Step 1: Fill out Your Account Login Details
You’ll be asked to provide your username, password, and university email. Don’t worry, this information is unique to you and is securely stored on Amazon Web Services.
*Tip: make sure to use your university email. Otherwise, you’ll lose out on some of the perks of being a student, such as instant verification for employers (who are on platform to work exclusively with students) and access to coaches.
Ensure that your account is configured correctly. Otherwise you won’t gain access to gigs.
Step 1: Select Your Account Type
By selecting the right account, you’ll be able to search and work on the gigs that interest you. Otherwise, you’ll be stuck with the bill as an employer account!
Step 2: Provide Details About You
The information on this page is what employers will see. Some employers are looking to hire locally and work with students from certain degrees, so make sure to provide these details.
Don’t forget to upload your photo! The more you provide, the more legit and unique you are to employers
*Tip: you can always edit your details later if you’re eager to start.
Step 3: Select the Skills that Interest You
Choose up to three skills from a list of 50+ skills, so there’s definitely one for you. Just search the skill you think you’d like to improve or go over the preloaded skills. When you find your skill, highlight that skill and repeat this same process for other skills. If you can’t find your skill, reach out to customer support, either through Chat or at email@example.com.
Step 4: Complete Your Stripe Account
The final onboarding step is to add your payment details with Stripe. This is step is crucial for you getting paid, so don’t skip this step.
*Tip: technically, you will be operating as a business for tax purposes. Therefore, feel free to use your home address as your business address. When in doubt, get an accountant involved.
3. Standing Out with Your Profile
Employers will see your profile once you apply. That’s why you should keep things professional and about you. Ask yourself, what makes you stand out as a student?
Step 1: Review Your Profile
Located in your Careerspace tab, your profile is everything about you! Check below as to what to expect:
a) Profile Picture – your profile picture is the first thing that people will see. Pick something that you’re proud of other people seeing.
b) About You – make sure that your degree and university are selected. Employers may hire based on degree and locally, so don’t miss out on these opportunities. The last line is your chance to describe more about you, personally and professionally. Use action verbs and highlight your achievements.
c) Career Readiness – this shows skills that are important to future employers. You’ll need to master each of the five competencies: problem solving, global fluency, leadership, technology, and communication.
*Tip: don’t know what these competencies are? Check out NACE!.
d) Recent Feedback – past employers will give you feedback. Future employers will look here to understand more about you and your skills.
e) My Skills – if you correctly finished the onboarding, you’ll see your skill selected here. If you’d like to refresh/highlight different skills, click ADD A NEW SKILL and find your new skill. You can only select up to three so make sure to remove your previously selected skills before adding new ones. Your skills to increase in levels as you take on more gigs that require those same skills. Employers want to see this so start building your skill level!
5. Working on the Dashboard
Everything related to gigs can be found here. Keep track of your work and stay on course.
Step 1: Check Your Interviews and Offers
When you apply or get invited to apply for a gig, this is where it will show up. Make sure to check daily for updates and whether you’re one step closer to winning the gig!
Step 2: Maintain Your Active Gigs
Anytime you’re actively working on a gig, it will show up in this section. Manage your employer expectations by giving them updates, sharing files, and requesting to be paid once the gig is complete.
Step 3: Track Your Finances
Be in control of what’s going in and out of your account. Set your goals and achieve them. When you’re ready for payout, click Withdraw and we’ll get in touch with the next steps.
*Tip: getting paid is important. Consider using ACH payments. It may take longer for you to get paid, but you’ll end up paying less transaction costs.
6. Communicating Through Chat
You’ll spend most of your time in chat with your employers. Ask questions about the gig and impress them with your communication skills as well as your professionalism.
Step 1: Chat!
When you’re interviewing or actively working on a gig, this is where the magic happens. Talk to employers and when needed, securely share files, thoughts, and samples to them.
*Tip: when in doubt, just ask! The last thing that you want to happen is to assume what your employer expects from the gig. If you do and you’re wrong, you may end up having to redo the gig completely!
**Tip: being prompt with your response pays off. Employers want to know that they can count on you and responding within one day is a good thing.
7. Taking Advantage of Your Resources
We’ll update this tab with resources to help you succeed.
8. Final Comments
One of the biggest questions that we get asked is What is a Gig? By understanding the definition of a gig, you’ll know how you and your employer should treat each other when working together.
At times, you may have gotten yourself in over your head with so many exams in one week. When you fall behind in school or you don’t know how to start on your gig, reach out to Uplancer via the Chat or via firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll connect you with an Uplancer Coach to get you on track for completing that gig.