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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.