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Achieving Rising Talent

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Madison B Member Since: Jun 3, 2018
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I've been on Upwork for a little over a month now as a ghostwriter/copyeditor, and have successfully completed three jobs with high reviews. I was wondering when I will qualify for the rising talent program. It's extremely frustrating to apply for jobs and be overlooked because I'm too new on the website to have a job success score and am not labeled as rising talent yet. I have looked at the list of rising talent qualifications, and I fit all of them. My question is more about how long it takes to qualify.

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Madison R Member Since: May 19, 2018
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Hi Madison!

I'm going to be honest, you may never get Rising Talent. I remember when I first joined (a couple years ago), it took me months to get Rising Talent, only to lose it like a day later. Honestly, don't sweat it too much. I don't think many clients only hire based on JSS/Rising Talent, but rather based on your proposal and profile. I would just keep working hard and eventually you'll get a JSS, and then you can focus your attention on making Top-Rated.

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Madison B Member Since: Jun 3, 2018
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Thank you! I'll do exactly that.

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Mason D Member Since: Apr 21, 2018
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I was definitely in the same boat- it ended up taking me like 4 weeks to get the Rising Talent, and then I lost it three days later to my JSS. 


That said, as a writer, I've found that like the random content writing gigs are some of the best ways to earn some consistent money! 


Best of luck,


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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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Rising talent is not necessarily something that is earned. It is awarded to many new freelancers who have the "right" qualifications, but who have never had a job on Upwork. It is a sort of carrot/donkey incentive for clients not for freelancers and even more than your JSS or top-rated badge, it can be lost as fast as it is gained.