Best Tips For get first job on Upwork
What’s up, everyone, welcome in France. Are you new to freelancing on work and are you struggling to get your first job on the platform? If so, then stick around since video. I’m going to give you five tips that will help you get your first job on upward. Coming right up. So listen to this. Your first time here. My general focus is on tech, how to videos, tech reviews and freelance consulting tips and tricks. So stay up to date on all the future content coming to the channel. And now let’s go ahead and jump into the video. So before we jump into the five tips, do a little background. A history of my journey on work as a freelancer. I started in May of 2016, and since then I’ve made nearly four hundred thousand dollars across 70 different client jobs and also worked more than fifty three hundred hours. I recently flew out to overworks headquarters in San Francisco. I get to meet some really great people and I’m a huge believer in the platform, especially moving forward into the future, giving you the flexibility to make your own schedule, control your pay and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities that exist on of. being able to build your online brand that you have, your online portfolio, the opportunities are endless if you’re willing to take advantage of them and put the work in.
So before we jump to the five tips to help you get your first job lined up, working as a freelancer, the first thing that you obviously need is a great profile. So if you don’t have a great profile yet, you just start and you haven’t put the time into making it great. Be sure to watch my last video, which focuses on of top rated tips and one big section of that video. I’ll focus on profile. I go through my entire profile explaining what I did to create it. And you really need to go through that first before watching this video. So if you haven’t watched that yet, go ahead and click on the card at the top of the screen here is going to link you to my last video so you can go through that and get your profile looking great and attractive before you jump into these steps. Then your task is now let’s go ahead and dive into tip number one, which is find the right jobs using advanced search. There are literally millions of jobs on network. So it’s vital that you’re finding the right jobs on Upwork, applying for the right jobs that fit your skill set, your knowledge and what you can provide value with to clients. So we’re going to look at now is advanced search, which I highly recommend that you use when finding jobs on upward.
So when you’re on the find work tab of upward click on the advanced search option, which is right below the search for jobs to Xbox, that’s going to give you different options that you can fill in to do your advanced search. The one that I would recommend is versus any of these words, or you can be all of these words. But any of these words, I’m going to enter and school, which applies to specific jobs that I bid on and that I work on myself some of the time in school, you would enter into something for yourself. If you’re in graphic design, inner in graphic design, for instance, type that in and then hit search. So as you can see now we’re in the advanced search on Upwork to find exact job. We have school typed in as the keyword that we’re looking for and what we can do now so we can click on the filters button right here. And this is going to give us a lot of other options that we can include in our search. So these other options include your type hourly or fixed. I wouldn’t really limit that. And your search initially when you’re trying to get your first job key, both of them in, then you’re going to want to see both types of jobs. Then you have experience level, which includes entry level, intermediate and expert on your profile. So the price, an hourly rate, the overall budget for the job usually correlates directly to the experience level.
So you see entry level has one dollar sign. Intermedia has two dollar signs, an expert has three dollar signs. We’re not going to limit that right now, but I usually do currently, because what I do is I limit all my searches to expert or intermediate, not usually, mainly just expert, because hourly rates for intermediate are going to drop off below what I charge. So usually expert level. But to get your first job, we’re going to leave all of them selected so you can take a look at them online history. We’re going to leave it as Anticline history because personally, I’ve had a lot of jobs where I was their first freelancer on up work and some of those have turned into big clients. So I’m not going to limit that client info payment verified is probably one that we want to select, especially for your initial job, because clients, the new clients that aren’t payment verified yet, if you’re bidding on their jobs, one thing you would have to do is before they actually hired you, you have to tell them to go ahead and make your account payment verified to make sure that they can actually pay. So to bring you from having to go through that process initially when you’re trying to get your first job, we’re going to filter that out. Number of proposals is definitely one that I would consider very important when you’re trying to get your first job lined up, working as a freelancer.
If you look at the 20 to 50 proposal range, if you bid on that, it’s probably a waste of your time. It may not be, but ninety nine percent of the time is probably going to be a waste your time, because clients are going to look through the different proposals. They’re going to see all of these other freelancers that have a big history on a board built up and yours is probably going to get skipped all in that mix. So for this advanced search, we’re going to include the less than five proposal range, five to ten and then ten to fifteen as well. Next for budget, we’re going to leave it open at any budget. If you already had a history built up on up working, you only wanted to apply to certain jobs as. At a certain level of a budget, then you can include that here in the advanced search area to leave it open, since this is your first job, we’re trying to get on board. So we’re going to see that as any budget on hours per week. You don’t want to limit that. Leave it as many hours per week and then project length as well. Leave it as any project length. So when you’re going through and apply filters the job to your search, you don’t have to hit search again or anything like that. It’s dynamic and it’s automatically going to update the listing of jobs that you’re seeing and you can choose best on that match your skillset.
