A few of you have been getting in touch to ask why you haven’t heard back from freelance jobs you applied for on Nabbesh. Similarly some employers are finding it difficult to get exactly the right skill set and find the freelancer they need. This doesn’t mean you should give up trying! Here are a few tips:
- What would an employer want to see?
First, put yourself in the shoes of a potential hirer. What would you want to see on a persons profile that would make you say yes, i want to work with that person? Have you given enough description to your skill sets? If you’re only putting a title and an indication of years of experience, this isn’t going to differentiate you from other freelancers trying to get the job.
- Attention to detail
Second, read the job post very carefully. Many employers try to filter out applicants by putting in a secret code in there to ensure the applicant has really understood the requirements. These can range from instructions such as “please reply to the job post with the subject xxxxx” or “if you can find the hidden mistake in this text, mail us the answer”.
- Be specific
Third, try to avoid generic sentences in your reply such as “i will provide value to your organization” and “I am confident I will be an asset to any firm…” People posting jobs are looking for a very specific skill and type of person, so be specific. Try to indicate why you are the right person for the job. For example: if a job is requesting a video animator, and they have indicated they are a startup, you should let them know you understand what they want to achieve.
You might want to try: “Whilst my skills as a video editor are unsurpassed as you can see from my showreel on my Nabbesh profile, I have worked with startups before and I understand time and cost is important to you. I’ll be able to ascertain your requirements very quickly and deliver on time and within budget”
- Keep an eye on the competition
Fourth, do you have a very popular skill? You can check this by typing in your skill in the search box and seeing from the drop down how many people have the same skill. Open those profiles, see which ones you think are better than others and take some tips. See what other skills they list in parallel. Decide what sets you apart from these competitors.
- First impressions count
Fifth, presentation is everything. Do you have a nice clear profile picture? Is the spelling correct? Have you used the Canvas profile builder to add in extras such as certificates, hobbies, education? You can also link to work that is held elsewhere around the web for example any videos on youtube or vimeo, pictures on pinterest or flickr, posts on tumblr or wordpress and more. The richer the profile, the more professional you appear
- Be proactive!
Finally be proactive! Its a competitive marketplace, don’t just leave your profile up there and wait for responses. Look at the top searched for skills, compare yourself to others, visit the site regularly and keep up with the latest news on the Nabbesh social profiles and other content channels. We post lots of information that will help you in finely tuning your profile to current requirements. By being aware of the larger picture, you can prepare yourself for a sudden demand in your skill set, and learn what the latest developments in your industry are.
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