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riggle55
Ace Contributor
Debra R Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
1 of 10

I recieved a message in answer to a proposal I made.  When I opened the person's link they sent so that I could take a look at the job, my computer got a virus.  I immediately withdrew my proposal but forgot to flag it.  Is there any way to flag it now? Also, after tha,t I started recieving all kinds of invitations - some say they are with Upwork and recommending jobs for me.  It's always a form message & doesn't necessarily fit my skills.  Are these legit?

kochubei_valeria
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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
2 of 10

Hi Debra, 

 

I believe I found the interview you are referring to and will have the team review the link and the client account. 

 

Thanks for reporting.

~ Valeria
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riggle55
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Debra R Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
3 of 10

Thanks, Valeria!  What about subsequent Invitations?  Does Upwork really send you possible jobs?

jojomo
Community Leader
Joëlle O Member Since: Jan 25, 2013
4 of 10

Hi Debra,

 

Yes - Upwork does send out invitations to interview to help some clients find good freelancers for their project(s). I have recieved many but most of the time, when I reply, the client never responds...

 

 

 

riggle55
Ace Contributor
Debra R Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
5 of 10

Thank you!

tranvanhieu
Community Guru
Hieu T Member Since: Aug 11, 2017
6 of 10

Upwork can't send invitation for a job, they can only send you a reminder that a job (that suit your skillset in your profile) is available, and tell you to apply quickly.

 

I once received an email told me to apply for a job, but they hired one freelancer one minute before I completed the cover letter.!

Hieu T
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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
7 of 10

Hi Debra, 

To confirm what Joelle has shared, we have Talent Specialist who help connect clients to freelancers that meet their requirements. A Talent Specialist may reach out to you if they think you have the right skills and experience for a client's job post. 


~ Avery
Upwork
jcullinan
Community Guru
Jess C Member Since: Feb 18, 2015
8 of 10

@Debra R wrote:

I recieved a message in answer to a proposal I made.  When I opened the person's link they sent so that I could take a look at the job, my computer got a virus.  I immediately withdrew my proposal but forgot to flag it.  Is there any way to flag it now? Also, after tha,t I started recieving all kinds of invitations - some say they are with Upwork and recommending jobs for me.  It's always a form message & doesn't necessarily fit my skills.  Are these legit?


Some of these invitations may be legit. However, many clients who send invitations, and many "Talent Specialists," rely on keyword searches and not on actually reading profiles, so much of the time they will not be a match for your skills.

 

Upwork does not limit the number of invitations clients may send for job posts, and many clients in fields like data entry or scraping choose to spam literally hundreds of freelancers. Any client who sends more than 5 invitations, in my experience, is not worth applying to, and is often working a scam.

 

So, long story short, invitations are legitimate in that Upwork allows (and encourages) them, but they take some extra screening to determine the good ones from the time-wasters.

petra_r
Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
9 of 10

@Jess C wrote:

Upwork does not limit the number of invitations clients may send for job posts,


 Yes they do.

 

Probably not enough but they do.

jcullinan
Community Guru
Jess C Member Since: Feb 18, 2015
10 of 10

@Petra R wrote:

@Jess C wrote:

Upwork does not limit the number of invitations clients may send for job posts,


 Yes they do.

 

Probably not enough but they do.


Forgive me. There is a DAILY limit (100 with a verified payment method, 20 without). But there is no limit per JOB, if a client comes back every day for as long as they like to send 100/20 more.

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