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violetellis
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Preferred Qualifications to Appear in Search Results

Hello,

 

I'm new to Upwork and I'd like to present a suggestion, which I hope will make searching for new jobs/projects a little easier. With this change, at least you won't have to open EVERY job. The way it works right now is really off-puting, especially a newbie! Sooo much time is spent searching and after a while it becomes depressing when you have the skills but aren't able to submit a proposal.

 

I've read a number of posts in the Community Forums regarding Preferred Qualifications; topics ranging from how a newbie is even to get a job (particularly the skilled freelancers) to how unfair it is that advertisers perhaps set this field to an unecessary high level (90%) when the work is really quite basic. I don't want to get into a debate of rationale, people will do what they do... for their reasons. And that's OK. (Maybe not really, but we'll say its ok.) LOL

 

Am I being too simple? As a newbie, am I missing something here? Why doesn't this information appear in the search results???? 

 

Below is a mock up of how it might appear on the search results page. Notice the bottom right? Next to 'Australia'? I seems obvious to me that this information would fit. I would be surprised if it couldn't be done.

 

I welcome your comments or improvements on my suggestion.

 

Upworks Suggestion - Prefd Quals.jpg

 

I assume someone reads these posts and might present it to the Upwork design team?

 

Many thanks,

Violet.

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Hi Violet, 


Some freelancers in the community have shared in other threads that they bid for those jobs, and get hired for the job despite not meeting the minimum requirements set by the client. Smiley Happy


~ Avery
Upwork

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niag
Member

That would only serve as a detriment to freelancers...especially newbies. You cheat yourself out of countless opportunities by choosing not to apply based on the JSS preferred qualification. The language skill level or other qualifications hold a bit more weight, but still...

 

As for the JSS preferred qualification, clients are often willing to disregard that (unless you have a poor score). That's especially the case with a newbie. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? 

 

Hello Nia,

 

There's always 2 sides to a coin! lol And thank you for your response.

 

I guess I thought if I put in a proposal for a job which was clearly looking for a 90% preferred qualification, I would be wasting either their or both our time. I figured that the adversiter wouldn't even bother looking at my proposal. But looking at it from her point of view, I understand how puting that information on the search result would be a deterrent - especially someone new!

 

My question is answered. Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Regards,

Violet.

Hi Violet, 


Some freelancers in the community have shared in other threads that they bid for those jobs, and get hired for the job despite not meeting the minimum requirements set by the client. Smiley Happy


~ Avery
Upwork

That's encouraging, Avery.

 

Thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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