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Why Do Freelancers Apply For Jobs They Are Not Qualified For?

fergusm1970
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Fergus M Member Since: May 23, 2015
11 of 22

"saying that they dont have the qualification for writing just becuase they are software developers is being unfair."
 

But nobody's saying that, Mario. We're saying that they don't have the qualification for writing because, like most people, they're probably rubbish at it. Sure, anybody can write - if you define "writing" as holding a pen against a sheet of paper and making little shapes. But how many people can write well enough that somebody will pay a decent price for their work? That's a completely different story.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.― George Orwell
jsutherland
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Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
12 of 22

@Mario C wrote:

There are many people here with master or phd degrees, and saying that they dont have the qualification for writing just becuase they are software developers is being unfair. 

 

There are many people with more than just one skills or even more than 10 skills wich is the limit in upwork, an arbitray limit.  


I hate to say it but after having just read your overview, it's obvious that you have no idea how powerful words can be when written professionally by someone who knows what they are doing.  I've had many Odesk/Upwork people ask me to rewrite their overviews for them so they get more offers.

 

But it did answer a part of my question.

mario-chirinos
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Mario C Member Since: Aug 15, 2012
13 of 22

@Jean S wrote:

I hate to say it but after having just read your overview, it's obvious that you have no idea how powerful words can be when written professionally by someone who knows what they are doing.  I've had many Odesk/Upwork people ask me to rewrite their overviews for them so they get more offers.

 

But it did answer a part of my question.


 

Well that is why I am not applying for those jobs, but that doesn't mean some one that register in other skill are different from writing cant do a good job.

Cutting a wire doesn't make you an engineer the same way than writing a resume doesn't make you a writer. 

fergusm1970
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Fergus M Member Since: May 23, 2015
14 of 22

"that doesnt mean some one that register in other skill are diferent from writing cant do a good job."

 

I'm a writer. Do you think I could make a good job of electrical engineering? I don't. You're making exactly the mistake Irene pointed out; not everyone is a writer. Writing isn't any easier than engineering, graphic design or writing code; people just assume it is because it doesn't need a specialist degree or advanced software. What it does need is a genuine aptitude for using words, and most people just don't have it.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.― George Orwell
mario-chirinos
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Mario C Member Since: Aug 15, 2012
15 of 22

@fergus M wrote:

"that doesnt mean some one that register in other skill are diferent from writing cant do a good job."

 

I'm a writer. Do you think I could make a good job of electrical engineering? I don't. You're making exactly the mistake Irene pointed out; not everyone is a writer. Writing isn't any easier than engineering, graphic design or writing code; people just assume it is because it doesn't need a specialist degree or advanced software. What it does need is a genuine aptitude for using words, and most people just don't have it.


More skills are required for an engineering job than for wiring a resume.  I guess you can cut a wire with pliers which would be the equivalent in engineering to wringing a resume instead of writing a book. 

 

Cutting a wire doesn't make you an engineer the same way than writing a resume doesn't make you a writer. 

fergusm1970
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Fergus M Member Since: May 23, 2015
16 of 22

"I guess you can cut a wire with pliers which would be the equivalent in engineering to wringing a resume instead of writing a book. "

 

No, you're completely wrong. I can write books - I've written several; you can find them on Amazon. I can't write resumes. It's not easy at all.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.― George Orwell
jsutherland
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Jean S Member Since: Oct 22, 2007
17 of 22

@Mario C wrote:

More skills are required for an engineering job than for wiring a resume.  I guess you can cut a wire with pliers which would be the equivalent in engineering to wringing a resume instead of writing a book. 

 

Cutting a wire doesn't make you an engineer the same way than writing a resume doesn't make you a writer. 


 If you thing anyone can be a resume writer then why is your own overview of you and your skills written so badly?

fergusm1970
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Fergus M Member Since: May 23, 2015
18 of 22

"writng a good resume is something that anyone with an Uiniverity education can do. 

is not a very high skilled job"

 

I think Jean might have something to say about that, and for once I'll agree with her.

 

Anyone can write a CV. Very few people can write a good CV. That's why so many people with university educations are flipping burgers or sitting on Daddy's sofa complaining that the nasty world won't give them a job. Resume writing is a very skilled line of work. I don't like doing it; I don't have the aptitude - and I am a good writer.

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.― George Orwell
boshoffirene
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Irene B Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
19 of 22

I just thought better of it.  Not going to comment.

 

'There is none so blind as he who will not see, or so deaf as he who will not hear' - add libbing.

lysis10
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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
20 of 22

I would probably never get employed if I didn't tell such great jokes during an interview. I actually think my CV sucks. I can't write about myself to save my life.

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