I noticed a drop in invitations to interview as well after earning my Top Rated badge last week. I've been busy so haven't been doing much applying, but when I applied to an editing position yesterday the client did contact me. Unfortunately, he pulled a bait-and-switch, dropping the advertised budget from $100 down to $30, so I withdrew.
My advice would be to keep trying. It might be that the time of year is playing a role. I'm not seeing a lot of jobs that interest me. People might be putting work on hold.
"Top rated" does not mean you get to "work less" to get that next job; all it means is that you've done well in the "past".
I'm sure there are plenty of "noobs" around that can kick top *ss; just haven't "proven" it (yet).
So, keep those (good) applications going; there is no free lunch.
No one was asking for a free lunch. The original poster's question seemed to concern getting fewer replies to his proposals, rather than kicking back and waiting for jobs to come to him.
That being said, I'm beginning to notice a lack of proposals coming my way after just two weeks as top rated. Sure, it's only been two weeks, but I was getting multiple proposals each day before, and suddenly, it's more like one per week.
But this thread was started in early December, right before Christmas. And as I'm noticing the same thing happening, school is letting out for summer and people are gearing up for vacations. So that does suggest a pattern of the season playing a roll in the volume of available jobs.
If anything, it seems the poster and I got our badges just in the nick of time to give us a seasonal advantage.
Oh God, I thought I was the only one. Its been a couple of months now since I got top-rated. I used to get a reply from at least one proposal out of ten when I was rising talent. But now I've spent too many connects, I even bought extra again. I can only get my past clients to order again but I never hear back from the proposals I submit now. Also, I used to get invites if I was ever inactive for a week or so, but now I haven't gotten any for months.
Elizabeth S wrote:
I think Covid has changed who is working online And using Upwork a little
bit over the last few months. Don't worry, that status really is helpful!
I checked out your profile and I really like the first sentences but you should take out the word currently in the next paragraph. You want to be definitive and the word currently makes it sound like you not really interested in that (even if true how does it help you to communicate it).