You’ve finally been accepted on Upwork after tirelessly working on your profile. However, there’s just one little problem: you’re not getting hired on Upwork. Each time you bid on a project, you get the same dreary message: your application to job xxx was rejected. Reason: Chose another freelancer. How in the world are you supposed to earn that ka-ching if no client hires you? Things are becoming tight – not only on your wallet but also on your self-confidence.
Relax. Mummy’s here 🙂 Let’s take a look at why you’re not getting hired on Upwork.
Your Proposals Stink
‘Ouch! That hurts Sheeroh’
Okay. They are dry and lifeless and not attention-grabbing.
I have a client account on Upwork and I post jobs every once in a while. Sometimes I get proposals from freelancers who’ve addressed me as ‘Dear Hiring Manager.’ Oh please don’t start with this! Here’s a little trick. When you’re bidding for work, scroll down the client’s profile and read the feedback that he has received from other freelancers. You might just see the client’s name in there. If not, you can use Dear Client.
What you need to realize is that clients receive so many proposals within the first 20 minutes, that they simply cannot afford, in terms of time, to go over every single one. Your first paragraph needs to be show stopping – well, maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit – but it needs to convey exactly what you are bringing to the table. How will the client benefit? What ideas do you have to make their project a success? Show that your enthusiastic and excited about the job.
Here’s an Upwork proposal sample that has a punch!
2. Your Profile Is Not Complete And/Or Appealing
So probably you’ve written a good cover letter but, alas, your profile is not complete. A profile that is at 70% doesn’t exactly give the client lots of confidence in your ability to complete tasks. Worse still, is a profile that is riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. Take your time and write a great overview statement that explains to the client what sets you apart from other freelancers. Take some tests – some clients won’t even consider you if you haven’t attempted any test. And talking about tests, do you really need to show all six failed tests, what with their glaring red font? 😀
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Another reason why you are not getting hired on Upwork is because you haven’t uploaded any samples of your work, that is, you don’t have a portfolio. Also, be careful about the title that is displayed on your profile. Stating that you are a web designer who has a passion for transcription, writing, graphic design and accountancy makes you out to be a jack of all trades and a master of none 🙁 You want clients to hire you, not to run away!
3. You Don’t Bid As Regularly As You Ought To
This is another reason why you are not getting hired on Upwork. If you’re bidding once a week, God forbid once a month, it’ll be a miracle if you ever get a client Bidding can be frustrating and discouraging but this is what I’ve discovered, that the more times you bid, the more psyched up you become. It becomes a habit.
Remember that you are a freelancer, and freelancing is actually self-employment. You need to open that door every day in terms of bidding. With the free plan on Upwork, you have 60 connects available each month. Essentially, you should be bidding on at least one job per day, as it costs two connects per bid. But in my experience, every day is different. Some days you’ll use more connects than others. Be careful not to spend all your connects within two or three days. If you spend all your connects that fast, what will you do if the right job for you happens to be posted tomorrow?
4. You Bid On Jobs That Have Too Many Applicants
As I mentioned earlier, very few clients have the time to peruse numerous proposals. There is a lot of competition on Upwork and many are the times when a client will find a good fit within the first 5-10 applicants. That is not to say that every once in a while, a client won’t find a great fit who happens to be the 40th candidate but that’s rare. Be wise and try to be the early bird that catches the worm.
5. You Are Not Getting Hired On Upwork Because You Have No Feedback
Unfortunately, when you are a newbie, this is out of your control. When you’ve just joined Upwork, how are you supposed to get great feedback without being hired? Well, let me encourage you – all experienced freelancers started as newbies. I joined Upwork back in 2012, and it took me around three weeks to win my first contract. If you take note of the points mentioned above, you’ll be hired in no time.
Have you realized why you are not getting hired on Upwork? Take action today. Remember that success depends on you. Read as much as you can from the Upwork blog, and other resources online and then tweak and experiment to see what works.
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