Joining Your First Mission
The steps to becoming an active A.Team builder
Once you’ve joined A.Team and passed your evaluation call, make sure you have your eyes on the prize: landing your first mission. With a cutting-edge tech company. At the rate you choose.
Here’s everything you need to know to join your first mission:
Complete your profile
Make it stand out by adding at least two detailed project cards, all your core skills, and a unique “About” section. Your rate will be kept private until you’re proposed to a mission. More on that later. ✨
Learn more about how to build a stellar profile here.
Explore open missions
Head over to the Mission Control page, and start exploring open missions. You’ll be able to see all missions in three views: Recommended Missions, All Missions, and Applied Missions.
Recommended Missions will display missions already recommended to you by our AI model based on compatible roles, skills, industries, and availability. If you indicate you’re “Not Interested” in a recommended mission, it will be removed from this list — and will also help train our AI to recommend you fewer irrelevant missions.
All Missions is where you can filter open missions by roles, skills, industries, location, availability, and ‘Actively Drafting’. ‘Actively Drafting’ indicates that we’re scouting more builders for suggested teams to share with the company within the coming days.
Review a mission’s role cards
When you click a mission, you’ll see the mission’s open role cards. You can quickly scan your compatibility with a mission by reviewing the requirements on the role card.
How to use role cards to increase your chances
Continue below to learn how to use role cards to your advantage.
Learn more about using rate guidance and best practices for setting your rate here.
This is when the mission is expected to begin. Sometimes the start date for a role may be in the past. That just means it might be taking a bit longer than expected to find the right builder for the mission, and the company is eager to get started.
Availability for builders changes all the time, and it’s likely you may have forgotten to update your profile. You can update your availability directly in the role card to increase your chances of getting onto a mission.
Working Hours Overlap
This is the amount of time overlap a company requests to have with their builders. Like availability, this is another section that builders forget to update as they travel. If your time zone has changed, you can go ahead and update it directly in the role card. You can also adjust your working hours in order to have more overlap with the company.
Request to join a mission
Find a mission and role you’re interested in? Awesome, here’s how to shine in your request to join.
Step 1: Make sure you align with the requirements
Before requesting to join, make sure that you have all of the required skills in your profile. You can update rate, availability, and work hours overlap according to the role card — to increase your chances of being accepted to join the mission.
Step 2: Hit “Request to Join”
Here are our best practices for each section of the role request to increase your chances of getting selected:
Step 3: Tell us why you’re excited to join the mission
Make yourself stand out. Write a short blurb on why you’re excited to join this mission. Highlight what makes you a great fit for the role, and share any technical experiences that align with the role description.
Step 4: Adjust your “About Me” section
This section will be automatically pulled from your profile. Feel free to adjust it per mission request — to make it more relevant for each mission.
Step 5: Add additional “Jobs” relevant for this mission
We automatically pull the jobs from your Linkedin when you sign up for A.Team, but if you have updates, you can edit the companies you’ve worked with to only include those that are relevant to the mission you’re requesting.
Step 6: Adjust your hourly rate if you need to
The hourly rate that you signed up with will not autopopulate — and it’s required for your application to be considered. You can use rate guidance in the role card to set an hourly rate range relevant for the mission. Position your rate based on what you’re comfortable working for — while staying competitive.
Step 7: Align your “Availability” with the role card
Set the date when you’ll be available to start the mission, and how many hours you’re available per week. Mission commitments are usually between 20–40 hours per week.
Step 8: Add or edit “Project cards” for mission relevance
Edit your project cards to highlight those relevant to the mission you’re requesting to join. You can do this by hiding your less relevant project cards from your mission request. The remaining project cards should primarily showcase abilities and experience that will contribute to the specific mission.
Step 9: When you’re ready, submit your role request for the mission.
All builders have to complete their evaluation call before being considered for a mission. Don’t worry, this is just a one-time evaluation — and you won’t have to repeat this step every time you request to join a mission. If you haven’t already completed your call, the Evaluation Team will likely reach out to you given you’re a good fit for the mission. Your evaluation call will last about 30 minutes. This is your chance to tell us all about your technical skills, past experiences, major milestones and achievements. These details will help us identify whether you’re a good fit for our network, and if yes — pitch you better for the missions you want to join.
Get selected for a proposal
Our Team Architects are pros at connecting builders to form the best teams based on complementary skills, experience, expertise, timezone and availability. If you are a good fit for the mission, they will propose you to the company.
After we’ve created a couple of team combinations for a mission, we will share them with the company in a team proposal. This is when we start sharing your mission request with companies whose missions you’ve requested to join.
Next, the company reviews our proposals and chooses which builders it would like to move forward with.
Once you get proposed to a mission and the company expresses interest, you’ll be invited for 2-3 interviews with the company itself.
Don’t forget to prepare for your mission interview with our Mission Interview Guide — an A-Z handbook for a successful mission interview process.
Onboard to a mission
If your mission interview is successful, and you’re selected for the role, expect to get an email with next steps.
You’ll be invited to sign contracts with A.Team and the company, attend a kickoff call, and — if there are at least two builders on the mission — join your team Slack channel.
Ready to join your first mission?