Stand out on KahootsHQ

So you’ve finally joined KahootsHQ (good decision!) and you’re excited to start a) looking to showcase your abilities and find relevant work or b) promoting a project and scouting talent. It goes without saying that for this, you really need to create a stellar profile – descriptive, enticing, and exciting. It’s the same reason you put time into creating your resume — you want to attract interest. There is a huge and diverse talent pool at KahootsHQ and you want to make sure you attract the right and relevant kind of people. Here are some definite tips you should think about when filling out your profile page!

Creating an Awesome Profile Page

1. Use a professional, high resolution photo. Subconsciously or not, we do make judgements based on appearances! You want your photo to project a professional and capable image. A smiling headshot is great — but avoid grainy, highly-filtered selfies.
2. Include a link to your LinkedIn. LinkedIn serves as your resume here. This allows entrepreneurs who are looking for team members to check what sort of experience you have under your belt, and where your specialty lies. And if you have a great LinkedIn profile, it boosts your credibility.
3. Include a link to your Twitter. Social media and social connectedness is everything! If you have large Twitter following or interact with interesting or relevant content, that’s wonderful to see. This is also a platform that people notice because you can share projects and links to your work to get more eyes on it.
4. Add detailed skills to help people understand your expertise better. There are so many different skillsets on Kahoots, and so many projects that are looking for different things. The more skills you add, the more specific others will be able to pin you down (and, well, the more skilled you’ll seem!). If you’re a graphic designer, some specific skills could be logo design, print design, photoshop and illustrator, etc.

Creating an Enticing Project Page

1. Break down your description into easily digestible bits. No job seeker one wants to read through a billion long descriptions. If your description is too wordy, people will skip it. Have a concise intro, then some point form details about the role are perfect. Then you can delve deeper in a second paragraph.
2. Have a photo. Having a photo with your logo or a mockup of some sort makes your project look a lot more credible. Further, people are going to be drawn to the project pages that look good in the thumbnails first, so you’ll have more clicks on your page, and therefore a wider audience.
3. Include a “What’s in it for you!” section. This is everyone’s favourite part! You need to show the potential team members why they want to join your project — why it’s worth their time. Do you have perks, like free coffee? A great reference? An honorarium? Whatever it is, make sure to write it all down to entice all the best talent to reach out to you.
Lastly, a good general tip is to fill out your page as completely as possible. Every field there has a purpose, so take advantage of it! Good luck!

Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.


3 Tips for Protecting Your Website

You have a certain skill set, which has brought you to where you are now — on the way to launching your breakthrough new business. Your skills, however, likely won’t include everything you need (except if you happen to be a genius, which is cool too). Somewhere along the way, you’re going to find you need to outsource talent, to find someone who can help in areas where you’re not quite as strong in. Now, that might be in marketing, finance, or writing — but today, we’re going to be focussing on developing your website.

Developers hold a lot of power — they literally have the power to change anything and everything on your website. So in order to protect your baby (and lessen worry), here are some things you can do to hedge your risks and protect your hard work.

1. Create an email just for your new website and its development.

This ensures that everything to do with your website is in one spot. It won’t be jumbled with the emails pertaining to other aspects of your business, and you can easily find what you want. After you’ve got that, use it as the primary email when setting up your website. Make yourself “administrator” and your developer “collaborator”. For Github, check it out here and Heroku here. That way you always have the final say!

2. Create an IP agreement with your developer

An intellectual property (IP) agreement, even if you don’t have the money to enforce (and most of us don’t, that’s okay!), it’s still worth establishing. It does say that you mean business and clearly lays out the dos and don’ts of the employment relationship. Make sure to include a line saying that at the end of the work relationship, they’ll hand over all the code and work property. Here is an example you can use for reference, (note: KahootsHQ, does not accept liability for any errors or omission in the contents of this document or which arise from it’s use).

3. Download a copy of the code and database

Try to do this weekly, or on some sort of regular basis. You definitely want a copy of your website, after all! If you’re using Github, this is super simple to configure. Just go to the repository you want to download, and on the right side-bar menu you will find a “Download ZIP” button. (Don’t forget to title the download with that day’s date!) Here’s how for reference.

And there you have it! Now, we’re not trying to point a sign reading “BE WARY OF ALL DEVELOPERS!” It’s just that sometimes when we haven’t shared our vision clearly or if there’s some sort of communication issue, things might not turn out the way you’d thought. Ensuring you’ve covered your basis during the initial website setup will help you keep calm during times of turmoil knowing your hard work and time is not at risk.

So there you have it! If you have any other tips, feel free to drop us a tweet!

Elizabeth Ching - KahootsHQElizabeth Ching | Guest Writer

Elizabeth is a spirited reader and writer, with an insatiable curiosity for technology and innovation. She enjoys blogging, tweeting, and slowly making her mark in the digital space.