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Upwork Talent Specialists

alexandersam
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Iskandar H Member Since: Sep 3, 2015
11 of 16
Yes, in my individual freelancer's point of view, they should exist. Let say you run a successful business and want to put some logistic or advertisements to gain more income. You are facing to upwork and you are directly talking with a freelancer to make something network related .
You dont imagine what is that logistics or seo, e.g, because you already mastered your field.
So that there are two cases. First one - you are getting overcharged , the second -you get a poor bad service.Most generally.

In both cases you remain not or wouldn't be(in nearest future) satisfied or even frustrated. And you wont use the system next time.
You are going to local firm and discussing tet-a-tet with a manager who created that firm from zero around cup of tea.
Perhaps he passed all underneath stairs to become the manager.( As Gates or Jobs did.)

Hence the system, to avoid that,tries to put those 'talent' people in the midle. That is obviously.
But the problem there is in the details.

browersr
Community Guru
Scott B Member Since: Nov 20, 2015
12 of 16

Talent Specialists, like UpWork Pro / Talent Clouds, are all really good ideas that are not executed well. From what I can tell, the minimum is done to put these programs into place but there is no follow through to improve the programs based on actual results or feedback. I have long since ignored these programs but I will be the first to support any effort to actually develop and execute a road map for maturity, growth, and success. My guess, I will be waiting a long time....

alanhorenstein
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Alan H Member Since: Nov 23, 2014
13 of 16

These are total time wasters.

 

I've been getting about 8 - 10 of these a month. I always accept the invitation if it looks like a fit. I've probably accepted 15 or 20. Not once has the client even done me the courtesy of responding. 

 

The Talent Specialists are not doing a bad job of selecting me as a freelancer. Unfortunately, they are representing unresponsive clients. 

tlsanders
Community Guru
Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
14 of 16

@Alan H wrote:

These are total time wasters.

 

I've been getting about 8 - 10 of these a month. I always accept the invitation if it looks like a fit. I've probably accepted 15 or 20. Not once has the client even done me the courtesy of responding. 

 

The Talent Specialists are not doing a bad job of selecting me as a freelancer. Unfortunately, they are representing unresponsive clients. 


 I'm dumbfounded that you've had 15 or 20 that looked like possible fits. I've had ONE--and others included languages i don't speak, design jobs (I'm a writer)...the closest they've come, other than the one near-miss, is writing jobs that are totally outside my niche and offering a tiny fraction of my rate, but at least involve writing.

juliework6
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Julie W Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
15 of 16

@Tiffany S wrote:

 I'm dumbfounded that you've had 15 or 20 that looked like possible fits. I've had ONE--and others included languages i don't speak, design jobs (I'm a writer)...the closest they've come, other than the one near-miss, is writing jobs that are totally outside my niche and offering a tiny fraction of my rate, but at least involve writing.



I've had the same experience, Tiffany. It's a waste of time to decline all of these jobs that are ridiculous. There are threads here going back three years with the same problem and obviously nothing has changed. It's a shame because it could be a great opportunity, but it's almost always a miss. 

xrmsquared
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Anthony W Member Since: Nov 25, 2016
16 of 16

Interesting feedback, Alan.

 

My invites too are 'hits'. They are a good match for what I do.

 

It's nice to be picked out and invited, however it doesn't surprise me that clients can be unresponsive to these invites on their behalf. If the client didn't invite you themselves, then it is easy for them to ignore most of the invites and not provide feedback to proposals.

 

In my opinion, Upwork should be looking to strengthen relationships between clients & freelancers, and make itself as invisible as possible in this process. If it is now having to act as a traditional recruiter in order that clients can find good, available freelancers, then the platform itself isn't good enough at suggesting these freelancers.

 

It is much better if Upwork generates actual client invites, rather than do it on their behalf; a good working relationship starts right at the very beginning with the client picking the freelancer.

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