What are Skill Recommendations on Malt?

You may have seen numbers and are asking yourself what they might mean ūüßź?

These are skills that have been recommended by other freelancers. Seeing your recommended skills is advantageous in many ways:

  • Your expertise is put in the spotlight¬†by one or more of your peers
  • It is reassuring¬†for visitors and potential clients to see a recommended skill set in your field of work
  • It‚Äôs¬†a way to stand out!

Recommendations: A commitment

So, to recommend one or more of someone's skills, it is better to know the person and in particular to have been in a position to assess their level of expertise pertaining to the skills on their profile. It’s more than just being friends or to have bumped into him or her at the coffee machine.

A skill recommendation is a commitment, it shouldn’t be made just to please. It is public because your name and a thumbnail of your photo will be displayed in front of the skill, so you will be linked and potentially be evaluated yourself by clients and other freelancers who will see that you have recommended that person’s skill.

How do I recommend a freelancer’s skills that I know?

Although skill recommendations are public and visible to everyone,¬†only a freelancer with a complete Malt profile can recommend the skills of another freelancer. Of course, it isn‚Äôt possible to recommend your own skills ūüėČ!

In order to recommend a freelancer’s skill(s), simply click on the + icon that appears in the Skills rubric when visiting the profile page of a freelancer, while being yourself logged-in as a freelancer on Malt.

How does it work to get a recommendation for your own skills?

Well, in the same way, but the other way around ūüėá

There is no system in place that allows to ask for skill recommendations from specific individuals on purpose. This is in order to avoid spamming for recommendations as a favor.

To see¬†who recommended you a skill, when you move your arrow over it,¬†a tooltip is displayed with the names of the freelancers who recommended your skill. When you click, the tooltip stays in place and you can click directly on the names of those who recommended you to access their profile ūüėĀ You also receive a notification mail informing you get a skill recommendation, who did it and for which skill.