The Dots is a community of no-collar professionals, including creators, entrepreneurs, freelancers and teams. Anyone can create a free profile to post their work (as projects) and credit teammates they worked with. With hundreds of thousands of projects on the site, The Dots is a vast source of inspiration for work from across the creative industries.
Promoting diversity is at the heart of what we do, so we use our platform to spotlight underrepresented groups. We believe that the creative industry should be accessible and equal for all.
10,000+ companies and brands also use The Dots to share projects and hire people. When searching for people to work with, companies will either post a job to our jobs board, or use the site to search, discover and message people. For more information about The Dots story and our mission, click here.
If you follow somebody and they follow you back, you can message one another - hooray!
The only way to message a user that does not follow you is to purchase a Pro Account. This is recommended for those that want to reach out to other members of the community for recruitment/hiring purposes.
Our curatorial team feature projects daily, which are shown on both the Today and Projects sections. Often, our curators look for work that is inspiring, rooted in a good cause or aesthetically spectacular. There are three main ways to stand out to our curators;
Our curators make sure to select members of The Dots that have at least three projects that are inspiring, rooted in a good cause or aesthetically spectacular. We select people whether they are juniors, mids or seniors. Lastly, make sure your profile details are all filled in and you are ready to go!
Cover photos will crop differently depending on what screen or monitor size is being used, so be sure to choose an image that works with various crops. Ideal dimensions are 2500px x 1200px with a minimum of 1700px x 800px. Cover photos cannot be deleted, so if you would like to remove your current image, just upload a newbie to replace it!
Company pages on The Dots can only have one owner at the moment. This works by having a user profile connected to a company page, acting as its admin.
Once logged in to the connected user profile, the company page can be found under ‘hiring’ then ‘company pages’, or by going straight to page and clicking the ‘edit’ button.
Oh no! We’re sorry you have come across a blip. Please email with the following details:
Any supporting screenshots would really help us figure out what’s happening here. The more details you can share for the first two questions, the better.
Thanks so much for your patience! We’ll aim to get back to all queries within 48 hours (weekdays).
First up, you will need to create a free Dots personal profile here. This will become the admin account that can access and edit a company page.
Before you create a company page, be sure to check if your company already has a page by searching companies. If your company already has a page and you’d like to become the admin, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll try to get this up and running for you. There can only be one admin account connected to a company page.
If your company doesn’t have a company page, be sure you’re logged in, and click ‘hiring’ then ‘view company pages’ and choose ‘add new’.
Top tip: make sure to populate the company page with a square logo image, a striking high quality cover photo and information on what the company does, along with three or more projects - this increases the chances of the page being featured!
Sure! If you have seen a company page on The Dots that you think you should have the admin rights to, please contact email@example.com from the same company’s email address and confirm your job title.
You’ll need a Dots profile of your own if you would like to be the admin of a company page, so make sure to include that URL in your message, thanks!
At this stage there can only be one admin account connected to a company page. Admins are the only people that can post projects to a company page. However, you can still post a job to a company page without being an admin, simply select your company when you start posting a job.
When creating a project in edit mode, toggle the icon in the top left of the screen.
This will change from your Dots personal profile icon to your company page icon. The project will then appear under the company page.
Don’t forget to credit any collaborators on The Dots, and invite those that are not! Projects with teams are often featured by our curators.
Projects showcase the work you and your team do behind the scenes; be it a portfolio piece, case study, photo collection, article, campaign, event - you name it! As long as a project shows what you and your team have been creating, all is perfect!
If you're still unsure about projects and how they work, you can take a look at our Today page and see what other members in our community are posting for some inspiration.
Posting projects show our community what you are up to and spread inspiration. If you are available or looking for work it also helps potential employers discover you on The Dots, as the 10,000+ companies that use The Dots to hire are constantly searching projects to find and headhunt talent.
You can upload JPEG, GIF and PNG files on to Dots projects, and you can embed multimedia too - Soundcloud, Vimeo and Youtube all work by pasting URLs into the ‘links’ function on the edit toolbar - yay!
Oh no, we’re sorry to hear that. Let us help you find it! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a couple of details to point us in the right direction;
Then we’ll jump in and have a look right away. Thanks so much!
