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 should. How did other freelancers get wind of it? 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. And then other creatives started joining? Yep. We used to just help editors find staff but when we went online, and the digital side of the industry started exploding, we also started posting jobs for online editors, digital agencies, content departments, blue chip firms, NGOs, universities, websites, small businesses and everything in between. How much has the list grown? We went online with 800 journos on our newsletter. Today, we're connected to a community of over 6000 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. Stay tuned for more! - Rachel

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 three-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 new site!). 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

7,373

testimonials from job posters

  • “Your list has been invaluable to me, both as a job-seeker and a job-poster. I have found so many quality jobs through The List, and it was no surprise that when it came time for me to post a job I received a number of talented applicants in the first couple of hours. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve done for us over the years.”
    Erin Delaney, Digital Delivery Team Leader, CHOICE
  • “Rachel’s List is a godsend to so many of us 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. We recently advertised through Rachel’s List for an Acting Art Director and each of the responses we received were highly suitable for our purposes – 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, former Managing Editor at Vogue Living
  • “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, Sport and Recreation at NSW Dept of Education and Communities
  • “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, Freelance editor and writer
  • “Rachel’s List put me in touch with some talented full-time employees and contractors essential to producing Handyman magazine. Thumbs up.”
    Natasha Dickins, former editor, Handyman magazine
  • “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, ContentEmpire.com.au (Melbourne)
  • “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, Big Splash Media
  • “The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool.”
    Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor, The Sunday Telegraph
  • “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, Heap Media
  • “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 Encore magazine, the 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. Six months on, I’m still working with three of the freelancers who got in touch from the list so I can’t recommend it enough.”
    Brooke Hemphill, former Managing Editor, Encore Magazine
  • “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, Women in Pop
  • “The List is one of my favourite resources for at least 782 different reasons. Sign up. Do it!”
    Georgia Rickard, Travel Editor
  • “I think the list is a fantastic way of keeping up with movements in the publishing industry.”
    Micaela George, Editor, Little Angel and The Wiggles Mag
  • “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
  • “Great service. I have had a tonne of responses.”
    Andy Ford, Bauer Custom Media
  • “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, Online Editor, Traveltalk Magazine
  • “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, Team Leader, Editing and Verification, CHOICE
  • “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, managing editor, MasterChef Magazine
  • “I was desperate to find quality sub-editors at short notice – the deadline was looming and all my usual guys were booked out – when one of them suggested Rachel’s List. I posted a job on it, and that afternoon the CVs started lobbing into my inbox. I made deadline, built up a file of new contacts, and have used the service several times since with the same great results. If you need subs quickly, I can’t recommend it enough.”
    Robert Santos, Chief Sub-Editor, Medical Observer
  • “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, Editor, Yours magazine

testimonials from job seekers

  • “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 P. Crisden, freelancer
  • “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.com.au
  • “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, 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
  • “Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle.”
    Kieren Charteris, 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, Freelance Writer
  • “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, sharonjgreen.com
  • “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
  • 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, Freelance Journalist
  • “Your list has been a terrific way for me to find work and, as a mum, is an ideal way to find interesting work that can be balanced with my other demands.”
    Kirsty de Garis, Freelancer
  • “At the time of the GFC til now Rachel’s List has been a god-send.”
    Parisha Coleman, 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
  • “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, Freelancer, hartsyard.com.au
  • “An amazing resource for journalists and editors alike.”
    Helen Signy, Freelancer
  • “It’s an invaluable service and very encouraging to know there’s work out there if needed.”
    Gary Smith, Freelancer, garysmith.net.au
  • “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, freelancer
  • “The List is one of the most powerful and effective work tools any freelancer has. It also has a reputation throughout the industry as being THE work list to be on, and for a very simple reason – it works and it is authoritative. These are jobs people want, and editors posting the jobs trust they are being directed to the most qualified people in the industry.”
    John Burfitt, Freelancer, jbmedia.com.au
  • “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
  • “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, News Limited
  • “Your list is an invaluable resource. I’m in my current job as a result of the List.”
    Sita Simons, Senior Writer, Reader’s Digest

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
  • Fifty Acres
  • The Conversation
  • Flying Solo
  • Merivale
  • Edge
  • Harpers
  • Big Splash
  • pinstripe
  • SFF
  • popsugar
  • SBS