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gingersnappr
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Education?

Hello -

I'm new to UpWork, and I have a lot of questions. haha

 

I was curious if there was a way to remove things like "Education" from your profile. I have a degree, but it isn't in the field that I freelance in (no one wants an Anthropologist designing their presentations). Honestly, there are a number of things I would like to remove from my profile. A lot of the information that I am required to put into the profile seems unnecessary and a potential security risk such as my city, my college, a photo, etc. I have a logo that has worked quite well on other freelancing sites. Is there a particular reason they won't allow logos and only allow photos? And more importantly - can I change or limit access to any of this?

 

Thanks! Smiley Happy

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prestonhunter
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Sometimes it helps to include things in your profile to get it approved. But once it has been approved, you can usually remove those things.

 

You should be able to safely remove information from various sections, including the Education section.

 

I don't include everything on my profile. Nobody should. I'm not filling out a detailed dossier to get security clearance and I'm not signing up on a dating site. My profile is a marketing device, intended to provide accurate information about myself, but not ALL information about myself.

 

For example, I speak a foreign language, a language I studied, the language of a country I lived in... But that's not mentioned on my profile at all. I have omitted many things from my profile, and you should, too.

Racheal, I don't know why clients wouldn't want a presentation designed by an anthropologist, especially a cultural anthropologist. You could add a multicultural perspective that stands out from the competition. Anyway, it's refreshing that you'd want to hide your credentials, given the prevalence of freelancers with fabricated credentials.  

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I appreciate that, John. haha In my experience, most people don't automatically make the connection that you did! I know that when someone views my profile, they will have decided within seconds (maybe minute or two if they are really thorough) whether or not I'm someone they wish to work with. If given the option to work on a presentation with a freelancer who has a BFA in Graphic Design or a freelancer with a BA in Anthropology - chances are the BFA will be more attractive. Which would make my educational history a detriment. 

 

And speaking of anthropology...I also know that business dealings and establishing a relationship with a client relies heavily on trust (along with a variety of other things). Lying about my credentials doesn't exactly help in the trust department. I'd much rather be perfectly plain about my abilities and credentials. Now, if only there was a way to make, "I know how to make things that look nice" sound more official...Smiley LOL


@Racheal K wrote:

 

Now, if only there was a way to make, "I know how to make things that look nice" sound more official...Smiley LOL


Your profile isn't public, so we don't know what you have in your portfolio currently, but that's one way in which to showcase your expertise.

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Yes...I intend to put work into the portfolio once I get my "sea legs." I just joined today, and really wanted to sort out the issue of privacy before I filled a portfolio and made my profile public.  

Hi Rachael, 

 

While it is not against the ToS to have some sections of your profile, empty, having a complete profile helps a freelancer get started on the platform, and it is also a requirement for some programs such as the Top Rated Program.

 

However, the profile image your use on your profile should be a photo of you as it is against the ToS to use a photo other than yourself. 


~ Avery
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I appreciate your response, Avery. While I do understand that complete profiles are ideal, it is my personal preference to omit things such as education. It was required to create my profile and I entered information so that I could proceed. However, I would like to remove it. Thus far I haven't found a way to omit or edit that section. Is it possible?

 

And I do understand that my profile picture must be a photo of me (hence my professional headshot), but I personally disagree with the policy. (Not that it really matters, I simply found it curious that there were so many invasive bits of information required to even sign up.)

 

Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚  


@Racheal K wrote:

I appreciate your response, Avery. While I do understand that complete profiles are ideal, it is my personal preference to omit things such as education. It was required to create my profile and I entered information so that I could proceed. However, I would like to remove it. Thus far I haven't found a way to omit or edit that section. Is it possible?

 

And I do understand that my profile picture must be a photo of me (hence my professional headshot), but I personally disagree with the policy. (Not that it really matters, I simply found it curious that there were so many invasive bits of information required to even sign up.)

 

Thanks again ๐Ÿ™‚  


You would not find it curious were you aware of the sheer number of fake and scammy people coming to this site in droves. Upwork has had to resort to rather drastic measures of late because of this.

 

Those of us who aren't fake and scammy appreciate these measures.

Hi Racheal,

 

To remove the information you added to your profile, hover with your mouse over your degree title and use the trash can icon on the right side.

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Thanks for the reply, Preston. I'm certainly in agreement. I simply haven't found a way to remove those things yet. 

I'll keep searching. 

Hi Racheal, 


You can go to your profile, and scroll to the sections where you want to edit out information. When you put your mouse-pointer over (for example) a university you have included in the Education section, you will see a trash icon pop up. Clicking that will remove the entry.


~ Avery
Upwork

Thank you! I don't know why I couldn't find that before. How silly of me Smiley Embarassed

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