<< Upwork (oDesk) and Elance Tests Answers << Articles How to Earn on Upwork(oDesk)

This helps getting job: Hundreds of (cover letter examples , interview questions , profile samples ) • Earn on Upwork (oDesk)
Job assistance: jobs popularityfreelance rates

Change language: Hindi

Getting your first project on Upwork(oDesk)

how to get your first job on odesk

If you are not familiar with Upwork(oDesk), maybe it would be beneficial for you to read Upwork(oDesk) for beginners first.

What factors are most important for customers when they choose a freelancer for their projects: rate, cover letter and feedback.

Of course, your experience is the crucial factor to complete the project successfully, but not for choosing you among other freelancers. When you apply for a job then it automatically means that you have experience to accomplish it.

If you struggle for a long time to get your first task/project on Upwork(oDesk) then you may contact these people who possible can help you. If you are interesting, send email on odeskhelp2001@gmail.com to ask them for details.

Rate - you can regulate it as you wish (see how to set up the rate/cost on odesk), but the feedback it is not the thing which you can easily change.

To get a good feedback you must: 1) get a project; 2) complete it successfully.

The cover letter this is how you can explain a customer that you are the best one for this project. See more than hundred real cover letters examples.

The cover letter should show the following:

  • you can cope with the task;
  • you fully understand the task;
  • you are loyal and reliable person.

Your cover letter should include: (simple rules to write great cover letter)

  • Show that your experience/skill is what is required in the task or even more;
  • Show that you understand the topic. You may add some clarification or questions;
  • Be sure that you read all provided materials and talk with clients on his technical 'language';
  • If the task describe a problem and client is seeking for a solution, you may describe it in general terms;
  • Show that you are interested in getting this particular project;
  • Refer to your portfolio to show that you already completed similar projects. Do it even if you do not have projects in portfolio, because you always can say that NDA does not allow you to share more details;
  • Give customer the best cost you can and if you reduce it then explain why;
  • In some cases show you wiliness to accomplish a test job;
  • Guarantee the customer that you are an adequate person and will be able to do the job.