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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!

 

~Andrea
Upwork
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d13a522d
Community Member

Hello everyone how are you I am a new freelancer what can I do here to get more work. I have experience in data entry and have experience in graphics also creating business cards logos etc

Hello Abdul! Welcome to Upwork, and congratulations on starting your freelancing journey. Getting a job on Upwork or any freelancing platform can be competitive, but with the right approach, you can increase your chances of landing projects. I would suggest the followings:

- Make sure your Upwork profile is complete and professional.
- Showcase your work in your Upwork portfolio.
- List your relevant skills and any certifications you may have.
- Browse through job categories that match your skills and interests. You mentioned data entry and graphics, so search for jobs related to those areas.
- When you find a job that interests you, submit a well-crafted proposal.
- Consider your pricing strategy. While you want to be competitive, don't undervalue your work. Charge a rate that reflects your skills and experience.
- Landing your first few jobs may take time and persistence. Don't get discouraged by initial rejections; keep refining your approach and applying for jobs.

Remember, building a successful freelancing career takes time and effort. Be patient, stay committed, and continuously improve your skills and profile to increase your chances of getting more work. Good luck!

8add50c0
Community Member

Hi Dear all.

i am new at upwork can anyone help me to get work please guide

Hi Asghar,

 

Welcome to Upwork! Since you're relatively new to the platform, I think starting with the basics is best. Below, you'll find a few Upwork Academy courses to help you get started:
 
 
Additionally, feel free to sign up for upcoming events and webinars to learn more about how you can boost your success on Upwork. Best of luck!
 
~ Arjay
Upwork
f283718a
Community Member

How can I get a job here?

Review videos on applying, crafting cover letters.

Offer sample of 'your' designed work.

e1d23412
Community Member

Hi I just signed in to Upwork today.

I really need a job desperately.

Please help me go through my profile to know what I am missing and message me here for advice: **Edited for Community Guidelines**

How did you get you first job on Upwork?

I'd love to hear from you, so I can be guided.

Love!

Onyinyechukwu.

Your Personal Virtual Assistant
Helping 5m+ people walk in their purpose.
f58a7ae0
Community Member

Winning your first client on Upwork can be an exciting milestone in your freelance career. Here are some key strategies to help you succeed:

 

  1. Create a Polished Profile: Ensure that your Upwork profile is complete and professional. Include a clear and concise overview of your skills, experience, and expertise. Add a professional photo and showcase your portfolio or relevant work samples.

  2. Craft a Compelling Proposal: When submitting proposals for jobs, take the time to tailor each one to the specific project and client. Highlight your relevant skills and experience, demonstrate your understanding of the client's needs, and explain how you can add value to their project.

  3. Provide Social Proof: If you have previous work experience or positive client feedback outside of Upwork, include it in your profile or proposal. This can help build trust and credibility with potential clients.

  4. Start with Lower Rates: Consider starting with competitive rates to attract clients and build your reputation on the platform. As you gain more experience and positive reviews, you can gradually increase your rates.

  5. Focus on Niche Expertise: Specializing in a specific niche or industry can make you stand out from the competition. Clients often prefer freelancers who have deep knowledge and experience in their specific field.

  6. Be Responsive and Professional: Respond promptly to client inquiries and messages. Maintain a professional and courteous communication style throughout the hiring process.

  7. Leverage Upwork Resources: Take advantage of Upwork's freelancer resources, such as tutorials, webinars, and community forums. These can provide valuable insights and tips on how to succeed on the platform.

my account is compromised..the email i used to sign in has been changed..i need help..please tell me whome to contact

 

Hi Qundeel,

 

Could you please click on my name and send me a PM with the email address associated with the account you're referring to? I'll take a closer look and assist you accordingly. Looking forward to your message.

 

~ Arjay
Upwork
0c7f7bc6
Community Member

I am new to upwork, any tips on how to land my first job. I have been submitting proposals but no response. Any advice?

7d680243
Community Member

HI 

im new here i am unable to find my first any one help me 

cb9cda5c
Community Member

How to get work in up work please answer for new comers.

693675c5
Community Member

I am new as a freelancer here. Please guide me how to take work or orders.

Hi Kainat,

 

Welcome to the Upwork Community! The Upwork Community is where you can ask and answer questions, search for topics, learn, network with members, and get updates about Upwork.
 
Letโ€™s get you started with the basics here at Upwork. Below are a few Upwork Academy courses to help you get started:
 
You can also sign up for upcoming events and webinars to learn more about how you can boost your success on Upwork.
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
Upwork
f283718a
Community Member

I am new here. how can I get a job here?

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01365c5593047d4f48

Hi Md Raisul,

 

Welcome to the Upwork Community! The Upwork Community is where you can ask and answer questions, search for topics, learn, network with members, and get updates about Upwork.
 