Oh no, what a pain - sorry! If there is a user credited on your project that you know was not involved in its creation, just pop into the project, scroll down, and click ‘untag’ next to the user in question.
If there are any further problems, please contact email@example.com with details. Thanks!
If you would like a project to appear under your company page and;
You are the company page admin: toggle the project author to your company. You can do this in the edit mode of creating a project. In the first stage of project editing, navigate to the top left hand side of the screen and you will see a circular icon with your Dots profile image in it. Toggle this to your company page icon and voila! You must be the admin of the company in order to this. PS, don’t forget to credit collaborators!
You are not company page admin: simply create a project and credit the company in ‘step two’ of the posting project process. This will feature the project on both your profile and the company page under its ‘Projects tagged in’ section.
If you want to switch on correspondence from us to gain our monthly Events & Opportunities or Inspiration newsletters, make sure you’re logged in, then click here to edit your settings.
You can also click the above If you are looking to unsubscribe from emails or notifications. Voila!
Invoices are automatically processed and logged on the user account that has made a transaction. Invoices can be accessed easy peasy, just make sure you are logged in, then click here to access your transactional documents.
It’s super simple to delete your account on The Dots. First up, make sure you are logged in to The Dots, then click here to delete your account.
Your profile will be deleted immediately from The Dots, but it can take up to a month for Google and other search engines to update their search results. If you see a link to your deleted profile on Google, it will lead to a blank page.
Top tip: Google’s Outdated Content Tool can help you to speed up the process.
If you want to request your right to be forgotten, please send along your login email and request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will process this. All the best to you!
Profiles on The Dots can be accessed via search engines. If you’d like to hide your availability, you can do so here - great if you are job searching but would prefer to do so discreetly.
If you want to hide your projects, you can do this by clicking on the button underneath your project. You can then click the same button to unhide projects, which will then republish them on your profile.
The only way to not appear in search engines at all is to disable your account. Your profile will be deleted immediately from The Dots, but it can take up to a month for Google and other search engines to update their search results. If you see a link to your deleted profile on Google, it will lead to a blank page.
Top tip: Google’s Outdated Content Tool can help you to speed up the process.
You can find all of the jobs that you have successfully applied for by hovering over your profile picture on the top right menu and clicking ‘Applied Jobs’.
Sadly this is out of our control as each individual company on The Dots manages their applicants - we simply provide a platform for companies to post opportunities for our community. More often than not, companies cannot respond to all applications made to them, we’re super sorry we can’t help further on this one.
Oh no, what a pain - sorry! On The Dots, you are able to upload one supporting document to your application. This should be a CV/resume or a portfolio. You can also write or copy and paste your cover letter in the ‘Cover Letter’ section on the job application page. For document uploads, we support PDF, Word or OpenOffice formats.
We have a career tips and insights page here - it’s full of golden advice!
Also, our monthly Portfolio Masterclass events are a great way to get feedback on your work from industry leaders. Click here to see upcoming events, and don't forget to follow the page to be the first in the know!
We focus more on connecting our community to companies and vice versa. Though we do have a jobs board, we are not recruiters and we do not provide recruitment advice on an individual basis. Here are our top tips for getting the most out of The Dots:
Startups are a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows. We’ve found the trick to weathering the hard times has been to hire happy, positive people that naturally focus on solutions, not blame. It’s an inherent characteristic that you can’t really teach and leads a productive working environment.
If this sounds like you, make sure you follow The Dots company page so that you’ll be notified as soon as there is a job at The Dots (make sure your notifications are switched on!).
It’s free to publish freelance and internship roles to The Dots, as long as internships are minimum wage or above.
To purchase up to five job credits on The Dots, you can make a transaction on the site. We do not take invoices.
However, if you are purchasing more than five job credits, or an annual subscription, our Talent Solutions team can help with that. Drop them an email here.
Once you have bought a job credit, we’ll automatically process an invoice for you - you’ll find them in your ‘account settings’ then ‘transaction history’ - easy peasy!
First up, you’ll need to buy job credits. Click here for information on buying jobs.
Members who have bought the job credit on their account can post a job and assign it to the company that the opportunity is for. If the company is not yet on The Dots, you’ll need to create a company page with a logo and cover photo, so that you can link the job up with the company. Click here to see how other company pages look.
