2019, 10/16 - Update to Writing Category Skills

From time to time, we evaluate and update the skills listed on Upwork to reflect the current trends and talents that freelancers offer. These updates improve our site’s search and matching capabilities, so it’s important that they’re kept up-to-date.

For example:

  • If you are a client, skills help categorize your job post and match your project with the talent you need
  • If you are a freelancer, skills help you market your talents and create specialized profiles that accurately reflect your expertise

Our latest updates focus on the writing category. We have automatically updated existing profiles and job posts with these changes.

Pro tip: Top freelancers tell us they frequently check the skills listed on their profile to make sure they are accurate and current.

 

Content Writing
  • Replaced Content Writing Skills with Content Writing Services to describe the specific types of Content Writing Services a freelancer can provide or the client requires. Content Writing Services include Content Marketing Strategy, Content Writing, Copywriting, Editing & Proofreading, Fact Checking, Research and SEO.
  • Updated Content Writing deliverables to include: About Us Page, Article, Bio, Blog Content, Case Study, eBook, Landing Page, Newsletter, Pillar Page, Product Page, Resume, Script, Social Media Content, Technical Report, Website Content and White Paper.
  • Replaced Industry with Writing Topics to describe the specific topics that a freelancer writes about. These now include: Advertising, Agriculture, Arts, Auto, Beauty, Business, Construction, Design, DIY, Education, Energy, Entertainment, Fashion, Finance, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Health & Fitness, Healthcare & Medical, Home & Garden, Legal, Lifestyle, Manufacturing, Marketing, Mining, Music, Non-Profit, Politics, Real Estate, Science, Software, Sports & Recreation, Technology, Travel and Wedding. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable needs to be written in. 
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Copywriting
  • Replaced Copywriting Skills with Copywriting Services to describe the specific types of Copywriting Services a freelancer can provide or a client requires. Copywriting Services include Content Marketing Strategy, Content Writing, Copywriting, Editing & Proofreading, Research and SEO. 
  • Updated the Copywriting deliverables to include: About Us Page, Ad Copy, Article, Blog Content, Brochure, Email, Flyer, Headlines, Landing Page, Newsletter, Press Release, Product Descriptions, Product Page, Sales Collateral, Script, Slogan, Social Media Content, Tagline and Website Content. 
  • Replaced Industry with Writing Topics to describe the specific topics that a freelancer writes about. Writing Topics now include Advertising, Agriculture, Arts, Auto, Beauty, Business, Construction, Design, DIY, Education, Energy, Entertainment, Fashion, Finance, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Health & Fitness, Healthcare & Medical, Home & Garden, Legal, Lifestyle, Manufacturing, Marketing, Mining, Music, Non-Profit, Politics, Real Estate, Science, Software, Sports & Recreation, Technology, Travel and Wedding. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American. More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Creative Writing
  • Replaced Creative Writing Skills with Creative Writing Services to describe the specific Creative Writing Services a freelancer can provide and the skills a client requires. Creative Writing Services include Creative Writing and Editing & Proofreading. 
  • Updated the Creative Writing deliverables to include Article, Biography, Blog Content, eBook, Jokes, Lyrics, Memoir, Novel, Poem, Screenplay, Script and Short Story. 
  • Updated Writing Genres to include Science Fiction, Children’s Literature and Young Adult. Removed Lyrics and Poetry from Writing Genres. The complete list of Creative Writing Genres now includes: Children's Literature, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Thriller and Young Adult. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Editing & Proofreading
  • Replaced Editing & Proofreading Skills with Editing & Proofreading Services to describe the specific Editing & Proofreading Services a freelancer can provide or a job post requires. Editing & Proofreading Services include Copyediting, Developmental Editing, Fact Checking, Formatting and Proofreading.  
  • Updated the Editing & Proofreading deliverables to describe the type of content that a freelance has experience in editing or proofreading. The list includes Academic Paper, Article, Blog Content, Book, Business Plan or Pitch, Case Study, Grant Documentation, Press Release, Sales & Marketing Collateral, Social Media Content, Speech, Technical Documentation, Website Content and White Paper. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Ghostwriting
  • Replaced Ghostwriting Skills with Ghostwriting Services to describe the specific Ghostwriting Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Ghostwriting Services include Fact Checking, Research, Ghostwriting and Editing & Proofreading.  
  • Updated Ghostwriting deliverables to include Article, Autobiography, Biography, Blog Content, eBook, Lyrics, Memoir, Novel, Poem, Screenplay, Script, Speech and Website Content. 
