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The story of Rachel’s List

How did Rachel's List start? It was actually over a plate of dumplings and some wine! I was job-sharing at TV Week with two other journos and we'd never met, so decided we'd do lunch. Yum cha and savignon blanc, as I recall... How did other freelancers start joining? Colleagues heard about our lunches and asked to come along. As the unofficial organiser, I started a 'list' of people in my email who were keen to stay connected. When did it become a jobs list? As my 'list' got bigger, editors heard about it and started sending me subbing or writing jobs to post to it. We used to just help editors find staff but when we went online, we started posting jobs in media, digital, PR and comms - and still do today. How much has the list grown? We went online with 800 journos on our newsletter. Today, we're connected to a community of over 7000 journos, copywriters, editors, subs, content writers, designers, PRs and other creatives from around Australia. Wow. What else is new? Our Toolkit! It's full of great resources for freelancers. We offer job postings from $39 and a Short List placement service for job-posters. Hey, who's your model? The gorgeous Agnes Ragankiewicz appears across our site - shot by our resident snapper Leo Wiles. I want to know more! Awww. Our bios below have all our contact details.

Rachel Smith

founder and director

Most people call me... Rach, Rachel or Mummy. (Well, only one person has tried that last one on!) My day typically involves... running the show here, freelancing for my own clients and wrangling an opinionated four-year-old. As a freelancer, I... write for magazines, newspapers, websites and corporate clients, among other things! You can always twist my arm with… a sleep-in. My role at Rachel's List is… overseeing the whole shebang and with Leo, making decisions about the site's content and direction. Get in touch if you need… our Short List service, advice about the industry or current pay rates, help writing your job ad, a quote for a story, an idea for the blog, the Toolkit or a collaboration. Reach me onhello@rachelslist.com.au

Leo Wiles

co-director + content strategist

Most people ask me... How I got the name Leo. The easy answer is, I'm an August baby! When I'm not at Rachel's List, I'm... working as a photographer (in fact, I shot the banners on our website). I've also got 20-plus years experience in PR, corporate comms and print, but these days I spend my working hours behind a lens. Most people wouldn't know I... live in QLD with my three kids. We really are a 'remote' company! You can always twist my arm with… a strong coffee or glass of good red. Get in touch if you… have a PR opportunity, are seeking a quote for a story or have an idea for the blog, the Toolkit or a collaboration. Reach me onleo@rachelslist.com.au

Claire Chow

connections manager

Most people call me... Claire, but I've been known to answer to Madam Chow and sometimes, the Claire-ifier! My role at Rachel’s List… is to let a wide range of job-posters know about us, and get great jobs on the board for our talented job-seekers. You can always twist my arm with… A G&T, thanks. When I’m not at Rachel’s List, you can find me… freelancing as a social media content creator. Most people wouldn’t know I’m also… a mum of twins! I also studied film and TV at uni. Yeah, content wasn’t really a ‘thing’ back then. I can always help with… posting your job, our Short List job posting service, pay rate advice or anything else related to our jobs board. Drop me a line atconnections@rachelslist.com.au

