Did Upwork Reject Your Profile?
If you are reading this you got the dreaded ‘Rejected Profile’ message from Upwork.
If you are a new freelancer or new to Upwork in the last six months chances are your profile has been rejected.
Why did Upwork reject your profile?
First, it has nothing to do with you. I know it sucks but you aren’t the problem. It took courage to sit down and put everything together.
Seeing Upwork reject your profile sucks. It cuts into your rich life goals. You are probably thinking,
Upwork rejected my profile because i’m an imposter.
You are not. There are reasons to finding Upwork reject your profile.
What follows are my theories and solutions to why.
Why Upwork Rejected Your Profile
Upwork is exploding. New members are flooding the platform.
New members mean:
*Greater strain on the system
*Over saturation of certain skills
*And fake accounts
My guess is Upwork is dealing with this flood of profiles by using bots.
The bots probably review your profile and then filter you through the system. I’m guessing Upwork rejected your profile, along with everyone else, as a gatekeeping system.
‘Upwork rejected my profile. I’m a real person, what’s the deal?’
The bots filter based on controlled data and barriers. I imagine almost everyone who applies get rejected at first.
This is smart. By rejecting people you put a barrier that filters out anyone not interested in going the extra mile. That means that the people getting on Upwork are more involved and more likely to use it.
This is similar to Zappo shoes training. Zappos is famous for offering you a buyout before starting the job. Their reasoning is that they only want the best on their team and will pay to keep it that way.
The truth is Zappo’s does this is so you emotionally value the company.
They want you to think,
‘I turned away $1,000! I must love this job!’
The same thing is at play when Upwork rejects your profile. So how can you get past this? There are a lot of ways. I’m going to share the best method I know to get accepted, a guaranteed way to get started and avoid the secondary methods people are promoting.
Two Ways To Get Your Profile Accepted On Upwork
How do you get your profile accepted by Upwork if you are new to the platform?
Here are two fastest ways I’ve found. The first method takes a little bit of time but puts you in a great position once you get accepted.
The second method requires a different approach and will be harder to pull off if you don’t know the right people.
The ‘Test’ Method To Getting Your Profile Accepted On Upwork
Upwork is swamped with people all wanting to do the same things (mainly writing).
They want to keep the platform from being saturated so they reject profiles.
To get your profile accepted you need to create authority on their site. To do that you should take skills tests and score 100% in as many as you can.
Skills test scores will verify that you are an authority to Upwork and increase the bots chances of recognizing and accepting your profile.
You can either go niche and score in difficult but nuanced tests (PHP, Advanced SEO, etc) or load up twenty easier ones (Grammar, spelling, etc).
This takes time but it also provides great social proof when you are accepted. Imagine being a client and seeing that the person they are hiring has over 20 ‘100%’ ratings for skill tests they took.
The ‘Hired Right Away’ Profile Method
Upwork is automatically accepting profiles that clients hire. If you can find someone with a profile to hire you then Upwork will automatically accept the profile.
‘What if I don’t know someone to hire me?’
This can be hard. You have a couple options. You could start a Upwork business profile and then hire yourself for a cheap project.
I don’t see this as the best option but if you are hungry to start then this will work.
If you want to take a more organic approach pick a couple of FB groups and ask around for people with Upwork business profiles. Offer to do a quick low-cost project in exchange for a hire.
This will get you the first gig, get your profile accepted, and not lose you money!
All this resistance raises a simple question…
Is Upwork Still A Good Option?
You’ve heard people crapping on Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr since day one. You’ve read the blog posts, nodded in agreement everytime someone posts their problems.
So you have to wonder…Is it worth it?
Let me answer with a question.
What’s your goal?
Do you want to freelance to increase your existing income?
Do you want to leave your job?
Do you want to support a new lifestyle?
Knowing what you want makes it easy to decide what’s right for you. Upwork is a great place to get started and build a portfolio.
Upwork is also a great place to create a nice side income. I wouldn’t use it as a sole source of income. And that brings us to the issue at the heart of all of this.
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