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Suggestion: Edit Cover Letter

suznee
Community Guru

How many times have any of you written a cover letter and found you had an error after you submitted even though you tried to be very careful? I really really wish that there were an option to go back and edit cover letters.

 

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Especially Friday when I am tired and I type faster then my brain is working.....

 

 

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jamesseligman
Community Guru

I know of at least 3 times recently; 1 of them I actually got the project.

 

But sometimes when you type or see the same word that you use over and over again in your cover letter, you just mentally skip over it; then after you send it. BAM! OOPS! Dang it!

 

 

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jamesseligman
Community Guru

I know of at least 3 times recently; 1 of them I actually got the project.

 

But sometimes when you type or see the same word that you use over and over again in your cover letter, you just mentally skip over it; then after you send it. BAM! OOPS! Dang it!

 

 

James,

 

You hit it on the nail. I was doing this earlier. I looked at it and looked at it before I sent it, and dagnabit I had a space between letters cause my dang keyboard sticks and somehow I missed it, but we really need to be able to go back and edit.

 

And thank you for the giggle on Friday evening.

But on Upwork, there is no option to edit your cover letter. Sometimes, I disappoint. 

It is so, so easy to make mistakes in a proposal (especially now with the minute font), which for editing and proofreading can be fatal!

 

Elance has an edit feature, which is really, really useful. Not only for mistakes, but also if a client has not been clear on a few details and then comes back with his or her own edited offer, you can go in an adapt your proposal accordingly.

 

I do hope this is something that will be carried over from Elance when the merge finally happens.

I can understand the possible rationale for not allowing proposals to be edited (prevent scamming) but a nice balance would to allow a 5 minute editing window. I am the queen of typos and I have hit the submit button a bit too quickly at times. Yeah, those typos have possibly cost me contracts.   

Again, Kudos to Nichola. Upwork should simply take over Elance and abandon all this green+white fronted code. Elance works great! It's like we're all "alpha testing Windows Vista" here on Upwork, after "using Windows 7" on elance. I'm not liking the big step down to Upwork.

 

Even the name is worse than Elance. They should've stuck with Elance, both in name and in usability.

 

I can edit this post, why not my proposal/application/cover letter (I think Upwork should come up with a few more names for the same thing, don't you?).

 

This is a reply to Nichola. Can you tell? No, you can't. The forum is simply junk, but at least I can edit the post.

 

Regarding the final leap to Upwork from Elance: I get a bad feeling about this.

yes.. a sufferer myself. 

Ma'am Sir:

 

Kindly show me how to edit my cover letter,  Instead of part time, I type par time.  How will I change it.

 

Hoping to hear from you.  Thank you.

 

Virgie Bartonico

Hi Virgie,

 

Unfortunately we do not have the feature to edit the proposal that you sent as of this time. You will have to withdraw the proposal you sent and re-apply again.

michelle_moo
Active

I had a problem and realised after checking my cover letters that when I had used an apostrophe, it changed to – on all my cover letters.  For example, I typed the would service´s and it changed to service –. 

 

I was mortified when I saw all my cover letters, where I had used an apostrophe had the same â€“.

 

I can only think this is because I am using a Spanish keyboard. Having the option to change these mistakes could have saved me from this embarrassment.

michelle_moo
Active

There you go, it has changed it on my post message too.

I'm sorry, but I think it is people`s responsibility to check their writings BEFORE they hit the submit button. What's so difficult about letting a cover letter "rest" for a bit and then look at it again with a fresh eye before sending it?

 

On top of that it's possible to either type in the word processing program of your choice first and run a spell check, or, even better imo, to include a spell check into your browser that will automatically show any mistakes. Okay, that sort of things won't catch double spacings or the like, but again, edit and proofread before you submit, not after.

I am sure most of us do re-read and edit before submitting. However, small mistakes can creep into a proposal. So an edit feature would be very useful IMO. 

 

Writing a proposal in a language other than English can pose a problem. I sometimes write the letter with all the coded accents, but then attach the proposal as a word document.

 

It is notoriously difficult to proofread one's own work (even with the spell check, which is not always accurate on Word). If I do a long translation - I nearly always get someone else to proofread it before I deliver.

suznee
Community Guru

Clients can change their job description,  so why can't we correct or edit our purposal.

