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Thread poster: Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison

Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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Aug 5, 2011

I keep messing with my profile and my CV to try and implement other people's general advise, yet I have the nagging feeling that I'm missing something crucial. I'd appreciate any input.

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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Two suggestions Aug 5, 2011

This is just my personal opinion. I am not saying that following this advice will bring you more interesting customers. Other colleagues' experience could be right the opposite.

I feel it is counterproductive to show the availability dates. Many companies/agencies just want to have a trustworthy resource and they basically do not care about whether you consider yourself available or not. Additionally, you are forced to keep updating your availability instead of taking care of other more useful duties.

Rates is something else I think could be counterproductive. Sometimes they discourage customers who might be just a little under your rate level but who could be interested in your services if you had a chance to explain your abilities and qualification. Removing your rates will of course mean a lot of contacts from people who will never pay your rate, but the flow of contacts could mean more interesting prospects.


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Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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Calendar Aug 5, 2011

I tend to update the calendar once a month, so maybe I just might not do it at all:) - good point.
As to the rates - indeed I chose not to show them in my profile. Can you really see them?


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Yes... Aug 5, 2011

Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison wrote:
I tend to update the calendar once a month, so maybe I just might not do it at all:) - good point.
As to the rates - indeed I chose not to show them in my profile. Can you really see them?

Yep! I reckon you want to use the "Force visitor view" link in your profile, to see what comes up and what does not.


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Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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I did... Aug 5, 2011

... and I still don't see my rates. Curious...

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Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison
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Ok, Aug 5, 2011

messed with some settings, they should be really gone now.
Thanks for letting me know, Tomas, I'd be blissfully unaware of that.

[Edited at 2011-08-05 21:07 GMT]


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Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
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Now I don't! Aug 5, 2011

Joanna Wachowiak-Finlaison wrote:
... and I still don't see my rates. Curious...

Now I don't see them. But proz.com is spread over several servers that sometimes take a while to synchronise, so this does not surprise me if you changed this recently.


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