Maximize Your Profile Visibility as a Remote Freelance Developer

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Veronica Arreche
Director of Operations & Head of Talent
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If you are a remote freelancer seeking work through Scalable Path, completing your profile is a crucial step that can significantly enhance your profile visibility and increase your chances of being matched with client projects. 

When you register with our platform as a developer, we ask you to complete your profile for two primary reasons:

Creating a profile that catches the attention of clients can be a quick and easy process. In this article, we will guide you through filling out each section of the profile and provide examples to help you stand out to potential clients. With Scalable Path, you can set yourself up for success as a remote freelancer.  

Table Of Contents

Section 1: Fill Out Your Profile Details 

When signing up for Scalable Path, you will need to complete the Profile Details section to provide our team with the necessary information about you. This section includes the following key parts:

Let’s go over some tips for completing these key parts of your profile. 

General Profile Information

To start, we would like you to share some basic information about yourself. We ask for your name, nationality, country of residence, and time zone. This information is important as our clients are located around the world, and we aim to provide them freelancers with similar time zones to foster a healthy work-life balance and ensure optimal working relationships. It’s also helpful if you include your LinkedIn profile URL, as it gives more insight into your skills and experience.

A screenshot of Scalable Path's freelancer profile details.

Upload a Professional-looking Profile Photo

Your profile photo is often the first thing that prospective clients see, and it can play a critical role in establishing your credibility and identity as a remote worker. We recommend using a professional-looking headshot that reflects your level of seriousness and professionalism towards your work. If you don’t have a suitable photo, taking one with your phone’s camera is easy. You can capture an excellent photo using Portrait mode on your smartphone.

How to take a professional headshot for your Scalable Path profile.

To ensure that your photo meets the technical requirements, the image dimensions should be 500×500, and the file size should not exceed 5MB. Also, it’s important to keep your photo up-to-date, clear, and professional to showcase your best self to potential clients. An outdated or blurry photo may give the impression that you’re not detail-oriented or not serious about your work. Therefore, we recommend updating your photo periodically to ensure that it accurately represents you. For more tips on how to take a professional photo, check out our Headshot Guide

Set Your Desired Hourly Rate in US dollars

Setting your desired hourly rate can be challenging, especially if you’re new to freelance work. It’s important to set a fair rate that reflects your skills, industry experience, the number of years you’ve been in the field and the current market. We recommend that you do some market research and reflect on the skills you’ve developed and the projects you’ve worked on in your career.  This will help you better understand the current demand for your services and your value in the market.

To help you choose a rate that reflects your value, we’ve written a guide on how to set your rate for remote developers. If you’ve been invited to apply for a job opening and interview with our Talent team, we can also provide guidance on selecting an appropriate rate.

Note: Your hourly rate may not be visible if you are a member of an agency.

Select Your English Level 

As a developer in our network, it’s important that you have proficiency in English to effectively communicate with our English-speaking clients. To assess your English language skills, we ask you to use a standard rating system that helps clients understand your level of expertise and enables us to match you with suitable projects. The rating system includes levels ranging from Beginner to Master, each with unique abilities and characteristics. Please refer to the detailed description below for more information on each level:

We require that developers working through Scalable Path have a ‘Proficient’ English level at minimum. However, if you find that your English is not advanced enough to effectively communicate with our clients, don’t worry. We recommend taking steps to improve your English skills, such as enrolling in an English language course or practicing regularly with a native English speaker. 

Our team is here to support you in your professional development, and we can provide resources and guidance to help you improve your language skills, like our article on tips to improve your English skills

About Yourself: Write a Thorough Self-Description

The ‘About’ section is your opportunity to introduce yourself, share your experience and career goals, and highlight your interests and hobbies. We recommend spending some time crafting a noteworthy self-description because it’s one of the first things clients will read when reviewing your profile. 

A screenshot of the Self-Description section on the Scalable Path profile.

Career Focus: Primary Role and Areas of Expertise 

Next, select your primary role and the top three areas that you specialize in. You can select fewer than three if you feel you’re only strong in a few areas, or up to three if you have expertise in multiple areas. If you have any other related information that will help our Talent team better understand your background, like your GitHub username, personal websites (for designers) and portfolios, you can list it here as well. This information will help us match you with projects that are a good fit for your skills and experience

A screenshot of the Career Focus and Areas of Expertise on a Scalable Path profile.