the stats

job posted

Interstate
brainstorms

780
job found

Cups of coffee
consumed

9125
job posted

Blog words
written

291,900
job found

Network of
members

9,729

testimonials from job posters

  • We had a sensational response from the short job posting we placed for a business writer. The quality of candidates has been fantastic and we have filled the position in under 24 hours! We’ll definitely be in touch in the future with any further freelance requirements. Clare Murphy, Founder and Managing Editor, www.contentempire.com.au
  • Great service. I have had a tonne of responses. Andy Ford, www.bauer-media.com.au
  • I have used most job sites to find good staff for my publishing business – none has been as successful as Rachel’s List. The quality of candidates is exceptional, and all of those I have interviewed say The List is their go-to place for the best jobs in Australian journalism. From production staff to writers, I would certainly recommend Rachel’s List. Peter Lynch, Publisher, bigsplashmedia.com.au
  • As an editor, Rachel’s List put me in touch with some talented full-time employees and contractors. Thumbs up to this service. Natasha Dickins, editor + maker, www.littleredindustries.com  
  • We had an amazing response to our recent job listing for a writer. Clearly a very large selection of writers access Rachel's List. I had to amend the ad with a close-off date after 24 hours. Ken Buckley, CEO and founder, www.healthworks.com.au
  • When looking for new writers and editors, Rachel’s List is always the first place I turn. The responses start tumbling in, often within minutes, and the quality of applicants is always a league ahead of what I’d receive from an advert on a general jobs website. I can’t recommend it highly enough! Richard Ryan, content director
  • The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool. Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor
  • We just put a job on Rachel’s List for writers and bloggers. It was brilliant and we had heaps of good submissions. Thank you! Michael Harry, Editor, www.executivestyle.com.au
  • I can highly recommend Rachel’s list as a quick and effective way to find writers. I posted my ad on a Friday afternoon and by evening had an inbox full of replies! Cindy Sciberras, formerly of the Sport and Recreation at education.nsw.gov.au
  • Rachel’s List is a godsend to many in magazine production who require sub-editors, writers or designers for long or short-term projects. Rachel vets her List members carefully to ensure they are industry professionals with high-calibre skills, and it is the only such resource that allows editors to reach a select group of freelance journalists. Responses you receive are highly suitable – a luxury that a job search engine or even a recruitment agency cannot provide. The List functions as great industry word of mouth and every post results in successful outcomes for editors in search of permanent or temporary staff. Lisa Thomas, communications professional 
  • Rachel’s List is the first place I head when I’m looking for good editorial people. I generally don’t have time to sift through endless contacts to find someone – especially if it’s at short notice. This way, I send Rachel an email, then await responses from people on her mailing list. We’ve had great results with the freelancers we’ve used. Such a simple, effective idea (wish I’d thought of it!). Sally Feldman, writer and editor, monetisethis.com.au
  • Rachel’s List was the go to when we needed a new freelance editor. We received lots of applications and every single one of them was in the ball park. We ended up offering the job to the first person who applied. Too easy! Sara Mulcahy, plump+spry, www.plumpandspry.com.au
  • Finding Rachel's List has been a blessing. I have already had the most incredible applicants for my writing opportunity. Erica King, runningdivas.com.au
  • I posted an editorial position on Rachel’s List at 11:36am and had my first of many great applications at 12:00pm. Can’t ask for more than that. Toby Heap, H2 Ventures
  • Rachel’s List is the first place I think of when I’m in an editorial resourcing bind. Followed religiously by an army of experienced freelancers, I know I’ll find a sub or an editor within a couple of hours of posting an ad. Trisha Valliappan, publisher, www.federationpress.com.au
  • Very handy tool to have for creative roles, applicants came through quickly and were relevant to the position. Jo Ellis, HR department, www.newscorpaustralia.com
  • I’d been a member of Rachel’s list for several years as a freelancer and so when I needed to source experienced film and TV writers for a magazine I was working on, Rachel's List was my first port of call. I emailed Rachel to let her know what I was looking for and within an hour, I had more than 15 emails from writers that fit the bill. Brooke Hemphill, writer + editor, brookehemphill.com
  • Really impressed at the high quality applicants I received from a single ad on Rachel’s List. Far and away superior to other recruitment sites I have tried. The customer service is also unbelievably good, it really is the whole package. There is no need to go anywhere else. Thank you! Paul Mitchell, www.womeninpop.com
  • The List is one of my favourite resources for at least 782 different reasons. Sign up. Do it! Georgia Rickard, Senior Editor, www.storyation.com
  • I’ve found it an extremely useful tool when trying to find good people FAST. The speed and immediate access is the key point – responses can happen within minutes. The fact Rachel has vetted the people on the List (even to a small degree) is also useful. Lisa Sinclair, Acting Editor, www.foxtel.com.au

