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Tips for finding that first job

Hi all,


Welcome to the Upwork Community! We know landing that first contract can be challenging, so we built Upwork Academy and threads like this to help you get started. With a lot of resources and so little time, we wanted to put together some recommendations for you to check out first:



Do you have a specific question or maybe a tip to offer? Reply to this post and share your question, advice, or words of inspiration!


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I have check it but i did not find any thing


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hello i am new on this site please provide me some work.




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I am new to freelancer so how can I get work I need your guidance

only you need to get your first project and compete it 100% and get rating. you will be success as soon as posible


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Hello, i am 25 years old i am junior front end developer, i am new in Upwork community,   and i want to get a job,  Any advice.


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How to help the first timers to earn on this thing 

That's a very good idea 

Hi Jane,


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Let’s get you started with the basics here at Upwork. Below are a few Upwork Academy courses to help you get started:
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The Community is also where members can share feedback on existing features and suggestions for new features. If you have ideas on how we can improve your experience on Upwork, the Community is a great place to share them!
We hope you find these online resources helpful in your Upwork journey.
~ Joanne
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Congratulations on your journey with Upwork! To increase your chances, tailor your proposals to showcase how your skills align with the client's needs. Also, highlight relevant experience and be concise in communicating your value. Good luck!

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how can i take front end developer work

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How can we help our team members land at least one freelance job on Upwork, both as individual freelancers and as an agency? We seem to be struggling to secure projects on the platform.

What other strategies could we consider for our team?

Your comments and responses are appreciated! Thank you for your help!

too hard to get the first job on this platform once you get success and a rating on this then getting jobs chance will be increase

Perhaps at the very top of this long thread is the advice from a 'Moderator' someone who works at Upwork.

They list there many examples.

I like the learning paths. I received another badge yesterday, and  am working on another today.

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Hello, I am Uttam.

Its been few weeks of mine to this platform, I am struggling to win a job.

continuosely doing you job and finaly you will success to getting job bro. stay safe and happy.

great bro I am same like you



How about checking a 'Moderators' advice in these threads?

Usually located at the very top of the page.

High useful info on acquiring $$.

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 I am a WordPress developer looking for my first job please help me


You need to do hard work and try to apply to getting job.


use simple and easy work and understand what client want from us and write proposal. 

Thanks for your respond. yes I am try my best I have submit multiple proposal but I didn't success


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I am new in up work. 

Help me to find job of 3d modeling. 


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Hi all member!

I hope all member are having a good time.


My name is Muhammad Dilshad. I am new member of upwork family. I have expreience in amazon private label, wholesale and aribtrage, ebay and walmart wholesale and Dropshipping. I have apply 6 jobs but i didn't hear back from clients may i have no rating because i am new. 


I want to know that how can get client and grow my self. 



M. Dilshad

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how can i get my first client?


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How can i find my first job 

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yes I do im very hard working person.

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I'm Temitayo, A Kajabi Specialist though I'm new on Upwork. I used Fiverr very well but someone introduce me to upwork to get more job but i'm yet to get any job. Please give me advise on how to about getting Job on Upwork As a Kajabi Expert.
I will like to recieve advise and idea, Thanks.

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I'm new here and I'm looking to get tips on how to get my first Upwork job here 

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For all of you who are asking how to get your first job, have you even read Andrea's post (post at the top of every page)?
You can start there, then search the forum, there are a lot of threads for newbies. You also have the help and the TOS (you should read these carefully) and a posted thread about scams.
If after reading everything you have specific questions, there are many here who will be happy to help, but come on, do a little work on your part!


ETA - And if you want your profile to be reviewed, it must be public.

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I really need a tip to choose a company who accept my request for a protect.

Hi Tanya,

Can you share some more details. What kind of tip you are looking for?

The only valid advice would be to create a profile, because what you have now is nothing.
Read these threads, everything, links included, and look for information (there is a lot) in the forum:
- https://community.upwork.com/t5/Freelancers/To-all-freelancers-looking-for-help/m-p/1230482#M734358

- https://community.upwork.com/t5/Community-Blog/Top-Red-Flags-for-Scams-From-Community-Member-Wes-C/b...

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Hi I am Rajitha. I am absolutely new to Upwork and i am clueless . How do I look for a new job . How to progress . I would be grateful if someone can guide me. I am basically interested in typing job 

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I have experiance of Data entry and lead genaration.Please help me How can i get my first job Thanks. 

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How to get a first job/contract/review ? I'm illustrator focusing on children books and visual dev

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Hi @everyone,

I'm new to Upwork. But, I noticed a few issues, that I don't know how to deal with it. Here are the one's.

1) Whenever I apply to a new recent job, I've noticed that "last viewed by client" after my application is sent, it shows the same time s/he has posted that job. Do they really check our cover letter or portfolio?

2. I mostly apply to jobs within 5-7 minutes of job posting, I don't get any interviews. Is the time taken to apply a job is long? Does the client even view our application?

3. I'm also seeing an increasing trend of $40 or $50ish jobs asking both design & development.

I'd appreciate if someone can share their experience & help me how can I crack this?

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Thank you!

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Hi there, I'm new to the platform and have been developing websites for close to 3 years now. I'm confused I see people complaining about sending 12 proposals and not getting hired, well im at 72 and im aiming for 100. I feel like my profile is alright (my profile isn't even a week old yet and testimonials are on the way) every cover letter is personal and I've experimented alot ( attached portfolio to each proposal as well ) I swear my profile looks better than 99% of people and yes that profile is actually real and I offer zoom meetings and phone calls if need be.

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Hi I'm saniya and this is my first work from home job application and i like to be a part of this team. I don't have any experience as I'm a 1st year bcom student.

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Hi there! I hope you're doing well.

I've been actively pursuing job opportunities but haven't had success yet. Could you please review my profile and provide feedback on any adjustments I might need to make? Your insights would be incredibly helpful.


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hi everyone

i am new here, would you mind everyone here here give me some tips so i can have my first client here, i already submit 28 propossal here and still no luck.. and please have a look of my profile if there is something missing there.. 

thank you

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