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Kristen K Member Since: Jun 17, 2019
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Hello all.

 

I am new to the Upwork community, and I am trying to get my profile ready to start winning jobs. I was on the site for a while several months back with no success, as all jobs I applied to requested a portfolio, which I do not have yet. Would someone help me out with some tips on how to get things going?

 

I am new to the field of proofreading and have not had any jobs yet. My resume looks pretty thin. I am unsure of how to sell myself appropriately and effectively. Any advice would be welcome.

Community Leader
Robin H Member Since: Apr 9, 2018
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Kristen K wrote:

Hello all.

 

I am new to the Upwork community, and I am trying to get my profile ready to start winning jobs. I was on the site for a while several months back with no success, as all jobs I applied to requested a portfolio, which I do not have yet. Would someone help me out with some tips on how to get things going?

 

I am new to the field of proofreading and have not had any jobs yet. My resume looks pretty thin. I am unsure of how to sell myself appropriately and effectively. Any advice would be welcome.


Ok, first of all Welcome to Upwork!

 

I can't see your profile, as it is not public, so I will answer according to your queries....

 

First of all, you will have to create a portfolio, it's very easy, you just need to create some, so that client would feel confident while hiring you, it's very easy to create one.

 

Practice some proofreading work for yourself and showcase it as your porfolio, mention that you have not done this for a client (be honest, honesty always works).

 

Write a good profile description, give some upwork tests related to your skills...

 

Now, getting your first job, it can be easy, but you will have to be smart enough, look for a $10 or so job, which doesn't takes much time, if youre confident, mention in the first line of your proposal, I can quickly delivery this job, even in half an hour (Everybody needs quick work).

 

I hope this helps!

Thanks

Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Robin H wrote:

Now, getting your first job, it can be easy, but you will have to be smart enough, look for a $10 or so job, which doesn't takes much time, if youre confident, mention in the first line of your proposal, I can quickly delivery this job, even in half an hour (Everybody needs quick work).


Horrible advice.

Please, Kristen, ignore that. If you start taking cheap jobs you will have a horribly hard time getting taken seriously and win over the proper clients.

 

Please also don't tell clients you will rush through their work. Not everyone "needs quick work" - the clients you want to attract want GOOD work, not FAST work.

 

Avoid sounding desperate and cheap (which is what Robin suggests) as that will land you with the wrong kind of clients right from the start.

 

Kristen, you really want to redo your overview:

 

Remove the "at home" part of your title. Nobody searches for an "at home" anything, and whilst most freelancers do work "at home" - there is no need to stress the fact, it is not a selling point. Lose the "amateur" part of "amateur proofreader."

 

Either you're a proofreader or you are not. Rewrite your whole overview and concentrate on what you CAN do, not who or what you are and what you can't do. There is no need to list the document types you can proofread, that goes without saying.

 

Concentrate on what you bring to the table, your unique selling points and how clients benefit from hiring you.

 

Fill your portfolio with work you have proofread and or edited. It does not have to be paid for work and there is no need to mention if work in your portfolio was done for portfolio purposes only. It would be stupid to stress that fact.

 

Please tell me the two jobs you did win did not involve Amazon... Oh dear.... they did.

Were those reviews for free (!!) e-books and are clearly marked as having been paid for on the actual reviews?

 

Were you aware that such jobs are forbidden on Upwork because they are forbidden by Amazon? And that Amazon have already taken over 1000 freelancers to court?

 

NEVER accept Amazon review work. Not only should your moral compass tell you that this is unacceptable, it is also forbidden.

 

 

 

Community Guru
Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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@Petra.  +1,000

Community Leader
Robin H Member Since: Apr 9, 2018
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Petra R wrote:

Robin H wrote:

Now, getting your first job, it can be easy, but you will have to be smart enough, look for a $10 or so job, which doesn't takes much time, if youre confident, mention in the first line of your proposal, I can quickly delivery this job, even in half an hour (Everybody needs quick work).


Horrible advice.

Please, Kristen, ignore that. If you start taking cheap jobs you will have a horribly hard time getting taken seriously and win over the proper clients.

When did I say go for a cheap job, I said look for a $10 job, which might be a work of 15 minutes or so...

 

Just take a small break and think for a while, would you hire a new freelancer on Upwork for a $200 or a thousand dollar job?

 

Please think before proving someone wrong...

 

Thanks

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Professional proofreaders and editors do not work for $10/hour and rush through it. 

 

There are no 15-minute editing jobs if a person is a professional. But I suppose if you don't care what kind of work you produce, you're only worth $10. 

 

It reminds me of those job posts where the client says, "this should only take you 5 minutes if you know what you're doing." That client gets what they pay for. 

 

No wonder there are so many lousy books on Amazon. lol

 

 

 

Active Member
Kristen K Member Since: Jun 17, 2019
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Robin,

 

Thank you for your answers. I have changed some things, and would greatly appreciate any other comments you would be willing to give.

 

I understand where everyone is coming from, and I take all things "with a grain of salt," as the saying goes.

Moderator
Goran V Moderator Member Since: Mar 24, 2017
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Hi Kristen,

 

I`ve changed your profile visibility back to public so that our Community members can view your profile and share their thoughts. You will also appear in search results now, thank you.


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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
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Kristen, Petra's advice is spot-on. Good luck!

Community Leader
Robin H Member Since: Apr 9, 2018
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I know Petra is very experienced in answering the queries, but sometimes she sounds very RUDE...

I try to be very accurate with my answers and this time I think, my suggestion on this query is not wrong...
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