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The top 5 best websites for finding paid creative work

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Job hunting can feel like an endless chore, particularly when you’re freelancing and are constantly moving from one project to the next. Sometimes it can also feel a little like mountain climbing without a rope, constantly looking for the next place to safely put your foot down. But things have undoubtedly been made easier by the internet and our perpetual connection to it in the 21st century.

Of course, the joy of freelancing is in building up a list of reliable clients and eventually being able to rely on your name being passed around. But I’ve learned the hard way that you can’t rely on that alone. People can and will forget about you, move on to other industries and become dead end contacts or simply fall off the face of the earth.

So, it always pays to keep on foot dangling over the precipice and one eye on the future, regardless of how long you’ve been in the game. To that end, here are the top online jobs boards for finding legitimate paid work as a creative.

5. LinkedIn

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Yes, we know this might sound obvious but there’s a reason why everyone you know in the industry has a LinkedIn profile. Do all of them actually use it though? Of course, there’s a misconception that LinkedIn is more for business, finance, and less “interesting” careers but there are many jobs that only get posted on LinkedIn due to its widespread popularity.

Yes, it might not be the best site for the job in many regards but it’s still a site you should be checking regularly. It’s always good to keep your profile up to date to ensure you see relevant suggestions for roles and you can also set up reminders to be updated when your favourite companies post a new opportunity.

4. The Dots

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The Dots is a site aimed at creatives spanning the entire industry. You can find jobs relating to your field and apply through their app – whether you’re looking for opportunities in photography, marketing, advertising, design, or arts and crafts. You can also showcase your recent work, and everything lives in one place. It also actively promotes diversity in the UK jobs market.

However, the site currently attracts very little traffic from outside the UK so while it might be great for helping you find work close to home, it probably won’t help you find work elsewhere. It also doesn’t offer job post distribution to other sites so you’re locked into the platform somewhat.

3. Design Jobs Board

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Design Jobs Board aims to support the UK's creative community by connecting employers and agencies with the best creative talent. The site is a prominent career platform for creative professionals owing to its simplicity and ease of use and has expanded to an international audience in recent years.

Although job postings are competitively priced, the platform lacks recruiting resources, such as a CV database, employer dashboard, and applicant management tools. It also has no free job posting option and is restricted, as you would expect, to design jobs only.

2. If You Could Jobs

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Founded in 2017, If You Could Jobs is a relatively new job board that connects employers, studios, and agencies with creative professionals. The website has a large social media following and offers employers increased exposure to creative talent through its sister company, It’s Nice That. The website is easy to use and competitively priced.

However, there is no free jobs posting option, portfolio database or applicant tracking system. Recruiting resources are rather basic but the site is easy to navigate and if you’re a regular visitor to It’s Nice That, you might want to consider giving it a go.

1. Creativepool

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You didn’t think I’d give the top spot to any other site surely? Creativepool has been around now for over a decade and has spent that time carving a niche for itself as the internet’s creative jobs portal. The site has become one of the leading career portals for the creative industry thanks to its comprehensive recruitment resources, which include free and paid job posting options, a candidate management system, and a portfolio database.

It serves an international audience and is comfortably one of the most affordable and flexible options for both agencies looking to hire top talent and top talent looking to find a new home. It’s also setup perfectly for freelancers. Above all else, Creativepool boasts over 320,000 members all of which work within the creative industries. If you only want to use one site to help you find paid creative work, you’re already in the right place.

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