In this Post, I’m going to give you five tips on how to apply, and ultimately get more freelance job on platforms such as Upwork.
Hi, my name is Rezuan and today I’m gonna talk about how you can improve your online job applications so that you ultimately get more freelance job.
Tip Number 1:
This is the first mistake that most people make when applying for a freelance job, and that is that they’re not giving value to the client. Now, let’s be honest for a second, the client doesn’t care about you. They don’t care that you’ve worked for 5 years, they don’t care that you have this experience, what they care about is that they want to know how you can add value to their project, how you can improve it.
What can you do to make their project better? Oh, and they definitely don’t care that you’re passionate about what you do, or that you’ve been passionate about it since you’ve been born. Unfortunately, it’s not relevant. What they want to hear, is that you can do this, and this, and this, and this is why you should be hired, over the other person.
Tip Number 2:
Provide some sort of value for the client, even before they hire you. Now, don’t get me wrong, don’t do work for free. That ultimately devalues you and everyone in your field. What you want to do, if you want to basically tell them what you can do personally, to improve their project. Tell them to step by step how, for example, I’m a sound designer, and I work in film, so when I apply for a job, once they reply to my initial proposal, then I can go into more detail as to what I can do.
So, for example, I can go ‘Well, this scene over here can use some dialogue clean-up, this scene over here needs some Foley, this scene over here needs these sound effects, and by doing that, the client sees that I know what I’m on about, they see that I know what I’m talking about, and that makes it more likely that they’ll hire me, not onlybecause I know what to do, but I also care enough to write a list of what I can personallydo to improve their film.
Tip Number 3:
Good communication my proposals, I personally promise every single person that I work with that I’ll reply to their job invitations or to their messages within 8 hours maximum. Now, I tend to reply within minutes, because honestly there is no excuse nowadays for not seeing messages and e-mails on time.You probably have a phone, you probably have a laptop or a computer, you must do if you work as a freelancer.
So, enable notifications to come in as soon as someone sends you a message, as soon as someone sends you an e-mail. Part of the service that I offer is immediate responses. I personally choose to do this throughout the year. Even if it’s Christmas, even if it’s my birthday, if I get a message from a client, I’ll take two minutes off of what I’m doing, and I’ll reply, even if it’s just to say ‘I can deliver this tomorrow, I’m a bit busy right now.
Even if that’s the absolute minimum you can do, it’s still better than long periods of no communication. Because think of it this way: You’ve just paid a stranger, you’ve trusted them to do something before an important deadline, and they’re just not replying to your messages. That is literally, unacceptable. You can’t reply to people’s messages, so you have to always be in touch, you have to always reply as soon as you possibly can, to any sort of messages.
It’s just part of being a good freelancer. And also, by promising to reply on time, or to reply quickly, and actually doing it, so, submitting a proposal, and replying basically as soon as they get back to you, it’s a perfect way of demonstrating, not just talking about, how you’re a good and dependable freelancer.
Tip Number 4:
Keep it brief Whenever you do something with a client, always put yourself in their shoes first. So, you’re a client and you’ve posted a job. Now, depending on the field that you’re working in, you might receive anywhere between 0 and hundreds of applications from different freelancers, saying that they’re the best and you should hire them. One easy way of setting yourself apart from all the other ones is by keeping it relatively brief.
By keeping it short and sweet, you’re increasing your chances that the client won’t just completely skip through the wall of text that you’ve sent them, and go straight to the next freelancer, but instead, there’s a higher chance that they might actually read your application simply because it’s sweet and to the point.Which brings us to the final point.
Tip Number 5:
Be intentional when writing a proposal, don’t just copy & paste something, don’t just say ‘Hi, I can do this’. Don’t just write something incredibly generic, which is obviously just copied from a website. Instead, take a minute and read very carefully through the job descriptions because some clients will actually specify that you mention a word or a sentence in your job application, so they know you’ve actually read it.
And, regardless of that, you still have to read it, so that when they do actually get in touch with you, to ask you a few more questions, you can then specifically say what you can do to help THEM out!You can’t do that unless you’ve very carefully read the job description.So, I have a question for you: How many job applications have you sent in the past, for freelancing, before you’ve actually received some sort of reply, even if just further questions, as opposed to an actual job offer? Or have you received any jobs so far?
If so, you probably have a favorite technique that works well for you. Either way, let me know by leaving a quick comment how much you learn from this Freelance Job post.