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Proposals not getting any response

Hi !!

I have been submitting customized proposals for each job. I am not randomly applying to every job. I have also replied promptly and diligently to every invitation I received, yet no successful conversion. I have lost a lot of my connects. I have tried everything from the articles that talked about perfect proposals but of no use. I am on the verge of discontinuing. 

 

Kindly help.

Suvidha.

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browersr
Member

Honestly this is the landscape and you are in an area that has a ton of competition. You seem to be doing the right things in terms of applying to those jobs that make sense and your profile has personality. However, you are new with little UW experience and so there is a hill to climb. I receive invitations all the time and a very high percentage never bother to respond (makes you wonder why they invited you to begin with.) Maybe others in your field will have specific suggestions but like absolutely everyone here, it's a grind to get going. You may need to compromise a little to start in terms of the exact nature of the job in order to get reviews. I say "compromise" though and not dumpster dive. Beware of the race to the bottom with rates. You would be better to discontinue than do that. Know your value and be confident and professional when you do discuss with clients. 

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a_lipsey
Member

Hi Suvidha, 

 

Your profile looks good, pretty well written, IMO, but a little long. There are a lot of nice gems that go to your writing style, but then some generic stuff too. You could try and tighten it up. Maybe look at your proposals and split the wheat from the chafe (sp?) too? 

 

If you want to share a proposal privately, I'd be willing to give you some feedback. But if you just joined recently, I'd say that it's a little bit of a numbers game to get your foot in the door. These days it takes a few months for new freelancers to get a good ongoing cohort of clients. And your field is fully saturated, so it's even harder. 

 

I think you should keep at it. It might require an investment of some connects, but keep trying. We hear stories of people submitting 100s of proposal before they get the snowball effect and are at capacity for work. Everyone has their own magic formula to the proposal as well. The tutorials are okay, but generic. You have to figure out what formula works for you. 

Thank you for all the suggestions you gave. All of those were insightful. I'll try working on the given instructions.

Hello there, I have a similar experience, I too am new to the platform, have submitted several proposals and used a dozen of my connects, but have had no conversions as yet, though got like 2 invites but havent succeded yet in getting actual work to(havent been offered work yet).

Kindly advise how best to do it or different approach I should  use to land a job(work). Thanks

Please help check my profile too, i have used up all my connects and still bought 20 more connects.

i am not getting response why?

Hello Amanda, 
For a Long time, I am also facing the same issue.
I am submitting the proposal and I am not getting any revert.
kindly show me some paths and I am happy to share my proposal privately where you can share some feedback on it.

Please let me know how can I share my proposal with you?

Thank you,
Vaidehi

Hey Amanda.

Can you please check my proposals and guide me on where I am going wrong? I have been applying for a month, and 4 of those proposals were opened too. But no reply from clients. 

Thanks!

browersr
Member

Honestly this is the landscape and you are in an area that has a ton of competition. You seem to be doing the right things in terms of applying to those jobs that make sense and your profile has personality. However, you are new with little UW experience and so there is a hill to climb. I receive invitations all the time and a very high percentage never bother to respond (makes you wonder why they invited you to begin with.) Maybe others in your field will have specific suggestions but like absolutely everyone here, it's a grind to get going. You may need to compromise a little to start in terms of the exact nature of the job in order to get reviews. I say "compromise" though and not dumpster dive. Beware of the race to the bottom with rates. You would be better to discontinue than do that. Know your value and be confident and professional when you do discuss with clients. 

Thank you for your insights.

Hey Scott,

 

I'm also facing the same issue. I started UW in the month of Jul. So far only 1 job has been completed. Since then I'm just submitting proposals, all customized. The solutions are explained right at the beginning of the proposal. But there was no response.

 

The submitted proposals do show some interviews, but there is no hiring. I checked the last month's proposals. Out of 15 submitted proposals only 1 was hired.  This month again I checked the last 10 proposals, there is no hiring so far. Whereas all the employers hiring rate varies from 50% - 70% and few have 100% hiring rate. After a month the project is archived. The connects get wasted. What is the issue? I'm very demotivated.

 

Thanks



florydev
Member


Suvidha R wrote:

Hi !!

I have been submitting customized proposals for each job. I am not randomly applying to every job. I have also replied promptly and diligently to every invitation I received, yet no successful conversion. I have lost a lot of my connects. I have tried everything from the articles that talked about perfect proposals but of no use. I am on the verge of discontinuing. 

 

Kindly help.

Suvidha.


I saw your post earlier and I thought I like what I am seeing.  In particular what I find appealing is you clearly are trying to build a good approach and are looking to succeed.  You may not be aware but probably something like 99% of the people who have the same problem come off as they are expecting things to just work.  I really appreciate that you see that you have to work at it and I would say right there, you have put yourself in a different category.

 

Nobody can tell you, including you, what you are on the verge of.  I know coming here sending proposal after proposal and not hearing anything was a struggle.  I think what you have to hold on to is what you know you have to offer.  Then you have to think, then re-think your strategies constantly. 

 

When you write a proposal to a client you want to make sure that the first thing you are doing is addressing their problem.  You only have two lines to make an impression and what you want to do with those two lines is set the tone that you understand the client's need and now how to solve it.  You have to take what you know and say something that demands attention.  In order to be engaged you have to be engaging.

 

I follow a sales guy on LinkedIn and he had a post the other day and he said one of the most powerful statements you can make in sales is "things have changed."  Think of how to apply something like that as an experiment in something you propose.  You start laying an idea for a client that changes their perception you might just capture their attention.

 

I can tell you the vast majority of people's proposals and profiles start out as:

Hi my name is so-and-so and for the last twelve years I have been doing blah for blah blah blah.

