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An architect draws plans on a digital drawing board.For many freelancers, project acquisition is the hardest part of their working day. Keeping your eyes open for the next project can be time-consuming and hard work. However, there are different ways to overcoming this challenge. We will show you how to find your next exciting project.


Take a 3-step approach when searching for projects: Actively search yourself, create a job alert and at the same time offer potential clients or Hays the opportunity to find you.

Step 1: Find your next project on our project exchange. One of the great advantages of searching for projects with Hays is that you can view exclusive project offers on our project exchange that you won't find anywhere else. Because our customers know that they can find the right specialists through Hays.

Step 2: Create a job alert and automatically receive suitable projects by e-mail. All you need is a Hays account. You can create one here.

Step 3: Let us find you! Send us your profile so that we can contact you with suitable project offers.

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You have found a project — now what?

You have found a project as an interim manager or another project you want to join? Position yourself as an external professional for driving projects and enhancing the company’s staff. Using a customised CV shows your interest and commitment. Remember that these documents are the company’s decision-making basis and therefore need to spark curiosity.


Step 1: Make yourself familiar with the company

  • What are the services or products the company offers on which markets?
  • Which business divisions are involved in the project and who are the key players and/or contacts?
  • What are the values the company represents?

Also, assume a very subjective view and find your answers to the following questions:

  • What are you particularly interested in and what are the fields where you excel with experience and skills?
  • Where do you see the company’s strengths and weaknesses?
  • What role do you see yourself in within the project?

We also recommend that you have a look at our matching process.

Step 2: Prepare project history and first meeting

A businesswoman studies her documents in front of a laptop in a white office.Proceed step by step and prepare carefully. This increases your chances of winning the tendered project. After thorough research, devise your cover letter and your project list, exactly tailored to the tendering company. Give reasons for why you are so interested in the project and why you are the ideal candidate for it. Your core competencies are relevant to win over potential clients. That is why your project list should be meaningful and clearly show previously completed projects.


It is important that your profile/CV is free of errors. Therefore, have a third party read it before sending it.

Generally, the following applies:

  • Ensure completeness and correctness.
  • Present your strengths and competencies as best as you can without bragging.
  • Show that you have already thought about the project and can offer the company true added value because of your previous experience.

Step 3: The conversation

If a company shows interest in your profile, the next step will be a professional interview — either face-to-face or by phone. Take your time to prepare for it: Having sound information about the company and your contact and winning them over with your professional expertise will increase your chances.

Here at Hays we can help you not only with searching for ideal projects but also with preparing your documents, if necessary. We can support you whenever you need help and answer all your questions arising during the acquisition process.


Acquiring new projects will always be hard work for freelancers. Working with Hays will make you even more effective and efficient. Find projects with us that are precisely tailored to you and your skills.

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