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Rosaia S Member Since: May 7, 2016
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I have sent a proposal, had an ivite to chat. Now l have been asked to send my resume to there private email? I am not happy about this and wonder if this is a scam??? 


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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Yes, it is probably a scam.


Clients on Upwork DO NOT NEED your resume.

That is what your profile page is for.


Clients do not need to communicate with you via private email until you have been hired. (And not necessarily even then.)

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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It is theoretically possible that this is a new client who simply doesn't know how Upwork functions.


If you don't want to risk losing a real job opportunity, it is easy to handle this situation. Tell the client:



Thank you for your invitation. I would be happy to work on this job. Please go ahead and use the Hire button on your Upwork client-side interface to send me an official offer at my posted hourly rate. I will accept the job offer. After that, I will be happy to send you my private email address or communicate however you prefer. Also, I would invite you to look at my Upwork profile page and portfolio for any resume information you might be interested in. After I have been hired I will be happy to format information as a formal resume or in format you prefer while using the Upwork time-tracker to log my time."

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Janean L Member Since: Apr 6, 2016
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I wouldn't send anything that includes a real-world address or phone number. I would also hold off on on an e-mail until I was fairly sure this wasn't a scam.


Why do they need a resumé? This is Upwork. This is not a place where clients typically hire by resumé.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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I am often asked to provide a resume.  I scrub all the personal information except for my name.  I think because I'm in the legal field, my clients want to see exactly what firms I've worked with in the past.  Doesn't bother me at all.

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Philip D Member Since: Feb 15, 2017
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Does your profile include your work history and qualifications? If not, that could be the reason why they're asking for you to submit you resume.

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Philip - my profile is all-inclusive.  I work for lawyers and they like to hold a piece of paper in their little hands.  Just the nature of the beast.

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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Rosaia,


The team checked the job and the client you are referring to and discovered that they were violating Upwork ToS. Please, don't communicate with the client any further, their Upwork account has been closed.

~ Valeria