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 - Brenda Cunningham Lewis and Alex Abrahams - and we'd never met, so decided we should. How did other freelancers get wind of it? Friends and 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. It was free back then and very informal. 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 fab!) and a new-look blog. We also now offer 'short gig' job postings and a Short List placement service for job-posters. More to come, so watch this space! - 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 new Short List service, advice about the industry or pay rates, a quote for a story, help with re-writing your job, 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 have also been known to answer to Madam Chow, Claire Bear and Bearsy.  My role at Rachel’s List… is to let a wide range of job-posters know about Rachel's List, and get great jobs on the board for our talented job-seekers. You can always twist my arm with… An Espresso Martini! 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 new Short List job posting service, industry advice or anything else related to our jobs board. Drop me a line atClaire@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

6,729

testimonials from job posters

  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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
  • “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, Hardie Grant Magazines
  • “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
  • “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
  • “Great service. I have had a tonne of responses.”
    Andy Ford, Bauer Custom Media
  • “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
  • “Rachel’s List brought instant results in our search for a casual sub. By the dozens. Highly recommended.”
    Tina Perinotto, Managing Editor The Fifth Estate
  • “The List is an excellent idea and an invaluable tool.”
    Bronwen Gora, journalist and editor, The Sunday Telegraph
  • “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 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
  • “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
  • “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, Editorial Director, Citrus Media
  • “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)
  • “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, Digital Editor, WYZA + Reader’s Digest
  • “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, The Project Group

testimonials from job seekers

  • “An amazing resource for journalists and editors alike.”
    Helen Signy, 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
  • “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, Freelancer, pipharry.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
  • 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
  • “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, Freelancer
  • “It’s an invaluable service and very encouraging to know there’s work out there if needed.”
    Gary Smith, Freelancer, garysmith.net.au
  • “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
  • “At the time of the GFC til now Rachel’s List has been a god-send.”
    Parisha Coleman, 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, sharonjgreen.com
  • “Love it. It’s a great way of making work contacts beyond your immediate circle.”
    Kieren Charteris, Freelancer
  • “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
  • “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, freelancer
  • “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
  • “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 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, freelance writer, cliquemedia.com.au
  • “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 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
  • “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’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

our job posters
[well, some of them]

  • CNN Digital
  • Mint Content
  • MindFood
  • Six Black Pens
  • Finder
  • SMH
  • News Corp
  • The Guardian
  • Hardie Grant media
  • Houzz
  • Fifty Acres
  • The Conversation
  • Flying Solo
  • Merivale
  • Edge
  • Harpers
  • Big Splash
  • pinstripe
  • SFF
  • popsugar
  • SBS