Thursday, 31 March 2016

9 Funny Job Search Pranks You Won’t Believe

This is one time where it’s definitely better to laugh at others.

9 Funny Job Search Pranks You Won't Believe

Photo credit: Pascal

Is it a good idea to play pranks on your job search?


That is… if your profession is comedy-related or you have another good reason to think that the targeted recruiters will appreciate the gag. In other words, do it if it will impress your target audience in a good way.

But anyone else, absolutely NOT.

And you probably felt that. Most people are too nervous or stressed to even crack jokes at job interviews, let alone prank anyone. And the risk is just too high that you’ll come off bad and the entire effort will be wasted, taking a job lead with it.

So sit back and enjoy while others do the job search pranking for you.

Job seeker pranks

Lego man job search

Pet store interview prank

The everything- you-should-never-say-in-a-job-interview prank

Design job interview prank

Hiring employer pranks

Nightmare interview

(Turn on CC for English subtitles)

Soccer goaltender job interview prank

Source: World Cup-Winning Goalie Competes For Job Against Kids In This Prank

Job Interview Meteor

This prankvertisement was probably faked, but it’s still cool.

Painting job prank

Unlike the ad above, this one probably wasn’t faked.

Google Maps: Pokémon Challenge

Can Google recruit the greatest Pokémon master of all time?


Heineken / The Candidate: where a company pranks candidates as part of the very real interview process.

Question of the article

Have you ever been in a job search situation that you hoped was a prank? Tell us in the comments.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

🎂 JobMob Turns 9

 9 years ago this week, on March 21st, 2007, it all began…

JobMob 9th birthday cakeThis has been JobMob’s best year yet.

If last year was a year of transition after I stopped working on an Internet startup, this year was a year of growth all around.

More visitors, more subscribers, more jobs found, more fun :)

Here are the highlights:

JobMob 2.0

In June 2015, I announced the first redesign JobMob has had since… forever.

I had wanted to update the site for a while but other projects came first. However, when my not-so-Internet-savvy mom (love you! ❤) suggested that maybe it was time to give JobMob a refresh, that was the sign that I’d put it off too long.

The redesign process kicked off with the new JobMob logo, which then set the tone for changes to JobMob itself.

The new JobMob is faster, less cluttered and automatically adjusts to the size of your screen.

Contrast and compare:

JobMob's transformation

The new JobMob is also modern behind the scenes, making it much easier for me to add new features, such as…

The JobMob Insider program

The Insider program is an experiment.

Currently, registration is free and gets you access to at least 10 “Insider Bonuses”, exclusive downloads such as:

  • The Ultimate Twitter Job Search Guide
  • The One Resume Resource You’ll Ever Need
  • The One Job Interview Resource You’ll Ever Need

Also, once logged in, Insiders no longer see any more subscription popups around JobMob.

If all that’s not enough, I have other things coming for JobMob Insiders too…

Register now to become a JobMob Insider (free)

The Midlife Job Finders Course

A few weeks ago, very quietly on purpose, I launched my first online job search course.

The Midlife Job Finders course came about after surveying my subscribers a few times and gauging interest.

The idea was to create a job search course for older job seekers (40+) who want to apply the latest job search techniques while being guided as part of a community of like-minded people.

Founding member registration opened and closed at the beginning of March, but if you’d like to be notified when it opens again, get on the waiting list.

Other minor highlights of the past 12 months include:

Server improvements

[GEEK ALERT] As part of my quest to make JobMob faster and just an all-around better place to visit for job search advice, I upgraded the web server to HTTP2, the latest & greatest technology for making websites load faster. I also moved JobMob to DNS Made Easy for faster server lookups.

Rise of the Wapuu

Comments across JobMob now have a happy yellow character called Wapuu (unless the commenter has a Gravatar). Wapuu is the new official mascot of WordPress, and leaving a comment will get you assigned a randomly-styled Wapuu.

Try it now by wishing JobMob a happy birthday!

Here’s to another big year, and looking forward to a special 10th anniversary  🎉🎉🎉

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Top 50 Freelance Marketplaces Online

The most popular FREE freelance marketplaces on the Web.

Top 50 Freelance Marketplaces Online
Photo Credit: JD Hancock


Toptal connects the top 3% of freelance designers and developers all over the world.

Freelancers: are you part of the top 3%? review Toptal benefits and apply.

Employers: hire the top 3% and get your projects done better. Hire top talent now.

Most of the sites listed here are free to use in their most basic form both for freelancers and employers, however some of the sites have fees for at least one party and most of the sites have paid premium features.

Each site is listed with its specialties and main language when not English.

Last updated: March 17, 2016

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1) – general

2) – general

3) Envato Studio – general



4) – design


5) – programming, design, administrative tasks, accounting, PR

guru freelance marketplace logo

6) – general

proz freelance marketplace logo

7) – translation, interpreting


8) Toptal – custom software development

seoclerks freelance marketplace logo

9) – SEO


10) – design

flexjobs freelance marketplace logo

11) – telecommuting

Topcoder freelance marketplace logo

12) – programming/development, graphic design, data science

taskrabbit freelance marketplace logo

13) – house cleaning, IKEA assembly, donation pickup, event help, office help, pet sitting

weworkremotely freelance marketplac logo

14) – programming, design, customer service/support, miscellaneous, copywriting, system administration, business exec

designcontest freelance marketplace logo

15) – Logo Design, Graphic Design, Website Design, T-shirt Design, Logo & Business Card Design, Banner design, Icon Design

mediabistro freelance marketplace logo

16) – writing/editing, production, graphic design, publishing. NOT FREE FOR FREELANCERS: membership fees.