Letโ€™s get you started with the basics here at Upwork. Below are a few Upwork Academy courses to help you get started:
 
You can also sign up for upcoming events and webinars to learn more about how you can boost your success on Upwork.
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
Upwork
b7adf7a4
Community Member

how to get projects from clients?

a93e1c69
Community Member

Please, dear employers,
assist me in this matter. I have over 20 years of experience, and I have recently joined Upwork. However, when I send proposals with special offers, I do not receive any acceptance from clients. What strategies are important to you for acquiring clients? Please share your insights with me

Art Director
digital monster

First use your real name.  Second attach a real photo of yourself.

 

It is also a fact that Freelancers who present themselves like you don't make any money on the platform. 

1. Change profile name to original name

2. Change the picture to your original image, not some logo, etc

3. Upload more samples in the portfolio. your profile states 20 years of experience if you really have that much experience you would have plenty of recent work to upload to your portfolio.

4. Lessen your hourly rate a little at the start. Search about profile optimization and work on your profile.

 

Good luck with your freelancing career.

 

Regards,

Eman Khalid

Graphic Designer ๐Ÿ˜Š

9fdd2d56
Community Member

I have applied the above 25 projects still I am not receiving any single project work. Prrvious month I have purchased the plus plan apply the lot of projects still not receving any work. Maybe you not provided any single work to new upwork members.

You need to reslove any workaround on this issue. Please check and let me know.

c3852839
Community Member

I bit jobs, but I can't succeed. No clients responded to my proposal. How can I get my first job in my profile?

I am a video editor.

Please help.

Masum,

 

Only apply to jobs that are an exact match to your profile and keep the cover letter to less than 100 words. Click the Academy link on the top of this page for success ideas.

27ac7eea
Community Member

I am a new memeber. I want some work and need direction.pls guide me 

 

Suggestions:

  1. List your skills for the type of work you are qualified for and passionate about. 
  2. Your 1st 2 sentences must capture the clients attention to read on.
  3. Google your line of work to acquire wording for SEO key word search your clients will do to find you.
  4. Watch the videos offered on Upwork to design a fantastic profile and cover letters.
  5. Be sure to add and craft your past work samples and experience.
  6. This will give potential clients or employers an insight into your capabilities and increase your chances of getting hired.-good fortune, MaryG.

Hi I am new here but I'm used to writing a novel hope I can find here

c5cadbcc
Community Member

I send proposals, but I still don't get any clients. I wonder if there's someone who can guide me.

 
 

  1. Suggestions:
  2. Revise your proposals to make them more compelling/tailored to the specific needs of your future potential clients.
  3. Look in the job searches find key words that your potential clients list in their job requirement section
  4. Reach out to future clients showcasing your skills and expertise to increase your chances of winning the project (job).

thank you

 

Your profile is good keep sending proposals.

Thank you

f3014648
Community Member

I don't really have tips, but I opened Upwork since January till now, I haven't been able to secure any job, I've gone through some of the Upwork academy courses, done the right things yet no job. Most at times my profile will be set private. Please Upwork team help me set my profile public and equally help me secure my first job.

Best regards.

Hello Favour,

Perhaps Favour you might have to write easier direct  sentences. Most of the clients use Algorythms to discover freelancers with SEO key word search options. Are you sure you have done the correct things step by step -reviewed with Upwork representatives in the threads such as 'Hugo' in the 'Welcome to Upwork thread?'

If your profile is set at 'Private' - this means you have not paid Upwork the connects to be 'active' and live to be searching for a job (project). Good Luck.

kartikumarjha
Community Member

Thank you so much for sharing this useful information with us. I will follow this to make get jobs on Upwork.

Kartik Kumar
c4f1752c
Community Member

Hi,

I'm a Professional translator english to urdu or any other language

But i did not find any client 

And my project is still pending when it appprove

please tell me

1f968129
Community Member

Hi,

I'm a Professional Social Media marketing expart

But i did not find any client 

i need client for my survival 
could you please Help

7e05ef28
Community Member

Hi,I would like some feedback on my profile and also ask what I can add to attract clients since am new here.

7a259cc2
Community Member

Hello

I'm new here I don't know work on Upwork please help me this platform 

Hi Naeed,

 

Here are some tips on how to get started on Upwork:
  • Complete your profile: Take time to provide accurate and complete information about yourself and your skills. This will help clients find you and determine if you're a good fit for their projects.
  • Add your portfolio to your Upwork profile: If you have work samples and past projects, add them to your Upwork portfolio. It gives clients an idea of your skills and experience.
  • Propose your services: Browse through the projects in the marketplace and apply for projects that interest you and align with your skills. Your proposal should include your experience and skills and why you're a good fit for the project.
Check out these Upwork Academy courses to kickstart your journey:
Remember that getting hired as a freelancer on Upwork can be competitive, so itโ€™s important to have a strong profile and portfolio and submit well-written proposals.
 
Good luck!

~ AJ
Upwork
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