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What proposal format do you guys use when approaching for jobs?

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Sandeep S Member Since: Feb 19, 2019
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I know its a vague question and answers differ from field to field. Can I get to know about the formats that end up in landing you a job most of the times? I have tried many formats and none seems performing. Conversions are very low. Kindly guide.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Proposal format?

 

English text, typed into text boxes.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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 My tip is that the client only sees the first two lines of your proposal before they decide whether to scroll down and read more.  Don't waste it introducing yourself. Immediately address your experience and expertise relative to their needs.

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Sandeep S Member Since: Feb 19, 2019
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Thanks Mary. Noted.

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Jennifer R Member Since: Sep 15, 2017
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Mary W wrote:

 My tip is that the client only sees the first two lines of your proposal before they decide whether to scroll down and read more.  Don't waste it introducing yourself. Immediately address your experience and expertise relative to their needs.


Interesting. I start off with introducing myself and it works as well. So maybe the rest matters just as much.

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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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Preston H wrote:

Proposal format?

 

English text, typed into text boxes.


Yep. Pros use prose.

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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Douglas Michael M wrote:

Preston H wrote:

Proposal format?

 

English text, typed into text boxes.


Yep. Pros use prose.


Well now I'm tempted to try writing a proposal in verse form. I'll have to weigh up the prose and cons.

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Bettye U Member Since: Mar 6, 2016
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I've had success by listing their qualifications and how I meet them, e.g.:

 

Medical terminology: Check. I worked as a multispecialty medical transcriptionist for over 20 years.

Native English speaker: Check.

Central Time Zone: Check.

 

And so on. Then I segue into paragraph form.

 

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Mine is usually a two/three-liner:

"I would love to know more about this job: please could you tell me what the subject is, what the word count is and what your turnaround time is so that I can give you an accurate estimate of price and deliverable."

 

Something like that. It is never much longer. I used to write serious "job application" letters.I rarely do that now. But what works for me might not work for everyone. It's like diets. 

 

 

 

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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"Will work for booze"

 

Never had issues.

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