How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

Upwork is a freelance platform that can allow you to get paid what you’re good at and make a living out of it. That said, it’s not always easy to succeed on the platform, especially if you can’t land a job quickly.

To get your first job on Upwork, you need to create a robust and specialized profile and be willing to invest in the connections to apply for jobs regularly. Also, it is essential to submit flawless and complete applications and be reactive in case of response.

In the rest of this article, I will discuss in detail each of these essential tips that form the basis of hiring on Upwork so that you can land your first job on the platform in a short time. Ready to go? Let’s get started!

1. Create a solid and specialized profile

This is one of the first things you will be asked to do as soon as you register on the platform. Creating a profile is essential to hope to integrate the Upwork freelance community.

It is the sine qua noncondition to apply and hope to be noticed by the thousands of clients who hire freelancers every day.

But to get a job on Upwork quickly, it is not enough to create a profile for fun or formality.

You have a great interest in setting up a solid and, above all, specialized profile. What does this mean in concrete terms?

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

How to create a solid profile on Upwork?

A solid profile on Upwork must be filled in, with all the information boxes filled in. It must allow the recruiter to know everything (or almost everything) about the freelancer and their professional experience and therefore be as explicit as possible. Also, don’t hesitate to post a professional and elegant profile picture that inspires confidence.

What is a specialized profile?

In addition to being complete and professional, the profile must be specialized to hope to land the first job on Upwork.

In concrete terms, this means that the freelancer must carefully identify a few fields of activity (writing, graphic design, programming, etc.) in which they can work.

A common mistake is to specify different fields to increase the chances of reaching more clients hopefully. It is better to position yourself as a specialist in a particular area.

When you say you can do everything, clients tend to think that you don’t master any field, especially if the ones you mention are not complementary.

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What to do when you don’t have expertise in a specific area

In the absence of particular skills in a given field, it is possible to make progress, in particular, more or less accessible areas, such as

Web writing.


Virtual assistance.

Community management.

Basic design (logo creation, flyers, social network posts, etc.)

When a freelancer discovers these professions, he can become familiar with them and become a real expert in the field.

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How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

2. Investing in connections

As I explained to you before, the connections on Upwork constitute a virtual exchange currency for applying for posted jobs.

Realizing that you need it, especially in your first steps, the platform offers you 40 free connections immediately after your registration and 40 others if you pass the Upwork readiness test.

You can then receive monthly connections based on the membership plan you choose, and you can get more by purchasing links.

These are sold for $0.15 each, and you should not hesitate to buy them in bulk to submit multiple requests per day.

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Interest in sending dozens of applications per day

It’s essential to apply to multiple jobs per day to land your first on Upwork. By doing so, freelancers increase their chances of being noticed by clients and being invited to interviews, which is a big step towards hiring.

This trend may reverse later when you have enough experience, work, income, and positive reviews on your profile. But for your debut, please do not hesitate to apply when the opportunity arises.

No more than the daily connection limit

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

There is no limit to the number of connections you can use to submit jobs on Upwork. The more links you have, the more chances to apply.

Therefore, do not hesitate to invest in connections accordingly when you start.

Even if it seems wasteful to you at first, trust me, it will pay off in the end and is well worth it.

But please note that there is also no question of spending money on connections and then reaping them by applying for inappropriate offers …… Continue reading

3. Apply for entry-level jobs

When you get started with Upwork, it is essential to know how to rank the job offers you apply for, as not all of them are reserved for beginners, and some are more targeted at professionals of a specific level.

Therefore, applying for such offers will only waste your contacts as they are unlikely to lead to an interview.

To maximize your chances of landing your first job on Upwork, applying for lower-level offers (entry-level) where the client is looking for novice freelancers for relatively simple tasks is recommended. This type of work allows quickly accumulating positive opinions and recording first earnings on the platform, which gradually gives credibility to the freelancer’s profile.

Not all clients can afford the services of an expert. Besides the financial aspect, some employers like to give a chance to promising beginners.

