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Active proposal but client deleted job post

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Cristina-Diana P Member Since: Oct 16, 2018
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Hello everyone!

I'm new to Upwork and I need a bit of help.

I submitted a proposal and the client contacted me, asking if I'm interested in the job. I said yes and she said she would contact me when the project starts. The proposal appears under the "Active proposals" tab, and the client deleted the job post. Does this mean that she will hire me? Or is it still possible for the job to be cancelled and for me not to get hired for this job?

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Job posts and contracts are not the same thing.


A client may delete a job post and still hire you.


She may hire you, and then delete the job post.


Or she may delete the job post, and send you a direct invitation using a job post created specifically for you.


She could make a job post private and then then invite only you to apply to the job.

There are many possibilities.


My advice to you is this:

Do not spend too much time on this. If she wants to hire you, she needs to come to you. And she needs to do everything the right way. That means she sends you a HIRE offer, which will result in you having the opportunity to ACCEPT an actual Upwork contract.


When you accept an actual Upwork contract, you will see the contract listed on your page here:

Upwork -> My Jobs -> My Jobs


If you do not see the contract listed there, then you DO NOT work for this client.

If it is a fixed-price contract, then you only work on a milestone that is FULLY FUNDED.

If this is an hourly contract, make sure that you see that she is "payment-verified."


If you don't see these things, then you politely tell her what you need to see and you wait for her to make it happen before you start work.


Come back here and ask if you have questions.

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Cristina-Diana P Member Since: Oct 16, 2018
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Thank you so much for your answer and for all the information you provided, Preston!

Have a wonderful day!

Community Leader
Michelle S Member Since: Jun 23, 2017
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Anything can happen between now and when the client starts a contract with you.  I guess there are some reasons why a client may delete a job posting, but it's not normal I don't think. 


Are you sure that the client deleted the job and it wasn't deleted by Upwork? If it was deleted by Upwork, the client has likely been banned and the job does not exist.


You can be hired without an active job posting.  I get hired often without any job posting because my clients just contact me directly and then make an offer to me to start the contract.  They never interview anyone else. 


Until you accept a contract, the job has not started and may not start.  I don't hold space on my calendar for people who don't tell me when a job is going to start or how long it will take to complete.  Don't stop bidding on jobs.  If you get another offer, and your contract hasn't started, you may reach out to that client and try to determine when their job will start.  But otherwise, I'd just continue as usual until an offer (an official offer for a contract) has been made by the client through upwork.  You'll get a message saying you have an offer when that happens.



Active Member
Cristina-Diana P Member Since: Oct 16, 2018
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Thank you very much for your answer, Michelle!

Yes, I haven't stopped bidding on jobs and I will continue doing so.

How can I know if it was Upwork of the client who deleted the job post?

Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "How can I know if it was Upwork of the client who deleted the job post?"

There may be no way to know.

Upwork doesn't necessarily publicize its actions when it takes punitive action against a client or a job post.


if you are like me, you will soon come to the point where you really don't care.


If I wasn't hired, then I wasn't hired. Why was I not hiired? Did Upwork delete the job? Did the client delete the job? Did the client hire somebody else and take down the job posting? It doesn't really matter to me. I focus on the jobs that I get hired for.