Expert360 is on a mandate to help you find seamless, on-demand work in a digital way. We take the middle man right out of the application equation, connecting you directly to the Hiring Manager/Job Poster behind the project on the other side of the platform.
Whilst this experience means faster and easier project applications, it does mean that the way you appear on the other side is critical to your success.
Below are the steps to a winning application, put together by some of the most successful experts winning consistent work on Expert360:
1. Start with your Profile:
Remember, when you apply to a Project, the client will see your Application Note, and they also instinctively will click on your Expert360 Profile, or otherwise known as your digital passport. Ensure it is always up to date, constantly updating your most recent experience and projects.
2. Have a good, thorough read of the Ideal Consultant Criteria:
Typically, these are the “must haves” or skills of what you should have in order to carry out the work. If you don’t satisfy all bullet points, you could technically still apply, but you’d have to articulate why you are the best applicant for the project and explain what you can uniquely bring to the table instead.
3. Relative Experience:
We are always experimenting with ways to improve the application experience for both experts and clients. The current state in the platform gives you limited space to type out your application notes, but our clients are really enjoying the ease of our review stage. What this does mean for our experts is, the quality of your application notes will determine what will happen next . . .
Ultimately, clients are searching for:
- Where have you done a project like mine before?
- Are you a safe pair of hands?
- Have you done something similar, in a similar business or industry to mind?
If a project requires 5 days of work on site, but you can only commit to a day a week, chances of being able to deliver the project are tight. Our Availability section is your opportunity to give a transparent view of what your capacity is looking like to be able to deliver the project, but also let that hiring manager know if you are in any final stages for other projects where your availability might change overnight.
5. Rate Guide:
Let’s remember, the guide is a guide. This is your opportunity to give the Hiring Manager an idea of what your rate is. Project briefs do have a Budget Guide, but if it is empty, typically the Hiring Manager is looking for some guidance. A perfect opportunity to give a rough guide to be discussed at the next stage of the process. If you are looking at a project where you address all bullet points in the ideal consultant criteria and know you can nail it, feel free to put in your best bet. But if you are not so confident, you can resort to a “TBA” comment in this section.
6. Summarising your Experience:
Think of this section as your opportunity to get across “this is why you need to pick me” statement. Think cover letter in one short paragraph. A final opportunity to address what you can bring to the table based on the goals of the project or ideal criteria.