How to get a job on Upwork?
So you are wondering how you can be a Digital Nomad and travel the world with freedom?
Well first of all who is a Digital Nomad?
A Digital Nomad is a person who uses technology as a leverage to work remotely so that he/she does not have to be at a boring office every day of the life.
Ever heard of ‘Upwork’?
Upwork is a online platform which connects freelancers (digital nomads) to clients around the world. These clients are mostly small business owners or Entrepreneurs who are starting up their business and need help as per need basis.
So why would anybody hire me?
Clients will hire you because everybody on this planet is talented in 1-2 things. Everybody is good in doing something. Everybody is world-class in something or becomes world-class by working for some time. If you can use your skills and the work can be done remotely the world is yours!
What type of Jobs can I do?
You can do a lot of jobs on Upwork such as Admin Support, Customer Service, Project Management, Graphic Designing, Programming etc. There is a lot of opportunities every day waiting for someone to scoop them out.
How do I get a job?
Yeah that’s the tough part. This is the 1st step in becoming a Digital Nomad and this is where most of the people quit easily. Honestly speaking its very tough to get your 1st job on Upwork because when you are new to the platform:
- You do not have any reviews from previous employers ( reviews play an important role in the hiring process and most employers want to work with some who has already proven himself/herself)
- You do not have any Past Work Experience on Upwork which makes it difficult for employers to hire you. Why is that? Because it’s a fast pace world and nobody want to spent time on training an employee especially on basic things. Most employers hire experienced freelancer and want to get the job done quick and cheap.
What should I do then?
Well no worries if you are new to Upwork you can still hustle and make your way up. It’s the only way to go up. Even if you have worked in different companies you still need to convince clients that you are reliable and will always show up.
First create an account by going to www.upwork.com. After you signup fill out your profile properly with all the details i.e. education, past work experience, your bio etc.
Some tips to follow:
1. Make sure you upload a decent Profile Photo.
You must be wondering why should I upload my picture? It’s not a social media platform. You are right. It’s not social media but I would never hire a person whom I have never seen in real life and not even in photos. It all boils down to Trust. Clients need trust to work with someone and feel comfortable. When you apply to a job your proposal contains your Photo which plays an important role in establishing this trust.
2. Make sure you enter a ‘Job Title’.
This field is right below your name and plays a very important role in defining yourself. No matter how great you write a proposal for a job every employer will check your profile once before hiring you. This is where you need to sell yourself.
Insert a suitable ‘Job Title’ and this depend on your skills. If you are an expert in WordPress you can write “Word Press Expert” or if you are a basic level Virtual Assistant you should simply write “Virtual Assistant”.Why is that important? Imagine you went to shopping for a watch. You will always want to buy from a place which are pioneers or are professional in their work. You would be satisfied and would love it. Same goes here. When clients see your profile, the 1st thing they see is your Name and underneath it the ‘Job Title’. If the ‘Job Title’ is ‘Expert in Customer Service’ they would automatically define you an expert in Customer Service. But always be honest if you are any entry level person never write ‘expert’ they will eventually find that you are not an expert when they interview you. Trust me most employers are very smart and don’t ever think you can fool them to get the job.
3. Always add ‘Skills’.
You can have a lot of skills such as General Office skills, Microsoft Office, Customer Service or may be advance skills like a WordPress expert etc. Skills here work like hashtags on Instagrams. Clients can search freelancers for a particular skill and if you have that skills they searched for in the search bar your profile will be populated in the search results so you have more chance of getting an invite for a job.
4. Build your Portfolio.
Add here all the work you have been doing. If you are a Graphic Designer add all the great designs you have been appreciated for. Anyone visiting your profile will take a quick look on your portfolio and if they like your work you might get hired!
5. Take some online TESTS via the Upwork platform.
These tests are helpful in proving yourself to the world. If you want to work in Admin Support and are good at Microsoft Word. Take a test for Microsoft Word. The results (good or bad) will be shown on your profile which helps employers how much good you are at something or have knowledge in. Don’t worry if you get a bad score you can retake the test after some time and the old results will be replaced by the new one.
6. Add Education and Employment History.
The Employment History here is the list of all the physical jobs you did up till now (not virtual).
Why this point is in the last? Because I believe this has little to do. Most employers want to hire someone who has already proven himself/herself in the freelance world and can do a job remotely. All the online jobs you will do on Upwork will automatically shown under ‘Work History and Feedback’ and almost everyone gives more importance to this section of your profile.
Even though education and employment history may not play a significant role in convincing an employer to give you the job but I still highly recommend you to fill this section properly because an empty profile without these sections will hurt your application more. Your profile must be complete and up to date so that it gives a professional look to the employer.
This is the 1st step to do on Upwork. The next blog post will contain tips on ‘How to write a good proposal’.