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Get Profile Feedback from Experienced Freelancers on Upwork

Getting started on Upwork can take a lot of work and focus. To help make this process a little easier, we’ve created this post where you can request feedback on your profile. The community is full of experienced Upwork freelancers who are passionate about helping others. These users will review your profile and provide feedback based on their experience.

 

If you’re interested in requesting help, make sure your profile visibility is not set to “Private” and then reply below. 

 

We’re excited to see how Community members can continue to help each other to grow!

 

Note: A previous version of this post was closed as the number of responses made it difficult to read and navigate. If you had not received a response yet to a request you made, please post again in this thread.

 

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AndreaG
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Hi all,

 

This thread has been closed from further replies due to its size. We appreciate your participation in the Community and welcome you to continue the conversation on this new thread.

 

Thank you!

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musabmsd
Community Member

Hey Clark, 

Really appreciate you taking a look. I'll see how I can make it a bit better. Thank you for the insight. 

Cheers

alooosh
Community Member

Hello Upwork community, please have a look at my profile. 

celgins
Community Member

Hello Ali,

 

Your profile is set to Private. You must set your profile to Public so we can see it.

03a158c1
Community Member

Hey there, I am zobia zahid and I am here with a small request. Kindly review my profile and send me a feedback. If I have any fault, please tell me. I would love to hear your response.

Ok 

 

Clever,

 

'Armed with a keyboard and a cup of coffee, I dive into the world of creativity, crafting engaging and informative content that captivates readers and drives results.'

 

Great sentence, especially the opening. 

I think you should look at other writer profiles and see what you can learn from them. Look for highly successful freelancers who write content and pick up a few clues that way. Good luck.

celgins
Community Member

Hey Zobia,

 

Your profile is incomplete, so you need to make several updates.

 

Photo: The first thing you should do is change your profile photo. The picture in your photo should be a close-up image of your head and shoulders that clearly shows your face--not a graphic or avatar. Read through Upwork's best practices for How to Choose A Good Profile Picture.

 

For your title, it is often best to focus on one skill area or related skill areas. Translation and resume writing are not related, so you should probably create a Specialized Profile that focuses on resume writing. Your main profile can focus on tranlation.

 

In your overview/summary, tell clients which resume services you provide ("I can translate books, essays, articles, web content," etc.) and how it benefits them.

 

Make sure your profile is 100% complete before applying to jobs. The best way to complete your profile is to go through the following Academy Courses and Learning Paths:

 

036d09f7
Community Member

Hey, please I am new to Upwork, I just joined four days ago and I'm not getting jobs. I have sent proposals to clients, however, I haven't received any interviews. can you guys please  help me and make a review on my profile. Thank you 

celgins
Community Member

Nwodika,

 

Most new freelancers on Upwork do not get jobs within a few days of joining. Freelancers often must send dozens of proposals before winning jobs.

 

I looked through your profile and it looks fine. You should remove the extra wording from your title and only include skills areas: Data Analyst | Email Copywriter, Virtual Designer

 

We are allowed 15 skill categories in our skills list, so you should add more.It is important to keep your skills list updated with relevant skills categories so that Upwork can match you with relevant jobs, and so your profile will appear when clients search for your skills.

 

Also, add a short job description to the job in your employment history.

 

Winning jobs is often based on the effectiveness of your cover letters. Once clients are interested, they will come to your profile to review more. Keep applying to jobs by writing great cover letters. Always create a custom cover letter based on the client's specific job requirements. Focus on the client's needs and requirements; highlight your qualifications; and tell the client how you will meet their needs.

5cd5e350
Community Member

plz me in reviewing my profile I am new to this platform

 

celgins
Community Member

Hi Shafaq,

 

Looks like you made a few updates since the last review on July 30. Your profile looks good, but I still think you should add one or two more items to your portfolio and continue to add relevant skills to your skills list.

ce536e23
Community Member

Hi upwork community, please take a look at my profile : https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01ed37eaccf2791455

celgins
Community Member

Hi Ritaj,

 

Here are some suggestions to improve your profile:

 

Photo: The first thing you should do is change your profile photo. The picture in your photo should be a close-up image of your head and shoulders that clearly shows your face. Read through Upwork's best practices for How to Choose A Good Profile Picture.

 

Overview/Summary: The list of work experience and personal attributes is not enough to convince clients to hire you. Clients are looking for developers who can help them get results. Tell clients what types of apps you can build and how it benefits them.

