At your hourly rate, I would apply to any job in that time frame that looks worthy. A client who is going to pay a good hourly rate is going to take more than an hour or two to choose someone. Also it's pretty easy in my field to tell which kind of jobs NOT to bother with after one day... if it's a quick t-shirt/brochure/vector fix, anything with a low budget I won't bother, but for something like a 200-page catalog or book I have applied to jobs that are two weeks old and been hired.
Christopher W wrote:
My question is... if a post has been around for awhile, is it worth the time and effort to submit a proposal?
At first all the job postings can seem overwhelming. In a few short weeks, you will be able to read between the lines. Look at the clients history and feedback, his hiring rate, his prior projects, is he completely new? Is the job description informative, or sloppy? You will define your own criteria soon.