As most of you know, the UK Visual Effects' industry appears to be in a very healthy position at the moment. Many of the large post houses in Soho are in the middle of long term projects and most studios are commenting on the lack of available freelancers. As a result, the Recruitment team here at Escape has never been busier!
In this very fluid and fast moving market, one of the biggest problems we face is constantly keeping in touch with our freelance network. We work alongside over 100 visual effects companies in the UK and once their projects are given the green light, we need to be able to move quickly to get freelancers on board for them. Sometimes, we have as little as 24 hours notice to fill these positions, so spreading the word to our freelance database and finding out who is available is imperative.
Anyone who has attended the Careers Talk at Escape Studios will know that I'm a big fan of using social networking sites to connect freelancers with job opportunities and always champion sites such as LinkedIn and Twitter. Well, I'm going to start practising what I preach and will be using Twitter as the first place to broadcast new jobs as and when they come in. We will still be using traditional methods such as our jobs board, our RSS feed, Facebook, e-mail, (and occasionally even picking up the phone now and again!) but as more and more people seem constantly plugged into sites like Twitter, I think this could be a format that will benefit both freelancers and hiring studios alike.
So, if you're a freelancer who is always on the lookout for your next project, make sure you are following EscapeJobs on Twitter.