 

The summary typically starts like this: "I'm a skilled WebApp Developer with _____ years of hands-on experience in API development and WebApp development. I can develop/build..."

 

Skills: Be sure to include more relevant skill categories in your skills list.  It is important to keep your skills list updated with relevant skills categories so that Upwork can match you with relevant jobs, and so your profile will appear when clients search for your skills.

 

Employment History: Add short job descriptions to each job in your employment history.

 

Once you add more substance to your summary, I think clients will have a better understanding of the services you offer and how you can help meet their needs.

5dab478e
Community Member

Hello, what a fantastic offer! That is wonderful that experienced (and busy) Upwork freelancers are willing to help. 

I just started my profile and I would really appreciate an experienced review. 

Moran,

Your writing is fine, although being motivated and paying attention to detail doesn't exactly make you unique. If you want an edge, it helps to find something that you offer that nobody else can replicate. You don't have to overthink that. Think of a speciality or a style of a specialty or a customer you favor. You can litterally be the only virtual assistant in the world who caters to left-handed redheads. It doesn't much matter ... but it should be at least partially true. Whether they need this skill or not, people like to know they hired the only VA who speaks Martian (just to make the point).

The main problem, however, is that you use the word "I" six times in your first five sentences and the next two sentences begin with "My." This tells your clients you are thinking about yourself and not thinking about them. This is a critical mistake.

Your first sentence should include the word "you." It should go s omething like "I am an expert ________ who can help you with your problems of _____________, _______________, and _______________. There. In one sentence, the word I appears once and the word you appears twice. That's what you should aim for.

Good luck.

34a53d05
Community Member

Hi Upwork Community! Do have a look at my profile below, I'm a newbie on this platform and would love some input. 

https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~019c57d85f2dfd11bd?s=1017484851352698959

celgins
Community Member

Hi Tania,

 

I think your profile looks and sounds good. Your overview/summary is good, but I think prospective clients might want to know a little more. Give more examples of your design services (e.g., "I can create new logos, design flyers and banners, develop YouTube thumbnails, create branding (i.e., business cards, promo sheets, etc.) and more.")

 

Also, be sure to add other relevant graphic design skill categories to your skills list. One of the most important categories you are missing is Graphic Design.

 

You portfolio looks great, and the other areas of your profile look good. I do not see any huge problems that would prevent a client from hiring you.

breakboye
Community Member

Hello Upwork experts. I would love some pointers on my profile. Despite having 100% feedback I hardly ever get invited to bid on jobs. Any advice on how to make my profile standout at least a little bit more would be awesome. 

 

Thank you

Hello Engin,

 

The lack of invites is not related to your profile. Many freelancers--even Top-Rated and Top-Rated Plus--have seen significant decreases in invites, profile views, proposal views and responses to proposals.

 

I looked through each section of your profile and everything looks good. I do not see any problems that would prevent a client from hiring you.

b9a1881e
Community Member

Hello, Upwork community, please check my profile. If, I have any fault, Please tell me. I want to be a Successful Freelancer, And How can I get my First Client?

celgins
Community Member

Hello Ghulam,

 

The best way to get your first client is to have a 100% complete and to send quality proposals.

 

I looked through your profile and there are a few things that might improve it:

 

Title: Your title should be specific to a skill area and not contain unnecessary words. Your title will be more interesting to clients if it were simply: Data Entry Specialist | Copy Paste, Typing

 

Overview/Summary: I recommend removing the greeting, your name and location:"Hello. My name is Ghulam Fareed from Lahore." Why? Because only the first two sentences of your summary are shown to clients in searches. You have a very small window of opportunity to grab their attention, and you do not want to waste space with a greeting and your name--clients can already see your name and location on your profile.

 

Instead, start your summary by telling clients who you are and the data entry services you can provide:

 

I am a skilled Data Entry Specialist with 2 years experience providing high-quality data entry, copy/pasting, and content writing services to my clients. I am very punctual, honest and sincere in working for my clients and I can help you meet all of your data entry requirements.

 

Here are the services I offer:

(...)

 

Portfolio: You might want to add one or two more sample items to your portfolio.The portfolio is a chance to make a positive first impression and clients usually like visuals.

 

Skills: Be sure to add more skill categories if they are relevant to your data entry work. It is important to keep your skills list updated with relevant skills categories so that Upwork can match you with relevant jobs, and so your profile will appear when clients search for your skills.