 

I have had times I wrote out a long Cover letter, everything was correct and I was sure everything was in it and left out important information as well. It is very easy to do when you are going back and forth trying to read the job description and trying to get everything in that is relevant.

 

And in a perfect world everyone would check their spelling, everyone would have computers that did not miss a letter, do strange characters, leave spaces, and everyone's spell check would pick the correct meaning.

 

Not everyone is the best in grammer or spelling. I have seen doctors and the likes with some of t he worst.

 

My point is we should have an option to edit, even if for a very short time after we have submitted. It doesn't matter how careful I am, I find an error after I submit and wish I could update it.

 

amlord
Community Guru

I thought of this thread earlier, after I submitted a proposal. I don't usually apply to many jobs, but this one sounded *very* interesting to me. I read the job post thoroughly, and made mental note of the "word" they wanted included "at the top of the email", (I am not sure if clients know what we see when we apply, but I assumed that meant at the top of the cover letter), so I kept telling myself to put that word at the top of the cover letter. However, when I went to apply there were two questions but no box for a cover letter. I carefully and thoroughly answered the two questions and ... completely forgot the "secret word"! I hit submit and almost immediately had that "Oh-No second". But at that point it was done.  

 

I figure my forgetting the "word" as well as the fact that they preferred someone who was a member of Pro Customer Service group (which I am not yet), means I wasted my chance!  Woman Frustrated

edg40
Community Leader

I'm curious how many clients actually read the cover letters. I suspect many just look at your bid rate and your answers to their questions. I get the feeling few even bother looking at profiles. They just pick a few offering rates they like from amongst the list of Upwork recommended freelancers and start interviewing.

suznee
Community Guru

@Edward G wrote:

I'm curious how many clients actually read the cover letters. I suspect many just look at your bid rate and your answers to their questions. I get the feeling few even bother looking at profiles. They just pick a few offering rates they like from amongst the list of Upwork recommended freelancers and start interviewing.


Edward,

 

I know the last couple interviews I had they had read my Cover Letter, as well as went over my profile as they were interested in several skills not mentioned in the cover letter. So I think "Some" do read your cover letter.

 

I had one who had skimmed over my rate and my cover letter and decided to interview me anyways as he was curious about my skills even though my rate he stated was much higher then he generally paid. Needless to say I did not get hired, but my cover letter got his attention. 

I can say on the last 3 jobs I got, my cover letter, combined with the data on my Profile, was the selling point to get the job.

 

I can express excitment about a job, or ask good questions in a cover letter. Can't do with your Profile. But your profile data is another stepping stone, and yes, many clients do look at them.

 

This is a lot like Intermet Marketing. You don't just do one thing to keep a website in the top 1 position on Google. In fact, you have to do a lot of different things, and keep doing them.

 

Marketing our services here on Upwork is much like that. One single thing isn't usually going to be your selling point. And making sure we make changes in our cover letters, based on each individual bid, is very important.

 

I have made some major mistakes when submitting cover letters.

 

1) Forgot my end salutation

2) Forgot their "secret word"

3) Realized I bid on the wrong job (LOL)

4) Forgot to address SOMETHNG in their job description that could have made a difference

 

So far, the best suggestion I have seen in this thread is to have 5 minute edit window. Long enough to make a differnece, but not too long.

 


@Pandora H wrote:

 

So far, the best suggestion I have seen in this thread is to have 5 minute edit window. Long enough to make a differnece, but not too long.

 


 

Yeah, that would be a good thing.  As would the spell check button that is available for comments.  It found that you misspelled "difference" in the line I quoted above. Smiley Happy

 

However, with all the other things that need fixing or adding, I doubt cover letter editing is high on Upwork's To Do list.

I'm not seeing the point (suggested by several) of limiting the edit time on any (quite hypothetical) editing facility for our cover letters,

 

I understand its use in a forum, where it serves to discourage trolls.

 

But in professional correspondence? What's the point? Mistakes get realized belatedly, and circumstances change. Meanwhile, we have Upwork breathing down our necks to respond quickly, including on holidays and weekends, to any invitation.

 

Best to all,

Michael

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