Quickly finding the right talent for your project is essential. That’s why we provide you with several ways to filter your search results based on hourly rates, skills, feedback, availability, languages, and more. Some filters are dynamic and may offer you options that apply to your search criteria.

Search for talent from any page

You can begin a search for talent by entering search keywords or professional job titles in the talent search bar at the top of any page.

Once you’ve done an initial search, you can use the search bar above your results for additional searches. You can refine your search by choosing Advanced Search for advanced keyword search, or by selecting search filters.

Filters are available in the sidebar next to your search results or in the top rail above them, and you can use multiple filters at once. You can filter for freelancers or agencies, for those who have earned one of our talent badges, or for freelancers who offer consultations, for example.

You can also select the Talent tab in your main navigation bar to go to the talent Discover page, where you can see recently viewed freelancers and browse by category or project. You can also find your saved lists of freelancers in the Talent tab dropdown selections.

Search for talent

  1. Go to Talent
  2. From here, search by keyword or scroll down and browse by category
  3. After your initial search, use the filters in the top rail or sidebar to refine your results further. You can also choose Advanced Search to refine your search with an advanced keyword search

You can also find talent by searching for freelancer projects that meet your needs in Project Catalog.


Use your Talent tab dropdown selections to find your talent lists. To find freelancers you or your company have worked with before, select Your hires or Company hires. To find talent you’ve viewed recently or saved, choose Recently viewed or Saved talent. (To save talent, select the heart icon on their profile.)

Frequently Asked Questions

How does search work? What are the best practices?

The Upwork search algorithm uses both platform-generated data, such as number of completed projects and client feedback, and freelancer-generated information, such as descriptions of their offered services.

Search for talent by one of the following ways:

  1. Enter your target keywords into the search box
  2. Use Advanced Search
  3. Use your published job post
  4. Browse talent on the Discover page

Once you start typing in the search box, you can select one of the autosuggestions in the dropdown to help you find what you need faster.

If you type in your published job post title in the search box, you can select it under “Open Jobs” in the auto-suggestion dropdown to conduct a search using the specifications you included in your job post.

For best results, refine your searches with filters. You’ll see filter options on your initial search results page, and you can select multiple filters for each search.

Search with autosuggestions
How does Boolean Search work? Is it the same as Advanced Search?

Boolean search works by applying complex logic to keywords and keyword strings. Our Advanced Search function automatically applies Boolean operators to your searches.

How do I find a specific freelancer?

To find a specific freelancer, type their name directly in the search box on the Talent search page. You’ll see People suggestions in the dropdown menu. This functionality is currently supported only on desktop.

How do I find talent in a specific location?

Use the location filter to search locations, such as region, country, or city. You can also find freelancers in your desired time zone by using the global time zone filter.

If you are a U.S. client and want to see only U.S. freelancers, select the “U.S. only” filter in the sidebar first, then filter further by state, city, and time zones.

What’s the difference between the results in talent keyword searches and Proposal Manager?

Search results from the talent search page are specific to your search query, while results in Proposal Manager are recommendations based on the specifications of your job post. To search from job post specifications from the talent search page, choose jobs in the search box and select the desired job from the “Open Jobs” portion of the dropdown menu.

How do searches for projects in Project Catalog work?

Searching for projects in the Project Catalog is similar to searching for freelancers. Learn more about finding a project.

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