Having a complete, detailed profile is the first step to a successful application.
It helps the client decide whether your skills and experience are relevant to their role, and it encourages them to find out more about you by checking out your portfolio page or other links, which may lead to starting a conversation.
Here are some tips to inspire you:
About You / Your Bio
First impressions count! The clients will want to know a bit about you in your own words, the kind of projects you like to work on, as well as your relevant experience, from the very first look at your profile.
Let’s start from the very top:
Add a specific job title.
Add a bio of around 200-400 characters to highlight and explain your expertise, experience, and whatever personal attributes you wish to share. It may also be worthwhile to mention any recent projects.
What to include in your bio:
One sentence introduction
The first sentence of your bio appears in your profile preview, just like so:
... so it's worth getting it right!
Good examples of first lines:
Keywords help to get your profile discovered when clients and YunoJuno Talent Team search the YunoJuno freelancer database.
Examples of good keywords:
Programming languages and frameworks.
Technologies and tools (e.g. AWS, Kubernetes, Git, specific APIs)
Types of products you’ve built and/or specialise in. Make it specific as possible:
In case of front-end and fullstack developers, a portfolio website is very useful for the clients to understand your work better, so if you have one, add it in the URL section of your YJ profile.
If you don’t have a portfolio website yet, try sites such as Behance or Dribbble where you can set up a free account and showcase your experience.
Make it easy for the client to access your portfolio: make it publicly accessible (rather than protect it with a password).
You can also use our simplified Portfolio section on YJ profile to show up to 9 images of your work, for example take a screenshot of the app or a website you created.
Some great portfolio examples from our community:
Jase Warner, Creative Front-end Developer.
Jase Warner, Creative Front-end Developer.
Things we love about Jase's portfolio:
screenshots of various parts of the website he created;
a brief summary of the work done for each client.
Other helpful links
Got a public GitHub account? Perfect! Do you have a history of answering difficult questions on Stack Overflow? Use these pages as your additional links.
The names of companies and organisations in your work history are a helpful insight into the kind of work you do: for example, they’ll give a potential client an idea of whether you have worked/prefer working with startups, large creative agencies, Fortune 500 companies, etc., so do mention them if you can.
What if you signed an NDA and can’t mention the name of one or more companies you work for? Paraphrase their name, e.g.
While this information is not as specific as the actual name, it still provides a good amount of information to the prospective client.
Types of work
If some or all of your previous positions have been in full-time employment, but the experience you gained is relevant to the work you’re looking for at the moment, it’s perfectly fine to mention them in your work history too.
Show off your skills
Make sure that you add at least three good skills per each work experience. Again, specific skills are the most helpful ones and include: programming languages and frameworks, technologies and tools.
Describing your work experience
If you’re looking for the best words to describe your work experience, use the STAR method to build your story around each project/work example.
The challenge or the requirement the client had.
Task & Action Your responsibilities and most important things you’ve done to complete the task.
State which goals you managed to complete or what value you added to the project.
Add facts and figures, if possible - they make your experience unique and emphasise your successes!
Validating your work experience (for registering users)
Instead of asking you for reference just before you start the job, we request references at the start of your YunoJuno registration.
This helps our team verify your experience quickly, so you can gain access to the marketplace and start applying for jobs!
Provide your email validation by using the “Validate” option next to a selected work example in your Work history section.
Some great validators:
Former hiring or line managers;
Please use the full name + surname of the referrer. Ideally use their work email. Using the full name and company name add an extra layer of credibility to your profile (your referrer’s address will remain private)
Once your profile has been approved, you can ask your former clients to provide more references which will then show up on your YunoJuno profile.
You can do it from the References tab in your YunoJuno profile.
Do you feel inspired? Head to your profile and start making some edits! :)