In some cases job poster is not active after posting the job.It is not beneficial for both Upwork and Contractor to wait for a month-long hiring process.After one month freelancer gets connect when none is hired or job poster cancel the job.I think Upwork can make a rule for Client (job poster) to recruit contractors within 7-10 Days.Contractors can use returned connects and may be hired if client fails to recruit within the deadline..
I just started a project that we talked about in late March. A large proportion of the projects I have bid on have taken over two weeks to award. A month is common - as is no contact for several weeks after posting. Sometimes, I've delayed as I can't fit them in.
The waiting has been more than beneficial for me.
Michelle T wrote:
I don’t mind waiting. It’s the fact that most jobs don’t get filled at all that is bothersome. Nobody wants to flood a client with proposals, but with hardly any jobs getting filled, it leads to freelancers flooding clients with proposals. You are hoping to find the few clients willing to close the deal.
A lot of us who do well here have found that highly selective bidding achieves that goal far better than flooding the market.
re: "...but with hardly any jobs getting filled..."
I am not sure you are in a position to know that.
You don't see all of the jobs that are getting filled.
Such as the jobs that are posted only as private invites.
And the jobs that are posted for a very short time, and taken down once filled by one of the first respondents.