 

Everything else looks good.

3afcb34a
Community Member

Hello, Upwork community, Please check my profile and let me know if there is any correction required. Also, I would like to get some tips on how to bag first client.
https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01a6020a0bf2a66787

celgins
Community Member

Sourabh,

 

The best way to get your first client is to have a 100% complete and to send quality proposals. I know that sounds simple, but there really is no other trick to it.

 

I looked through your profile and I have only a few suggestions:

 

Overview/Summary: Remove the phrase "UPWORK DEVELOPER" since there is no such thing.

 

Skills: Be sure your skills list includes up to 15 skill categories related to your services. It is important to keep your skills list updated with relevant skills categories so that Upwork can match you with relevant jobs, and so your profile will appear when clients search for your skills.

 

Employment History: Add short job descriptions to each job in your employment history. These also help with matching your to relevant jobs.

oagraphicdesign
Community Member

Hello all,  I have been on Upwork for a few months and submitted quite a few personalized proposals for jobs for which I thought I would be a good fit.  I have 20 years of experience, but I still have yet to get ANY notice on Upwork, and only one response, no interviews.  I would love some constructive feedback on things I can do to improve and get hired. Thank you in advance!

AK,

I don't know what your proposals look like, but I can imagine they could use some fine-tuning, as well. The profile write up needs a tweak or two, as well.

In the first place, as I mention often, your write-up uses the word "I" or "my" six times and doesn't use the word "you" once. This is a crtical error. Clients resonate with people who understand what their problem(s) might be; they don't necesarrily react well to people with oodles of talent who aren't thinking about them.

Talent, it turns out, is not very rare. There are 1.5 million writers on Upwork and probably that many graphic designers. They all claim to have talent ... to be passionate about their work ... to workl collaboratively. Some of that is worth mentioning (excet the "passionate" business, which makes it sound like you started graphic design a week ago). 

Passionate makes you sound like an amateur. What clients want are professionals and the big deal in their mind is "Can this freelancer promise me results?" They want to know if their sales will increase or their brand recognition will go up or their core message will be conveyed. Personally, I don't really know what they want, because I'm not a graphic designer ... but if you have experience you should have a read on that pretty good by now. 

Anyway, that's just for starts. You write well, so there's no particular issue there. I must say, I didn't notice the rate you charge, but remember it has nothing to do with what you will receive. You negotiate each price as best you can. What the rate does on your profile is indicate your professionalism and your sense of confidence. Find a rate in the middle of the pack plus a small percentage. 

Lastly, try to find something that gives you a competetive advantage. Anything -- learn the very latest graphic program and brag about that or specialize in sports or cars ... whatever. Make yourself look special. If you're the best car designer in the world, that doesn't mean other clients won't seek you out. It's just marketing, by the way, but try to be at least 51 percent honest if you can.

 

Great photo, by the way.

a8d5f8b7
Community Member

Hello, Upwork community, please check my profile. If, I have any fault, Please tell me. I want to be a Successful Freelancer, And How can I get my First Client?

celgins
Community Member

Hello Aditia,

 

The best way to get your first client is to have a 100% complete and to send quality proposals. I know that sounds simple, but that is the best way.

 

Your overview/summary sounds good. Not having professional experience presents a challenging in winning jobs, but being honest might convince some clients to reach out to you when you send proposals.

 

Also, there are probably more skill categories you can add to your skills list. The biggest reason to update your skill categories is so clients can find you when they search for your specific skills, and so Upwork’s matching algorithms can better match you with relevant jobs.

 

Make sure your profile is 100% complete before applying to jobs. The best way to complete your profile is to go through the following Academy Courses and Learning Paths:

 

47e0d47e
Community Member

Hi Upwork Community. Please review my profile. I would love to hear your response. 

Psudheer K. - content writing - Upwork Freelancer from Tirupati, India

 

celgins
Community Member

Hi Psudheer,

 

I looked through your profile and I have only a few suggestions.

 

I recommend your title be like a skill area or occupation: Content Writer. Be sure to capitalize the first letter of each word.

 

Your overview/summary sounds good, but I think clients will want to hear more about what you can write. Talk more about the type of content writing you do. For example, "I can write blogs, articles, product descriptions, website content, etc."

 

I think you should add a portfolio to show samples of your work. The portfolio is a chance to make a positive first impression on potential clients.

