Building a great profile is essential to landing jobs here on the platform. Many of you provide reviews and great tips for freelancers starting off. We also have a video here that walks through the steps of building an awesome profile:
What else have you found beneficial when creating your profile?
You can't reorder items in your Work History, but you can reorder skills by dragging tags to a new position.
You do need to choose a skill from a standardized list of skills. If you're having trouble finding your specific skill, you can try the following:
One of my tips:
If your profile looks like the profiles of lots of other people, and you are offering the same skills as tons of other people, then we really don't need you here. So don't bother.
If you have something different to offer, and if your profile is unique, then you have a better chance at success here.
". . . then we really don't need you here. So don't bother." Wow, that's pretty rude. Some people haven't established a lot of work history yet, or some people simply don't have "unique" work experiance yet. You really shouldn't devalue people who are trying their best by saying, "You shouldn't even be on Upwork."
I did not say anything about "work experience" or "work history."
I welcome newcomers to Upwork and am willing to help them succeed.
But just do the math:
"New Contractor A" has a distinctive profile and offers some in-demand skills and expertise which nobody else or very few people offer. Such a contractor will be more likely to succeed.
"New Contractor A" posted portfolio pieces demonstrating her expertise using pivot tables in Excel, specifically mentioned pivot tables in her overview text, and mentioned her extensive experience in setting up Excel files for use in managing government contract and grant data.
Compare that to New Contractor B whose profile looks like the profiles of 10,000 other contractors. New Contractor B claims to know how to use "Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint."
Why should any client hire New Contractor B instead of the other 9,999 contractors with essentially identical profiles and skill sets? Especially when many of the other 9,999 indistinguishable contractors have extensive sets of favorable feedback and a track record of completed projects?
So, Taylor, let me repeat: If you are boring "New Contractor B"... don't even bother setting up an Upwork profile page. If you are distinctive "New Contractor A," then you're probably already on your way to earning money here.