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How To Make Your Bluecrew Profile Stand Out

June 2, 2020
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Celestine Grev
Crew Members

Your Bluecrew profile is a big part of how employers and our Bluecrew recruiters see you on the Bluecrew app! But it can be hard to know what to say - especially when you’re talking about yourself. 

Whether you’re considering downloading Bluecrew and want to know more about how the process works or you’ve been finding work on our app for ages and just want to refresh your profile, we’re here to help. Read on for all the details about what your profile looks like, who looks at it (and when), and what to do to ensure you’re getting access to all the jobs you might be interested in. 

What’s included in my profile?

Your profile is a few simple sections that you fill out as you go through the Bluecrew onboarding process. The good news is that you can edit any of them as you work, so nothing you wrote when you signed up is permanent!

  1. Your biography: This is where you tell us a little bit about yourself and your work experience. We’re going into more detail below about what you might want to say!
  2. Your profile photo: This is how employers see your smiling face before you even show up to the worksite.
  3. Your work experience: A quick rundown of your recent jobs and employers. 

That’s it! Just three easy pieces. 

When does someone see my profile?

There are a few different times that an employer or a Bluecrew recruiter might see your profile. 

First, our Bluecrew technology uses a matching algorithm to match you with jobs that are the best fit for your skills and your goals. The technology combs profiles, looking at what skills you have, where you’re located, and much more to match you with the jobs that are right for you. Your profile is a big part of this, so the more skills you can show you have - and the more specific you can be about them - the more jobs you’ll be matched with.

In addition, any time you accept a job in the Bluecrew app, you’ll be included on a roster for the hiring manager for that position. They use these rosters so they know who’s showing up on-site, can learn a little bit about you, and be able to see your strengths before they meet you. This is your first impression with a new employer, which is why it’s important to put your best foot forward. 

So my biography is important… what should I write about?

This is a great question - a lot of people don’t know what to say. The best advice we can give is to focus on your career and be specific about your skills and experience. 

There are a few common mistakes that people may make with their biography. One is to focus on your personal biography rather than your professional biography. It’s much harder to match you with jobs you’ll love if we don’t have a good understanding of your work experience and skills. Instead of focusing on your personal history - where you grew up, your family and hobbies - focus on your career history.

If you’re struggling to start writing your biography, here are a few prompts to get you started:

  • What jobs have you worked before? How long were you at those jobs? 
  • What companies have you worked for in the past?
  • Do you have any certifications or extra training?
  • What tools, equipment, or technology have you used in the past?
  • Which industries have you previously worked in?
  • What skills are you great at? How do you contribute to your team at work?
  • What do you consider yourself an expert at doing?

Get started with these prompts and you’ll be well on your way to a bio that will help you find the jobs that best fit your career. And remember - it doesn’t have to be lengthy. Aim to write one good paragraph focused on your previous experience, skills, tools, and training. 

How should I pick my profile picture?

Obviously, you don’t need a professional photographer to take your headshot for a profile photo. That would be overkill. But you’ll want to pick a photo that shows the best version of you. Here are a few tips for picking the right one:

  • Your photo should be of you - and only you! This isn’t a place for a picture of your dog, your kids, or you with your five closest friends. Your employer should be able to recognize you on a worksite from the photo you provide. 
  • You should look work-appropriate in your picture. Use a photo where you’re dressed well and have good lighting. A photo from a recent bar night probably isn’t the right choice. 
  • Pick a picture where you’re smiling! You want to put your best foot forward, and the photo is your first impression. This is a way to show an employer who sees you on their roster that you’re excited to be on their team. 

What’s the difference between the biography and the work experience section?

You’ll notice the two different sections on your profile - the work experience section is limited to your most recent employers (company names) and the job titles you held. There’s no opportunity there to put in a description of what you worked on or accomplished like you would on a traditional resume. That’s why it’s so important to talk about those things in your biography, where you have more space to talk about your experience. 

I don’t like what I wrote. Can I change it?

Of course! Navigate to the menu in the Bluecrew app and click on Account. From there, you can edit your biography, your profile photo, and your work experience. 

In fact, you should think about updating your biography every few months. Why? Because your skills are growing and your interests may change. For example, we’ve had a number of people during the COVID-19 pandemic who were previously using Bluecrew to find work in the culinary and hospitality industries switch to focus on warehousing and essential jobs. If you’re looking to change industries or check out new opportunities, you should make sure to add your relevant experience to your bio. 

Plus, the more you work the more tools you may use, the more skills you may develop, and the more experience you’ll have. If you’ve learned new things at a previous Bluecrew job, it can benefit you to add those to your profile!

Ready to put this advice into action? Go to the Account section in the Bluecrew app to start editing your profile, or create an account here

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