Time to switch your job? Or pick a couple more clients?
Here are ten of the coolest sites to look for design jobs. They’re all free to access and aren’t based on the bidding model.
The Smashing Magazine job board is always full of hot leads for web designers (which is not surprising given that Smashing Magazine is one of the most popular hangouts for web designers). Jobs include both full-time and freelance opportunities.
To apply, you need to follow the instructions that recruiters post in their job description. Smashing Magazine charges the recruiter and not the recruit, so you don’t have to pay any commission.
To learn about their latest jobs, you can subscribe to their job feed.
Envato Studio is more like a directory than a job board, but looking at the hiring activity, you can tell it’s worth trying.
To list your services, you’re required to fill out a form and apply as a service provider. If you’re accepted, Envato lets you offer your skills and create a price tag that aligns with their specified ranges.
Envato charges its clients upfront, so you don’t have to worry about a client disappearing (something you might have realized to be not so uncommon).
Envato’s commission: 30% of the published price of a service
Crew is a creative agency that matches projects with qualified designers. It comes from the team behind Unsplash (yeah – the awesome free photos site). To become a designer for Crew, you can apply through this form.
As a client is charged upfront, you can work freely without worrying about the payouts. Crew takes care of that. They do mention a 15% fee, but that’s billed to the client.
We Work Remotely lists jobs from recruiters who are open to remote employees. So if you’ve been looking for the security of a full-time job and the comfort of working from home, keep a close eye on this job board.
Because of the no-nonsense and serious nature of the jobs listed, experienced web designers have a better shot at making the cut. But who knows! Go for it.
To stay updated about the latest job listings, you might want to listen to their feed.
Krop is always brimming with jobs for web designers. You can apply filters to get more relevant listings. It’s a must-check-once-in-a-day job board. Yeah – that active. Luckily, you can set up job alerts to receive email notifications about the new job listings.
Applying to jobs is easy. You can get the recruiter’s contact email id on the job description page and then you know the drill.
Yes – Dribble, the show and tell for designers, runs a busy job board too. Looking at the frequency of new listings, you can tell that a lot of hiring is happening on it.
I skimmed through a couple of random job descriptions and realized that most of the recruiters are looking for experienced designers. So if you’ve been in business for a couple of years, your chances of getting selected are more promising.
You can follow this feed to get updates about their latest jobs.
Behance’s job board offers a ton of jobs for web designers. But just like Dribbble, experienced designers might do better than the newbies.
You will have to create an account on Behance to be able to apply.
While Coroflot is not a dedicated job board for web designers, it often attracts high-quality design jobs. And if you’re looking for some work in your area, their jobs are usually looking for local candidates.
You don’t have to create an account for applying — you’re either directed to the recruiter’s website, or the recruiter’s email id is made available to you.
AngelList posts jobs from startups. You can expect to find everything here from internship level gigs to higher strategic positions. To make it easy to search, you can sort the jobs based on several criteria.
Every job description is detailed and gives you information about the salary and equity.
To apply, you will need an AngelList account.
WordPress theme stores
WordPress theme stores are a goldmine of web design jobs. They’re always looking for new designers to add to their teams. The best part is that lots of them allow freelance and remote work, along with regular full-time jobs.
And yes, this tip applies to Joomla and Drupal theme providers, too.
I hope you’ll find some awesome opportunities on these sites. Happy gig hunting!