What's Your Elevator Pitch?
Setting Up Your Profile
By default, your public profile is inactive. Companies will not be able to find you until your profile has been completed, reviewed and activated.
Your profile needs to be anonymous, yet attractive - companies can't know who you are before connecting with you. If they know who you are, they'll just track you down on LinkedIn and connect through there, and you'll lose out on monetising your profile.
Set A Title And Description
Your profile title should ideally have your ideal role and area in it, for best searchability. For example:
- SEO Expert around Collingwood, Melbourne
- Ruby Developer, Sydney South West Suburbs
- .. etc
Your profile description will contain a couple of paragraphs around your professional capabilities, e.g.:
An experienced and capable PHP Developer with 5 years experience in web application development. I've been working with a number of startups and agencies in the past couple of years, across many different types of projects.
Keep It Anonymous, Professional
Keep your Elevator pitch anonymous and professional. Don't mention previous projects or companies, or any identifying information about you, or you'll lose out on being paid to connect, and likely gain a new LinkedIn connection instead.
Note that profiles are moderated, so placing capital lettering, exclamation marks or other stand-out formatting will be declined, and pinged back to you to update before going live
Set Your Contact Details
After setting your title and description, set your confidential details. These are details that are shared once you accept a connection. Things like:
- Your full name
- Phone number(s)
- Personal website
- LinkedIn Profile URL
- Twitter handle
- ..and other online resources you might wish connections to know about
Again, these details are encrypted in our database, for security, and only shared to connections you have accepted.
Set Your Skills & Experience
Next, you'll be asked about skills and experience. Enter all of the relevant skills you currently have, and (optionally), for each enter the number of years' experience you have for each skill.
Keep it contextual - only enter skills you wish to be searched upon. If you're a Python developer and you enter MS Excel as a skill, you might show up in searches for administrative roles. Ideally you should enter between 5-10 skills. Note that years experience is optional, but helpful.
Set Your Connection Price
Last but not least, enter the price (in dollars - currently we only operate in AUD) that you believe a company should part with to connect with you. This price must be a whole number.
Initially, your profile price has a maximum of $20. Once your profile begins gathering connection requests, this limit gets alleviated, giving you better control of your profile price.
This is where the fun begins - setting your profile price high might put prospective companies off connecting, where setting it lower might bring on a flurry of connections. A good way of looking at this is like turning on a tap - if you're not looking for opportunities right now, set it higher; if you're out there looking for new opportunities, open the tap by setting it lower.
See the Payments section to learn more about payments.
Once a company requests to connect, you will receive a notification asking you to accept or decline the request. Follow the link in there to be brought to your connection requests page. Accept or reject the request as you see fit - if it's a company you'd rather steer clear of, then reject. The company doesn't get a rejection notification.
It should be noted that accepting a connection is irreversible - you get paid for accepting and sharing your personal details, and the requesting company now has access to your info. Elevator steps away at this point - you might (or might not) then get some sort of contact from them - email, LinkedIn, etc.