How to Create a Unique Profile on oDesk

Posted In: Freelancing on Dec, 15 2010 | 10 Comments

Getting your first job on oDesk depends much on the quality of your profile page. Actually you need to maintain a good profile and update it regularly if you want to build your career as an online freelancer on oDesk. In this post you will see some guidelines about how you can set up a unique and quality contractor profile on oDesk.(Don’t know how to create an account as a freelancer? Read this.) You can check out some examples of great oDesk profiles. First let’s see how we can edit our contractor profile.

Step 1: Go to Your oDesk Homepage

Step 2: Click on the “User-name” Icon

Look for a button on the upper right corner, named after your user name. It will take you on the backend of your profile. You may need to enter your login details at this stage.

Step 3: Click on the “My Contractor Profile” Button

Step 4: Fill in the Required Fields
Here you will find many sections which you can fill up to increase your profile’s completeness and update your profile.
Here are the tips about how to create a unique profile on oDesk.

1. Try to have an atleast 90% complete profile before you start applying to jobs. (How to write a stunning cover letter?)

2. Update your profile regularly, especially your portfolio. Whenever you successfully finish a project make sure that you update that information in your portfolio. Portfolio is very important in the mind of the employer.

3. Be detailed but precise. There are lots of fields available to you to fill up on the profile page. Make sure that you fill up each box with appropriate information. Give details about your skills, portfolio items, education etc. Try to uplift your value in the eyes of your employers through your oDesk profile.

4. Use a clear and pleasant profile picture. Try to seem friendly on the picture.

5. Your “objective” should be about how you want to establish yourself on oDesk working as a freelancer. Keep it short but to the point.


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10 responses to “How to Create a Unique Profile on oDesk”

  1. Kumar Keshav says:

    Thank you Mr. Hussain. I am a very talented person. To know kindly open or am unable to begin my freelancing work. Kindly be my guru and guide me how to start. I am 53. I hope you will accept my request and guide me. I have read your blog. It is excellent information. I have subscribed to the blog postings. You small help can open the gate of the dam and the world will benefit. I don't know much computing and online work. Please help. This is my comment on your posting on oDesk group on Linkedin.

  2. Irtiza104 says:

    Hi Mr. Keshav,

    Thank you for you comment. I'd be honored to be able to help you in freelancing. In which area do you want my help? I think you want to be a freelance writer, right?

    Thank you for subscribing. See you soon.


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  6. waqas khan says:

    salam…… hope u ll be doing well… sir i m writing u to acquire ur guidance in freelancing…i have just started it three four days back… i have done bachlors in computer science and management sciences and now diong electrical engineering(telecom) from NUST pakistan…. will be greatful if u do this favour to me…..waiting for reply

  7. Asif Nizamani says:

    Is it necessary that profile completeness must be 90% or more than that for getting first job??
    help me

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