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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

8,361

testimonials from job posters

  • Rachel’s List brought instant results in our search for a casual sub. By the dozens. Highly recommended. Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor, www.thefifthestate.com.au
  • We love Rachel’s List. We’ve connected with a number of fantastic writers and can highly recommend their platform. Fred Kimel, Founder, www.handkrafted.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • The List has been an absolutely invaluable tool for me to find star employees for short and long term projects. I’ve often posted job adverts on the usual suspects and not received the same calibre of responses as I receive from The List. Because it is word of mouth, passed on from people immersed in Australia’s publishing industry, you can be assured of being connected with some great people with real talent. Michelle Hespe, Director, www.publishingbychelle.com
  • 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
  • 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
  • The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool. Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rachel’s List puts a range of quality journalists at your fingertips and is perfect too if you need a sub, editor or writer to fill a full time role. It’s also an easy way to discover a new range of freelance writers. It’s my first go-to resource. Kathy Buchanan, Senior Editor, www.readersdigest.com.au
  • 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
  • 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 looked for a journalist/sub using the major job sites, and the best candidate by far came to us via The List. Richard Garfield, Managing Editor, www.apnedmedia.com.au
  • Rachel’s list helped us source a copywriter for a client at the 11th hour.  The process, was seamless, well priced, and we had great applicants come straight through to us shortly after placing the ad.  We’ll be using Rachel’s list again for similar requirements. Andrew Frayne, 90seconds.com.au
  • As a freelance editor, I often need other great freelance writers and subs to work on various projects. No matter what skills or knowledge I’m looking for, Rachel’s List always delivers the goods and I generally have my pick of fantastic freelancers within a day of posting a position on the site (often within a few hours!). Because of my positive experience, I frequently recommend Rachel’s List to other editors looking for staff. Michelle Bateman, creative strategist, writer + editor, www.michellebateman.com
  • I was pleasantly overwhelmed by the high number of quality candidates who responded to my ad for freelance work on Rachel’s List. The hardest part was choosing someone, given so many were more than suitable. Sam Butler, www.choice.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

testimonials from job seekers

  • 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
  • At the time of the GFC til now Rachel’s List has been a godsend. Parisha Coleman, marketing and communications specialist
  • Rachel’s List has proved an invaluable tool in knowing what is out there – especially when it comes to jobs that are normally only published via an intranet. Luke Malone, reporter and producer
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • You listed a job teaching editing in USQ’s distance program. I applied, got the gig and am still working with them. Thank you for your work in running this List. I think it’s terrific and have recommended it to others. Pamela Hewitt, editor and teacher, emendediting.com
  • 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  
  • 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
  • Your list is an invaluable resource. I’m in my current job as a result of the List. Sita Simons, writer, editor + content creator
  • 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
  • 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
  • The List is a fantastic resource for finding out about those jobs that don’t make it to Seek or other career sites for whatever reason. Erin Van Der Meer, writer and editor, erinvandermeer.com
  • Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle. Kieren Chateris, freelancer
  • I find the List very beneficial as someone seeking employment as many of the jobs advertised through the list are unavailable elsewhere (particularly the contract/freelance gigs). Sharon Green, journalist + copywriter
  • What I love about the list is that it’s genuine, with real jobs from major publishers. I also like that you are ‘filtering’ the people who join it. Sue White, freelance writer, suewhite.com.au
  • 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
  • Just wanted to let you know that I responded to the call for pitches from Renegade Collective, and I already have an assignment! Thanks for providing this service! Chloe Walker, journalist, www.chloe-walker.com

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