We want you to be successful and make this your home for work, and one of the most important tools for success is your profile. Over the years, we’ve found that the most successful freelancers have profiles that are complete, accurate, and paint a compelling picture of their services, skills, and accomplishments.

Your profile is an opportunity to advertise your business to potential clients. This is also your first chance to communicate with those clients and start building a relationship. Plus, you need a 100% complete profile to be eligible for achieving Rising Talent status, Top Rated status, and more.

You can find your profile completion percentage on the right-hand panel of the Find Work page under My Profile.

Profile completion percentage

Whether you complete your profile is up to you. It is also up to you how you complete it — many different combinations can be used to achieve a 100% complete profile.

Refer to the following table for profile guidelines

These required items make up 50% of a completed profile. You can’t achieve a 100% complete profile if you’re missing any of these items.

Profile Photo If all four items to the left are added, your profile will be 50% complete.
Profile Overview
At least one Employment History item
At least 1 Skill tag

Any combination of the following can be used for the remaining 50% of a complete profile.

Portfolio Item 5% each (max 20%)
Additional Employment History item(s) 10% each (max 20%)
Additional Skill tags 10%
Education 10% each (max 20%)
Profile Video 10%
At least one other Linked Account 10% (max 10%)
Certification 5% each (max 10%)
At least one Other Experience item 5% (max 5%)
Skill Tests Credit** 10% each (max 30%)

**Skill tests are no longer available. Freelancers who took skill tests previously will not have their profile completion percentages affected by this change.



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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I don’t upload a photo? Can I still get to 100%?

No. Without a profile portrait photo, you can never exceed 50% complete.

Can I use any combination to get to 100%?

There are many ways to get to 100%, but some items are required. To reach 50% you’ll need a photo, profile overview, at least one employment history item, and at least one skill tag. Any combination of the other choices can then be used to reach 100%. Please see the tables above for details about how to complete your profile.

What level of profile completion is needed to qualify for Top Rated?

Top Rated status requires a 100% complete profile.

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