As much as we would all like to 'just get the job already', the process is governed by the purse holders. If the buyer cannot make an informed decision that you are the person for the job, they will probably choose someone else, where the decision is clear. NoSweat provides all the tools for you to set yourself up to become a top candidate.
It will take some effort from your side but it will not go unrewarded.
You need to convince the buyer that you are the person for the job. Spend time to set up your profile, your job types and your external links. These are your selling tools.
A complete profile is the first step in the right direction. In this section you provide information that is required for legal obligations from a NoSweat and buyer perspective. You also tell us where you live (roughly) so we can direct jobs to you more efficiently.
NoSweat will work with you to help you to get your profile section approved. We assess your information from a completeness and legal angle so we can be sure you are ready for buyer scrutiny.
Profile Readiness are assessed as follows:
You need a sensible first name and last name
Your real name is needed for SARS submissions. We do not need to know that you are fondly called 'Cuddly Bear'.
Complete bank details
We will need this to pay you. Hold off if you like but it could delay payment. Contrary to popular belief, it is quite difficult to steal money from you with just a bank account number. If you know how to do this, please share the info with us, we could all be rich overnight.
Tell us where you work from
Your brief board uses your location information to filter far away on-site work. You can choose to only see jobs that are relevant to you.
Verified cell number
At some point either NoSweat or the buyer needs to contact you.
You need to agree to the Seller terms
Know what is expected of you and what your rights are. Not accepting our terms of operation makes much of this conversation pointless.
Complete tax information
We will need your tax number, your ID number and a copy of your ID document. These are not negotiable. Huff and puff if you must but provide the required information else we break the law by giving you work. We are also not partaking in any tax protest wars you might be waging.
Job Types let you qualify for different job posts. A job post, or brief, can only belong to one job type. Job Types are sort of like 'roles' or 'skills', like Copywriter or Art Director.
You can have multiple job types associated with your profile and each is assessed separately.
Every Job Type you add to your profile should be verified for a more authentic and believable job application. The verification process is manual and could take some time to complete. We assess your provided information as humans and put ourselves in the buyer's shoes. The better your supporting links and connected LinkedIn profile, the better rank you get when applying for work.
Verification and ranking is a combination of sensible rates provided by you, the quality of your LinkedIn profile and your external links. External links are critical and you will not get verification unless your external links support the job type you are trying to get approved.
Regardless of the futility of the exercise, you can apply for jobs without verification. The verification process is optional.
We are in the process of improving the profiles and portfolios we are sending to buyers so that we can build stronger and more reliable relationships with the people that give us the opportunity to fill their jobs. At the end of the day, you are still selling yourself. If you neglect this part you will remain on the bench.
Read more about Better Profiles in 2017
What you can do to improve your buyer rank:
Supply a sensible preferred hourly rate
A sensible rate is market related and in line with your proficiency.
Provide a sensible lowest hourly rate
Buyers use this as a guid to know if they will reach any freelancers. Too low a setting will give them false hope and ultimately disappoint everyone.
Provide a realistic take home amount for permanent positions
Buyers use this as a guid to know if they will reach any permanent job seekers. Too low a setting will give them false hope and ultimately disappoint everyone.
Provide a realistic max travel distance for On-Site work
Job posts are filtered by distance, it is not sensible to commute too far every day. Some people are prepared to move for work, this is ok but not everyone's cup of tea.
Connect your LinkedIn profile
LinkedIn has a well structured mechanism for you to use, free of change, to sell your skills.
List the companies you have done work for.
Do a proper search so when you mention them their logo appears. This gives browsers of your profile to visit that company if they wish.
State clearly what your position was at the the company. Use only one or two lines describing what the work was. No need to very long stories unless required. Mostly a succinct description is preferred.
Have good quality external links to support the Job Type
Don't hook up your 1982 web site, it does more damage than good. You need to show that you are relevant in this day and age.
First and foremost is LinkedIn. A solid LinkedIn profile connected to NoSweat can get you all the way home. Spending time on this is good for landing NoSweat jobs and also good for your career in general.
You can further enhance your presence with other sites like Behance for image or media based portfolios or even your own website. We will not go into too much details about these options but feel strongly about a professional LinkedIn profile.
Following is the process we recommend for setting up your freelance LinkedIn profile.
Step 1: Have a Catch-All Experience Section as a Freelancer
When you’re a freelancer, you are your own company and that experience warrants accurate representation as its own Experience section on your LinkedIn profile.
So you would enter your own company (ex: My Freelancer LLC) with a start date for when you registered as a business. If you are still taking clients, you’d say: Present.
Make sure you have a few essential elements in this catch-all Experience section:
Five to 15 recommendations as testimonials from past clients.
One main slide show (Slideshare is perfect for this) illustrating your work over the years, highlighting clients and deliverables.
Other media files demonstrating your work deliverables, if your client agreements permit.
Bullet points that would look like features and benefits statements of what you do for clients as a professional (think of this as a little marketing piece rather than a resumé entry).
And if you work for different industries or offer two or three very different services, you might break each out into separate Experience sections to ensure your testimonials and work samples tell a coherent story.
Step 2: Create Experience Sections for Noteworthy Work
If you've ever been hired by a recognizable brand or received amazing testimonials from a single client, separate those out into two or three experience sections. This strategy will help tell your story, since you can segment out testimonials and media examples for your best work.
These tangential sections should each have a beginning and an end date. You want to avoid looking like you have too many pots on your stove. The only Experience section that should be set to Present should be the catch-all from Step 1.
Think of these sections as highlight reels, to illustrate the level of work you are capable of, what you’re the most proud of and whom you rub elbows with.
Be careful when putting a large brand as an employer, though. Many brands monitor the people who say they’ve been their employees. So in the Position line, really make it clear that this was freelance or consulting work.
Step 3: Your Projects
Project sections are like Experience sections, but they don’t let you attach media or collect testimonials. They offer you a chance to share a website, add names of other people who helped you and let you associate the projects with your catch-all Experience section.
You can move this entire section to the bottom of your LinkedIn profile and not let it clutter up the flow for your reader.
So if you want to collect information regarding past projects or other significant work, put it here.
Step 4: Headlines and Summary Sections
The basic structure of LinkedIn mirrors a newspaper article — the most important information goes at the top and more details are revealed the further down you read.
Therefore, if you are trying to get more gigs as a freelancer, make sure your headline and current employer reflect this.
Your headline might be a simple benefit statement of what you do and the results you provide. The goal here is to inspire someone who has done a search to click on your LinkedIn profile from the list of search results.
Your current position needs to show the catch-all Experience section from Step 1.
Your Summary section should function as your brochure — your sales pitch.
A good sales pitch should have these three elements told in first-person story form:
1. A description of the problem you solve
2. Your unique promise in fixing the problem
3. Overwhelming proof that you have done so before
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