Because I moderate and run several large communities on several platforms, I often get messages from various freelancers that ask for a job. The majority of the requests I get are usually via social media, like Facebook.
For myself, I’m not in the position to hire another designer or developer, and usually my response is to politely let the freelancer know this. However, because I’m a group moderator of several large groups online, my experience has resulted similar to the following image.
How Not to Ask for a Job on Social Media
From the person’s request, they sound like they really were in need of work. I understand. I’ve been there. However, there’s a better way to go about it, without sounding desperate, and without pissing off people.
Privating messaging people on Facebook or most social media websites, probably isn’t a great idea. Sure, you get in touch with them, but unless it’s some freelance social network or LinkedIn, it’s probably has no place.
Looking for a job online, from social media consultant, to web designer, there’s tons of job related or niche related groups to get involved with. Some of them may have job boards, or employers posting threads that they are hiring. There are also freelance websites like Freelancer.com or Upwork.com that have a lot of people looking for freelancers. The jobs may be small, and building a portfolio with them can feel like torture, especially if you’re new to the site, but they are available. You just gotta keep hustling!
In the case of the person who contacted me, they were new to the design business, and have been having a rough time getting gigs. It happens to even the best of us. We sometimes have times of what are called starving months. It’s up to you to do something about it. Begging is not one of them.
If you quit your day job to go full time with freelancing, and can’t pay the bills with freelancing, you’re going to have to suck it up and get a job that you don’t like… at least until your freelancing job takes off. Otherwise, you’re going to have to hustle really hard. You’ll be submitting lots of bids, tweaking your freelance portfolio, scanning forums and job boards. You may even have to undercut your preferred hourly rate to build a fantastic portfolio that will get the job.
However, don’t beg for a job, and don’t randomly contact strangers. Before I started to write this blog post, some of my colleagues, who are professional bloggers, have mentioned to me that they’ve been contacted in the same manner. In fact, the person in the example image above who contacted me, contacted several of my colleagues to ask for a job. Some of themo were not in the position to hire anyone, whether short term or for their own company.
It’s quite alright to post on your social media channel’s status that you’re looking for a job. It’s also quite alright to post in groups that there to ask for a job. Of course, I say this is usually allowed, but you should check the group rules, or consult with a group moderator to make sure it’s okay to post that.
I’ve decided because of the person’s post, to hurry up and finish my big list of places to get a job for web designers, developers, and social media consultants. When that is finished, I’ll revamp this paragraph with the link to the resource. It’s the least I can do to help you all hustle a little easier.