Creating a detailed profile is the first step to successful applications on YunoJuno. It helps the client decide whether your skills and experience are relevant to the application. It encourages them to find out more about you by checking out your portfolio page or other links and may lead to starting a conversation.
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.
One sentence introduction
The first sentence of your bio appears in your profile preview, so make it catchy, but informative.
Keywords help to get your profile discovered in the search clients perform in the freelancer database.
Tools and software:
Figma, Adobe XD
Types of design:
Brand design, UI design, packaging design
beauty, publishing, fintech
French language, experience with Italian market
Tip: Make sure that all your keywords are spelled correctly!
A designer’s portfolio is as important (if not more) than their CV, as it shows the examples of their style and creativity.
Want to make your portfolio stand out? Try some of these ideas:
Present the whole creative process behind the project, e.g. for UX design include samples of wireframes, prototypes as well as the end project:
See how UX Designer Nikolai Langguth explains the whole process of working with a client:
Provide the context of the project and mention some quantifiable results:
See how Charlotte Lo, Brand and Customer Experience director, has done it:
Group your projects by industry;
To show your fluency with popular software, list the tools you used in each project.
See how Integrated Graphic Designer Zoe Moncaster does it here:
The clients are much more likely to start a conversation with a candidate whose portfolio is easily accessible, so make sure that:
Your portfolio page is linked to your YunoJuno profile;
The URL is correctly spelled;
The client doesn’t need to log in to an external service to see your portfolio;
It’s not protected with a password. If it is, we advise on adding the password at the bottom of your bio section.
Are you particularly proud of a piece of work you’ve done and you’d like the client to see it?
Use “Portfolio” feature on YunoJuno to upload up to 9 images of your work. They will show up on your profile between your bio and Work experience section, like this:
You are also able to assign them to particular work examples:
Describing your work experience
This will be very helpful not only on your YunoJuno profile, but also your portfolio, in cover notes and during interviews!
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.
The client experienced a very high abandonment rate in the overcomplicated checkout experience. I was hired as a UX designer to improve the user experience of this particular stage.
The client wanted to transform their branding to reflect the new values of a sustainable, B-corp certified company.
Task & Action Your responsibilities and most important things you’ve done to complete the task.
Conducted usability tests and competitor research;
Designed a simplified checkout experience including the most popular payment options.
Collaborated with marketing and business development teams to understand the business needs;
Designed and maintained a library of visual assets for digital and print media
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!
The number of customers completing their purchase rose by 75%.
Feedback regarding checkout experience improved from 3.7 to 4.7/5
Received 10/10 internal feedback from the client’s team
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 prefer working with startups, large creative agencies, Fortune 500 companies, etc.
What if you signed an NDA and can’t mention the name of one or more companies you work for? Paraphrase their name, for example:
While this information is not as specific as the actual name, it still provides a good amount of information to the prospective client.
Keep your Work history and CV up to date
Make sure that you regularly revisit your YunoJuno profile to update it with any new work examples or skills you've gained. Not only does it give clients a full picture of what you've been up to, but also gives them the understanding of your experience with latest tools and trends.
A cover note gives you an additional opportunity to emphasise the most relevant experience of your work. It’s not about the length, it’s about the content!
Here are some things worth mentioning in your cover note:
Feel free to add a link to a specific, relevant item in your portfolio/website/online examples of your work. The client will have direct access to your most relevant work, which will also save their time.
Feeling inspired? Head to your profile and try out some edits!