Maybe you’ve heard about the launch of the Moonlight platform from your family or a friend, but how do you get started? As it turns out, it’s a pretty simple process and we’ll walk you through your first profile.
First, you’ll want to click “Create New Profile” and give it a name. That should bring you to the next screen, which looks like this:
Let’s go in order, from left to right, top to bottom.
You’ll want to add an image, by clicking “add new profile picture” and uploading a picture from your device. After you save, click on the toggle next to the picture in the “assign profile picture” screen and click “apply” to make it show up on your profile. By the way, you’ll have to click “apply” each time to save your changes to any category, so don’t forget!
If you’ve signed in with one of our Oauth2 providers, there may be an imported image already in there for you to use. If you don’t want to use it, you can easily delete it by clicking the “edit” icon to the right of the image and clicking “delete this profile picture”. This is also how you can delete any input information on the platform. Supposing you don’t want to show a profile picture at all, you can just choose to hide the field entirely by going to “Hide profile picture” and applying it. Again, this is a feature present for ALL categories. Just be aware, some people you network with like seeing certain types of information, so think carefully before hiding anything!
Adding your name, social link, occupation, email address, phone number, and address are similar to what you’ve just done to add an image (although without uploading a file). Just enter the information, save, click the toggle in the “assign” screen, and click apply.
Just remember, though - for your phone number, you’ll need to enter your country code before the start of each number. For example, a number in the US would start with one (+1 222 333 4444). You don’t have to enter the plus sign, since that is automatically done. Alternatively, you can go to the drop-down menu to the left of the entry field and click on your country name if you don’t know your country code. After this, you can enter the rest of your phone number.
Some categories will encourage you to add a label to help you remember the details of each piece of information. In phone number, for example, the label drop-down will give you options such as “Home”, “Work”, “Mobile”, and “Other”. For other categories where the label might be more specific to each person, the label field may be self-entry rather than drop-down.
Now let’s get into the rest of the categories you’ll want to fill out. These are Personal Statement, Professional Overview, Work Experience, Skill, Education, Accomplishment, Professional Membership, and Interest. These will require a bit more time to fill out, but also are what make your profile unique and stand apart from everyone else’s.
Your Personal Statement is something that represents your personality – your outlook on life, your attitude, your personal beliefs on how to make the world a better place, just as a few examples. These aren’t necessarily work-related. Your “statement name” is your label for this particular statement – you can have more than one, if you want to mix it up with multiple profiles – and your “description” is your actual statement..
Your Professional Overview is much the same, but this time, it’s work-related. Talk about your biggest work assets, skills, expertise, philosophy, and what you contribute to a team or workplace.
The next category, Work Experience, gives you a lot of tools to be specific about where and when you worked. Each job, or work experience, gets its own entry. After entering all your work experiences, you can choose to display as many or as few of them as you want per profile (simply by toggling them on or off on the assign screen). You can also add descriptions to each work experience to explain what you did and how the workplace benefited from you specifically at each position. Make sure to be truthful, but don’t feel afraid to present yourself in the best light!
Skills is a pretty simple category to fill out. Add skills, rate your proficiency at those skills, toggle whichever skills you want to show up on the profile, and click apply. Make sure to rate your skill levels appropriately and truthfully, however! Some people may not trust a profile that rates themselves “expert” at everything from woodcutting to pottery to soldering.
Education is similar to the Work Experience category. Feel free to enter whatever educational experiences you feel are relevant to your profile. Like Work Experiences, you can also add descriptions to each Education Experience to explain what you studied, what you did, your unique experiences, etc.
The Accomplishment category is your chance to brag! Let people know about any awards, certificates, honors, placements, and other achievements you feel are relevant to your profile. You can also add a description to describe what you did to earn the accomplishment. If your profile is geared towards your software engineering career, your first-place hackathon placement may be more relevant than your first-place swimming medal in high school. Make sure to curate a targeted image of yourself throughout your resume – and this is part of it!
The Professional Membership category is where you go to display your current and previous professional memberships. You may be a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or the National Association of Landscape Professionals, or the Cat Fanciers' Association. If it’s relevant, don’t hesitate to put it in! You can also add a description, if you wish, to talk about what you contribute as a member, why you became a member, what being part of the organization means, or what the organization is.
Lastly, we have Interest. Talk about things that you love to do on your own time, or any other interests you have! These may or may not be work-related – just things that give a better idea of your personality and the kind of person you are. Tea-making, home-brewing, birdwatching, or reading horror novels. This is your chance to add some extra flavor to your profile and show that you’re not just your job! We recommend you add a short description to each interest and talk a little about the specifics of what you like to do. Who knows – this might just be the part that makes the recruiter revisit your profile for a second look!
Last Bits of Advice
If just one profile isn’t enough for you, you can make multiple profiles that target specific fields of interest and re-use information that you’ve already input before, saving you more time the more you utilize the platform. You could have a sharable profile more targeted towards IBM than Google, for example. Or maybe you want to make your side-hobby into a full or part time job – that would merit a separate profile for sure. It’s up to you how to use your information.
If you’ve reached the end of this article, congratulations! You’ve completed your first (or perhaps second, or third) profile. The next step is to get out there and share it with employers, or maybe friends, family, and teachers for their opinions. You’ve just taken the first big step towards putting yourself out there, and we at Moonlight can’t wait to hear about what you’ve accomplished!