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Can someone review my profile

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Robin H Member Since: Apr 9, 2018
11 of 28

Arun K wrote:

Thank you so much for your valuable feedback Robin. I'll try modifying and tweaking my profile as per your suggestions.   Smiley Very Happy

 

Thanks & Regards,

Arun.


I think, there are some silly mistakes in your portfolio, I think, you need to improve your skills a bit, also, in writting, I have seen that, people do make some silly mistakes, for that I would suggest to use auto correct spelling, work on your grammar, you would be good.

 

Good luck!

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Arun K Member Since: Jun 11, 2019
12 of 28

Yes I'll be sure to do that . Thank you Robin. I also sent you a message so be sure to check it out.

 

Regards,

Arun.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
13 of 28

Arun K wrote:

Am I doing something wrong? If so,what can I do to further improve my profile and increase my chances of landing that first job?


You need to proofread your profile overview and take down and heavily edit your portfolio pieces, they are literally littered with mistakes.

When clients consider hiring a freelancer whose English is not native, they want to see whether any claims of fluency are true.

 

I would also seriously think about whether fake reviews of fast food places (which even sound as fake as can be) are a good idea to have in a professional portfolio if you want to be taken seriously.

 

When they look at portfolio pieces like yours they won't consider you unless their English is poor enough not to spot all the spelling, grammar, punctuation, word choice, etc mistakes.

 

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Arun K Member Since: Jun 11, 2019
14 of 28

Thank you for your valuable feedback Ms.Petra. Since I'm just starting my freelancing career there are bound to be mistakes in my profile. What I don't understand is that you claiming that there are spelling mistakes and poor grammar in my portfolio. It would be really helpful to me if you could pinpoint exactly what those mistakes are. 

 

After reading your review , I went through my portfolio a dozen times and I still can't find any spelling mistakes that you mentioned. By definition “a native user of English is someone who has learned and used English from early childhood. It does not necessarily mean that it is the speaker’s only language, but it means it is and has been the primary means of concept formation and communication.” (source: stackexchange.com). I have been speaking and writing in english ever since I was born. So your statement of me claiming that I'm not a Native English user is confusing to me. Note that I never claimed to be born in an English Country like the US.

 

Thanks & Regards,

Arun.

 

 

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Cheryl K Member Since: Jul 16, 2015
15 of 28

If you want to be hired as a writer, your profile must be representative of your work and it must be flawless. Whether you are just starting out or not, understand that flawless is the new standard for you.

 

When people see the term "Native" it implies that this is the first language you learned and probably is the one in which you are most skilled.

A native probably wouldn't ever say "Ms.Petra"  #1 because Ms is used with a last name and Petra is her first. You don't use a period because it isn't an abbreviation. You absolutely use a space between the Ms and the name.

That's just to start.

I'm not picking on you, I am pointing out the little things that you might be doing in your proposals that turn people off or make them think you say you have skills you don't possess. Like saying English Country, when the c in country should not be capitalized.

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Arun K Member Since: Jun 11, 2019
16 of 28

You're right Ms Cheryl , I really didn't notice these mistakes . I will keep an eye out for any errors that I might make in the future. Thanks for your awesome feedback Smiley Happy

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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
17 of 28

Arun K wrote:

You're right Ms Cheryl , I really didn't notice these mistakes . I will keep an eye out for any errors that I might make in the future. Thanks for your awesome feedback Smiley Happy


If you ask for feedback, you should take it on board and try to learn from it. And if you want specifics, it's also not correct to put spaces before punctuation marks, which you've done 8 times just in the opening paragraph of your profile. This is not nitpicking - it's a very basic and glaring mistake that I would not expect a professional writer to make, and if I were a prospective client, I would not go beyond reading that paragraph before ruling you out as a potential hire. I don't mean to be harsh on you, but you don't seem to get it.

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
18 of 28

Arun K wrote:

Since I'm just starting my freelancing career there are bound to be mistakes in my profile.

 


This is not the right mindset. Your profile needs to be flawless from day 1, otherwise how do you want to build a reputation?

Why you feel the need to advertise yourself as a writer, when you consistently refuse to follow the simplest rules of spacing and punctuation is just beyond me. This is bound to end badly. 

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Martina P Member Since: Jul 11, 2018
19 of 28

Arun K wrote:

Thank you for your valuable feedback Ms.Petra. Since I'm just starting my freelancing career there are bound to be mistakes in my profile. What I don't understand is that you claiming that there are spelling mistakes and poor grammar in my portfolio. It would be really helpful to me if you could pinpoint exactly what those mistakes are. 

 

After reading your review , I went through my portfolio a dozen times and I still can't find any spelling mistakes that you mentioned. By definition “a native user of English is someone who has learned and used English from early childhood. It does not necessarily mean that it is the speaker’s only language, but it means it is and has been the primary means of concept formation and communication.” (source: stackexchange.com). I have been speaking and writing in english ever since I was born. So your statement of me claiming that I'm not a Native English user is confusing to me. Note that I never claimed to be born in an English Country like the US.

 

Thanks & Regards,

Arun.

 

 


Are you kidding? If you can't find the mistakes, which are many, how do you plan to succeed? You need a professional proofreader and editor. 

I don't want to drag you down, but you are so far removed from any chance of succeeding here that you need a wake-up call. Do you have any other skills you can market on upwork?

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
20 of 28

Arun K wrote:

Since I'm just starting my freelancing career there are bound to be mistakes in my profile.


Since you are trying to convince people to pay you money for your writing, there simply should not be proof that you are unable to write in correct English on your profile overview and your portfolio items.

 


Arun K wrote:

 

After reading your review , I went through my portfolio a dozen times and I still can't find any spelling mistakes


That is truly tragic.

Sorry, if you can't even find the problems (apart from the fact that your word usage is way off) after going over your portfolio a dozen times (that is downright scary) what are you going to do if a client actually hires you?

 

As you can't find your mistakes yourself (not even after going over your work a dozen times...), you will ultimately have to hire an editor to fix your work before you submit it to a client. Will you be able to find clients who will pay you enough to be still profitable after paying an editor to fix your writing? (The answer, in case you are wondering, is "No.")

 


Arun K wrote:

What I don't understand is that you claiming that there are spelling mistakes and poor grammar in my portfolio. It would be really helpful to me if you could pinpoint exactly what those mistakes are. 


Seriously? Your fellow freelancers are not here to do free editing for you.

But let's just look at the first paragraph of your first portfolio item.

 

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It seems that you have some technical training and skills. Why don't you rethink what you want to do and use those technical skills to earn money? Or maybe write in your native language?

 

Based on what is on your profile and in your portfolio, you just don't have the "tools" (basically: sufficient command over the English language) you need to expect clients to pay you money for what you write.

 

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