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Problem with my profile

melaniemarcil
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Melanie M Member Since: Sep 18, 2015
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Hi! I've had this problem since I arrived at Upwork. It's been a long time, so I hope we can fix this together. I really need your help!

The problem is I keep resubmitting my profile. I don't know what's wrong about it and why they won't let me have it. I changed it so many times and each time I thought it was just fine.

 

Can someone please tell me what exactly is wrong with my profile? I think it's the Overview section that causes this issue.

mark8979
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Mark C Member Since: Aug 8, 2015
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Your profile is set to private, that means we cannot see it.

melaniemarcil
Active Member
Melanie M Member Since: Sep 18, 2015
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Oh, of course. Sorry about that.

 

This is what it looks like right now:

 

My profile

melaniemarcil
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Melanie M Member Since: Sep 18, 2015
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Note: To zoom in the picture, you can CTRL + mouse scroll

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Melanie,

This is not an appropriate profile for a new contractor on Upwork.

 

You need to post impressive, distinctive portfolio items which were clearly created by yourself, and not copied from somewhere.

 

You need to remove a lot of superfluous text from your overview text, such as your discussion of your language abilities, which is rather irrelevent and already covered by language assessments on the right hand side of the profile.

 

Remove the line: "It would be a pleasure to work with you."

 

That just wastes space and wastes my time as a client.

 

You need to omit any mention of skills you dabble in or "do a little bit of." Why would a client hire somebody to do something that they know a tiny bit about, when the client could choose from thousands of experts available on Upwork.

 

Remove any mention of audio editing.

 

Try to make your overview text about ME, the client. I don't really care about your life history or about what things you would find pleasurable. I want to know what you will do for ME, specifically, as client, to make my project better.

 

Most importantly, you need to remove all except TWO job skills from the top of your profile.


You have ten job skills. You should have TWO, or even just ONE.

 

This is advice specifically for YOU, and not necessarily general advice.

 

Focus your profile on just one specific job skill area. Make it clear that you'r really good at that one thing.

 

AFTER you have your profile approved and AFTER you have completed a few jobs on Upwork, you may gradually add additional job skills.

melaniemarcil
Active Member
Melanie M Member Since: Sep 18, 2015
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Hi Preston,

 

You posted: "You need to post impressive, distinctive portfolio items which were clearly created by yourself, and not copied from somewhere."

 

Now, I don't mean any harm or anything but this offended me... These items are my work!

 

 

I've made changes to my profile. My tags are now only "Adobe Photoshop" and "Image Editing".

 

The text of my Overview section is now :

 

Multimedia Integrator

I'm a perfectionist hard worker offering you my services, specialized in image resizing and exporting images for the Web (as needed) at competitive prices.

 

Intégratrice Multimédia

Je suis une travailleuse acharnée et perfectionniste vous offrant mes services, me spécialisant en redimensionnement d'images et en exportation d'images pour le Web (selon le besoin) à des prix concurrentiels.

 

Does it respect the requirements?

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "Now, I don't mean any harm or anything but this offended me... These items are my work!"

 

Melanie,

Certainly no offense was meant.

 

I never looked at your portfolio.

 

Your profile is private. I have no way of seeing your portfolio.


The only reason I saw your profile page at all was because you posted a screenshot of it, and the screenshot was cropped so that I couldn't see your portfolio.


So I didn't know you even had one.

 

If you already have a portfolio that presents high-quality work that is something clients will admire and won't think it is the work of somebody else, then consider this step done.

melaniemarcil
Active Member
Melanie M Member Since: Sep 18, 2015
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Alright, thank you. I'll try to submit my profile when I get the chance. (I already submitted it before doing these changes so I'll have to wait a little bit for it to be able to resubmit it.)

prestonhunter
Community Guru
Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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re: "I've made changes to my profile. My tags are now only "Adobe Photoshop" and "Image Editing".'

 

It sounds like your profile is much better now. From what you have described, it is much more focused and targetted, which is what you want when you're starting out, looking for your first job.

 

You'll need to apply only to those jobs which let you utilize your very best skill (Photoshop/Image Editing), write great proposals, and make a case that you're going to be a great asset to the client's project. If you're going for your first job, you might need to apply to fixed-price jobs that pay less than you want to make in the long run. Then do an amazing job on them and get great feedback. Because they're fixed-price jobs, nobody will know how many hours you spent on them, so they won't have the effect of making your hourly rate on early projects look low.

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