Section 2: Complete Your Skills Assessment 

The next section you’ll be filling out is the Skills section. This section is crucial because it determines your “Skill Match Score” and helps us match you with relevant client projects. It displays your proficiency level with various programming languages, frameworks, and tools. 

Screenshot of the skills section of the Scalable Path profile.

We also include sections for other relevant skill categories like Testing, DevOps, Management and Design, etc., as well as a free text area where you can add any additional skills that aren’t listed.

Screenshot of the free text area on the skills section to add other skills.

When we present your profile to clients, they often examine your skills to get an overall sense of your experience. Even if you’re applying for a position that uses Node.js and React, we encourage you to include all of the skills you possess (e.g., Angular) so that clients can see the breadth of your skill set. This will increase the likelihood of being invited to other projects that may be a good match for you.

Self-Evaluation Guide

For each skill on your profile, we ask you to rate your knowledge out of five stars. When evaluating your skills, it’s important to rate yourself accurately in order to present a realistic profile to potential employers. Here are some guidelines to help you understand our star rating system:

When listing your skills, the number you should include will depend on your career focus. For non-developer career focuses, we ask for at least 10 skills. Freelancers with a developer career focus will need to have a minimum of 20, but we recommend at least 30 in any case. Making sure these are accurate and up-to-date will increase your chances of being invited to apply for suitable positions.

Your skills will show up on your profile categorized by your level of expertise: 

One common mistake we see is when individuals rate themselves too high in too many skills. This may cause your profile to appear unrealistic and decrease your chances of being invited to an interview. So, be honest and realistic when evaluating your skills to accurately represent your abilities. 

Skills overview on a Scalable Path freelancer's profile.

Section 3: Share Your Education Details

In the Education section, we would like to know if you are currently a student or a graduate of any educational programs. Include any degrees, certifications, or relevant courses you have completed.

Education details on Scalable Path's freelancer profile.

We understand that some of the best developers are self-taught, and if you don’t have a lot of relevant formal education, it won’t make or break your chances of being selected for our vetting process. However, including any relevant education in this section can strengthen your profile. 

If you’re interested in taking courses to learn new skills or sharpen existing ones, we’ve put together a guide to online learning resources for developers of all skill levels. Here’s how your education will show up on your profile: 

Education details on Scalable Path's freelancer profile.

Section 4: Showcase Your Professional Work Experience

The Work Experience section is a crucial part of your profile where you can highlight your previous projects and employment history. This is your chance to showcase your skills and experience and provide context for potential clients who are considering hiring you. Be sure to include the role you played, the company name, and the dates of your employment for each project or job. Note: you must have at least one work experience to complete this section, although we recommend including three or more if possible. 

Work experience overview of a Scalable Path Developer profile.

Additionally, you can upload files and images to provide further evidence of your work. Make sure to provide detailed descriptions of your responsibilities and accomplishments in each role to give clients a clear idea of your capabilities. When you go to your profile page, here’s how your work experience will be showcased:

Profile view of a developer's work experience.

Upload Your Resume 

Uploading your resume is optional in most cases, but it can be useful if you haven’t completed your Experience and Education sections and your LinkedIn is not up-to-date.  In these cases, this will help our Talent team and prospective employers better assess your qualifications and suitability for a given position.  Additionally, some clients like to see Resumes for each candidate that is presented to them, so in some cases, we’ll ask you for it in order to meet their requirements.

Wrapping Up: Completing Your Profile 

The profile completeness component will let you know how much more you need to fill out before your profile is finished. 

Scalable Path Profile completeness component.

Remember that a thorough profile can help you stand out from the crowd, so take the time to fill in all the details. 

Finally, be sure to review each section to confirm that everything looks good.

A scalable Path Profile overview of a freelance software developer.

If you have any questions about setting up your profile, please don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help. Welcome to Scalable Path!

Originally published on Nov 11, 2021Last updated on Mar 16, 2023