 

Compare that with:

People used to think that the way to achieve good search rankings was by doing blah but now it is way more effective to...

 

You think a client won't want to finish that sentence, that paragraph, that proposal?

 

The simple messages that I feel proposals should have are:

I understand your problem

I know how to solve your problem

I am here to help

Pick me and your life will be way easier

 

 

 

Thank you,

That reply was both enriching and encouraging. I will definitely try experimenting with the style of writing the proposals.

 

Regards,

Suvidha.

Please check and review my profile too. I have 150 plus jobs/ratings on my upwork profile but recently I am not getting any response for the proposals I have submitted!

b152bf72
Member

Suvidha,

I am in the exact same position. I feel the need to scream on my profile: "Though I am new on Upwork, I'm not new to the work!" but am assuming that would be unprofessional (ha).

As suggested, I have submitted a few proposals, but the writers haven't even been online in over a week.

Do I just buy more connects? Do I wait? I'm grateful that this is my side gig. This would be devestating if this was my primary occupation.

Any thoughts, Gurus?

Thanks,

Laura Sebastian, M.Ed

Hi Laura,

I can totally understand your plight. You won't believe I have written that (New to Upwork but experienced in the field) in a couple of my proposals. My profile also refers to it in a subtle way. I thought of adding it because I feel clients filter proposals only on the basis of the amount earned by the freelancer till now or basis the rating a freelancer has. If this is the usual case how will we fetch any work? a newcomer shall always remain a newcomer with this practice. 

 

Let us hope the Gods controlling Upwork answer our prayers and we are blessed with more work. Ha Ha!

 

Suvidha.

Just Keep Your Rates Low Initially. I Guess You'll Get Some Success If You Charge A Bit Lot. 

Have you checked what you're up against?

Generic editing and proofreading is one of the most competitive domains on this platform.

It would probably be better to focus on some narrower niche to improve your chances.
fc47f16a
Member

I have submitted 1 proposal yesterday but I didn't receive any reply and today I tried but I didn't receive reply pls check the problem.
Thank yoi

Hi Jaswita,

 

Submitting proposals doesn't always guarantee that you will get hired or get a chance to be interviewed, but you shouldn't give up on sending proposals to potential clients. You may check our Resources and find some excellent topics there.

 

Thanks!

~Andrea
Upwork
filippalex
Member

Hi. Could you please see my profile because I'm not getting any response to proposals and I don't have any idea why.

Hi Alex,


I've pulled a few resources that may be helpful to you. Check out these articles
to help you create a profile that stands out and improve your profile title and overview. For some great tips on writing proposals that win jobs, check out this article.

 

~Andrea
Upwork

hi I have sent  minimum 100 proposal . but I get not response why? can you check my profile? please give me some advice .

thank  you

preet8555
Member

I am working on Upwork from last 1 year and every week I am getting 1-5 invitations but from last 10 days, I am not getting any invitations. What is the reason behind this?


Harpreet S wrote:

I am working on Upwork from last 1 year and every week I am getting 1-5 invitations but from last 10 days, I am not getting any invitations. What is the reason behind this?


To be invited you have to be found in searches. Search placement is rotated, to give everyone a chance, and the better your metrics, the more often you appear higher in the search results. Chances are that you are just not that high in the rotation at the moment, and your low JSS won't help.

 

I'm sure your feedback history isn't helping either when clients actually look at your profile after finding you in a search.

nadda-navneet
Member

I am having the same problem for a long time. I have Good history, Good feedback from previous clients, a good amount of hours, Overall everything which is required. Using custom cover letter's on jobs but fails. I can't understand what's wrong with my profile or so forth.

Kindly suggest being the best.

Regards

Hi.
Same issue. Could anyone please see my profile because I'm not getting any response to proposals, and I don't have any idea why?

 

I submitted 100+ proposal in a month but there is no response on single proposal.

Hello Miss S,

 

Thanks for reaching out! I've pulled a few resources that may be helpful to you. Check out these articles to help you create a profile that stands out and improve your profile title and overview. For some great tips on writing proposals that win jobs, check out this article.

 

Visit our Resource Center and sign up for upcoming events and webinars to learn more about how you can boost your success on Upwork.

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Thank you,

Pradeep


Upwork
ade756ee
Member

Hello my name is yoma and i am a UIUX designer. I have been applying for jobs and sending proposals but i have never gootten any response, please what am i doing wrong

 
6319740d
Member

Hi,

I have also spent around 300 connections but did not get a job

Please help me with this

Thank you

You should give a refund to the client who gave you a 1-star review and said that you didn't do any work - it's only $7.50, so it would be better to get that off of your profile instead of scaring away potential clients. The effect on your JSS will remain, but you should be able to get your score up with a few more jobs (it's weird that you even have a JSS, with only two completed contracts).

9a8d7799
Member

Hi. Could you please see my profile because I'm not getting any response to proposals and I don't have any idea why.

Hi, My upwork profile shows good work history with my previous clients. I have already been following whatever you guys have suggested about what we should/shouldn't include when sending the proposals. Its been 30 days since I have applied for over 80 most suitable jobs on upwork after reviewing the job posts in details. I got replies from only 5 clients in the past 30 days which and only 2 of them proceeded with some longer conversation but never closed the conversation in awarding me the job. Could you please check my profile and suggest me what is wrong with my profile? Thank You

Hi Atul,

 
I've pulled a few resources that may be helpful to you. Check out these articles to help you create a profile that stands out and improve your profile title and overview. For some great tips on writing proposals that win jobs, check out this article.

Donโ€™t hesitate to visit the  Academy and sign up for upcoming events and webinars to learn more about how you can boost your success on Upwork.

Good luck!

~ AJ
Upwork