Unlike traditional employees, freelancers always have to keep their skills, portfolio and resumes up-to-date to be successful. Freelancers’ resumes constantly change as they complete more projects and expand their experience. Certainly, new contracts that you complete on Upwork are automatically added to your Work History as soon as they are closed. However, you specifically want to highlight certain accomplishments in your overview. If you master a new skill, get a new certification or complete an impressive project, let your potential clients know about it by adding it to your Upwork profile.
How often do you update your Upwork profile, tweak and revise your overview, and add new items to your portfolio? Do you try to add every new project to your portfolio, or are you more selective? Have you ever changed the category you work in and had to re-write your profile completely? Have you noticed whether you receive more invitations after you update your profile?
Since my profile is a client list and a couple of quotes, I only update it when there's some significant addition or replacement in either area.
I updated my profile majorly after oDesk became Upwork because I stopped receiving invitations once that happened, and I was receiving all the invitations I could handle on oDesk. I kind of panicked and tried to make my profile as nice as I could. Besides this, I update my profile constantly. I had about 2 weeks in which I tweeked daily the first 4-5 lines of my Overview and I still don't like it completely. I re-organised and changed images in my portfolio a lot too. Thinking back, my oDesk profile was a mess compared to my Upwork profile.
After Odesk became Upwork, I was compelled to revamp my Profile.
Not once. Or twice. Or thrice.
Now that I think of it, I've lost the track.
And boy, do I love what I ended up doing!
Apart from the increased competition after the merger, it was seriously necessary to sit down and redo the profile every twice a day for two weeks until I decided on one that I liked.
Ideally, I think a freelancer should revamp the site every time a new job skill is added. Usually, this happens after every client, for me.
Every job is always a learning opportunity and its hard not to take back a brilliant idea, software or style of content that an ex client suggested.
In short, keep using all the tabs on Upwork regularly and you will love what upwork will sculpt out of you.
Good luck and Good day!
One doubt though, what is a decent word count for a profile?
I received a great profile review from Upwork with very useful tips, but I somehow lost it. I've checked my email, my Upwork messages and have found nothing. Does anyone know if there's a way to retrieve that info?
I've taken to streamlining mine more and more, down to the bare bones. As for projects, I only add something that I feel is more relevant to what I do these days. With regards to the WHAT I can do....I have cut that down as well and have removed many of my skills, focussing instead on that which I really enjoy while cutting out that which I am good at and can do well....but would rather not if I can help it.
In essence, I now focus on only that which I do well AND enjoy....To this end, however, there are things I need to remove from my portfolio as I no longer wish to offer my services with regards to them....I'll get around to doing that sometime.