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Should I bid on a project if I don't meet the Criteria?

troyesit
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Ram S Member Since: Nov 14, 2017
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Hi,

 

I am new with Upwork. I am bidding on job posts but I am confused. Should I bid if I see a popup that I don't meet criteria to bid? If I bid so is it a violation of upwork policy. 

 

I see the popup like If the employer has added country to choose freelancer, I don't have completed a minimum of 100 hrs like this.

 

Please give your valuable help.

 

Thanks

 

yitwail
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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
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Ram, it’s not a violation to send a bid when you don’t meet some client criteria but the client might not hire you because of this.
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troyesit
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Ram S Member Since: Nov 14, 2017
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Hey John,

 

Thanks a lot for your valuable reply.

 

Best Regards,

wescowley
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Wes C Member Since: May 3, 2019
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You can but your chances of being hired are probably slimmer than if you'd met the qualification.

 

The client will see a note that you don't meet the qualifications they posted, so your proposal should clearly show early on (like in the first couple of lines) why you are qualified.  It's their choice whether to overlook their qualification or not. 

 

Your application may also not be sorted near the top of the list presented to the client depending on how many people applied.

 

prestonhunter
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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "I don't have completed a minimum of 100 hrs like this."

 

Keep in mind that some of those "criteria" are default settings which clients did not intentionally choose and may not even realize are part of their job posting.

 

Also, keep in mind that most job proposals clients receive are not from thoughtful, well-qualified people such as yourself, but are from... Well let's just say that most job proposals clients receive are simply rubbish.

 

So somebody like you could easily stand out and seem like a real blessing for many clients.

troyesit
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Ram S Member Since: Nov 14, 2017
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Hi Preston H,

 

Thanks for your valuable reply. And giving your best guides.

 

Thanks & Regards,

mwiggenhorn
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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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Be sure that your proposal highlight your experience and expertise and that should help.

troyesit
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Ram S Member Since: Nov 14, 2017
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Thank you Mary W. I will keep in mind your suggestion and implement. 

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