I became a Top-Rated freelancer last month, and after that, replies to my proposals and invitations increased visibly. I started getting higher value jobs and getting replies mostly a quarter of my proposals. After that period, I got my first 4 star job, which was also a succesful job but the client was not a 5 star person, I guess. I asked if something was wrong, he said he was totally happy with my work and 4 star looks like a good rate.
After that job I had to be unavailable for one week. When I come back, my JSS was dropped to %98 from %100, which is normal after that feedback, of course.
Now, for one week, I am sending proposals (sent sth like 30-35 proposals) and nobody replies. I suppose my profile and JSS should still be looking good. I am also very qualified for at least 10 of these jobs. Still, nothing.
I wonder if there is something I couldn't see. What do you think I should do?
Thanks for your answers.
Well, somebody moved my subject to No Job Yet category. But I am a Top-Rated freelancer now and I was asking an irregularity about my jobs. Moving, without even reading the post...
I regularly check the jobs with my proposals to see if the client has interviewed anyone, I would recommend you to do that too (if you are not already ) and see how the clients behave
Thanks Damon, I am also doing the same thing to figure out how they react. I was thinking maybe there is something I was missing, because there's a big drop on my responses. Maybe I should just make more powerful proposals.
Some advice about making a more "powerful" proposal: I write every proposal by hand, meaning no "templates" with small fields for dynamic elements related to the job. I instead try to include as much "unique detail" into my proposal so that I can catch the client's attention. The last thing would be keeping the proposal as short and simple as possible, I cannot stress enough on this point! Everyone hates long word walls with the normal introduction text, take advantage of this and make a good first impression
What I have found, especially lately, is that it sometimes takes between 3 to 4 weeks from the time I sent the proposal to the time they contact me. Clients really seem to be taking their time. I just signed a contract with a client more than a month after the proposal, so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
A week really isn't anything, and a lot of freelancers have been reporting a slowdown mid-summer. I doubt that your issues relate to the one 4-star rating, though it's easy to see why it would seem that way. I don't think you need to do anything differently than you were doing before this little slump. Just one thing--if you're well qualified for ten of those jobs, you shouldn't be applying to 35. Keep your focus on the ones that are the best match for you, where you're not only able to do the job but one of the best possible candidates for the job for a specific reason.
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