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Table Of Contents  The Online Freelancing Guide
 >  An Analysis and Review of Popular Online Freelancing Marketplace Sites
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Profile and Portfolio

As an oDesk user, you can access your account and set profile information by hovering the mouse over your user name in the top right corner, then clicking on “Account & Profile Settings” just below. This takes you to an overview page that shows general account infor­mation, such as your name, phone number, address and so forth. Links on the left side allow you to access and change your contractor profile, company profile (if you’re running a company on oDesk), manage teams, view and manage skill tests, and so forth.

The core of the profile is found under “My Contractor Profile”, which contains the following sections:

  • My Account Summary: Shows your title, portrait/icon, hourly rate, job application quota and other key information.

  • My Public Profile: Contains most of the same information as the account summary, but with certain personal details hidden, such as your email address. This section is also used to access your public profile (see below).

  • Categories: Allows you to view and edit the categories and subcategories on oDesk where you do most of your work.

  • Skills: Lets you set skills that describe your expertise to potential clients. These are self-assessed.

  • Employment History: You can enter your past work history here (from “real life”, not past oDesk projects.)

  • Education: Past education and degrees.

  • Portfolio: This is the place where you can enter past work samples for clients to review. The system is fairly simple compared to those found on other sites, but does support several common formats, including Flash and PDF.

  • Certifications: A list of certifications achieved.

  • Other Experiences: This is sort of a “catch-all” for anything else you want clients to know about you.

Each contractor has a public profile that can be accessed by clicking the link “View my profile as others see it”, found in the header for the “My Public Profile” section. This contains the same information as above, plus additional data, reorganized into a form that’s more useful for clients. The public profile shows the contractor’s key summary information, such as overall feedback rating, location, number of contracts completed and so forth, in a right-hand column. The left-hand side has five tabs: Overview, Résumé, Work History & Feedback, Tests and Portfolio. These contain all of the profile information described above, except for Work History & Feedback, which displays links to past projects completed, with feedback scores and comments. please refer to the feedback discussion.


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