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jamespearce_1
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Why am I no longer getting accepted for interviews?

Hi everyone, 

I was wondering if anyone else is finding 2022 extremely hard to get work on this platform. I've sent over 50 proposals over the last few months with near to no response. Has the algorithm changed or is there anything I could improve on to get more work? 

Best,

James

 

 

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gilbert-phyllis
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As James Nicholas noted, the pandemic accelerated and amplified what I believe was a nascent trend: people with zero experience working independently deciding to jump into freelancing, with or without marketable skills but invariably without the "wrap around" business skills to make a go of it. Upwork, in its infinite wisdom, exacerbated the negative effects of this trend by throwing wide the gates and welcoming anybody who could fog a mirror to set up a profile and Start Freelancing. When the population of unprepared, ill-equipped FLs reached critical mass we saw an explosion of prey species, aka scammers. Mayhem ensued. 

 

Meanwhile, UW has tinkered with connects and the 'available now' signal and boosting and pretty much anything it can think of that might help clients find best-fit FLs and help FLs land paying work. (Everything, that is, except take measures to ensure FLs are at least minimally qualified to be doing what they're trying to do.) It seems pretty clear they've also tinkered with the search algorithm -- it's likely an ongoing experiment -- and they're obviously not going to talk about what they're doing or what they're seeing as a result.

 

Now, all that being said, I've been FLing for a long, long, long time and predictability and profitability have always been moving targets. Nothing stays the same, all kinds of market forces are likely to be in play at any given time, only some of which you can even identify much less influence. That's even mroe the case on a platform like this where so many of the factors that determine our fates are out of reach and out of sight. So, go back to the basics... staying on the balls of your feet, not keeping all your eggs in one basket, etc.

 

 

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davis-michael
Community Member

This is the same for me, I must have used over 100 connect points with no response, since upwork started their new bidding option you have to pay more to be seen, if at all. It has become a waste of money. No interviews for months when I would get one interview for every three proposals. The platform got greedy and now it is only for agencies willing to pay. Many proposals are taken by third party contractors who win contracts than outsource the work to cheap designers. 

Do you find that outbidding other proposals with connects has worked? It seems most of my competitors are paying over 25 connects for fairly small jobs.

it's definitely harder to get jobs on Upwork this year a lot of connects have gone to waste hope Upwork will do something about those clients scamming us and the connects too.

nick_scumaci
Community Member

1) Competition (the pandemic was the worst thing to happen for freelancers because it made everyone believe they could be a freelancer, now, sites like this are flooded)

 

2) Boosting (This is a very minor factor in my opinion. Just because you spend the money on connects doesn't mean you're hired as you may lack the skills necessary for the job)

 

3) Flaky clients ( For the past 3 years I've been on here there are FAR too many clients who post jobs and disappear, leading to nonhires)

 

These are the factors contributing to the downtrend in hiring and interviews. HOWEVER, and that's a very large, however, there is clearly something else going on here, be it the algorithm, or something else that is contributing. There are FAR too many freelancers reporting this issue for there not to be another major contributing factor IMO.

1- Yes. Another problem is that most clients are inexperienced, too. They really cannot tell the difference between a freelancer with 30 years of experience freelancung and somebody who downloaded a pirated software programme, learned it then set up as an 'expert' designer or developer. For starters, these novices do not know how to deal with difficult client and the majority of clients are difficult.

 

2- Boosting is just confusing clients. The inexperienced ones may think that the freelancers at the top of the list are the best ones.

 

3- Flaky clients. Add scammers posting fake jobs too. I wonder how many freelancers waste 50 connects in one go boosting their bid for fake jobs.

77e41105
Community Member

I'm experiencing a simialr issue. I also seem to be losing Connects everyday now. I had 26 when I logged in today. Then, a couple of minutes later, I dropped down to 24. But I guess that might be a different issue.

You have the available now badge turned on. 

What would happen if I turned it off?

You wouldn't pay connects for it. 

gilbert-phyllis
Community Member

As James Nicholas noted, the pandemic accelerated and amplified what I believe was a nascent trend: people with zero experience working independently deciding to jump into freelancing, with or without marketable skills but invariably without the "wrap around" business skills to make a go of it. Upwork, in its infinite wisdom, exacerbated the negative effects of this trend by throwing wide the gates and welcoming anybody who could fog a mirror to set up a profile and Start Freelancing. When the population of unprepared, ill-equipped FLs reached critical mass we saw an explosion of prey species, aka scammers. Mayhem ensued. 

 

Meanwhile, UW has tinkered with connects and the 'available now' signal and boosting and pretty much anything it can think of that might help clients find best-fit FLs and help FLs land paying work. (Everything, that is, except take measures to ensure FLs are at least minimally qualified to be doing what they're trying to do.) It seems pretty clear they've also tinkered with the search algorithm -- it's likely an ongoing experiment -- and they're obviously not going to talk about what they're doing or what they're seeing as a result.

 

Now, all that being said, I've been FLing for a long, long, long time and predictability and profitability have always been moving targets. Nothing stays the same, all kinds of market forces are likely to be in play at any given time, only some of which you can even identify much less influence. That's even mroe the case on a platform like this where so many of the factors that determine our fates are out of reach and out of sight. So, go back to the basics... staying on the balls of your feet, not keeping all your eggs in one basket, etc.

 

 

I agree about the increased number of scammers. For instance, there is a persitent one, which I have reported about 15 times and Upwork still does not ban him. It is not possible that Upwork has not realised it is a scammer. Maybe Upwork leaves scammers in order to make it look like there are a lot more clients than there really are.

sourceprouk
Community Member

Another situation relating to there being fewer clients and more freelancers is the trend about people going to live in a cheaper country, such as Californians. There is a real invasion of  them, and other Americans, in Mexico. Many enrol in Upwork (and similar platforms) and set about earning dollars to live there. As many do not even speak the local language, in the country where they go to live, they would not even be able to make a living locally.  They are entirely reliant on the online work.

But I think that bubble is going to burst. With the excess of cheap freelancers, many will stop earning enough and some can also lose their registration in the job platforms, then what do they do in a strange country where they cannot survive. 

mlubelldoesit
Community Member

Concur with all the problems, reasons, and lack of any positive or upbeat solutions.

Personally, I'm dying on here.  It's positively awful.  Response rate is off the charts low.  I am well-spoken, well-qualified, and fairly persistent- but it is beyond frustrating right now.  

Why bother? Because the work I've done here is fun and the posts, legit or not, are appealing, and, let's face it, the alternatives aren't that great.

Why is it so difficult?  As read, the market, the pricing, the scammers.... Consider the ugly and horrific ad campaign is focused 100% against Listings rather than Freelancers.  The supply of workers far exceeds the jobs available.  Another factor consistent with this is in heavy supply markets, applicants must be a PERFECT MATCH on paper to get the job.  No strikes against- "a bad review, too old, too young, a pre-requisite not covered, too serious, too funny......

Answers- IF I had them, I Would just be doin' it, and not writing about it

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