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Specialized Profiles Soon Available in All Categories

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Isabelle Anne A Member Since: May 19, 2014
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Phyllis G wrote:

Good grief. Another example of UW helping us. With help like this, who needs a boat anchor tied to your ankles?


Probably the best description of Upwork's "services" that I've ever read Cat LOL Cat LOL Cat LOL

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Christine A wrote:

So... when Upwork came up with this specialized profiles idea, I immediately created one for presentations - one of my specialties. The trouble is, it doesn't look anywhere near as impressive as my main profile page. I don't bid on that many Upwork projects (hardly any of them have a high enough budget for my hourly rate), so I've only done three presentation projects in the past six months; accordingly, my presentations specialty profile says that I've done 3 jobs and worked six hours. I've actually done hundreds of presentations via Upwork and before that, Elance, so this doesn't give an accurate picture of my expertise at all. Meanwhile, my general profile says that I've done 319 jobs - much more impressive. I actually think that I'm hurting my chances of landing a presentations job by using this specialized profile. I want to delete the specialized profile, but I can't figure out how to do it. I don't want to accidentally delete my main profile. 


I'm watching to see what a mod has to say.

 

I agree ... this is why I didn't jump on that bandwagon right away. I started one and then stopped, because I realized it was not well-thought out. There are cross-skills that may use more than one specialty - for example, designing a logo that was also used on a trade show backdrop.

 

There should be a way to add projects we feel fit and/or applies under a specialized profile, beyond what Upwork is allowing.

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Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
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Virginia F., that's a great idea - especially when clients ask the question, "What other project have you done that's most like this one?" - then we could just post a link. I did figure out how to delete the profile, but it's a shame; I think that overall, it would be nice to position myself as a specialist in certain areas, but I swear that I've gotten way fewer invites and won fewer projects using this profile. I understand the rationale behind only making freelancers' most recent projects visible, but what if a client is looking for someone with years of experience? It's pretty unfair that a freelancer could have joined Upwork a few months ago and done five or six projects, and have an advantage over someone like me who's done hundreds (but only three recently, so that's all that's visible). 

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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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Christine A wrote:

Virginia F., that's a great idea - especially when clients ask the question, "What other project have you done that's most like this one?" - then we could just post a link. I did figure out how to delete the profile, but it's a shame; I think that overall, it would be nice to position myself as a specialist in certain areas, but I swear that I've gotten way fewer invites and won fewer projects using this profile. I understand the rationale behind only making freelancers' most recent projects visible, but what if a client is looking for someone with years of experience? It's pretty unfair that a freelancer could have joined Upwork a few months ago and done five or six projects, and have an advantage over someone like me who's done hundreds (but only three recently, so that's all that's visible). 


Agree completely. How hard could it be to show all jobs that apply to a specialty at the top, while still maintaining the rest of our profiles somehow? Even something as simple as a link to indicate there's  more to view could be effective - "this freelancer offers other skills, click here to see full profile" ... or something like that. Hoping they'll come up with improvements to this new initiative ... but not holding my breath.

 

Glad you figured out how to delete it.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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The number of jobs should (no, MUST) be the same on both or all 3 profiles. So should the hours.  So should the amount earned.  Especially when skills are applicable and used in almost all jobs.

 

I'm unpublishing but not trashing the 2nd profile.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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ok - if I understand this correctly  - specialized profile is actually starting from the scratch in terms of job history?

I didn't create one - couldn't be bothered with it, since print design was not even there as an option, and I had no new clients or projects for almost a year now - but if that's the case - who needs specialized profile that shows you as a beginner? ..on a separate note - I noticed that when I move my cursor over the text in the message box (html preview mode) - images on the right keep scrolling left and right, lol - nice little addition to already super buggy site and forum...

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Michael S Member Since: Aug 29, 2017
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Sanja D wrote:

ok - if I understand this correctly  - specialized profile is actually starting from the scratch in terms of job history?

I didn't create one - couldn't be bothered with it, since print design was not even there as an option, and I had no new clients or projects for almost a year now - but if that's the case - who needs specialized profile that shows you as a beginner? ..on a separate note - I noticed that when I move my cursor over the text in the message box (html preview mode) - images on the right keep scrolling left and right, lol - nice little addition to already super buggy site and forum...


When I created mine, there was the option to include jobs from my history that fit with the specialized profile.

 

If you've already created the profile, you can go into Settings > Profile Settings, scroll down to "Specialized Profiles" and click on the 'three dots' button and click "Edit"

 

Once you're editing, you can go down and hit the edit button under "Work History", and there will be two tabs. One for currently open jobs that you're working on, and one for completed jobs. In both tabs you can check and uncheck-whichever jobs you like, then click "Save."

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I did one as a test. It was fine until the other day. I went to add another job to the specialized profile, saved, published. When I looked to see what clients were seeing, two jobs had disappeared and the new one never showed up. 

As someone else said, it's best to wait 3-6 months and see if it's worth it by then. If these specilaized profiles don't look good to us as we create them, imagine how it looks to clients. Just say no.

UPDATE: I received a response from UW stating that they automatically removed the jobs from my test profile, because the clients posted the projects under "writing" (my main category), even though the projects were editorial design. It's pretty clear from the job titles that they are editorial design. 

 

Hm. I'll be skipping it and making my general profile extra special. Smiley Very Happy 

 

 

 

 

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Avery O Moderator Member Since: Nov 23, 2015
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Hi Cairenn, 


I apologise if this has inconvenienced you in any way. I'll go ahead and share your account with the team so that they can share more information with you through a ticket. 


-Avery
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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Wendy C wrote:

The number of jobs should (no, MUST) be the same on both or all 3 profiles. So should the hours.  So should the amount earned.  Especially when skills are applicable and used in almost all jobs.

 


Logically I'd say the speciality profiles should add up to the grand total of the general profile, but not be the same, no.

If a freelancer has done 50 contracts worth $ 50,000 in category A and 10 contracts worth $ 20,000 in category B, then the general profile should show 60 contracts for $ 70k - speciality profile A should show 50 contracts for $ 50 k, and speciality profile B should show 10 contracts for $ 20 k.

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