It can be such a daunting experience when it is one’s first time on a freelance job website. Signing up is usually straightforward, and one is good to start searching for job opportunities in a few minutes. However, just a look at other freelancers’ profiles can be discouraging because most of them have already won a lot of bids. There seems to be little chance for a newbie ever to get a job on these sites because he/she does not even have a review to show off.
Do not be discouraged by the number of contracts missed, but believe that you will be victorious. The secret is to stick your head out there and be the best. Based on my experience with several freelance job websites, I thought someone out there might find it helpful to get a few tips on how to gain leverage over the hundreds and thousands of job seekers. Below are seven of my tips:
1. Gain knowledge about the Job site
- Read as much information that is available on the website to be more knowledgeable.
- Conduct more searches outside the site to read what others are saying about it.
- This independent search will help prove to a high percentage, whether or not the website is authentic.
2. Market yourself to your potential employer(s)
- Your profile should have as much positive information as possible, based on your education and work experience.
- Be truthful and confident in your skills.
3. Read the FAQs section
- The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) link on every website has very beneficial information, so make use of it.
4. Understand the Job requirements
- Take time to read and fully understand the job specifications listed for a particular job.
- Seek clarification from the “Help” or “Contact Us” section if in doubt of an issue.
5. Research the employer
- Conduct your inquiry about the employer e.g., whether he/she has a verified contact address, the payment method, etc. Note: It is not a pleasant experience to complete an assignment and not get paid.
- Read the reviews about him/her, if available on the website.
6. Write the best Proposal
- This is your chance to make an excellent first and lasting impression with your prospective employer, so do your best.
7. Seek advice/consult HELP when in doubt
- Contact the Help/Support people if you need help or elucidation on any issue about the job.
- Some websites have online chats, which are also valuable.
I do hope the above tips have been of use. Thank you for reading.