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New Here. Are Jobs Posting 20-50+ Proposals Worth Submitting To?

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Jen Z Member Since: Mar 31, 2018
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Hey, everyone...


I joined Upwork last month, and while I know that it can take a while to land your first job, I'm needing some help on a few specific things:


I have only submitted 11 proposals so far (mostly because I was on vacation out of town for 2 weeks), and that's mainly because I'm getting scared off being new and seeing job postings that I think I would be awesome for, but which have lots of proposals already submitted. Is it still worth it to submit a proposal on these jobs, or not worth it, because I'm new and already outnumbered?


Also, I'm wanting to put together a portfolio on my profile, but because the podcasts I have engineered have been on a volunteer basis for our community radio station, I'm unsure if they qualify.


Lastly, I would love it if someone would have a look at my profile and see what else I can tweak on it in order to make more people click to see it. I feel like I've messed with it as much as I can, and now need a fresh pair of eyes to tell me what I'm missing.


Thanks so much! Smiley Happy



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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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Your profile should definitely feature a portfolio, and it's perfectly acceptable if it consists of volunteer work. Clients just want to see a sample of your skills. As to submitting proposals, you're a Rising Talent, which gives you an edge over anyone who's not Top Rated or a Rising Talent, so I don't think you should let the number of proposals deter you, if a job is otherwise a good fit for you. Bear in mind also, that unless you sign up for a plus membership, the extra connects you get for being a Rising Talent will expire after a month, so use them or lose them. And good luck.

"No good deed goes unpunished." -- Clare Boothe Luce
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Jen Z Member Since: Mar 31, 2018
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Hi, John...


Thanks so much for your advice, and I'm going to start work on my portfolio tomorrow!


Smiley Happy Jen

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Richard W Member Since: Jun 22, 2017
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Hi Jen. Three of the four items in my portfolio are based on voluntary work, though potential clients may not realise it. Now that I've been using Upwork for nearly a year, I really should add some of my Upwork jobs, but I haven't got around to it yet. 


Obviously it's not going to be easy to win a job with 20-50 other proposals. But, if you can show the client that you've already done something very similar, or if there's anything else that gives you an advantage, then go for it.



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Jen Z Member Since: Mar 31, 2018
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Question re: your portfolio--how do I do a "Project Overview" writeup for just simple voiceover work that I've done for the community radio station that I work at? Meaning, these were either underwriting spots, or station-specific 30-second promos for our pledge drives, I was handed a script and told to record it a few times so they could pick the one that they liked the best. There really isn't much to it, so I don't know how I would qualify that in a lengthy writeup. Advice?

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Stephanie M Member Since: Feb 20, 2019
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Thank you for asking this question Jen, because I think it is important.

I am new on the UPWORK platform as well. 

I don't want to use all connects on projects that might not get seen. 

I see you wrote this last year. Have you had any success so far? 

All the best,