This is a continuation on my professional career meltdown :-). I am now officially unemployed and in the process of looking for a new job.
UpWork formerly known as oDesk has always been of great help. I registered here like 6 years ago, but never really got the chance to build my reputation on this job bank because, after a few tries, I got a permanent job. Voila!! Six years have passed and here I am: UNEMPLOYED!
So, I went back to UpWork this time and started to make my profile look professional, I changed my Profile photo to make it nicer, I added some Work Experiences and created a portfolio. I change my ‘overview’ details to make it direct to the point and more appealing. You know what? It’s hard to look for a new job this time, I submitted 25 proposals and only got one invitation for an interview. (Help me, Lord).
The struggle is real this time around my friend!
There are thousands of job ads, but there are also millions of job hunters, mostly Asian, who are as good as you or maybe even better but offer their services at a lower rate. Can you compete with Indians? Or Bangladeshi? In terms of hourly or fixed rate? If you live in the Philippines and you sell your services same rate as Indians or Bangladeshi, you won’t be able to buy a pair of panties, I swear! Everything in this country is expensive, from Tuyo to Salmon. Lahat mataas, panty na lang ang bumababa sa madaling araw.
But, if you are just building your profile and reputation, good reviews are more important than money, so you sell your product as low as 3USD per hour – It can get you by. Don’t give up, the more positive reviews you get, the more clients will notice you. The time will come when you will be able to charge them 10USD per hour, and who knows maybe 25USD per hour after a year. Just keep holding on to your faith.
God will provide!
Anyone looking for Email Handler or Virtual Assistant – here is my UpWork Profile: