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I have had no interviews or jobs since getting my 100% JSS. Help?

benjamingrauer
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Benjamin G Member Since: Feb 14, 2019
1 of 12

Hi everyone,

 

I am still quite a fresher on Upwork, and only recently started working on this amazing platform (first job mid-January). I have been working in my field for years and have qualifications and references, so quickly after getting my first job, I started receiving more, and became part of the Rising Talent program.
At that stage, I was getting regular requests to apply to jobs, and people were generally getting back to me after my proposals (about 25% of the time). I also completed all my jobs with great feedback, and great client relations (except one fraudulent contract on the client's end, but that does not really translates on my profile, and does not represent my abilities).
Roughly ten days ago, I graduated from my ten days of Rising Talent to my first JSS. 100% Hurray! I was super happy and still am.
But here is the thing: since I got this JSS, I have had zero invitations to apply, zero jobs, and virtually no one gets back to my proposals (only one actually out of 20, and it was a pre-typed group reply).
Now, I have quite a specific skillset, and there are a lot of other freelancers on that segment, so I carefully select the jobs I apply to, and write a unique proposal each and every time, with examples, links, and references. I apply to about a job a day.

I am aware that no profile is a perfect profile, so I played around with the special profiles, and then decided to drop them, I also rewrote my personal statement, added elements of my portfolio to the website (and not only a link to my external website) etc.

If anyone that is more experienced went through the same "dip", what happened?

If anyone has time, what would you change on my profile to make it more "hireable"? Is there anything "repulsive" or not compelling/enticing in my profile?

Please help :/

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
2 of 12

I obviously don't know your category but I think your profile is impressive.

You've won quite a few contracts, so I suspect your current slump is simply "the way it goes!" - Freelancing is famine or feast - next week you might be drowning in work.

 

benjamingrauer
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Benjamin G Member Since: Feb 14, 2019
3 of 12

Petra, thank you for your reply.
Yeah, I did believe that my experience was sufficient, but could not fathom the reasons behind this absolute silence since I lost the Rising Talent status.
Has anyone else experienced this?
I could not find anything on the forums.
Anyway, I will persevere and hopefully, it will go back to normal?

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Benjamin G wrote:

Petra, thank you for your reply.
Yeah, I did believe that my experience was sufficient, but could not fathom the reasons behind this absolute silence since I lost the Rising Talent status.
Has anyone else experienced this?
I could not find anything on the forums.
Anyway, I will persevere and hopefully, it will go back to normal?


What is "normal," when it comes to freelancing?

You had an impressive start, so it is not your profile and it is not your price. To my amateur eye your profile and portfolio are impressive. If I needed what you offer and you were within my budget I'd certainly contact you.

 

You can win jobs, you have won jobs and you will win jobs again.

 

Keep up the  momentum.

 

I have often wondered if Rising talent freelancers are more attrative to clients as they have "a badge!" - like top rated ones. But just keep doing what you were doing and you'll hit top rated in due course.

 

I'd consider raising your hourly rate. $ 29 was my least successful rate.

Take a look, you are at the top end of the most overcrowded price-segment.

Maybe being at the bottom end of the next segment up (when clients search) gets you more high end clients and you'll be the bargain end of that next segment. You are cheap for your experience and background.

 

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ad88c617
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Yusuf O Member Since: Nov 26, 2020
5 of 12

Hi Petra,

 

I have not been getting interviews like I used to in the past few weeks. Was used to be happy about the turn ups I do get in the past weeks and had to introduce a couple of friends to the platform. I am thinking my proposals are being archieved. This is really killing my morale.

 

Am I doing anything wrongly? Though my profile has no project yet but I do attach some project files along my proposal for prospective clients to review. My proposals are always tailored to their needs.

 

What must I do to get back to normal and regain my positive mental state? 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

 

Thank you

petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
6 of 12

Yusuf O wrote:

I have not been getting interviews like I used to in the past few weeks.


It's just the normal way it goes. Sometimes there are lots of contracts, sometimes there are few. That is normal.

 


Yusuf O wrote:

Was used to be happy about the turn ups I do get in the past weeks and had to introduce a couple of friends to the platform.


What do you mean??

 

You want to also remove the part of your profile overview that wasn't written by yourself.... very quickly.

ad88c617
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Yusuf O Member Since: Nov 26, 2020
7 of 12
I mean I had a good memontum.

You mean I should remove some contents that wasn't written by me?
petra_r
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
8 of 12

Yusuf O wrote:
You mean I should remove some contents that wasn't written by me?

Part of your overview was "borrowed" from someone else. 

All of your profile must be written by you and only you.

ad88c617
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Yusuf O Member Since: Nov 26, 2020
9 of 12
Thank you

So true, 🙈. It started happening right about the time I made those changes on my profile.

I gat my confidence back 🕺
martina_plaschka
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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
10 of 12

Upwork uses an algorithm for the order in which freelancers show up in search results, and changes it around every few weeks, but even if that were a factor, it would only account for the dip in interviews, not in responses to your proposals.

So just keep doing what you have done, it seems to work great, and peaks and valleys are to be expected. 

 

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