To ensure that all new candidates and employers on CO-architecture have a positive experience, we strive to maintain quality assurance by reviewing all user profiles before approving full access to the platform. With 40-50 applications joining CO-architecture each day, we are working carefully to create a network where the contractors and jobseekers who join, have a strong chance of winning jobs or projects.
Don’t be discouraged! You can take some simple steps below to improve your profile and gain approval.
- Use every part of your profile to showcase your skills.
CO-architecture has a comprehensive list of standardised skills that can assist you in quickly identifying your strengths and connecting you with relevant projects. These abilities also make it easier for clients to find you, so they should reflect your specialisations and expertise: Only claim and list skills that you can back up with information from another section of your profile, such as your work or employment history, portfolio, education, or certifications. Please do not hesitate to contact our helpful team.
List up to ten of the most relevant skills based on the projects you're looking for — the more the merrier. If you have a variety of work interests, list the number of skills that correspond to how much you prefer each type or stage of project. (If an important skill is missing from the skills directory, please suggest it.
As you improve your skills or add new ones, make sure to update your skill tags and remove old ones as they become obsolete.
- Select a professional profile picture.
Your profile is how you introduce yourself to the rest of the world. What does your profile picture say about you, if a picture is worth a thousand words?
Humans make snap judgments based on their first impressions, and your profile photo gives potential clients a sense of who you are. Businesses want to work with people they can trust, and if they don't see a photo that conveys friendliness and professionalism, they might reconsider.
- Showcase your expertise in the title and overview section.
Creating a title may appear simple, but it's a potentially powerful tool that many overlook. What's the big deal about it? Because your title will be the first thing a client sees when they find your profile in search.
Your overview isn't entirely visible until someone looks at your profile, but because it's at the top, it's also a highly visible part of your marketing. It's a great place to introduce yourself and pitch your services.
- Highlight your best work in your portfolio.
Your portfolio is almost certainly going to catch the attention of a potential client: it's your chance to show, not just tell, the quality of your work and the value of your expertise.
Choose pieces that reflect your niche and help to demonstrate your expertise. If your abilities aren't particularly visual, try to come up with creative ways to explain the challenge behind each sample and how your work made a difference.
- List your certifications.
Listing your certifications can help demonstrate your specific knowledge or abilities, especially if they relate to specific systems or software that your clients may be looking for.
- Include your employment history.
Including pertinent information about your employment history can help clients understand your background, both on and off CO-architecture.
You can begin by including a brief description of your previous roles' responsibilities and accomplishments; pay special attention to projects that are relevant to the type of projects you are looking for now.
- Include your educational background and other experiences.
Your knowledge is not solely based on your previous work experience! Volunteer positions, mentorship programmes, online courses, and other extracurricular activities, for example, can all help shape what you do and how you present yourself online.
Consider including a detailed description of each relevant education item by listing the name of the institution and programme in chronological order, beginning with the most recent one.
In the "Other Experiences" section, you can also include informal education and activities. This could include research projects, competitions, or other interests that can be used to demonstrate your worth.
- Review and analyse your profile.
Before you publish your profile, solicit feedback from friends. Another effective strategy is to read your profile aloud: this is a great way to see if your profile flows well, has a nice rhythm, and sounds like you.
If you can take these steps to complete your profile, we will be able to approve your access to the platform. We'll also reach out to you directly if opportunities open up that require your skills.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to our friendly team at firstname.lastname@example.org
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