14 Job Boards To Help You In Your Hunt
To my fellow freelancers, writers-for-hire, and word-gurus-on-the-go:
You know that freelancing is not for the faint-of-heart.
We chose it because of the freedom it offers and because our entrepreneurial spirit guided us toward independent, non-traditional pursuits.
Yes. It’s an incredible joy to be able to work at home. I blossom in my quiet, country home surrounded by natural beauty. My dogs, Ella and Zoey, keep me company and transmit doggie goodwill with every breath. I dress how I want, eat when I want, and listen to the music I want. (Today I’m wearing overalls, having my third cup of hot tea, and munching on toast and cream cheese as I write.)
I avoid commutes, crowded offices, and constant chatter. I can focus all my attention on the task at hand without distractions.
Yes. I like being in charge of my own destiny, unhampered by office politics and company policies. It’s a blessing to be my own boss and pilot my own plane.
It’s just not easy
But even with all those blessings, freelancing is hard.
Growing your business takes constant work. You’re always looking for that next gig. Continually searching for clients.
Every day I browse the job boards. I keep a notebook with three important pieces of information about each job:
- Job board where it was listed
- Title of the position
- Name of the company that is hiring.
Once I complete the application, I add the information to a spreadsheet of my job search so I can keep track of details: how much time has elapsed since I applied, if they got back to me, if I took tests, answered questions, or sent additional samples.
I figure the more places I look, the better my chances of finding work.
So here’s to us, the freelancers-for-hire forever scouring the world for great gigs.
Job boards for your hunting happiness:
- Indeed: The biggest of job boards, Indeed, declares that it has 250 million visitors each month. It holds 150 million resumes, and yours can be one of them. The application process enables you to keep your resume on file, and you can compose a unique cover letter for each job. You can even re-use cover letters, or use a previous one and make modifications before you send it.
- Simply Hired: Simply Hired was the number two job site for years, running behind Indeed….Until Indeed acquired the site in 2016 and became the parent company of Simply Hired. The two sites look different, and frequently, I find listings on Simply Hired that I didn’t on Indeed. Simply Hired is a site that compiles listings from all over with a tagline that declares, “One search. Millions of jobs.”
- LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a highly touted site that connects job seekers with professionals, industries, and leaders in any field. 260 million people use Linked in every month. LinkedIn allows you to find names of people in your industry and get into groups that focus on your area of specialty. It’s rare, however, to find remote jobs listed on the site.
- Media Bistro: This site is different from the previous ones because it specializes in jobs for the media industry. Writers, graphic designers, editors, proofreaders, and film producers are all in demand on this site. You can click on the “work from home” option, but most listings are onsite.
- Journalism Jobs: If you’re looking for an onsite job in any journalistic field, this job board might be the place to find it. Reporters, editors, staff writers, photographers. You get the idea, but most of these are not jobs for writers who work remotely.
- We Work Remotely: This site has handy categories so you can easily find postings in your niche. Not many are listed, but they are freelance, remote gigs.
- Pro Blogger: Want to focus on blogging? Pro Blogger can help. It lists blogging jobs, has a blog, and promotes a podcast.
- Freelance Writing Jobs: Like other sites, FWJ aggregates jobs from all over. Searching is easy because a one-line link provides the name of the position, the company, and the location, clearly specifying when the job is remote. Because it is a site that compiles writing jobs from all over the country, I once got a gig from a smaller company that had advertised in only in New York.
- Blogging Pro: Established in 2006, Blogging Pro says their goal is to make you a better writer. They DO list blogging jobs, but if you click on the “Blogging Jobs” link on the right-hand side of the page, you’re directed to Flex Jobs.
- Flex Jobs: A paid, subscription site, Flex Jobs specializes in remote, part-time, and flexible listings in dozens of categories. It’s not expensive, and you can try it out for $15 per month, $30 for 3 months, or $50 for a whole year.
- Zip Recruiter: You can build a profile so that employers can find you. Zip Recruiter also lists jobs that you can apply to, and they’re good at follow-up if you’ve applied to one of their posts.
- Shout Vox: An agency site, Shout Vox approves freelancers. Then projects are listed and freelancers can grab the project. I have to admit that I tried this for about a week, and I could never find a project that was actually open for the taking. Somehow, other writers always got them first. Your timing might be better.
- Guru: Create a profile and then begin your job search. Jobs are listed, and you send a “quote” to the person who posted it. Guru does not have good reviews. Personally, I’m leery of any job site that uses “bids” because the implication is that the lowest cost will win, without regard for quality. But if you just need a tiny bit to keep you going, it may work for you.
- Upwork: Lots of freelancers use Upwork. Hundreds of jobs are listed, often short, quick projects, many of them on the very low-end of the pay scale. If you’re looking for a fast project to get you through, this may be the place to go, but it’s not the place for long-term assignments.
Increase your chance of success
- Check multiple job boards each day.
- Apply within the first 2–3 days of a job posting.
- Find five or six job sites that work for you. Make those your priority and use them EVERY day. (If you’re crushed for time or have other assignments, you’ll know which boards give you the most results and you won’t waste time on the smaller, less powerful ones.)
- Track your applications, responses, and success rates.
- Never give up.
Freelancing has lots of advantages, but it’s not for the faint of heart.
You have to forage for work.
It’s not easy, but knowing where to look will help.
Increase the odds of landing work with these 14 job boards.
Melissa Gouty is a word-worker, constantly searching for clients who value honesty, knowledge, and quality content. When she’s not searching for jobs, she’s reading, writing, and playing with literature. Follow her on LiteratureLust.com.