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For those of you who don’t know what Upwork is, Upwork is a site where freelancers bid on different types of projects. The Upwork job board hosts millions of projects that clients post. You can filter the jobs based on your skill set.
Upwork has all sorts of projects just waiting to be completed! There are editing, transcription, graphic design and virtual assisting jobs, just to name a few. This site is a great way to earn extra money and gain some long-term clients.
It can be a little intimidating to think about bidding against other freelancers and it’s easy to fall into a trap of insecurity. A big part in landing jobs on Upwork is to create a killer profile that potential clients can refer to. Today I’ll share with you some of my tips for creating an Upwork profile that will get you hired!
This is an example of an Upwork profile. Starting at the top, you’ll see that you have the option of placing your first name and the initial of your last name or you can give out your full name, depending on what you’re comfortable with. To the right, you’ll see my hourly rate, which is adjustable based on your experience. You can also see my work history, the rating I’ve received, the languages I am fluent in and my availability. All these things can be edited to fit your personal profile.
Underneath my name, you’ll see first my job title. This is important because it lets clients know what type of work you do. It’s best to be specific in this field, even if you have a few different titles like myself. Obviously, Jack-of-all-trade isn’t a good title. 🙂
The gray boxes underneath my job title are my areas of expertise. These are what clients use to determine what areas you have experience in. You can place quite a few of these on your profile, even though there are only about five areas that are going to show up right away. Choose these carefully as they are what the client will see as they glance through your profile.
The overview section is where you’ll strut your stuff, so to speak. This is the area that you use to tell of your accomplishments, your experience and anything else that you think might get you the job! If you have a blog, this is the place to list it. If you’ve been published in a popular magazine or guest posted for a site, write about that too! Try to spotlight your best accomplishments in this area.
The Work History and Feedback area is where clients leave their thoughts about your work. It’s the area that many clients will look at to see if you are a good worker, talented and precise. Every single job that you do for a client has the potential to receive feedback, so make sure that you do a good job! All feedback is listed on your profile, so you’ll want to do your best and get the highest reviews possible!
Creating a professional Upwork profile is the first step to landing the jobs on this site that will create the career of your dreams.
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