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RECRUITING SITES FOR FREELANCE WORKERS

With the dilemma between facing a tight candidate market in finding full-time workers but the ongoing need to complete company projects, more and more firms are turning to freelancers. Though their rates can be pricey, that is offset by a proven skillset and the elimination of benefits and other employee services. These are among the new crop of sites emerging that target the freelance worker and bring a critical mass of them into one contract job marketplace where you can place project descriptions and/or search for candidates:
  • Ants - Jury is still out on this new site.
  • Aquent's Talent Finder - Launched in spring 2000 by Aquent, the large temp/contract placement firm focusing on creative (design, writing, etc.) professionals, formerly known as MacTemps.
  • Brainbid - Jury is still out on this new site.
  • Bullhorn - Focuses on finding professionals solely in the creative area for freelance projects (i.e., designing a logo, animation, Web site, PowerPoint presentation, Illustration, copywriting, etc.).
  • Contract Employment Connection - The National Technical Employment Services Association site advertises opportunities via their weekly print publication (Hotflash) and web site.
  • Contract Employment Weekly - Published for computer contract service firms, employers pay $115/month plus $5 per job to place opportunities on CEW. Resumes submitted to the site are mailed each Friday to all employers advertising jobs that week.
  • Contract-jobs - Free to post positions (IT contract jobs); no resume database.
  • Contractors Direct - Though based in Australia, it does have many US job listings. Free to search resume database and post jobs, once you obtain an ID.
  • eLance - free to use while it's in public Beta, but well-funded by leading VC fund Kleiner Perkins. Employers submit their projects as Requests for Proposals (RFPs) which are open to competitive bidding by the talent.
  • eWork Exchange - Project-based work, with easy interfaces for the employer and employee.
  • Guru - A lot of marketing money behind this one in 2000.
  • ICPlanet - IC means 'independent consultant'.
  • Monster.com Talentmarket - Sure to have an impact, given its parent company is the world's #1 career site.
  • Skills Village - Nicely organized; wouldn't surprise me if this site is soon acquired by one of the major career portals.
  • WorkExchange - Doing a good job in creating co-branded versions of its site for other major and niche career portals, which is generating more traffic.

And many other major career portals are starting to brand similar freelance sub-sites: expect more growth in this arena before it consolidates.


This is an abbreviated version of the corresponding content from our popular Advanced Online Recruiting Techniques course, explaining methods and resources applicable to recruiting in any industry, function, geography or level. Learn more about or register for our live seminar or online course! Or return to free sample content.

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