for a new Upworker to send dozens or even 100+ proposals before landing that first job. It took me 36, and I had 25+ years of niche experience when I started on Upwork. 

 

Your profile is very weak. You may want to flesh it out and then make whatever adjustments are appropriate to your proposals (I don't know what those look like, but if they're as generic and cursory as your profile, that might help to explain why you haven't managed to set a hook yet). 

pandoraharper
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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
13 of 25

I've gotten 2 Connects back...

 

 

Bidded on a job 3 weeks ago, 2 weeks later job had no hires. Got an email notification that the job had exphired, and when I logged in saw that there were 2 more Connects available then the last time I logged in.

 

This is all well and good, and it's great to see that that particular function is working.

 

But for those bidding on lots of jobs, that is a long delay to get Connects back. Obviously clients who need to interview lots of people to get the "perfect" contractor need time for that process. This is where I see a big need for improvements.

 

In my service niche, I see a lot of clients who post a job, then wait a week or more for the applications to pile in. Then they start interviewing, which can take a couple of weeks. Fortunatly (or not), the number of jobs in my niche is on the low side, so with a little planning, I've been able to hang on to my Connects.

 

But for others of you, I can say how this delay is a huge problem.

 

 

ago_g
Community Guru
Santiago G Member Since: Mar 10, 2015
14 of 25

After seeing the other posts here, oDesk really needs to get its stories straight.

 

 

What all the Help Desk is saying and what's being posted turned out to be 6 different stories. Hmmmm? Could THAT be the source of the confusion? Ya think ?!! Maybe?!! Where's that sarcasm text style when we need it? Smiley LOL

 

Suggestion: Add the sarcasm text style and be sure it makes the crazy robot leave our accounts alone!! Smiley LOL

popa3d
Active Member
Abderrahmane B Member Since: Jan 29, 2015
15 of 25

Hello All,

 

some time there are jobs posted but then the client hire a freelencer without interview, well this is ok cause maybe the client already know the freelancer who will do the job and he will hire him directly.

 

in this situation I think it will be nice to get connects back if we applied to this particular job cause we don't know this info before application.  

 

so

 

job + hiring without interview = connects back for others applicants

 

what do you think? 

digitalattorney
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Jon-Paul R Member Since: Dec 15, 2010
16 of 25

popa3d wrote: "job + hiring without interview = connects back for others applicants

 

what do you think?" 



Sure, that's fair, but doesn't that then cause oDesk to lose money on the new "Connects" system?

tamsandstedt
Community Leader
Teri S Member Since: Oct 17, 2011
17 of 25

job + hiring without interview = connects back for others applicants

 

what do you think? 


While it would be nice to get connects back, I don't think this is a situation that warrents it. I have often been hired by completely new (to me) clients without first being invited to interviews.

 

If a cover letter and profile is strong enough, they might answer all the client's questions, so they might not feel the need to interview people. Especially if one freelancer clearly stands out above the others.

 

Also, in some cases, the job is the interview, in that (usually) several people are hired without first inviting anyone to interview and asked to complete a short, paid task. So there really is no way of determining if a client hires someone they've hired before just because they decide they don't need to invite anyone to interview.

 

Teri

digitalattorney
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Jon-Paul R Member Since: Dec 15, 2010
18 of 25

@Teri S wrote:

job + hiring without interview = connects back for others applicants

 

what do you think? 


While it would be nice to get connects back, I don't think this is a situation that warrents it....


 Teri, you tell me what warrants a new "Connects" system that charges freelancers $2 per application when there's already a system in place that can be more effective. For years now oDesk has allowed people that don't meet the employer's criteria to still apply. You tell me what warrants me paying $2 for applications beyond 30 per month when employers could get the right people with a simply update to the current filtering system?

sundarajhan
Active Member
Sundarajan R Member Since: Jun 15, 2015
19 of 25

Hi,

 

Can I get the connects if I withdraw from the applied project? Smiley Frustrated

 

Thanks

setumonroe
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Setu M Member Since: Jan 26, 2014
20 of 25
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