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Would you hire someone with multiple specialized profiles?

Active Member
Elaman I Member Since: Dec 29, 2015
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This is a question for clients.

Imagine you are looking for a software developer. You receive two proposals:

One with two profiles:

- Software developer

- Translator

One with only one profile:

- Software developer

 

Assuming everything else is perfect (a proposal, portfolio, reviews, work history, etc.), which person you'd hire?

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Preston H Member Since: Nov 24, 2014
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Obviously you hire the specialist rather than the dilettante.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Preston H wrote:

Obviously you hire the specialist rather than the dilettante.


Which could be either.

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Roberto S Member Since: Apr 27, 2019
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Elaman I wrote:

This is a question for clients.

Imagine you are looking for a software developer. You receive two proposals:

One with two profiles:

- Software developer

- Translator

One with only one profile:

- Software developer

 

Assuming everything else is perfect (a proposal, portfolio, reviews, work history, etc.), which person you'd hire?


Imagine you want to eat a pizza with pepperoni:

- They offer you two pizzas
- One with pepperoni
- One with pepperoni and pineapple

Which one do you want to eat? Your question is basically the same. You are looking for a pepperoni pizza, you might like or not like pineapples. But if I get served something I didn't ask for, I'm not going back to the restaurant.

EDIT: those are 2 totally different jobs. Do you want your software to be translated in the future or do you want to publish it in multi-language? Search for a translator then.

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Look for a freelancer who also has UX skills - and examples to back it up.

Ensuring an easy and seamless user experience is vital to the success of any website.

Community Guru
Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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I think you are all missing the point Smiley Wink

The OP is not a client, but a freelancer wondering whether to create a specialized profile or not.

 

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
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l find different people (and different clients) have different answers to this. Personally, it would depend on what I needed. If I went looking for a freelancer, chances are good it would be because I needed a specialized skill I couldn't cover in-house, so I'd lean toward the person who was focused in the specific area I needed. Though it's certainly possible for someone to be expert-level in many services, the person who spends all day every day immersed in what I need done is likely to be more efficient and perhaps have more knowledge of the infrequent twists that may arise in that area.

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Elaman I Member Since: Dec 29, 2015
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So most if not all of you tell me that you'd most likely hire a guy with a single niche specialty, rather than someone with additional specialty? This renders this new specialized profiles useless if not harmful.

 

Now I specialize in Drupal (my profile always had been focused only on Drupal), but I'm also really good React framework. After reading your responses, kind makes me want to pass on specialized profiles.

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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Elaman I wrote:

So most if not all of you tell me that you'd most likely hire a guy with a single niche specialty, rather than someone with additional specialty? This renders this new specialized profiles useless if not harmful.


I use two very different specialized profiles and have made near  $ 600 k that way.

 

Despite Preston calling me a "dilettante"  - it seems to work for me and others who know what they are doing and how to do it.

 

 

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Elaman I Member Since: Dec 29, 2015
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Why I'm asking this question at all is that, while my profiles views were increase for the past one week, the amount of hires and invites drastically reduced. I'm thinking, it is because of specialized profiles.

I just wanted to know the client's side of thinking.

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