Before we dive in and look at some of the job listings that popped up based on our advanced search we can do now is we can also save the search. We can quickly use it again. The future submarine click on Save Search, which is this button right here, and we’ll type in first job and click save. So be able to see this on our main fine job screen so that we can quickly click on it next time we’re looking for a job and upward. So now with all of our filters applied, we can take a look at jobs that met our filters. So what we’ll do now, scroll down, take a look at a few of these jobs. So these jobs, amid all the filters that have the sequel keyword, include them as well. This one right here is one I would bid on if I was trying to get my first job on Upwork. And I work as a freelancer. It has an overall fixed budget price of fifty dollars, which is low. But you want to get some reviews under your belt, get some five star reviews it will increase your get chance new job. So this is one that I would bid on initially to get my first job network and get a great review under my belt and start building up client trust.
So let’s dive into that now for this first job that I obtained and up work. I worked a little bit over forty one hours and made a little bit over a thousand dollars as well. And honestly, that exceeded my expectations of my first job and upward. I was very happy to make what I made on that and then work the amount of hours that I got on that job as well. So the first important thing about the job that I did and something you definitely need to do is read the job description fully for the clear understanding the job. So I read. The job description on Upwork, I found out that it was a job related to updating a database on their server, which is definitely in my wheelhouse and that is very import of my skills that I can do. So I read the job description fully, made sure it was something that I should be bidding on, and then also checked out, make sure it’s payment verified, which is going to happen from the filter that you had to apply earlier. And the client reviews are also very as well. So this client has really good reviews for freelancers, giving them reviews. And honestly, that type of review definitely fits. This client was one of my best clients that I worked with, and that’s something to definitely pay attention to make sure that you’re going to start out with a client that’s at least a four to five star client on their profile.
You want to get a great review. You want to work with a client that’s going to communicate well and knows what they’re doing out of work and is going to be fair. So make sure that you’re at least working with a client that has four to five star reviews on your first job that will make trust for new client. After reading the job description, fully making sure it’s something that I should be applying to is something that’s in my skill set, something that applies to my expertise. I would then submit my cover letter or proposal for the job. So now we’re going to take you through my proposal on the first job that obtain the network. We’re going to get things that I did poorly, but also look at things that I did well that helped get me the job. I started out listing the SQL Server DBA role that I was in, the extensive experience that I have, the different versions of SQL Server. And then I went into some daily duties and tasks that I perform routinely. I probably would have left all these out there, definitely not in the proposals that I submit now. I would leave that in there. I have something similar to that now. It’s definitely different because I have a few different roles, especially jobs that apply to upward.
So this is a little bit different, a very similar, but from here to down to right here, that would completely be gone. This is not needed and should be excluded from my proposal as an alternative to this section that I just recommended that be removed. So their job description was related to updating a database and that was about wheelhouse. So I would have went through the details, figured out some type of job or task that I had previously where I did some database updates and I would have included something specific to the cover latter that in this section. So now my mindset is to dive into their specific job description and give something from my experience that relates directly to this specific job. In that section, I just recommended that we remove and now if we scroll down a little bit, this last section is probably would help me obtain my first job on upward. So in this last section, I started out by stating that I was just beginning my freelancing career on at work. However, you can review my five star rating, they’ll reviews and 100 percent completion rate on my freelancer dotcom profile. So I initially started out on freelancer dotcom. I initially started there. I did a few jobs, so I included that in my proposal to show them that I had great reviews on Freelancer. I did have many Alanda like, you know, like five jobs or so, but I had some good reviews on there, so I included that here.
That’s not exactly what i feel . Got me the work . it is the next section. Now, let’s read over this last section. I can assure you that if you’re employed with me once, you’ll always work with me on these sorts of projects. i will be able to do whatever it takes to completely 100 percent deliver on this project and earn a five star rating from you also . This last section not only displays my confidence in my ability to deliver on this project and roll in the hay successfully, but it also gives them a way of my work ethic, the work that I’m willing to place into this job, because I’m willing to try to to whatever it takes to urge a five star review from them. I’m getting to over deliver and exceed any expectations they need on behalf of me as a freelancer. and that is vitally important. On your first job, your mindset has got to be that you are going to overdelivered whatever is predicted of you. you are going to travel beyond that regardless of if you’ve got to figure more hours than you initially wanted to. If it is a fixed price, you are not putting more hours therein . you would like to supported the allow the work , you’ve got to be willing to over deliver to exceed their expectations. So make certain to use everything I gave you during this tip to assist you write a proposal to urge your first job on up working as a freelancer.
