My source of income has been coming from freelance sites, such as oDesk. Things have been slow for me since the start of this year. As I mentioned in my other post about slowing down, I got a response that things pick up in March because people have spend a lot on Christmas. They have picked up for me!
So, now I am having almost 800 hours, and a 4.90 feedback score. I think my profile is good. I update it as I get my projects completed. Typically, I get job invites, but it has been cold turkey for me, and I am worried. I do apply, but it's like the client never open my letter. I never get response. I get that I am not a native English person, but this is how I write my cover letter:
I have many other sites, that i have worked on. I am also looking for long term working opportunity. I hope you like my work and would consider hiring me.
I am always available on email and skype.
This is my general format, with good feedback. I believe I do work great, but I don't understand why then I don't get the client inviting me to job or accepting my letter. I understand there are many potential candidates besides me. However, I totally feel I am failing miserably.
Apart from that, I see those tests in oDesk or any other site to be obsolete, questions which aren't asked. Why do they have such questions?
I don't raise my per hour rate because I don't want miss out on clients, but I am not getting clients anyway.
How can I ensure that I'm doing what I need to do in my cover letter to get more clients?