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phantomx360
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I want a quick profile review

Hi everyone,

I would really appreciate if someone would take a 1 min or 2 of their time to make a quick review of my profile, I am relatively new here and I specialize in photo editing and retouching.

I have submitted about 17 proposals, However none have been accepted.

 

I'll post samples of what my proposals look like, and anyone should please tell me what to do to improve them I can get my first job

 

**Edited for Community Guidelines**

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feed_my_eyes
Community Member

IMO, it doesn't sound professional to say things like, "Hello cool person" or "hit me up". You're also wasting space by starting your proposals with a greeting and saying, "I see you're looking for ...." and "I'd really like to work with you" (there's no sense in wasting space by repeating things that are obvious). You're also wasting the client's time by talking about how you'd like to build your profile and how you're having a hard time getting a job as a newbie - not only do you sound desperate, but why would a client care about this? The client wants you to talk about their project, not about yourself.

 

Also, the kind of basic skills shown in your portfolio are already provided by way too many freelancers on Upwork. You'll need to lower your hourly rate to the absolute minimum in order to get your first few jobs, or else find a way to stand out by showing more creativity in your work, not just background removal and retouching. (You have a specialised profile saying that you do product photography, but with absolutely no samples of this type of work? Unless you can put together a good portfolio of product photography, there's no point in offering this as a service.)

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alexis-arinze
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Clients don't like it when cover letters are riddled with typos. I'd work on that. Also, in each of the pictures, you keep mentioning how you're new to Upwork and how you need exposure. It sounds a little desperate. The client can look at your profile and tell you're new. It's a bit redundant to keep reiterating that.

Alexis, thanks for the response, I'll work on the typos.

I thought mentioning that I was new would let the client know that I am a newbie, now I know.

Should I start writing proposals as if I were already getting jobs?


Donald A wrote:

Alexis, thanks for the response, I'll work on the typos.

I thought mentioning that I was new would let the client know that I am a newbie, now I know.

Should I start writing proposals as if I were already getting jobs?


Clients will see your profile and know you're a newbie. It doesn't need to be talked about in a cover letter. What you need to do is draw them away from the fact that you're new and tell them the benefits that you could bring to the table.

 

"I'm new, I need exposure, I'll offer you 10% off, people superficially judge us newbies..but I'm optimistic about this" - it all sounds desperate

 

(*I hope I don't come off as rude but just being honest)

Thanks for the advice, I'll adjust as necessary.

feed_my_eyes
Community Member

IMO, it doesn't sound professional to say things like, "Hello cool person" or "hit me up". You're also wasting space by starting your proposals with a greeting and saying, "I see you're looking for ...." and "I'd really like to work with you" (there's no sense in wasting space by repeating things that are obvious). You're also wasting the client's time by talking about how you'd like to build your profile and how you're having a hard time getting a job as a newbie - not only do you sound desperate, but why would a client care about this? The client wants you to talk about their project, not about yourself.

 

Also, the kind of basic skills shown in your portfolio are already provided by way too many freelancers on Upwork. You'll need to lower your hourly rate to the absolute minimum in order to get your first few jobs, or else find a way to stand out by showing more creativity in your work, not just background removal and retouching. (You have a specialised profile saying that you do product photography, but with absolutely no samples of this type of work? Unless you can put together a good portfolio of product photography, there's no point in offering this as a service.)

Thanks for the advice, I'll be adjusting as necessary.

 

'' absolute minimum in order to get your first few jobs'', what would recommend here?

I'll be updating the product photography portfolio soon, what of my general portfolio, does it look good enough?

Once again thanks for the response.

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