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Expanding Specialized Profiles for Freelancers

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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Valerie,

 

Could you please check again under Find Work> Profile? It should show now. Please, feel free to let us know what you think about this feature!

~ Valeria
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Valerie S Member Since: Jun 22, 2015
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Thank you Valeria, the option is there now!  Am checking it out, will let you know my thoughts.  Smiley Happy

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Esther Alfonsina S Member Since: Oct 10, 2015
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Love this - seems like a way to save time when clients are looking for specific types of work. Can´t wait to see it. 

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Stella L Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Stella,

 

Could you please refresh the page and see if the option is showing now? Let us know if you still can't access it.

 

Thanks!

~ Valeria
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Stella L Member Since: Jun 23, 2015
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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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I asked this on the other thread and don't remember getting an answer: once this is available for all skillsets/freelancers, please tell me that having a specialized profile will be optional and that choosing not to make one won't affect us negatively in search or elsewhere?

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Wassim T Member Since: May 29, 2015
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+1 to what Isabelle Anne said.

I don't know why you always seem to over-complicate things. I am a service provider, I know the type of service that I am offering and I love everything to be on the same page for my clients.
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Valeria K Moderator Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Isabelle Anne and Wassim,

 

Specialized profiles are not required at this time. However, since this feature was enabled we saw that freelancers with specialized profiles are 30%+ more likely to receive invites. With a specialized profile freelancers can more effectively highlight their strengths and market their services to clients looking for specific expertise.

~ Valeria
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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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@Valeria K wrote:

Hi Isabelle Anne and Wassim,

 

Specialized profiles are not required at this time. However, since this feature was enabled we saw that freelancers with specialized profiles are 30%+ more likely to receive invites. With a specialized profile freelancers can more effectively highlight their strengths and market their services to clients looking for specific expertise.


Thanks for acknowledging my question Valeria, but that's not a very reassuring answer. Where can we leave feedback on this feature? It would be very unfair to force this on us in future. In my particular case, I can't (and don't want to) be any more specialized than I already am. Most of my clients don't hire me for just one type of project, so it would be very limiting if I'm pushed into dividing up my profile and categorizing my skills/services.

 

Like Wassim, I want everything to be in one place for my clients, who need to be able to quickly see what kind of work I do. And given the types of invites I'm getting, clearly many clients are not even paying attention to a single freelancer profile -- what makes Upwork think they'll go through each freelancer's different sections?

 

Edited to rant a bit more: can we not focus on more important things like attracting more high-quality clients and jobs to the site? The quality of proofreading/editing jobs posts has been increasingly horrible since January, and I haven't even found one decent project to spend my connects on this month. I know I'm not the only one with this experience.

 

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