  • Depending upon the deliverable selection, you can select the Writing Genre or the Writing Topic. Updated Writing Genres include Children's Literature, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Mystery, Non-Fiction, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Thriller and Young Adult. Updated Writing Topics include Advertising, Agriculture, Arts, Auto, Beauty, Business, Construction, Design, DIY, Education, Energy, Entertainment, Fashion, Finance, Food & Beverage, Gaming, Health & Fitness, Healthcare & Medical, Home & Garden, Legal, Lifestyle, Manufacturing, Marketing, Mining, Music, Non-Profit, Politics, Real Estate, Science, Software, Sports & Recreation, Technology, Travel and Wedding. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in or the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Grant Writing
  • Replaced Grant Writing Skills with Grant Writing Services to describe the specific Grant Writing Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Grant Writing Services include Grant Writing, Editing & Proofreading, Business Strategy, Budgeting & Forecasting and Grant & Market Research. 
  • Updated Grant Writing deliverables to include Prospect List. Renamed Business Planning to Business Plan and Budget Proposal to Proposal. Removed Crowdfunding, Grant Submission and Market Research. The list now reads: Budget, Business Plan, Grant Application, Letter of Inquiry, Letter of Intent, Letter of Support, Proposal and Prospect List. 
  • Added Grant Funding Areas to describe a freelancers grant funding areas of experience, including: Animal Welfare, Arts & Culture, Community Development, Education, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Health, Housing, Human & Civil Rights, Information & Communications Technology, International Aid & Development, Physical Sciences and Research & Public Policy. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Technical Writing
  • Replaced Technical Writing Skills with Technical Writing Services to describe the specific Technical Writing Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Technical Writing Services include Editing & Proofreading, Fact Checking, Visual Presentation Design, Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research and Technical Writing. 
  • Updated Technical Writing deliverables. The list now includes: API Guide, Article, Blog Content, Datasheet, Descriptions, FAQ, Help System, Instruction Manual, Policy, Press Release, Procedures, Specifications, Technical Case Study, Technical Documentation, Technical Report, Training Materials, Tutorial, User Manual, Website Content and White Paper. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
  • Replaced Industry with Technical Writing Topics, including: Aeronautics, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Hardware, Consumer Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Finance, IT, Medical, Robotics and Software. 
  • Added Technical Writing Tools to identify freelancers’ unique skills. The list of tools includes: Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe FrameMaker, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Apple Pages, Audacity, Camtasia, GIMP, JetBrains WebStorm, LibreOffice Writer, LyX, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Word, RoboHelp, Scrivener and SnagIt.
Business Writing
  • Replaced Business Writing Skills with Business Writing Services to describe the specific Business Writing Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Business Writing Services include Editing & Proofreading, Business Strategy, Business Analysis, Business Writing and Market Research.
  • Updated Business Writing deliverables and renamed Business Planning to Business Plan, RFI to Request for Information and RFP to Request for Proposal. The full list now includes: Article, Blog Content, Business Plan, Company LinkedIn Profile, Company Profile, Executive Summary, Investor Overview, Letter, Pitchbook, Pitchdeck, Presentation, Press Release, Project Proposal, Report, Request for Information, Request for Proposal and Speech. 
  • Renamed Industry to Industry Experience. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Writing Tutoring
  • Replaced Writing Tutoring Skills with Writing Tutoring Services to describe the specific Writing Tutoring Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Writing Tutoring Services include Academic Writing, Business Writing, Creative Writing, Editing & Proofreading, Grant Writing, Research and Technical Writing. 
  • Added Grade Levels to identify which grade levels a freelancer has experience tutoring for. They are College, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Post College and Pre-K. 
  • Replaced Languages with Written Languages to help clarify the specific language a freelancer writes in and the language a deliverable must be written in.
  • Reorganized language dialects to fall underneath a parent language. Ex: freelancer selects English as a written language, they can select a specific dialect like North American.
  • More common languages like English, French, German, and Spanish will appear at the top of the list.
Career Coaching
  • Replaced Career Coaching Skills with Career Coaching Services to describe the specific Career Coaching Services a freelancer can provide or a job requires. Career Coaching Services include Career Coaching, Cover Letter Development, Interview Preparation, Life Coaching, LinkedIn Profile Development, Resume Development and Startup Consulting.
  • Added Industry Experience to identify the industries a freelancer has experience in. The list includes: Agriculture & Mining, Arts, Business Services, Construction, Education, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, Government, Healthcare & Medical, Hospitality & Tourism, Legal, Manufacturing, Media & Entertainment, Non-Profit, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer Goods, Scientific & Technical Services, Technology, Transportation & Warehousing and Wholesale.

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