I joined Upwork about two weeks ago and I have been submitting proposals for jobs that fit my skills. However, the clients are not contacting me even if they have not hired someone yet on that job. I only have 8 connects left since I am taking my chance in every job offer that fits my skills, applying on it and yet I receive no response from the client.
Is there something I could do about this? How can I get hired here? Do you know the reasons why clients are not responding? Please I need to be enlightened in this one.
It's not unusual for it to take a while to get a response. There are some things you can do to enhance your chances, though.
First, work on your profile. Clients don't care why you need money--they want to know what you can do for them. If the very first thing they see is about your needs instead of what you can offer them, chances are they won't even read any further. You have to show them why it's good for THEM to hire you, not why it would be good for you.
You should also not bid on every job that you're qualified to do. Instead, focus on those jobs that are really a perfect fit for you based on your experience, knowledge, etc. Your strongest proposal will always be one in which you can show the client why you're a better option than most of the other bidders...you won't find that by applying for every job you can do.
I'm in a similar boat except my specialty is programming/data mining. Data entry is a fairly saturated field because many people are adept at it and its pretty easy to do. The more freelancers available = higher competition.
@Mai M wrote:
I only applied for writing and data entry jobs because that is what I do best.
Those are both huge sectors taking in a very wide range of jobs. I'm a writer, too, and I generally only apply for law firm blogging and website content jobs. In a large sector like "writing," you're in competition with tens or hundreds of thousands of other freelancers, and as a newcomer without much outside experience, there is absolutely nothing to set you apart and make you a better choice than the other bidders. Focus on jobs where there is something that sets you apart and makes you the best option.
Do clients really take that long to respond?
Most clients never respond. Some never hire anyone. Some hire someone else, but don't close the job and don't tell you. Some circle back to hire you two or three or six weeks after you bid.
Mai: You need to keep in mind that, according to your profile page, you do not have any actual job skills.
Freelancers such as yourself typically take longer to get hired here.
Hi Mai, welcome to Upwork!
So there're a few things bear in mind when starting out. For one, having a clean looking profile helps. Things like formatting and content of said profile are really important. As it's been pointed out before, clients don't care why you need money, so there is no need to say that you're doing this to make extra money whilst in University.. Once they see something like that, they'll just skip to the next profile, as they have plenty to go through.
Another thing I would suggest is narrowing things down a bit. It says that you are a Part Time Data Encoder / Freelance Writer / Virtual Assistant. That's all fine, and it may seem like being able to do as many things as possible would help, but it tends to not do.
If someone's looking for a writer, he or she will look for someone who is specialised in that. I would recommend just choosing one or two of those and sticking with that, at least for now.
PS: It can take a while to get your first job on here, so don't worry.