Limited-release feature. See forum announcement.

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Here’s why we’re making some changes to specialized profiles.

 

Specialized Profiles Beta Test

We are beta testing specialized profiles for freelancers that work on mobile development projects. For example, you can separate out the work you’ve done as a mobile game developer from your work as a translator or graphic designer. Qualifying freelancers will receive an invitation by email in the coming weeks.

 

Create or Change a Specialized Profile

Once you’re invited to the test, you’ll have the option to “Add specialized profile” in the profile editor (Find Work > Profile). After you’ve created a specialized profile, your options are:

  • View: See a preview of how it’ll look to clients.
  • Unpublish: Hide it so only you can see it. You can continue to make changes and republish it later.
  • Delete: Removes the specialized profile entirely. To re-add it you’ll have to start over.  
  • Edit: Each section of a profile will have an “Edit” or “Add” option that allows you to make updates and changes. Switch between profiles at the top (General Profile, iOS Development, etc.) to edit the parts that are customized to that profile view.

 

FAQs

What’s the difference between a specialized profile vs. the general profile I already have?

On each specialized profile you’ll set:

  • Title, overview, and rate
  • Which portfolio and work history items show (general has all, specialized shows just the relevant ones of your choosing)
  • More detail about the type of skills you have within mobile app or mobile game work. For example, programming languages, types of devices you develop on, which categories of apps you’ve worked on, etc.

What stays the same on a specialized profile and the general profile I already have?

The rest of the parts of the profiles (except those listed above) will be the same across profile views:

  • Skill tests, educational background, employment history, certifications, other experience, languages, availability
  • Portfolio project details (you don’t have to show all projects on specialized profiles, but their titles, attachments, and other details will be the same everywhere they appear)
  • Job Success Score

If you edit a shared part of your profile, the changes will show across on all profile views.

Who can create a specialized profile?

The test is currently focused on the “Mobile Dev” category. Freelancers who have completed mobile development projects in the past will be invited to create a specialized profile in the coming weeks. We hope to roll out the option to other categories this year. This experience is not yet available for agency members. 

How will a client know I have a specialized profile?

Your profile will contain an indicator that you have other specialized profiles, and the client will have the option to switch between those versions when viewing your profile (similar to how you switch between versions when editing your profile).

How do I send someone a link to my specialized profile?

For now (during testing), you will only be able to send a direct link to your general profile. We plan to add unique links to your specialized profiles at a later date.

What are the future plans to expand the specialized profile feature?

We hope to branch out to all categories in 2018.

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