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Hello Everyone, My name is Ernesto and even though I have landed a few jobs, I still have a problem landing jobs, I keep applying to projects but people don't get in touch with me, what should I write to them to make them see I am the right freelancer to work with? 

 

can anyone check out my profile and let me know the parts that need fixing/improving? 

 

does the 90% success score has anything to do with it? do the filters of 90% success score and rising talent have a lot of influence when it comes to reading your proposal? 

 

Thanks 

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Ernesto - I took a quick look at your profile.  When a client initially sees your proposal or your profile, they only see the first two or three lines.  Don't waste that by introducing yourself and for goodness sake, don't tell your age.  No client cares.

 

I would re-arrange your profile.  Put all the language information at the bottom as it isn't really important for what you do.  Emphasize your experience and your areas of expertise in graphic design.  Maybe take a few more tests, but hide any results that are below average.

 

Good luck!

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aaron_luigi
Staff
Staff

HI Ernesto,

 

We are sorry to hear that you're having issues getting jobs. I understand how frustrating it is to have to go through this. I regret the inconvenience this has caused you.

 

Here are some of the pointers that we recommend as part of any successful application process:

 

-Apply only to those job postings for which you are truly qualified and feel confident you can complete successfully.

-Submit a cover letter customized to address the specific requests and needs of the job posting.

-Submit an accurate application reflecting your understanding of the scope of the contract and the amount.

-Request clarifications of scope, deliverables and due dates from clients, as needed.

-Update the application's requested pay rate to reflect any changes prior to being hired.

-Inform the client of your availability and normal working hours, expected response times to communications and any planned or potential vacations, holidays or other known work outages.

-Respond promptly and professionally to messages from the client.

 

Also, a great profile shows potential clients your value as a freelancer. You want to encourage clients to invite you to apply to their job postings. This is your first chance to make an unforgettable first impression. Put some time and effort into creating a profile that separates you from the crowd!

 

You may also find below links helpful:

https://support.upwork.com/categories/20090518

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Please let us know if you need further assistance.

- Aaron
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Ernesto J wrote:

Hello Everyone, My name is Ernesto and even though I have landed a few jobs, I still have a problem landing jobs, I keep applying to projects but people don't get in touch with me, what should I write to them to make them see I am the right freelancer to work with? 

 

can anyone check out my profile and let me know the parts that need fixing/improving? 

 

Why would a contemporary graphic designer deal with translation?

 

does the 90% success score has anything to do with it?

 

Probably.

 

do the filters of 90% success score and rising talent have a lot of influence when it comes to reading your proposal? 

 

Probably.

 

Thanks 


 


@Juvy Ann P wrote:

Why would a contemporary graphic designer deal with translation?

 


 

 He isn't dealing with translation. Stop making up malicious nonsense that has nothing to do with the posts you're replying to.

Where does it say he is dealing with translation?

 


@Ailish D wrote:

Where does it say he is dealing with translation?


 Nowhere, of course.... *** Edited for Community Guidelines ***

That's...sad.

Ernesto - I took a quick look at your profile.  When a client initially sees your proposal or your profile, they only see the first two or three lines.  Don't waste that by introducing yourself and for goodness sake, don't tell your age.  No client cares.

 

I would re-arrange your profile.  Put all the language information at the bottom as it isn't really important for what you do.  Emphasize your experience and your areas of expertise in graphic design.  Maybe take a few more tests, but hide any results that are below average.

 

Good luck!

Thank you Mary, 

 

I will follow your advice.


@Ernesto J wrote:

Thank you Mary, 

 

I will follow your advice.


Are you part of an agency, Ernesto? You mention "we" ... but I don't see an agency name on your profile. Of course, I'm not sure, but I thought if you were in an agency that showed on a person's profile.

Hi Virginia, no I am not part of an agency, I'm just a freelancer

Then what does the 6th and 7th paragraph of your profile refer to?


@Virginia F wrote:

Then what does the 6th and 7th paragraph of your profile refer to?


 Virginia means this:

 

agency.jpg


@Petra R wrote:

@Virginia F wrote:

Then what does the 6th and 7th paragraph of your profile refer to?


 Virginia means this:

 

agency.jpg


That's what I meant .... didn't think I could post it here. I'm not as brave as Petra. Smiley Surprised

 

I also thought it might be a secrect society on UW I'm not allowed to know about or be a member of. Smiley Indifferent

haha I know what you meant too.

 

 

There are really only a few ways to reply to someone once you've been caught.

 

1) pretend you have no idea what they are talking about

2) rage face and get personal

3) change it and deny it was ever there

 

 

 


@Jennifer M wrote:

haha I know what you meant too.

 

 

There are really only a few ways to reply to someone once you've been caught.

 

1) pretend you have no idea what they are talking about

2) rage face and get personal

3) change it and deny it was ever there


 Well it's still there, so maybe there is a secret society.

I wanted to reply I just havent had the time to reply I was taking care of my 4 year old nephew, he takes a lot of my time. I had forgotten I had that on my profile I am updating it now. 

Hi VIrginia, I was part of an agency before but now I'm only a freelancer, I forgot to change this, but I will now ๐Ÿ™‚

Hi VIrginia, Thank you, I had forgotten I had that on my profile, I was previously working as part of an agency before, but then I decided to go as a freelancer, I forgot to change this on my profile, now thanks to everyone's advice I am updating my profile

lysis10
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