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Why Does Nobody Hire Me?

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Scott S Member Since: Feb 8, 2018
1 of 13

I am a highly qualified and reliable worker. I have applied to 30 jobs and used up my connects, and have not received a single interview request! How do I get that first job to be qualified for offers that are looking for people with at least one completed job? It's a catch 22. You don't get the job until you get a job which you don't get because you haven't got a job yet!!

 

 

 

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
2 of 13

It's not a catch-22 because you can still submit bids for those jobs. There's nothing easy about freelancing online, and for some it can be a long time before that first job happens (and sometimes never).

 

One thing I would suggest - revise your overview considerably. Clients are not interested in reading a wall of text. Focus on what you can offer, not what you do. Remove the bio and mention of hobbies, they're not relevant. I would also suggest that you focus in one one or two skills, because right know you're all over the place. I would lose the data entry - there are a million data entry freelancers who work for peanuts. It does nothing for your profile.

 

I know you didn't ask, but that's my ¢2.

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Robert V Member Since: May 31, 2018
3 of 13

You definitely don't understand what a catch-22 entails.  It DEFINITELY is a catch 22. Upworks should only start tracking those rates after a number of clients have rated a new freelancer.  Uber and Lyft start new drivers off with a flat approval rate that keeps this type of descrimination down.

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Charles K Member Since: Mar 6, 2017
4 of 13

It's not a catch-22 in any way, because you can buy more bids if you need to.

 

I bought hundreds of bids when I was getting started.

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Darren w Member Since: Sep 20, 2015
5 of 13

Hi, Scott, 

 

Virginia, is spot on, how you describe yourself does need some work.

 

Personally, I introduce myself, with a couple of easy to read and explanatory sentences, Followed by a bullet list of my skills, and what I am offering.

 

My advice to you is, as a freelancer focus on a particular niche, you have some expertise in. Don't try to be something to everyone. It's extremely rare for a client to be looking for a jack of all trades.

 

I hope that helps.

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Phyllis G Member Since: Sep 8, 2016
6 of 13

First, welcome to Upwork!

Second, get ready to play a long game, success doesn't happen overnight here.

Third, what Virginia said.

 

Use the search box at the top of your main screen, toggle it to 'find freelancers' and search on 'accounting' or 'bookkeeping' or whatever 1-2 areas you want to focus on. Find freelancers who seem to be doing what you want to do, with comparable qualifications to yours, and browse their profiles.

 

It takes a little while to find your zone here. It can be worthwhile to charge a bit less on your first few projects, to attract some clients who are price-sensitive enough to take a chance on a newbie. (But don't drop your rate so low you wind up among the bottom-feeders--not worth it.) You can ramp back up to where you feel you ought to be, fee-wise, once you start building a job history.

 

Good luck!

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Robert V Member Since: May 31, 2018
7 of 13

If Upwork insists on allowing blocking for new freelancers based on their job success score, then they should also put that into a search feature on the freelancer end of the search.  Time is money to us as well.

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Pandora H Member Since: May 11, 2010
8 of 13

@Robert V wrote:

If Upwork insists on allowing blocking for new freelancers based on their job success score, then they should also put that into a search feature on the freelancer end of the search.  Time is money to us as well.


Sigh. Upwork does NOT block new freelancers based on job success score. Sure, a lot of jobs ask for 90%, but that is not enforced. Clients typically don't bother to change it from the default 90%. You can still bid on those jobs, and those bids will be seen by clients.

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John K Member Since: Feb 17, 2015
9 of 13
Incidentally, Scott, who created this thread in February, did manage to land jobs subsequently, including 2 this month, so in his case it was NOT a catch-22
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Renante V Member Since: Feb 7, 2018
10 of 13

@John K wrote:
Incidentally, Scott, who created this thread in February, did manage to land jobs subsequently, including 2 this month, so in his case it was NOT a catch-22

^ What I was about to say.

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