How does The Pond work?
In a nutshell, we work by promoting you through our website, email marketing, and our ongoing client relationships. Then when a client comes to us with a brief or role that matches your skills and experience, we call you to discuss it.
If you're happy to accept the opportunity, we will put you forward as one of only two recommendations. What's more, we’ll negotiate the best rate and structure for the role, set up any initial meetings with the client and see to minor details such booking confirmations and confidentiality agreements.
Can anyone register?
Everyone can register to be reviewed, but not everyone can be represented. Because we promote The Pond as a premium talent agency, we can only represent the best professionals with relevant commercial experience. These candidates could be junior, intermediate or senior. This is one of the key differences between The Pond and other recruitment agents who happily take on anyone.
Does The Pond really understand creativity and creative people?
The Pond was founded by creatives who understand creative work and what makes creative people tick. So you don't have to worry about us not understanding your career or your needs, or putting you forward for the wrong jobs or roles.
Does The Pond represent digital and technical people?
Yes. We are uniquely positioned to find outstanding opportunities for back-end and front-end developers, digital designers, app designers, UX/UI designers and other digital professionals. If your skill set takes you deep into digital territory and your experience prepares you to work at the top of the digital game, we want to hear from you.
What can I earn?
Your potential earnings via The Pond depends on your availability, your portfolio and the demand for your skill set. We typically find our members anywhere from $50,000 to $150,000 worth of work each year. (When we meet you in person we’ll set a financial target then review how it went towards the end of the year.)
Can I expect the same rate on every job?
Rates are based on a number of factors including how long you will be needed, how urgently the job needs to be done, and whether or not it requires any specialised skills. So we'll work with you to create a flexible rate structure based on your expectations and current industry rates.
Does The Pond actively promote its members?
We pour a lot of resources into an annual marketing and weekly promotional plan that has included sponsorship of industry awards, client events, direct marketing campaigns, print advertising, press releases and online initiatives.
Is there a membership fee?
Yes, we have an annual membership fee for professional freelancers. It goes towards your own personal marketing plan when you join. This fee also covers any operational costs and the extra time we spend to get you positioned, promoted and in work quickly. The fee comes with a range of benefits which are well worth hearing about. (The fee is not mandatory)
Can I register from anywhere in the world?
Unfortunately, no. Right now The Pond only represents creatives working in New Zealand, Australia and Asia.
Do I have to sign anything?
Yes. We have a ‘contract for services’ that covers both you and clients when it comes to all the small but important details, like liability, restraints of trade and confidentiality. Trust us, it's always good to get these things down on paper so we all know where we stand.
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