testimonials from job seekers

  • Thank you to you and Leo for the topics you cover in the blog. I’ve been sitting here this morning, reading all of them and nearly every second one is something I am working on [wrote my list out last night!]. From updating my resume, to streamlining my online profiles and promoting my articles … your website has given me one place to go to and a framework. So helpful! Many thanks. Leona Devaz, journalist and radio producer, about.me/leonadevaz
  • I scored regular jobs and a freelance gig from the List – I think it’s important there’s a central ‘body’ for these sorts of editorial roles. Amelia Dalton, Freelancer
  • I trust in the List job info and it’s led to work for me. It’s pithy, succinct and inclusive of all freelancers. Plus, the info’s accompanied by a cheery note from Rachel in her professionally cordial style. Robyn Short, freelance journalist
  • I’ve found staff through the list – and seen my own job advertised on it! It’s been invaluable to keep an eye on what is happening out there in media land. Anna Gibson, freelancer
  • Rachel’s List is an amazing resource for connecting freelancers and editors and spreading news of full and part time media jobs, contract work and freelance assignments. Being on the List means I’m one step ahead of the pack! Pip Harry, journalist and author, www.pipharry.com
  • They reckon over 80 percent of jobs aren’t advertised, and yet you’re finding a way to get a few that otherwise wouldn’t be, out to us. Naomi Hart, writer, hartsyard.com.au
  • I’ve been on the list for just over a year. Although I don’t have a background in magazines and newspapers (rather in book publishing, TV, government and PR), I’ve picked up some good assignments and established a relationship with a custom publication agency thanks to the List. I have also just enrolled in a subediting and InDesign workshop and am hoping this will give me the skills to find more work. Julian Leatherdale, Freelancer
  • I can’t thank you enough for doing this. Seriously. Whatever you’re making from it isn’t nearly what it’s worth to all of us in the industry – especially these days. Haki Crisden, sub-editor  
  • The List is great. It alerts members to job opportunities, helps freelancers feel connected to a wider network of people and, to a smaller extent, informs them about what’s happening where. Bronwyn McNulty, Freelancer
  • As a freelance writer across various industries I have found the List absolutely invaluable over many years. Not only have I found jobs and new contacts through it, but it helps me feel connected to the freelance writing world, knowing what kind of work is available and on offer. Freelance writing can be a lonely gig, but the List has helped me and countless others stay connected. Victoria Lea, Six Black Pens
  • I joined the list when I was looking for work, but now use it as a means of seeing what’s happening, who’s hiring, who’s moving. Richard Garfield, freelancer
  • I’ve been freelancing for three weeks and in that time The List has brought me three weeks’ worth of work! It’s a fantastic insider tool that alerts you to opportunities that often aren’t advertised anywhere else. Rebecca Whish, writer
  • I have found the List a fantastic avenue for work. One of the jobs that came up on the List now provides me with a well-paid regular gig. Carla Caruso, author and journalist, www.carlacaruso.com.au
  • I’ve been on The List for about a year and this has led to a couple of freelance subbing jobs for me, which I wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Virginia Muzik, writeNOISE Communications
  • Not more than two weeks after arriving back in Australia after a 5 year absence, I found a job through Rachel’s List. Initially, it was a 2 week contract that became a part-time gig and then within 4 months, a full time job. Basically, I turned up and never left. The List paved a trusted path in to a workplace for both me and my employer, and I can’t recommend it highly enough! Victoria Hannaford, journalist, twitter.com/vhannaford
  • About a year ago Rachel sent out a job alert about blogging. I contacted the person and, after negotiating about pay, have been working for her for the last year. I now blog for 5 small businesses and it has turned in to my own small businesses. I love it and it was exactly what I was looking for – writing work where I can be at home with my kids. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the ‘List’ and the opportunity it has given me. Victoria Brown, journalist
  • Your list is an invaluable resource. I’m in my current job as a result of the List. Sita Simons, writer, editor + content creator
  • Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle. Kieren Chateris, freelancer
  • I love knowing what’s ‘out there’ as so many jobs seem to be distributed only in certain circles. Knowledge is power, so just having a bit more info about job possibilities is invaluable. Working as a freelancer can be very much a solo effort, and can feel as though you’re totally on your own. But knowing a bit more about what’s going on – and that there are others in the same boat – really is quite reassuring. Annette Campbell, journalist
  • Rachel, just a quick note to say thanks so much for all the work that you’ve forwarded my way. I did an eight-week casual subbing role at Key Media, and then another subbing role The Knot Magazine. I’m full-time now, but I just wanted to say a big thanks as the List has been a really big help to me! Hayley Beullens, web developer and digital marketer, We Do Digital

our job posters
[well, some of them]

  • CNN Digital
  • Mint Content
  • MindFood
  • Six Black Pens
  • Finder
  • SMH
  • News Corp
  • The Guardian
  • Hardie Grant media
  • AdNews
  • Mahlab Media
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Fifty Acres
  • Kidspot
  • The Conversation
  • Flying Solo
  • Merivale
  • Edge
  • Harpers
  • Big Splash
  • pinstripe
  • SFF
  • popsugar
  • SBS
  • Mama Disrupt
  • Engage Media
  • Sofi Spritz
  • Body+ Soul
  • Change Makers
  • IQ Group