Over the last several months, we’ve compiled a ton of feedback from the community about what works (and what doesn’t) when it comes to working through the Gun.io platform. We learned a ton. The common thread throughout all of this feedback was: we like the community, the jobs are great, but it’s really, really hard (and confusing) to land them.
Well, that's no good. We believe that talent, experience, and great work should yield more (and better) gigs - and not just for a select few. And if our platform isn’t enabling that, we have some soul searching to do.
So soul search we did. And built some product. And drank coffee. Lots of coffee.
Through it all, we’ve come to think of Gun.io not as marketplace, but as a guild: an association of craftspeople with significant power and mutual professional development interests. Emphasis on significant power. This notion has been our north star for the last few months.
We’re striving to give members the power on the platform, rather than us. We’ll do this by opening up our vetting system to allow applicants to move through the process at their own speed, and by refactoring candidate profiles so you can compete for business on every dimension.
Here's how we're doing it:
Part of this new framework is enabling the community to rise through the ranks, learn more and earn more. Thus, there are now four Guild Ranks:
- Guild Master: Has billed over 1,000+ hours with Gun.io. They are the gatekeepers for the guild; new members must pass a technical interview with a Guild Master.
- Guild Member: Has passed a live technical interview with a Guild Master, and is eligible to be presented to clients. Note: if you are currently “vetted” by Gun.io, this is your Guild Rank.
- Guild Initiate: Has completed the first level of their app profile and has passed their code test, but hasn’t yet interviewed with a Guild Master. Can apply for jobs, but can’t be presented to clients until they pass an interview.
- Guild Applicant: Just as it sounds, this is where all applicants (with 3+ years of relevant experience and fluent in English) begin. Cannot yet apply for jobs. Note: if this is you, you can claim your profile to become an initiate here: https://app.gun.io
Guild Master: Has billed over 1,000+ hours with Gun.io. They are the gatekeepers for the guild; new members must pass a technical interview with a Guild Master.
Guild Member: Has passed a live technical interview with a Guild Master, and is eligible to interview with Gun.io clients. Note: if you are currently “vetted” by Gun.io, this is your Guild Rank.
Guild Initiate: Has completed at least 90% of their Gun.io profile and has passed their code test, but hasn’t yet interviewed with a Guild Master. Initiates can apply for jobs, but can’t be presented to clients until they pass a Guild Master interview.
Guild Applicant: Just as it sounds, this is where all applicants (with 3+ years of relevant experience and English fluency) begin. Applicants cannot yet apply for jobs. Note: if you haven't yet begun the Gun.io vetting process, but you've applied in the past, this is you. You can claim your profile here.
Your Guild Rank, along with instructions for how to rise to the next rank, will be visible on your Gun.io profile with the next release.
About your Gun.io Profile
Beyond rising in the ranks, completing your Gun.io profile thoughtfully and accurately is key to landing interviews. Your complete profile is what clients see when they compare candidates, and it’s how Gun.io staff and algorithms match you with jobs. If you're reading this, you probably have a profile on Gun.io - claim it here.
Here’s what’s new on Gun.io profiles:
- List all your skills and note your top skills - where you are an expert.
- Maintain your availability for jobs - on a weekly basis, your general work hours, and whether or not you are looking for work now.
- Show samples of your work.
- Set your base rate.
- Keep your resume up-to-date on your own - no need to email Gun.io staff.
- Add a photo to stand out to clients.
- Use your profile to apply for jobs - no need to re-enter information each time.
- Receive job match emails for posted jobs that fit your listed skillset.
- Manage your notification preferences.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing a major update to the app that will further empower you, as a freelancer, to compete for business on Gun.io. Here’s how:
- Receive updates on your application progress for each job you apply to.
- You’ll be able to add and verify work history - like a resume, live reference check, and review site in one.
- You’ll be able to add an audio cover letter to your profile, to personally introduce yourself to each client.
- Guild Applicants will be able to begin their code test and Guild Master interview at their own pace - no need to wait for an invitation from Gun.io staff.
- Sign and maintain your Gun.io and tax paperwork right on the app.
Finally, in the spirit of maintaining open communication in the guild, Taylor from Gun.io will be sending a monthly freelancer newsletter announcing app updates, trends we’re seeing in client requests, and other resources to help you compete. Like the Wayfarer, but to help you get paid.