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Level of expertise?

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Aleksandra K Member Since: Mar 31, 2015
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Hi,

Does anyone know what determines your level of expertise? I am curious as I was just going through a job I once applied where it said the client wants Expert level. Although I am fairly new on Upwork I am very confident in my writing and I think my profile is slowly building my reputation. I wrote excellent application (I am so modest) and I provided the best sample I had.

 

I have noticed that this client has engaged several people for his job, some of them charging $25 dollars. And really their profiles are very good. However, there is one guy who has less experience than me, fewer hours, less of basically everything but a higher rate and he still got the job over me. As far as I can see the client doesn’t really mind paying more for the “most experienced freelancer”.

 

Don’t get me wrong I am not jealous but I am trying to realize whether my rate determines my level of expertise and what would an Expert have as a price. I am just worried that due to the filtering that Upwork has the client never got to see my application because “I am not an expert”.

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Krisztina U Member Since: Aug 7, 2009
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@Aleksandra K wrote:

Hi,

Does anyone know what determines your level of expertise? 


Hi Aleksandra -- no we don't. In fact not even Upwork knows it. We've been promised more information about 3 weeks ago by the mods, but Valeria was kind enough to let us know this weekend that they're still working on figuring it out. Stay tuned.

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Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
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To me, your rate of $10 an hour immediately says you are not a native english speaker, not a professional freelancer writer and basically trying to undercut people. 

 

If you can write at a professional level and as good as a native English speaker then you should be charging for that. $10 just says you're not that good. If I was looking to hire someone and saw that I would pass you by. Charge what you are worth. I would raise it to $15-$20.

 

That being said, I would immediately clean up the grammar errors in your profile. I see many simple grammar errors that a native speaker would not make, and aftter looking at that grammar and your test scores I would seriously wonder if you cheated on the tests.

 

Your profile says you have had 10 jobs but only 5 are showing...what happened to the other 5?

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Aleksandra K Member Since: Mar 31, 2015
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Hi Jean,

And I thought I was charging a lot!

 

Please let me know where you see grammatical errors on my profile, as I am not able to see any, but that is maybe because I have read the description so many times.

 

I am offended by the fact that you think I’ve cheated on any of the tests. If you know a way how to cheat on them please let me know as I want to be 1st place instead of being among 10%. I believe my score is due to the degree in English language I have. I wasn’t cheating there and I am not cheating now.

In relation to the difference in the number of jobs, I have no explanation for that, as I really don’t know. I am guessing it has something to do with the clients and their privacy.

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Ramon B Member Since: Jan 11, 2015
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I have graduated in English Language and Literature at the State University. I have strong language skills and am able to write unique and catchy content on a variety of topics. I have, depending on the level of research required, a quick turnaround and produce high-quality articles. I am also a diligent worker able to tackle each assignment in a highly-efficient manner and with great enthusiasm. 

 

Wish I hadn't done this, someone will find fault in my corrections, no doubt.

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Aleksandra K Member Since: Mar 31, 2015
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Ramon,

 

Thank you for your suggestions. Looking at your version I must agree it sounds better. But hey no two people can write the same thing in the exact same way Smiley Very Happy I will think of something to reword my description.

 

The funny thing is that my profile was not even the issue here. But I am willing to accept every good advice.

 

Thank you! Smiley Very Happy

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Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
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I graduated from the State University aftery studying English Language and Literature.

 

I posses strong English language skills and can write truly unique content on a variety of topics.

 

I provide clients quality articles with a quick turnaround, depending on the level of research required articles.

 

I am a diligent worker who enjoys providing high quality content on every job I undertake.

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Aleksandra K Member Since: Mar 31, 2015
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Jean

 

Thank you for pointing out the things you feel I need to change. I value your input. I will reword my description in order to make it more appealing.  

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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He might have less experience on Upwork, but perhaps he has had experience elsewhere. He also might have added some good and relevant samples to his proposal.

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Aleksandra K Member Since: Mar 31, 2015
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Thank you Nichola.

 

I just wanted to know whether my rate determines the level of expertise. I wasn’t trying to say he is not good, but I wanted to know what makes him an expert (or anyone else) Smiley Very Happy

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