‘You never get a second chance to make a first impression’, so said the famous Will Rogers, and usually this is true! However, when it comes to your Syft profile – you do get a second chance as you can edit your information quickly and easily. First impressions are everything, and your Syft profile is no exception. Putting together a kick-ass profile is the best way to get more job offers with Syft. An informative, comprehensive and up-to-date profile makes you more appealing to employers who are choosing which Syfters they believe they can trust to represent their brand.
Get a smart profile picture
The good news is, making your profile stand out is easy. This blog will outline the various ways you can make your profile shine, including tips for your profile photo, description and previous experience. Ready to get started? Let’s go!
Your profile picture is the most prominent feature when employers are Syfting, so make it a good one! A simple, up-to-date head shot is best, with neat and tidy hair. Employers want to be reassured you will maintain a tidy appearance while you’re working for them, so a profile photo that reflects how you’ll look on shift is perfect. Don’t forget to crack a smile! Everyone likes to see a happy face smiling back at them! If you have any facial hair, be it a hipster beard or a trendy 1920’s-style moustache, please make sure it is visible in your photo.
Tell potential employers who you are
Your personal description is your opportunity to tell employers a little more and really sell yourself. What’s your personality like? Are you a sensational multi-tasker or a natural-born leader? Shout it from the rooftops! If you have a particular skill you really want employers to notice, pop it into your description. Check out the examples below of a bad personal description and a good personal description.
Bad personal description: “Hard-working and from London.” What’s wrong with this description? If you’re a hard-working individual, that’s fantastic! Unfortunately, ‘hard-working’ isn’t going to make you shine out of the crowd – that’s the least employers expect of you! Secondly, there isn’t a need to add your location into your description. Employers know you are local, or you wouldn’t have access to their shifts, so save the space for something a bit more eye-catching!
Good personal description: “I am a passionate mixologist with over 5 years experience working in many different venues and mixing many different drinks! I work well under pressure in busy environments, and I take pride in my appearance. I also work as a part-time Office Administrator. I enjoy travelling, reading and walking my dog.” Isn’t that better? This Syfter has outlined their key skill and touched on relevant experience, whilst also giving a fun bit of background information about what they do in their spare time. 10/10!
Syft makes it really easy to add your previous experience and this is invaluable to employers. Make sure it’s relevant! If you worked in a customer call centre but are looking for jobs as a waiter with Syft, how do the skills you learned in the call centre apply to a waiting staff role? For example, you could say you developed communication skills and a flare for customer service. Previous experience is a great way to tell employers where you gained your skills, and what you were up to before you started Syfting!
Now for our top tips to get access to more jobs! The first tip is related to your availability. Make sure you regularly update your availability if it changes, or you may miss out on shifts you might have liked to work! Also make sure you can definitely work a shift you’ve applied for, as a last-minute cancellation or no-show can result in a strike on your account – no-one wants a strike!
Our second tip is related to your hourly rate. With Syft, you can earn a minimum of £9.50 up to £30p/h, and you can set your own minimum rate. We know it’s really tempting to keep your minimum rate high so you only see jobs paying that rate or above but this reduces your opportunity to see all of the jobs available to you. We recommend keeping your rate at the minimum £9.50, so you don’t miss any jobs you’d like to work – and £9.50p/h isn’t bad, right?
Apply for more jobs
Another tip to get more jobs is apply, apply, apply! The more jobs you apply for, the more likely you are to get offers. If you apply to a job but can no longer work when you get an offer, don’t worry! You are not confirmed until you accept the offer, so if plans change this will have no negative effect on you or your ratings. However, if you accept the offer and cancel within 24 hours, this will result in a strike. *Booooo!*
Get a shiny 5-star rating
Finally, and most importantly, keep those ratings up! Employers rate you at the end of each shift out of 5 stars, and future employers can see your previous ratings. Keeping a consistently high rating increases your chances of getting job offers dramatically, and if an employer likes you, they may add you to their pool of workers and give you access to more regular work with them. Keep up the good work! So, those are our top tips to get the most out of Syft through your profile and beyond. Happy Syfting!