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Talent Specialists (again)

firescue17
Community Guru
Steven E. L Member Since: May 5, 2015
1 of 10

"... the skill Account Management [and] Property Management is relevant to ..." [in-person manual labor assembly in a manufacturing warehouse electronic clean room].

No. No, they're not. Really. Not even close. At. All. 👍

iaabraham
Community Guru
Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
2 of 10

If the TS guys are back, keep them far away from me. Mods, please make sure I'm unsubscribed from their "services"...

kinector
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
3 of 10
They brought me my first Enterprise Client, which was very nice. Those guys didn't ask about the price, just when I can deliver and if my estimate was accurate. 🤑

Give them another chance, OK? 😉

(I had miserable matches earlier too...)
firescue17
Community Guru
Steven E. L Member Since: May 5, 2015
4 of 10

Thank you, but I think 7 years is enough second chances.

sjinq8
Active Member
Simon W Member Since: Sep 4, 2019
5 of 10

I just received an invite through one of those "Talent Specialists". I reported the ad he was promoting as it was asking for the proposal to be sent to an external email address. From my understanding, external communications are against the Upwork TOS except for Enterprise clients, and there was no badge on the posting which indicated the client was an Enterprise member.

 

What annoys me is Upwork is allowing these so-called specialists to operate, despite the fact they are promoting positions that breach the terms of service.

g_vasilevski
Moderator
Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
6 of 10

Hi Simon,


I`m sorry for the inconvenience this has caused you. Could you please share more details with me via PM (click on my name)? Thank you.

~ Goran
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jr-translation
Community Guru
Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
7 of 10

Simon W wrote:

I just received an invite through one of those "Talent Specialists". I reported the ad he was promoting as it was asking for the proposal to be sent to an external email address. From my understanding, external communications are against the Upwork TOS except for Enterprise clients, and there was no badge on the posting which indicated the client was an Enterprise member.

 

What annoys me is Upwork is allowing these so-called specialists to operate, despite the fact they are promoting positions that breach the terms of service.


Yes, they are back. They are paid for spamming freelancers. "I’m here to connect you with high-value clients so that you can spend less time submitting proposals and more time doing meaningful work" meaning: Upwork pays me to connect clients with freelancers. Since I cannot be bothered to use the time I get paid for to read the profiles to make sure I really message the right people, I just spam you with an usless invite so that you can spend more time turning down these invites and less time doing meaningful work.

I also like this new bit:
"If you’re interested, the only thing left to do is submit your proposal as soon as possible to the job post to increase your chances of winning the work. If you’re not interested, feel free to decline the invitation and let us know why it’s not a good fit so that we can send you more-relevant invitations in the future. Best of luck to you!"

Never reply saying you are not qualified. If you do, you get follow up messages asking why you have a skill in your profile and then claim not to be qualified. In my case I translate from several languages but only into German so  turned down an invite to translate into one of my source languages. Eventually a "Talent Specialist" questioned my qualification since most translators offer translation in both directions, which has me doubt their (the freelancer's) qualification, but that is a different issue.

Anyway, good luck with getting "more-relevant invitations in the future".

sjinq8
Active Member
Simon W Member Since: Sep 4, 2019
8 of 10

The most annoying thing of all is the inability to block these people.

vladag
Community Manager
Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
9 of 10

Hi Simon,

 

Thank you for sharing your experience in the Community. I understand your frustration and we'll review the recent invite you received in order to ensure it's in line with our internal procedures. In the meantime, you can request to be removed from the program here.

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moonraker
Community Guru
Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
10 of 10

Jennifer R wrote:

Eventually a "Talent Specialist" questioned my qualification since most translators offer translation in both directions, which has me doubt their (the freelancer's) qualification, but that is a different issue.

 


That's really not cool.

It's none of their f-ing business and freelancers should be free to turn down jobs for any reason they like. They really need to stop interfering. 

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