I just would like to ask:
There are a lot of employers that don't provide enough details at their job's descriptions.
Can you do anything to understand what the employer really wants before submitting a proposal?
Thank you in advance,
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Unfortunately, the answer is a resounding no. However, as an upside, if the job title interests you and you DO put in a proposal and ask more questions about the job, you just may find an outstanding client. Sometimes clients are actually waiting to see who bothers to ask questions.
Keep in mind that YOU are the professional.
A lot of clients really don't know how to write a better job description for a job that YOU are going to do. They're doing the best they can. It's like when I need to hire a plumber and I don't know plumber language, so I just say my "sink thing" is "broken." A plumber may need to ask me questions to figure out what part they need, or they may even need to come over and take a look. Because I don't know all the detailed plumber knowledge that they know.
The key is to not let your time with a client turn into free consultation. If you talk to a client a bit, enough for them to realize that you actually know what you're doing, then it's time for them to send you a contract and let you do your thing. Even if part of "that thing" involves you talking to them and finding out more information about their needs, and then formulating a plan for helping them achieve their goals.