For these reasons, there is never a shortage of beginner-level products on Upwork. You need to know where to look!

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

Where can I find entry-level assignments on Upwork?

To find entry-level offers on Upwork, you need to.

Log in to the platform and

Go to the “Find a Job” section from the main screen.

Click on the magnifying glass that appears to the right of the search bar displayed at the top. A panel will then be displayed on the left side containing criteria for different categories to filter suggested job opportunities.

Check the “Entry Level” box in the “Experience Level” section, displayed at the top of the filter criteria. The number of posted offers that meet this criterion is shown in parentheses on the right.

This tip also allows you to select additional selection criteria to optimize your search and optimize your chances of finding a job that corresponds to your level.

These additional criteria are particularly relevant to the duration of the assignment and the proposed salary.

4. Apply for short-term or low-paying assignments

When you are a new freelancer with Upwork, you are more likely to be selected when applying for short-term, low-paying assignments because intermediate and advanced freelancers generally do not apply for these types of offers (short duration, less than $20), and the competition is not as fierce.

It would help if you tried to stick to the prices offered by your clients, no matter how low they may seem.

When you start using Upwork, it’s essential to get experience and positive feedback. And the shorter the duration of the task, the faster the client will be able to comment on the quality of your services and pay you to improve the credibility of your profile.

After completing this step, it’s only a matter of time before you earn more money on Upwork.

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

5. Send personalized applications

Whenever you apply for a job on Upwork or just starting a specific job, it is essential to submit a personalized application.

Specifically, this means a few things.

Be straightforward

In the application letter, it is essential to try to be straightforward and state his skills and why the client should bet on himself and not on others.

Express yourself in an impeccably original style

The application must be written in a friendly, original style and be free of any grammatical, spelling, or conjugation errors.

Do not hesitate to mention or return to the skills the client has emphasized, or the specific points he has highlighted in the offer, to show him that the request has been read correctly, that the application letter fits the request well, and that it has not been copied and pasted.

This also requires clear formatting. Avoid writing an enormous paragraph; instead, break your application into several 2-3 sentence paragraphs, which greatly facilitates reading.

Provide a portfolio (if possible)

A freelancer is more likely to be recruited on Upwork when he includes a portfolio with his application. It is a set of documents containing examples of assignments similar to the work mentioned in the solicitation.

The portfolio allows the client to ensure that the freelancer is more competent and wants to save time by recruiting him.

If you do not have experience in the field where you propose your skills, it will be difficult for you to submit a portfolio.

You can create one by personally assigning the tasks you will be working on (articles if you are applying for web writing, logos if you are applying for a graphic designer position, web interface or screenshot editing or programming for software if you are designing to provide a website, etc.).

Rest assured that it is possible to get a job on Upwork without a portfolio. It’s far from essential; it’s just a bonus that can make it easier to get your first job.

How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)
How do I get my first job on Upwork? (even without experience)

6. Respond when you receive a response

To find your first job on Upwork, it is best to respond as soon as possible (less than 6 hours) if the client returns or receives an invitation to interview on the platform.

Response time is shown on each freelancer’s profile and is the criteria that clients rely on when hiring.

The shorter the freelancer’s response time, the more they are considered a responsive professional, which clients highly appreciate.

In a nutshell

To find your first job on Upwork quickly, remember that you must know how to select the job opportunities you apply for based on specific criteria:

Short-term mission.

Prices of up to about twenty dollars.

Fixed price.

Beginner level

Apply as soon as you find someone who matches your skills.

Once again, even if you feel like you are wasting your time and especially wasting money (through your contacts) just getting started, I invite you to stay persistent and show resilience while staying motivated.

You are interested in signing up for a long-term approach and continuing your efforts because if you apply yourself, it will pay off sooner or later.

Your investment will allow you to earn enough income to make ends meet and more soon. Because yes, it is entirely possible to live in Upwork!

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