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Finally A Way To Work My Callings In Life

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Naphtali B Member Since: Jan 27, 2017
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I recently read a book recommended by AARP, entitled, "Work Reimagined - Uncover Your Calling" . It reaffirmed my position at this time in my life and the exercises therein reminded me of those things I did, that somehow along the way I had strayed from in the name of "just having a job".  But I came to Charleston, South Csarolina 120 days ago and took an ill-fitting, worst job I have ever had, doing Customer Service for a "corporation" (I didn't think about THAT aspect) and now am miserable.  Fortu8nately, sevaral of the callers into that center who got me on the line, heard my "radio voice" and tried to help, knowing I am better than that and a couple who even heard me on New York City radio back in prior decades!  They are the Angels who suggested UpWork!  So now, I want to peddle -to-the-metal. Any advice to get up and working ASAP appreciated, please,  as I need to ditch my ill-fitting "day job" B 4 they ditch ME!



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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Your profile is too long, and reads like a biography. I suggest you spend the first few paragraphs talking about what you can do for your clients, rather than your life story. Add some portfolio pieces; some voice-over freelancers include a video sample as well.


My 2¢.

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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As a client, I am not interested in you as a freelancer.


I am interested in two things:

- myself

- my project


Your freelancer profile should be about those two things. That is the person I will hire.


I don't want to read about your goals or your dreams or what you want to learn.


I want to read about me, my project, and how you will help make my life easier.

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Naphtali B Member Since: Jan 27, 2017
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Thank you to those woh gave sage advice to my previous question and  editing down my profile. I uploaded a video tonight and if you want, please feel free to share it and comment on it.



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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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I commend you for taking the initiative to upload a video! That's awesome!


I think almost without exception, having a video is better than not having a video.

This is a great first attempt. I hope you will replace this "first draft" video as soon as possible.


You may generate more smiles than hires from your video, which includes the unfortunate line:


"I don't know what to say right now"


Also, I would prefer to see a version of the video in which you don't mention you fiance, who is from Ukraine. Because I wasn't planning on hiring your fiance.


And I'm not comfortable with this:

"I'm up to work for you, on any of your projects. I can help you with everything..."


Even though this is followed up with come areas of expertise:

"I can help you with everything... Written. Spoken. English. Music."


I don't ever want to hire anybody who is willing to help me on any of my projects and can help me with everything.


That sounds like a "Jack of all trades." I would never hire a "Jack of all trades." That's not what Upwork is about.


YOU are not claiming to be a "Jack of all trades," but the phrasing of those sentences you use to begin your video comes too close to making you sound like one.

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Naphtali B Member Since: Jan 27, 2017
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Thank you.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
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I'm still working towards my goal of being a lazy slob but my Consuela came yesterday and cleaned my house so it's back to the drawing board again. I got lazy down though.

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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Naphtali, your profile is all over the place. You're listing so many completely disparate skills it's like you just googled "job" and copied the results into your profile. I'm sure you didn't, and I'm sure you do have all those skills, but you really need to craft your profile around what you specifically want to specialise in. You should pick what you love the most, or what you are the best at, and specialise in that. Once you've established yourself as an expert in a field, you can start branching out. It's generally better though, to start as a specialist, and freelancers generally report more success that way.


Your video is also a bit all over the place, like your profile. You definitely do have a great speaking voice, but then you start talking about other random stuff, like going on a tangent about Skype.


As a client I came away from your profile and video completely confused about exactly what you could offer me.