When you are posting your job, you can choose to show or hide the salary of the position. When it comes to entering professions and skills into your job description on The Dots, it’s best to insert those that are must haves and relevant, as this helps job seekers find your job ad on The Dots.
Once a job post is published, it will be displayed both at the bottom of the company page it is assigned to, and on our latest jobs board. Within 24 hours, the job will appear on our ‘featured’ jobs board.
With one job credit, your job will last for 30 days. This is the same for all jobs on The Dots.
You can extend the same job if you’d like to, but before you must make sure you have another credit loaded and ready to go on your account. To re-publish the job, click into ‘hiring’ and then ‘manage job posts’. Find the job under ‘expired’ and click on the button with three little dots. There you can choose ‘publish’ and the job will be live again.
If you are the owner of the job ad, you can login and click into ‘hiring’. From there, choose ‘manage job posts’. Once you’re here, click on the button with three little dots next to the job you’d like to expire - then choose ‘expire job’.
Unpublished job credits will not expire, they are evergreen until they are published. When a job credit becomes a job ad, it will expire after 30 days.
If you want to find great talent, The Dots Pro Account gives you access to advanced filters. This allows you to search for and message any member of The Dots community. Click here to sign up.
If you’re looking to publish 5+ job opportunities on The Dots, then our Talent Solutions team would be happy to chat through options with you. Please email email@example.com and include which company you are from, the kind of roles you are looking to post and the number of job opportunities that you are interested in posting.
A member of the team will then be in touch with ideas on how we can move forward!
Subscriptions to The Dots are a great way to raise your company profile and get the most out of our platform. Here’s what they include;
If your company is looking to advertise roles frequently, and you’d like to access all of The Dots features, then a subscription is a great way to go & reach out to our community of creators, freelancers and entrepreneurs.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include which company you are from and the kind of roles that you are looking to post. Our Talent Solutions team will be in touch with more information.
If you are from a charity and would like to advertise a creative role on The Dots, please do get in touch with more information about the hires you would like to make - we give free job credits to charities at our discretion :-)
It’s good to make sure your charity has a company page set up on The Dots with a logo and a cover photo beforehand. Please drop us a note at email@example.com with your request, we look forward to hearing from you!
Having company followers gives companies lots of great PR and an engaged following with The Dots community is a brilliant pipeline of passive job seekers.
Everytime a job or project is posted to a company page, it notifies followers that either match the job profession or follow the page!
The Dots Pro Account gives you access to advanced filters. This allows you to search for and message any member of The Dots community. Pro Accounts are £25 per month and can be cancelled at any time - there is no minimum amount of months that you have to subscribe to. Click here to sign up.
At The Dots, we believe that everybody involved in bringing a project to life should be credited for it. If you are credited on a project, it appears up on your profile which shows our community that you played a part in making the project happen.
This is also a fantastic way to be discovered by potential collaborators, clients and employers.
When you are creating a project, you can credit members of The Dots at the bottom of the edit section. Click the + sign in the circle and search for your teammate.
If the person is not on The Dots, You can invite them! When they create a profile, they will appear as credited in the project - yay!
You can credit them by inviting them via email. When they create a profile, they will appear as credited in the project, voila!
If you have found a project on The Dots that you were a part of, click into the project and scroll to the bottom. Once you’re there, click into a circle with the + sign and search for yourself and whoever else took part in making the creativity come to life. It’s always a good shout to search in our projects section for work you have done, there’s hundreds of thousands of projects on The Dots!
Oh no, what a pain - sorry! If there is a user credited on your project that you know was not involved in it’s creation, just pop into your project, scroll down, click on the user in question and click ‘untag’.
If there are any further problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with details. Thanks!
Message Patrick, VP Talent Solutions, for information if you would like to purchase 5+ job credits or start an annual subscription with The Dots email@example.com
Message Annie, Partnerships Manager if you would like to talk about commercial partnerships and advertising firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email email@example.com for any press queries - we’d love to hear from you!
Oh no! We’re sorry you have come across a blip. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details:
Any supporting screenshots would really help us figure out what’s happening here. Oh, and the more details you can share for the first two questions, the better. Thanks so much for your patience so far!
Please send along your enquiry to email@example.com with as much detail as possible. We endeavour to get back to messages within 48 hours (weekdays). Thanks!