17) – logo design, naming design, graphic design, web design

clickworker freelance marketplace logo

18) – online marketing, e-commerce, media, information and directory services, SEO content, translation, web research, data categorization and tagging

workmarket freelance marketplace logo

19) – general

freelance freelance marketplace logo

20) – general

field nation freelance marketplace logo

21) – general


22) – writing

designhill freelance marketplace logo

23) – business and corporate design, graphic and print design, website and mobile design

scribendi freelance marketplace logo

24) – editing and proofreading

authentic jobs freelance marketplace logo

25) – UI Design, Front-end Development, Back-end Development, App development, Information Architecture, Content Strategy, Miscellaneous

journalismjobs freelance marketplace logo

26) – newspaper/wire services, online media/startups, television/radio, magazines/publishing, trade publication/newsletters, pr/media relations/ communications, nonprofit/academia/government/other, financial/technology/misc. jobs, diversity jobs

27) – logo designs

staff freelance marketplace logo

28) – general

freelancewritinggigs freelance marketplace logo

29) – writing

cloudpeeps freelance marketplace logo

30) – general

xplace freelance marketplace logo

31) – designing, programming, writing/editing, translating, marketing, photographing. NOT FREE FOR FREELANCERS: bidding fees.

freelance informatique freelance marketplace logo

32) – French, consulting. NOT FREE FOR EMPLOYERS: access fees.

freelancemap freelance marketplace logo

33) – software development, web, system administrator, telecommunications & mobile, IT consulting, SAP, Management consulting, Engineering, Distribution, OLAP & Business Intelligence, Content and media, Service and Support

yeeply freelance marketplace logo

34) – mobile application

project4hire freelance marketplace logo

35) – programming, translation, consulting, graphic design

writerbay freelance marketplace logo

36) – writing


37) – proofreading,arts, data entry, graphic designing, photography, bookkeeping. NOT FREE FOR FREELANCERS: membership fees.

translator base freelance marketplace logo

38) – translator

trabajofreelance freelance marketplace logo

39) – Spanish, general. NOT FREE FOR EMPLOYERS: contact fees.

awesomeweb freelance marketplace logo

40) – logo design, sales page, ecommerce, blog design, infographic, book cover, banner ad, wordpress theme, wordpress plugin, wordpress maintenance, mobile app, web app, page speed, responsive

yunojuno freelance marketplace logo

41) – general

freelanceindia freelance marketplace logo

42) – general

task city freelance marketplace logo

43) – programming

44) – logo design


45) – local and onshore independent contractor recruiting platform freelance marketplace logo

46) – general

taskarmy freelance marketplace logo

47) – general

hoofdkraan logo

48) – Dutch, general

governmentbids freelance marketplace logo

49) – general

crowdsite freelance marketplace logo

50) – brand basics, web & app design, print, package & label, clothing & merchandise, book & magazine, art & illustration, custom design contest

genuinejobs freelance marketplace logo

51) – telecommuting

joomlancers freelance marketplace logo

52) – everything related to the Joomla CMS

worktasker freelance marketplace logo

53) – general freelance marketplace logo

54) – general

workhoppers freelance marketplace logo

55) – general

speedlancer freelance marketplace logo

56) – design, writing, data entry, research freelance marketplace logo

57) – French, general. NOT FREE FOR EMPLOYERS: intermediary fees.

greatlance freelance marketplace logo

58) – general

golance freelance marketplace logo

59) – accounting & consulting, admin support, customer service, data science & analytics, design & creative, engineering & architecture, IT & Networking, Legal, Sales & Marketing, Translation, Web, Mobile & Softare Dev, Writing

freelancedesigners freelance marketplace logo

60) – web and graphic design, programming, photography, writing, fashion design, industrial design, video production, advertising, logo design

liquidtalent freelance marketplace logo

61) – developing and designing

studentfreelance freelance marketplace logo

62) – general

freelancejobsearch freelance marketplace logo

63) – web & graphic design, photography

freelancesuccess freelance marketplace logo

64) – writing

hexidesign freelance marketplace logo

65) – Logo Design, Stationery Design, Business Card Design, Web Page Design, Banner Ad Design, Brochure Design, Poster Design, Flyer Design, T-shirt Design. Has Affiliate Program

wrapsew freelance marketplace logo

66) – fashion design

weliketowork freelance marketplace logo

67) – sale & marketing, writing & content, administrative support, design & multimedia, customer service, business services, web development, software development, networking & information systems, coaching, translation

hourly logo

68) – general

networkfreelance freelance marketplace logo

69) – general

pro freelance marketplace logo

70) – IT

dolancing freelance marketplace logo

71) – IT / Computer Programming, Mobile Development to Content Writing, Designing, Data Entry, Sales & Marketing, and many more

programmingbids freelance marketplace logo

72) – programming, databases, graphic design. NOT FREE FOR FREELANCERS:membership fees.

freelanceauction freelance marketplace logo

73) – programming, design

sweetsidejobs freelance marketplace logo

74) – Social Networks, Content Curation, Comment Response, Content Updates, Account Manager, Support, Social Strategy, Social Account Setup, Custom Graphic Headers, Brand Mentions, Website Social Audit, Social Media Advertising

Special mention

craigslist freelance marketplace logo – general. Although not technically a freelance marketplace, many people do use Craigslist to post and bid on free job listings, both freelance and salaried jobs.

coroflot – design

behance – design, copywriting, writing

If you don’t want to spend more than a few dollars, pounds or euros, check out our Top 25+ Micro Freelance Marketplaces.

Free bonus

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  • 6 Case Studies About How To Find Great Graphic Designers
  • Best Practices to Start Using Now
  • The Most Popular Design Portfolio Sites
  • The Top Freelance Design Marketplaces

Click the image below to get access to How To Find Great Freelance Designers Anywhere:

How To Find Great Freelance Designers Anywhere

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