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Where have all the good job postings gone?
I started freelancing with Guru in 2006 and have a business account, owing from the conversion a couple of years ago from my two profiles. I considered downgrading, but the 2% difference in transaction fees (through mostly repeat clients) justified the higher yearly expense for memberships.
But in the last year, I've been disappointed in the number and quality of new project postings that match my skills. There are two issues I can see related to this, and I'm wondering what Guru is doing about both of them to earn my membership and transaction business.
**The first issue is that there is no good category for my skills. I'm a technical writer and instructional designer focusing on software companies. I write user guides and online help, and develop tutorial videos and eLearning. Hence the two profiles back when that was a thing - I had to have a writing profile AND a multimedia profile. By trying to force me into one category or the other, I do miss possible opportunities that are just not categorized appropriately. Sometimes, appropriate job postings are even categorized as web, software, and IT. On the other hand, I often get invitations to completely inappropriate job postings because they have just utterly failed with the categories. How are you going to remedy this?
The second issue has to do with the number of project postings by employers. After years of having plenty of work through Guru, I neglected my profiles on other marketplaces. But now that appropriate projects seem to have dried up on Guru (at least that I can find), I have shifted my job searching activities to Upwork. The vast number of appropriate projects that come to me EVERY DAY through Upwork is mind boggling, and in stark contrast to the projects I can find on Guru with the same keywords. The problem, however, is that I have no reputation on Upwork like I do on Guru. And because of the way they do their fees, I have to charge more there. Perhaps Upwork has lots of projects that are not getting awarded as well (and I have fallen victim to one scam project there.) All of this is to lead up to my fear that Guru has been focusing on developing features I don't use instead of marketing the service and making it valuable to potential employers. Maybe all of that development was an attempt to make the site more valuable to employers, but it isn't working. Employers are posting their projects on other sites instead. I'd like to know what Guru plans to do to win those projects back. How are you marketing the good freelancers like me who have earned you tons of money over the last 11 years? Because your marketing is what I am paying for, and I don't feel like I'm getting value for my money anymore.
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This isn't exactly an answer, but to add additional information for addressing my concerns. Over the last year, I have only submitted 10 proposals through Guru. Partly because I'm very picky and only want to work on a certain type of project (and have enough repeat business), but partly because the kind of project I want to work on just isn't showing up on Guru anymore. Out of those 10 proposals, I've been hired for 6 projects; for the other 4, the employer didn't hire anyone. (That's a pretty good "close" rate!) Three-four of those I was hired for are likely to - or already have resulted in recurring work with the employer.