I can't afford to spend 3-5 hours a day to scroll through my job feed. Too many jobs are absolutely irrelevant. How does the Upwork algorithm work when compiling the job feed? What factors are taken into account?
Ivan B wrote:
No. Many jobs in my job feed have nothing to do with saved searches. Their algorithm works differently, and I want to understand how it actually works...
I don't think anyone can give you more information than that, but I am personally sufficiently satisified that what I am saying is true because I have experimented with it a lot. I can't help it if you refuse to believe me but here is how you can test for yourself.
Go find a job that shouldn't be in your feed. Go to each of your saved searches as if you were editing them, find the job in there. It might help to add a couple of keywords that you find in the job.
Beyond having a bad search, the most likely problem is that clients often tag things incorrectly or something in the system is. In my case it is very common for clients looking for architecture (like buildings) work to show up in the software architecture tag. I just ignore them. But if you have a lot of jobs that don't fit then I would look at that.
I analyzed many jobs on my job feed and it seems the main problem is that clients are allowed to select as many “skills and expertise” tags as they want. Many of them select more than a dozen of tags (often rather fuzzy) and as a result millions of freelancers get too many irrelevant jobs on their job feeds.
Thank you for your idea! You are right.
I recommended Upwork to limit job tags allowed to clients to 3-5, the most critical to their job offer. This will force the clients to behave more responsibly.
Ivan B wrote:
Tell me more about "clouds", please. I know nothing about those clouds...
Well I really can't because I am not in any Enterprise Talent clouds so I really don't understand what it is beyond reading this stuff:
Could you please try removing your current saved search results and adding new ones? You can search by skills, industry, or keywords and refine your searches with our filters. Once you have the desired search result you can save it (by clicking on the green button) and the jobs will be listed under your job feed. You can also check this help article for more information. If the issue persists please reach out to us and we will assist you further.
Am I understanding you correctly that you recommend me to remove my current search keywords and then re-enter them? My current keywords are relevant to my skills, so why to delete and then re-enter them? Your recommendation looks absurd (on first glance), because the expected result will be the same job feed. Am I wrong?
We'd recommend this step to ensure that all the searches saved are only those relevant to you. If you have already tried it and it still did not give you the correct results, then our team will be happy to check further to help you. Please know that I have escalated your concern to our team. One of our agents will reach out to you via a support ticket.
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