My freelancing tip No. 2:
As a newbie online freelancer, I knew it from the bottom of your heart that you desire to have success in creating your online profile, especially in Upwork platform. Your desires are to create the stunning profile, find jobs that fall on your specific skills and submit proposals, receive positive replies from the clients and finally having your FIRST ever Upwork contract.
But before you can win your first contract you need to do the job first of creating a 100% Upwork freelancer profile.
As I noticed recently, Upwork has been more strict when it comes to new freelancer profile screening.
Have you received an email like this:
If yes, you are not alone. Don’t give up. As the quote said, “there is no glory without pain/work”. You can beat this small challenge. Promise.
How to overcome this? Kindly go back to your profile and be very mindful and careful on what are the information you input there. Try to write your profile in the draft using Microsoft word. In this way, you can able to write, read and rewrite it again and please save it for future reference or use.
Now here are the tips:
Please upload a high-quality photo. The image must be a face and shoulder focus. It should be in high pixels. If you don’t have one, I suggest to visits the photo booth or your neighborhood photographer wherein you will pay him below $1 I guess. Ask from him the soft copy of your image and try to save it in USB. Why I suggest your neighborhood photographer because most of them use high-end cameras that will result to high pixels images.
This is one of the most important information to consider in creating your profile because these are the first words that the clients see in your profile.
This is where you write your expertise and experiences that you are going to offer to your future clients.
Keep this section focus on your category-specific skills and place the most vital info first.
Only the primary 2 or 3 sentences appear in search results so make sure to use it so that you can able to get the clients attention.
At the moment, I do not have a profile video yet but I am planning to do it soon.
Many have said that it is effective to create an introduction video of at least 30 seconds.
Write down your top skills and it should be consistent with your category and title.
This is also important to your profile. This is what I called “samples of my work” that are related to the skills I have to write down in my title, overview, and skills.
List all your earned certifications here to show your specific knowledge for what you have listed above.
Your employment experiences will give clients ideas into your past projects and qualifications. Include your current projects on Upwork as well as previous work experience. You can use bullet points to pinpoint specific projects that were relevant to your expertise.
Your education can further enhance your profile by validating your credentials and educational background.
In cases where you do not have formal education, consider adding all informal and self-taught education in the “Other Experiences” section. Completing this can help validate your background and increase your client’s trust in your work.
You need to take the Upwork tests. You have the options of what are the kind of test you are going to take. Take the test as soon as possible but prepare yourself first.
From Upwork blog:
Maximize the effectiveness of your profile by being simple yet specific. Be proactive in updating your profile routinely with new experiences and content that will improve your qualifications and help you land more jobs.
I hope I give you insights in making your Upwork Profile 100% complete.
And always keep in touch and follow my blog because I am going to give tutorials soon.
Have a great day.