And also inspect my previous video. I’m getting to only get another card above. inspect that video. It’s geared more towards my current proposals, but which will offer you a way of what I’m doing immediately from our proposals in order that once you are able to urge your first jobs, you’ll advance and kit your proposals towards different clients. And again, I’ll keep repeating it over deliver over delivering goes to urge you reviews like this one, an honest five star review, great feedback that appears great on your profile and stands out when other clients come to your profile and that they start finding out your reviews that you simply have in your history. Now, let’s enter tip number four, which is now your interview. So after you’ve attracted a client together with your covering letter , you’ve them to message you about their job. subsequent thing i like to recommend doing is jumping on a call with him, a fast call to further discuss their job in additional detail. And identify how your skill set can best fit them and their job and help them achieve success . So if you check out my current cover letters, this wasn’t within the one that we just checked out from an older cover letters. But make certain to incorporate this in yours, because here’s what I stated. Please let me know when you would be available for an initial 15 to 30 minute call freed from charge in order that we will discuss your project in additional detail and identify how my skill set will work best for you.
This is definitely something that i like to recommend that you simply include at rock bottom of your covering letter . It’s worked alright on behalf of me , for clients that have an interest in hiring me. once I use this at rock bottom of my covering letter , they always reach bent me to inquire from me once I would be available for the initial 15 to 30 minute call. It makes them desire I’m really curious about their project and it gives me an opportunity to raised portray my skills to them to offer them one more reason to rent me over other freelancers. So just word this last part. However you would like to word it, you’ll change it around you. I’m not telling you to repeat and paste where I’m using, obviously, but worded the way that you simply want to word it to draw in them to urge on an initial call with you which will assist you secure their job look for this specific job proposal that submitted. It’s for one among my clients that I’ve done tons of labor for one among our greatest clients. We scroll down and appearance at their first message to me. After I submitted my proposal, they wrote, Hi, Joshua, does one have time to debate tomorrow, 10:00 a.m. East. in order that they initially send me the message after they saw the proposal, saw the last line that I included about the initial call.
Their first message to me was to inquire from me if i used to be getting to be available subsequent day to urge on a call with another items of recommendation to nail. Your first interview would be to try to to your homework, read over the work description more before the decision . Make sure, you know, we were getting to say how you are going to portray yourself to them to supply value to them and completing their job or their project successfully and be professional. confirm that even the way that you’re typing on upbraiding the mystery feature, portraying yourself during a professional manner and do an equivalent for your interview, tons of those clients may find yourself eager to also get on a video call with you to form sure that, you know, I’m not saying dress professionally, notes of labor . You’re performing from home. That’s where the simplest features of upward. But confirm that you simply appear as if he didn’t just wake out a touch five minutes ago. confirm that you simply a minimum of are portraying yourself during a professional manner and presenting yourself, well, don’t just roll out of bed, get on a turn a video, call the client, confirm that you’re preparing yourself for that aspect of it also . And now let’s dive into tip number five, which isn’t hand over mentality. So when you’re working hard to urge your first job lined up or you’re fixing the time, you’re working hard on your proposals, your covering letter , submitting tons of them and giving them specifically to clients jobs, and you are still not hearing back from any clients.
Don’t hand over . I remember my first days out of labor love it was yesterday. i used to be submitting tons of proposals for jobs. My proposals weren’t great. Obviously, they were a piece ongoing , submitting tons of them not hearing back from any client’s. Trust me, I know it gets discouraging to form you almost want to offer up. I have been there. I do know exactly how you are feeling if you’re therein situation at the instant . But erupt it. make certain to seem inward, check out what you’re doing and what you’ll do differently to urge your first job. I see too many freelancers complaining that they can not get jobs on Upworthy because other freelancers bid less than them price wise, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. I see an excessive amount of of that. it isn’t true. I even have the work history to back it up. I continuously get new jobs to back it up and they are just not fixing the work. they are not using the filters. they are not watching the proper time to jobs or applying for the proper sorts of jobs either. So, again, the first days of labor and freelancing, I have been there. I’ve submitted plenty of proposals and not heard back from any clients.
However, don’t hand over because you are going to listen to back from clients. The more proposal that you simply submit, someone goes to pick you, it’s getting to happen. So you only need to stay focused, keep submitting proposals, don’t hand over because someone goes to love you and they are getting to contact you. And you never know, you’ll think goes to be some little job that you are going to try to. I’ve got the work . and i am like, OK, this is often getting to be a little job complete quickly, something which will be good on behalf of me to possess . on the other hand it’s became something future . They’ve reached bent me to inquire from me if I could work with them more on differing types of projects. and a few of these that i assumed were getting to be very small jobs initially clothed to be a number of my biggest jobs. I made a number of the foremost money on an upward. I’m confident that if you follow the ideas from this video, you’ll get your first job on work as a freelancer. And if you’ve already had your first job on upward, make certain within the comments section below to list the day that your first job started on upward again. My general focus is on tech, the way to videos, tech reviews and freelance consulting tips and tricks. So on this sand screen, make certain to hit the subscribe button for more videos a bit like this until next time.