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Run out of connects

Hi guys 
I have used all my connects but i still haven't engaged any job. Please guide me further,
I don't understand what to do?  

Regards,

Asma F

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ashrafkhan81
Community Member

New freelancers need to realize, competition on Upwork has intensified several folds in the past few months. Your monthly 10 free connects are not going to be enough, and if you depend on those 10 connects you may never be able to make it. The average job here costs 2-4 connects, at most you will be applying to 5 jobs which is not enough. 

 

If you are serious about freelancing as a career you need to invest money, not only on Upwork but also on other platforms. You need lots of connects, to begin with, you must be sending at least 50-60 proposals a month. And you have to buy those connects. For new freelancers, it may be worth trying boosted proposals, which means you have to buy evermore connects. If you cannot or are not willing to do this, please remember there are others who are already doing it, so you do not stand a chance unless someone discovers you "miraculously"! 

 

Not willing to invest in connects means, you will not be able to send enough proposals, and not sending enough proposals means you are cutting your chances of getting hired. 

 

Since you do not have any job history, that means clients will not be keen on inviting you to serious jobs. So you can get rid of that available badge and save connects! 

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williamtcooper
Community Member

Asma,

 

Please make sure that you are following these tips below:

 

PROFILE: Always complete your Upwork Profile before applying for Jobs. Create a Title and Skills to apply for Jobs to match what Clients are searching for. Use one or two of the Skill keywords in the Title to emphasize what you bring to the table for the Client. Create 3 or 4 short paragraphs in the Summary. If the Summary is too long, most Clients will not read the rest of your Profile; too short then there isn't enough information for a Client to hire. Use all 15 Skills IF they apply. The Skills are used to assist a Client in locating your Profile via search. Add your Portfolio and always use a colorful image. Consider adding a Project Catalog if it applies. By the way, it goes without saying make sure that your Profile Settings are on Public not Private so others can view the Profile.

 

COVER LETTER: Create a flexible cover letter that is less than 100 words. Long cover letters rarely get read, but instead are ignored. Break the cover letter into four sections. Section 1 : Acknowledge the job that you are applying for such as "Looking forward to discussing your graphics design project". Section 2: Highlight your validations stamps IE skills that are brought to their project. Section 3 Explain how you will solve their problem and the final section request an Upwork Zoom call to discuss their project.

ashrafkhan81
Community Member

New freelancers need to realize, competition on Upwork has intensified several folds in the past few months. Your monthly 10 free connects are not going to be enough, and if you depend on those 10 connects you may never be able to make it. The average job here costs 2-4 connects, at most you will be applying to 5 jobs which is not enough. 

 

If you are serious about freelancing as a career you need to invest money, not only on Upwork but also on other platforms. You need lots of connects, to begin with, you must be sending at least 50-60 proposals a month. And you have to buy those connects. For new freelancers, it may be worth trying boosted proposals, which means you have to buy evermore connects. If you cannot or are not willing to do this, please remember there are others who are already doing it, so you do not stand a chance unless someone discovers you "miraculously"! 

 

Not willing to invest in connects means, you will not be able to send enough proposals, and not sending enough proposals means you are cutting your chances of getting hired. 

 

Since you do not have any job history, that means clients will not be keen on inviting you to serious jobs. So you can get rid of that available badge and save connects! 

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