kammyw
Member

Is anyone getting a ton of requests that don't match their profile?

Hi!

 

I've been on oDesk/Upwork for several years. In the past few weeks I've been getting anywhere from 5-20 requests per day from people hoping I will write things for them -- but I'm an editor and proofreader, and my profile states that clearly. Initially I was flattered. Now it's getting annoying. Is there a way for people to filter searches?

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jsutherland
Member


@Kammy W wrote:

Hi!

 

I've been on oDesk/Upwork for several years. In the past few weeks I've been getting anywhere from 5-20 requests per day from people hoping I will write things for them -- but I'm an editor and proofreader, and my profile states that clearly. Initially I was flattered. Now it's getting annoying. Is there a way for people to filter searches?


 

Yes the same is happening to me. I have one category I subscribe to. Resumes and Cover Letters. All my job skills listed refer to this category. Yet I get invited to Web Developer Jobs, Graphic Jobs and everything else inappropriate. Every morning I wake up to new invites that have nothing to do with my skills. It's demoralizing first thing every morning.

right saying, i don't know what is heppening here, please some thing theee best for all of us.

In the past couple months I have experienced a huge increase in invites, but all of them except for one have been extremely appropriate for my skills.

These days I often keep my availability setting set to unavailable in order to limit these invites.
tgstudio
Member

Same here. Yesterday alone I received 3 invites for editing. I am a graphic designer, not an editor. 

 

Jean, I got one that was for cover letter writing. Maybe I can send you that invite and you can send me your graphic design ones 😉

@Kami the OP

 

I have exactly the same problem as yours - getting invites for tons of writing jobs even though I'm set as an editor and proofreader (and have written I AM NOT A WR*TER all over my profile. There are three reasons:

a) Upwork (God, I hate that)  insists on putting editing as a subcategory of writing, which it  patently isn't.

 

b) the robots/algorithms do not have any greater capabilities than treating everything in a main category and all its subcategories as the same.

 

c) Many cients are lazy and/or naive enough to think that Updesk will do  a good job of choosing freelancers for  them without them having to do any looking themselves.

 

So, as long as they keep proofing and editing as a subcategory of writing, and/or until they massively improve     the intelligence of their algorithms (or the people who write them) you will continue to receive these invitations - and continue to be punished if you don't quickly respond to them. Just tell them that you wouldn't consider working for someone who can't read. And hope that you'll get the occasional invitation for editing and proofing that doesn't get missed in the sea of writing jobs.

 

Good luck - hang on in there.

@Stephen: consider putting that asterisk * in the word "writing", which appears a few times in your overview. Maybe the robots are picking those up, and perhaps some clients search using the keyword "writing" and obviously don't read your profile.

Isabelle Anne

 

Have a look it's already there, and since i put it in it hasn't made a blind bit of difference.

No I mean in all these instances:

 

- I am not a good fit for your writing job

- publications, and analysis tools and report writing.

- science/medical writing and analysis

 

None of the above (on my screen) have asterisks & the system is probably picking up on them.

 

EDIT: although that's of course not the best solution. And who wants asterisks all over their profile.

pandoraharper
Member

This has been an ongoing problem for a lot of users, across many job categories and skill sets.

 

I offer a very specific service to a small set of clients on Upwork. But whenver my profile is set to accept private invites, I get invites for jobs completly outside the niche I support.

 

I'd hate to clutter up my profile with a bunch of ***'s. Surely there is a better way. Oh yes, there is. Fix the Mad Robot.

 

...Don't hold your breath.

Thanks Isabelle Anne- you've read my profilemore than I have!! I missed those ones. But really, how many asterisks do I have to put? I thik I'll go over it laerand see if i can re-word some of them.

 

Interestingly  Kammy's (excellently succinct IMO) portfolio only includes about one, maybe two, uses of the W word. Which makes me think even more that the simple fact of it being an unavoidable sub-category is enough to trip a mad robot's wires.

 

 

I've just posted here ...

To avoid such invites which dont have nothing to do i always set my profile at private and keep an eye on my job feed as i see some jobs which i really like to apply.

 

To send invites to the freelancers which are not good fit is the clients fault they really dont spend time to read about the freelancers qualifications and send them invites and when the job is posted there are freelancers who are good fit they just apply and get hired but not the invited ones.

 

So the freelancers with public profile should have be carefull about the invites like this to accept or decline otherwise the robot will do its job.