When we introduced the new profile design and condensed categories, the ability to filter by subcategory disappeared from the search page. We realize that this has been a little jarring for some, and we’re working on making the search more intuitive. In the meantime, here are a few tips you can use to find the jobs you want now.
Search With Keywords
Enter a keyword or key phrase specific to the job you want. For example, if you’re looking for a video editing job, enter “video editing” in the search box and then if needed, filter results by category. Search Jobs
Use Quotation Marks
When searching for more than one word, and you want the exact term found, put the words inside of quotation marks. For example, enter “web design” instead of web design. This will prevent you from getting results for both words web and design.
Set Up Saved Searches
Streamline your job hunt by saving searches that match your skills. Conduct independent searches to locate different jobs you want.
Check Your Listed Skills
Project matches are based on the skills you have listed in each of your services. Remove any skills that aren’t directly related to your work. This will make your matches more accurate!
View Project Matches or Edit Services
Over the past week we’ve been posting freelancer work we love to Facebook. Employers and freelancers alike have also been sharing Work Collections that inspire them, and we invite you to join in!
Show Us: What Work Do You Love?
- Search freelance services and find work you love.
- Paste the URLs to your favorites onto our Facebook page, and tell us why you love the work. If you want, share an image from the Work Collection by downloading it and then uploading it to Facebook.
- Click “THIS IS NICE!” and comment at the bottom of Work Collections as you browse on Guru.com.
Tips on Work Collections:
- Hiring? Search for the service you need. View attached Work Collections to get a feel for the kind of work you can expect from a given freelancer.
- Freelancing? Add more work to your portfolio! The more Work Collections you create, the stronger your profile becomes. Try creating one Work Collection for each past project you’ve completed.
Monday, February 17 is a federal U.S. holiday (Presidents’ Day). Guru will be open during regular business hours and will process payments as usual, but all U.S. banks are closed on this date. Payments made by Prepaid MasterCard, direct deposit or wire transfer may be delayed in reaching you. Be aware of the potential for payment delays as you coordinate with employers on any upcoming transactions.
What Is Presidents’ Day?
Presidents’ Day is a United States federal holiday honoring George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is celebrated on the third Monday of February to celebrate Washington’s birthday. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of other presidents, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, both past and present.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re showing off work we love. Guru employees will be sharing links to their favorite Work Collections on Guru’s Facebook page, and we invite you to join in! Here’s how:
- Browse freelance services and find work you love!
- Paste URLs to your favorite freelancer profiles, and tell us why you love their work.
- Share the love on Guru.com by clicking “THIS IS NICE!” and commenting on Work Collections.
One of my personal favorites – a computer graphic by Ruslan Vigovsky:
Are your services showing up first when an employer searches? Does your profile stand out? Is your work selling your services? Would you hire you? Use these 3 tactics to polish your profile and win more jobs.
1. Tailor your services for the jobs you want.
Search for jobs that interest you, and see which skills and keywords employers use. Edit your services so each includes those terms. Be sure to include the terms in both the service description and the “Skills & Expertise” field. The more you use a given skill or keyword, the higher you’ll rank!
2. See how you compare with the competition.
Search through services other freelancers are offering using the terms you identified in tactic #1. See how your services rank, and study any services that show up above yours. Tweak your own services until they start showing up higher.
3. Fine tune your Work Collections.
Edit your Work Collections, adding the terms you identified in tactic #1 in the titles and “Skills & Expertise” fields. You can also add text within the Work Collections. Again, the more you use a given skill or keyword, the higher you’ll rank! Attach Work Collections to your services so that employers see an example of your service in search results.
Tip: Having trouble finding yourself in search results? Type in “your screen name” (using quotations).
A new search engine and enhanced freelancer profiles are now available on Guru. Start searching for services that match your needs. You’ll see that each listing is a service rather than a freelancer profile. View the kind of work you can expect from any freelancer directly within the search results.
So far, roughly 40,000 services have been posted by freelancers. Come see how we’re revolutionizing the way you hire freelancers today!