Upwork Introduces Virtual Talent Bench™ to Help Businesses Find and Build Teams of Go-To Freelancers
New Discover page and organization capabilities put relationships at the heart of getting work done
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“Facilitating more meaningful, lasting work relationships is the result of clear customer feedback and making intentional design choices that put talent at the core of our product experience,” said
Since Virtual Talent Bench launched, approximately 25 percent of active Upwork clients have used the incorporated features.
As part of the release, a refreshed Discover page helps clients connect with independent professionals by surfacing individual talent profiles and projects based on past searches and job needs. These Discovery results can then be immediately added to a client’s Virtual Talent Bench.
Organizing a Virtual Talent Bench is achieved through one-click custom lists, now available for clients to build and reference when they want to reconnect with trusted talent or reach out to other skilled professionals who would be well-suited for certain projects. Lists are an expansion of the Save feature and can track specific skills or project criteria. Soon, clients will be able to invite an entire talent bench to submit a job proposal, creating additional efficiencies. Clients can now also apply tags to highlight soft skills and other competencies at a glance for individual talent, and private notes can be added to any professional or agency Upwork profile to provide more open-ended context and reminders.
“Any type of project is possible when you have an amazing group of independent talent at your fingertips. I have more than 80 globally distributed freelancers I'm working with on my Upwork Virtual Talent Bench at any given time, fueling a continuous engine that produces extremely high quality work," said
For independent professionals, Virtual Talent Bench increases prospects for discovery, repeat business and a more consistent income stream as they build stronger relationships with clients over time, leading to fewer resources required for business development.
Upwork is the world’s work marketplace that connects businesses with independent talent. We serve everyone from one-person startups to 30% of the Fortune 100 with a powerful, trust-driven platform that enables companies and freelancers to work together in new ways that unlock their potential. Our talent community earned over