 

Also, be sure to add up to 15 relevant skill categories to your skills list. The biggest reason to update your skills categories is so clients can find you when they search for your specific skills, and so Upwork’s matching algorithms can better match you with relevant jobs.

james-lemayian
Community Member

Greetings, Team!

A bright and cheerful morning to you all from Africa!

Allow me to introduce myself – I'm James, and I'm thrilled to be a fresh addition to this remarkable group.

Being part of this team of exceptional freelancers feels like walking among giants, and I couldn't be more excited.

I'm eager to absorb insights and knowledge from each one of you. In the meantime, I'd like to kindly request your valuable input on my profile if you would be willing to share it.

Feel free to be candid – I'm open to constructive criticism and have a thick skin for it!

I appreciate your time and consideration. Looking forward to the incredible learning journey ahead.

- James.

James,

You name many of the very general traits someone looks for in a writer -- your attention to detail and your passion. But I'm not convinced you are an experienced professional writer. Your writeup lacks the hard specifics that would make it credible. Where did you write in the past? Be specific. What topics have you covered? Be specific. These are the types of things professional writers understand. 

Just for example, where are your tear sheets? Do you know what tear sheets are? Writing samples with the publisher printed somewhere on the page. These are stock in trade items. 

Anyway, long story short, you need more specifics and you need to put writing samples in your portfolio. If you don't have tear sheets, give yourself a couple of writing assignments and write them up. Post those in your portfolio. They aren't tear sheets, but they at least show people you know how to complete an assignment. 

bb0a50a4
Community Member

Qurat,

Content writing and graphic design are two very different skills and here on Upwork there are hundreds of thousands of experts in each of those sectors. As such, it isn't very often someone can try to offer two different services at the same time. When people look for an expert, they look for someone who does one thing only and can claim to know everything there is to know about that one skill. When you try to do two things, people think, eh, she can't be an expert at two things, so I'll go find someone else.

That's the rule of thumb. There's so much competition that trying to do two things at once usually means you're not competitive in either service, as opposed to both. 

e0991373
Community Member

Hello, Upwork community, please check my profile. If, I have any fault, Please tell me. I want to be a Successful Freelancer, And How can I get my First Client?

Sangeeta,

Freelancing is a whole different mindset from finding a job. With freelancing, you have a job. You work for yourself.

It certainly isn't against the rules (as far as I know) to use Upwork and market yourself as looking for a job, but 99.9999 percent of the work here is contracted, often short-term jobs. Then, again, if you want to market through Upwork the standard is to offer a service and to market that, not to seek employment per se.

5a94ccec
Community Member

Hello Upwork community, I'm new here, Have a look at my profile Please, I would like to receive an honest review🥺. 

 

 

Thanks 🥰

 

celgins
Community Member

Hello Dada,

 

I looked through your profile and here is what I see:

 

The first thing you should do is change your profile photo. The picture in your photo should be a close-up image of your head and shoulders that clearly shows your face. Read through Upwork's best practices for How to Choose A Good Profile Picture.

 

There is a lot of redundancy and unnecessary words in your title. If you are here on Upwork to provide lead generation services, simply say something like: Lead Generation Specialist.

 

In your overview/summary, don't mention being computer literate--most of the world is computer literate. Instead, tell prospective clients what types of lead generation services you provide and how you can help them.

 

Since you are new to Upwork, make sure your profile is 100% complete before applying to jobs. The best way to complete your profile is to go through the following Academy Courses and Learning Paths:

 

ed7e58e0
Community Member

Hello. Newbie here. Please take a look of my profile and don't hesistate to correct me. I am very open to corrections for me to do better. https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01895e9b4cd4c45b89?viewMode=1 

celgins
Community Member

Hello Antonete,

 

Welcome to Upwork.

 

Your profile is incomplete, so you need to reach 100% completion before applying to jobs.

 

There are unnecessary and redudant words in your title. If you provide customer service and tech support, your title should be simple like: Customer Service & Tech Support. Then, your overview/summary has to provide details about the customer service support you can provide (e.g., phone support, email management, chat support, customer relationship management (CRM) support, etc.) Tell clients which services you provide and how you can help them.

 

You also need to add more skills and a portfolio.

 

Since you are new to Upwork, make sure your profile is 100% complete before applying to jobs. The best way to complete your profile is to go through the following Academy Courses and Learning Paths:

 

d34e5d84
Community Member

Hello Upwork community, I'm new here, Have a look at my profile Please, I would like to receive an honest review. 

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