One of the most important things to do as a consultant / freelancer / contractor is to have a job in hand. This article will provide a list of websites that you can use to find contracts. You may find with Workopolis and Monster is that you’ll get contacted by recruiters instead of the actual company you want to work for. That’s fine, but, know that they will take a cut from your salary or more often, give you a set salary, let’s say $60,000, but, they are being paid by the employer, $75,000.
I’ve categorized the work into Large (Traditional) Businesses and Alternate. When I say large, I’m talking Rogers, Royal Bank, TD, Bell and similar companies. I say they are traditional because most of the jobs require you to come in to the office, most of the time. Everything else is alternate and they allow working from home. They may be project based, adventure travel, volunteer, or traditional in that they need a regular full-time or part-time employee, but, still allow you to work from home.
Workopolis was probably the first job site I used for finding jobs. It’s been around a long time and focuses on Canadian jobs.
Monster is an international job site and has specific country jobs sites. This is my second “go-to” job site and you will find that companies post here a lot, similar to Workopolis. It’s a good site to use if you’re looking for international contracts.
Indeed is the latest job website I go to. It collects jobs from different sources and lists them on their site. It’s fast and has an app as well.
Eluta is like indeed. I found out about this after using Indeed. I can’t say whether one is better than the other. But, I prefer using the app on Indeed, which Eluta does not have. Their website says it’s the official website for the Top 100 Employers project.
LinkedIn and their Job Search App
Find jobs on LinkedIn using their Android or iOS app.
Alternate Jobs – Projects, Short Term Contracts, Online, and Adventure
Although I’ve known about this job site for years, I’ve never used it. It’s more for finding short-term contracts compared to the above sites. And it’s more geared towards small businesses employers and are almost all project based and work from home. I don’t think you’ll find jobs from the Big 5 Banks, for example, listed on Freelancer. They may have bought scriptlance.com since that domain redirects traffic here.
This site seems to have bought odesk.com and elance.com since these sites redirect traffic to Upwork. They take up to a 20% cut on job you find.
I just recently found this employment site that is geared towards work from home or telecommuting. Looks like it’s US based but it lists jobs in Canada. Job seekers have to pay to apply and use the important features of the site. Seems worth it if you’re a US job seeker who wants to work from home as the selection looks good. Job listings not as good for Canadians.
“Real Work from Home Jobs by Rat Race Cerebellion” is their slogan.
My Job Helper
This job board is more for the “revolving” or high turnover jobs such as restaurants, cashiers, sales, retail, clerical, warehouse, and other similar jobs.
Back Door Jobs
Pegged as “Short Term Job Adventures”, this site focuses on fun, creative jobs that are often outdoors and can involve travelling to a new country and teaching fun classes such as wilderness therapy. This isn’t a Canadian job focused site, but, it’s so cool, I wish I knew about this when I was in university.
Let me know if you have a favourite job site that you think should be included in the list. Maybe if you’re a photographer or writer, there might be other specialty sites you use.