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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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Dear Pradeep,

I have applied for many proposals and hardly I am getting any projects out of those proposals.. please help me or provide some leads or some freelancers who are flooded with lots work so that I can support them and earn some money.. please help me out

thank you in advance and have a great day



Shaik Mushtaq

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Hello Im new to Upwork. Some suggestions to where can I start. What possible steps would I take to become a virtual assistant?

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I'm health instructor and freelancer i need help to get his first work

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Im new to upwork but i have learned much more things due to upwork community.But i think i should learn more to do a good job.i don't want to have interviews cause i can't attend.i can do my work passionately. I need a job .will you help?

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Hi this is my first profile on upwork 

Just help me out. I want data entry works


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Why still i did not get client.?

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I haven't any job yet please help he . How do I get job in Upwork?

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Hey everyone


I have recently tried Upwork for fun to do a few projects. I have worked as a Software Engineer for 10+ years at top companies like Google and have an MSc from a top 10 university in the world.


I applied to various projects here, including ones paying a fixed 20 USD amount, I do not care too much how much the job pays but I want to see a bit how work is done as a freelancer.


My question: Why the hell I cannot find a job here even when I am offering my working hours for free? I would normally get 150-300 USD per hour and somehow Upwork generates 0 views for my profile, even if I boost my application to fixed budget bugfixing job postings that pay 20 USD for 3 hours of work.


Is something wrong with my profile? Or do I need to do something differently? I only got a single response where I made a bid of 150 USD / hour and do not really understand why people do not view my proposal when I bid like 10 USD per hour.



Consider reducing the hourly rate to $50 and stick to that rate until you get some reviews. Use two Skills in the Title, write four compelling paragraphs for the Summary, add your Portfolio, and add a Project Catalog.

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Please click the Academy link on the top of this page to learn how to best use the site.

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Hi, I'm Piyali. I'm a new freelancer.Hope y'll are doing well. I'm a student of English literature and a content writer. I want work and want to help others. How can I find a work? How can I start? Please anyone suggest me. Thank you.

Hi Piyali,


Please click the Academy link on the top of this page for the best ways to use Upwork and land a job.

I'm export writer work contact me 

That's great to hear that you're an export writer! How can I assist you with your work today? Do you have any specific questions or topics you'd like to discuss?

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Hi! My name is Ember! This my first freelance job as a proofreader and editor. I have been herefor a few months and the only jobs that I have gotten were scams. I have applied for other jobs but I haven't gotten them. Can anyone give me so tips that can help me with landing my first job? I havehad my profile reviewed and adjusted accordingly. Thank you so much!

Hello Ember

I just got your post now though have not gotten any jobs yet but I know very soon I'm going to get jobs

But there is this tips my tutor do tell me concerning my Upwork then saying consistency and keep on sending proposal and make sure you regularly update your profile and I know if you keep doing that you will get your first job



Thank you!

Anytime, all freelancer are a helping hands to each other

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I agree 


Hello Jawaid

Setup your account professionally



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''Experienced data entry professional with a keen eye for accuracy and efficiency. Proficient in data processing, Excel, and attention to detail. Dedicated to delivering high-quality work on time." And marketing.

I am trying to get job but still didn't get any. Please evaluate my profile and let me know if there are any adjustments I need make.


Hello Karim

I have carefully reviewed your profile and I see you've not done anything on your profile like your profile is too short and not explanatory about your niche

Then you should also have a specialized profile as well

Add more skills, the maximum skills you can add is 15 so add up to 15 skills and also remember to regularly update your skills

And also add portfolio

Add more certificates

Add employment history and other experience

And also create project catalogue the maximum you can create is 20


Kindly review my profile and give me your feedback




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Hi Rajat,

I'm new in the online working so I need some help of you please guide me in with easy way I she'll be very thankful to yoy

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I am using upwork first time. Please help how can I get clients for work and how can I grow my profile as well.


As I have well experienced in administrative work and looking for same task here as well.



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I am trying to get job but still didn't get any. 

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Hi ,am new here and I  am finding job on upwork if anybody help me to get job

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Greetings. My name is Alfred from Kenya and I am new here. Whereas my skills may a bit technical, I am willing to start easy with data entry jobs, editing & proof reading jobs, subtitle writing/closed captioning, etc. as I grow my profile more towards my skills. How do I access such jobs to start immediately? Thank you.

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I am new here please tell me how to write a proposal that I win work.

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Hello OG's,
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Looking forward to sharing more valuable tips with you soon! 

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Its been a while since Im on upwork and i find  it is very frustrating to find a suitable project then risking connect after that not getting any response.

how do we find more projects or agency for more opputunities?

Remember that finding the right project can take time and persistence. Be patient and keep refining your approach based on what works best for you. Also, consider setting clear goals and a strategy for your freelancing career to help you stay motivated and focused.


Ensure your Upwork profile is complete and professional. Highlight your skills, experience, and accomplishments. Use a high-quality photo and write a compelling overview. Showcase your best work in your portfolio. Include descriptions and explanations to demonstrate your expertise. Avoid sending generic proposals. Tailor each proposal to the specific job you're applying for. Address the client's needs and explain how you can provide value. Invest in a few Connects each month to apply for jobs that align with your expertise. Focus on quality rather than quantity. Consider joining or creating a freelance agency on Upwork. Agencies often receive invites to exclusive jobs. 


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I would absolutely love any tips and/or tricks to getting my foot in the door.  Thanks y'all

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Dear All,

I am a newbie on Upwork with 10+ years of professional experience in Mechanical Design and Machine Design. I am a specialist in 3D modelling Creo Parametric 8.0 and SolidWorks. I am interested in designing mechanical parts including solid, surface, and sheet metal. I am capable of taking your idea from sketches and converting your sketches to real products as 3D models with any industrial format you need and also 2D manufacturing drawings making it all ready for production including recommended manufacturing processes. I am always eager to provide the best quality services and commit to living the dream with you by making your project a real success!

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I am still biding on jobs and finding a new job. I am am expert on my work and can provide my workon time. I'm very time punctual do my work on time and attend interview given time. Please help to find jobs for me so that i can also prove my talent on upwork.

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 I am new here and searching for jobs urgently . refer me to the clients , so that i will find a job to start and i will be happy .

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Hey I'm new here .how do i get a work 

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I  am new. how do i get a work?

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