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I am trying to update my portfolio with a new folder but cant

Bojan S Moderator Member Since: Mar 9, 2018
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Hi Elena,


If you're not seeing your skills, you can go ahead and suggest skills that suit your Specialized profile's category. If you start typing something that isn't in our list, we save it as a suggestion and review those suggestions to add to the ontology.


The new process of adding new Portfolio items should encourage users to create specialized profiles as this allows freelancers to better customize their skills and experience. You may read more about it here through this announcement post. 


Thank you.


~ Bojan
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Elena M Member Since: Feb 26, 2018
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Hi Bojan!


Thank you for your reply! 


Did some suggestions, hopefully at least some of the skills that refer to embroidery digitizing will be in the list soon Smiley Happy 


Best wishes,



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Eric E Member Since: Dec 21, 2015
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This is really frustrating.


I just went through and deleted some old work in anticipation of adding some newer projects. Now I can not do so, without going through the hassle of a specialized profile, which is more limited and has a clunky UI.


I work across design and development, and many of projects include both types of work. I can't post a project under both! This is a really poor user experience and decision by Upwork.


If I had known you were taking away this ability, I would have just updated the old projects with the newer work and info and saved them. Now I'm just stuck with less work in my portfolio. 

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Ladislav D Member Since: May 16, 2017
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Super-frustrating. There is a workaround, sort-of ... Just create a specialised profile but do not publish it. You will be able to add new projects and they will appear in your general profile.

Not perfect at all, and yes, the new interface is clunky and has some funny issues like the list of programming languages for front-end development missing some crucial ones. But better than nothing.

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Lisa T Member Since: Apr 26, 2016
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Eric that is the same exact issue I am dealing with. It needs to be FIXED.

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Helen S Member Since: Jul 9, 2019
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When I click on + portfolio to add previous work all I see is a spinning circle - is this because there is an error with the site? I don't have the right package? any suggestions how to upload example work? N.B. I am looking to upload examples not complete as part of Upwork

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Igor K Member Since: Jul 9, 2019
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Hello! I'm trying to add a project to my portfolio, but Upwork offers me to create a specialized profile. I don't need a specialized profile, I just want to add a project to my portfolio from the general profile. How can I do this?

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Ladislav D Member Since: May 16, 2017
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You can create a specialised profile without publishing, which will allow you to add projects and they will appear in your general profile. Unfortunately, unless Upwork changes this “feature”, there is no other way at the moment.

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Sanja D Member Since: Dec 18, 2013
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same here - looks like (yet another) bug

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Valeria K Community Manager Member Since: Mar 6, 2014
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Hi Sanja and Virginia,


Currently by design in order add items to their portfolio the freelancer will need to create a Specialized Profile if they don't have any. We do appreciate feedback and will take it into consideration when making future updates to the feature.

~ Valeria