For the last few weeks I’ve been trying out Dribbble’s freelancer board to find a UX designer. It costs nothing to post and looks pretty good. 77 new jobs posted today.
Job posts are typically brief - so I added a short para about the role and put it out there. Within 24 hours there were 100 replies in my inbox. Great response, or so I thought!
After investigation, many of the responses were spammy or not even appropriately targeted for what we were doing.
I decided to re-write the posting with some basic screening criteria. Just reply with:
I also hooked a Zapier+Airtable workflow to automate and analyse the responses.
76% of the responses to our Dribbble post failed the simple screening check, 51% had applied to my previous posting, and of those 68% reused exactly the same message text. A few even had their own automated workflow with drip responses.
So it appears Dribbble's freelancer board has a super a low signal to noise ratio - 24% signal : 76% noise.
If they wanted to solve this they should limit the number of jobs a freelancer can apply for each day. At the moment it's a mess and really difficult and overwhelming to use - unless you decide to build out your own automated Zapier workflow like I did.
The good news is that I've found three really promising candidates from this - so there's some gems out there if you're willing to put in the time.
One last thought, while background checking the stage 2 folks, I was struck by how many LinkedIn profiles had job title changes to "UX Designer" in April 2020. Clearly a lot of pandemic-related retraining at online bootcamps fuelled by stories like this https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/08/how-a-29-year-old-single-mom-earning-75000-dollars-in-nyc-spends-her-money.html
I'd be interested in hearing other experiences of this.