When I started my YouTube career back in 2012, I had very little experience. In fact, I had never even uploaded a YouTube video.
But that was a very different time, and now big media companies, brands and independent influencers are on the lookout for highly skilled YouTube channel managers.
The only problem? There’s a lack of talent in this space.That’s good news for you, though. Once you have the adequate training and experience (you can tap into plenty of resources in the Pro Channel Manager community), there are plenty of places you can look to launch your YouTube career.
Resources Mentioned In This Episode
- Hear my YouTube channel manager origin story by checking out episode 1 of the podcast (or check it out in the podcast app of your choice)
- Need some absolute FIRE Linkedin tips - check out Louise Brogan
- Check out our guide on finding the best YouTube communities
- Get awesome job application and interview tips from my good friend Cass Thompson on her YouTube channel
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5 Places to Find YouTube Channel Manager Jobs
If you’re looking for YouTube channel manager jobs, check out these five resources below, which I’ve ordered from “meh” to incredible. (What?! I’ve got to optimize for audience retention!)
1) Traditional Job Boards & Job Search Sites
When searching for YouTube jobs, it doesn’t hurt to take a quick look at the more traditional job search sites, like Indeed, Monster or Glassdoor. However, because these sites aren’t specific to YouTube, avoid using job titles like "channel manager" because there are other types of channel managers out there that have nothing to do with online video. Instead, search more general terms like “YouTube” and all though you'll have to sift through more than you wanted, you'll find what you're looking for
These are great places to look for work-from-home YouTube jobs, too. Just update your location to “remote” on these sites or add “work from home” to your keyword search.
Another pro tip is too look at more up and coming remote work recruitment specialists like Dynamite Jobs.
2) Your Network
If you already have YouTube work experience, tap into your network to help you find new opportunities. This might include former cohorts, current colleagues, former mentors or managers — you name it.
If you work hard enough and get the word out, you may start getting inbound inquiries from companies and brands who want to work with you.
You should also be more proactive and reach out to people in the industry. Ask them if they have 15 minutes for a Zoom call so you can ask them a few questions. Even if they’re not actively hiring, a position could open up in a few months, and they may think of you.
And here’s a bit of a pro tip: Go back and check in on old prospects. Even if they weren’t ready to hire you last year, maybe things have changed, and they’re interested in working with you now. It never hurts.
I know, I know. Most of us have heard enough about LinkedIn these days, but I just wanted to emphasize how beneficial it is when it comes to searching for YouTube jobs.
Not only can you search for jobs on the platform, but you can also optimize your profile for keywords like “YouTube” and “channel manager” so prospects can easily find you and reach out. (My good friend Louise Brogan has a lot of advice about this!)
Again, just like your traditional job boards, I suggest searching broad terms on LinkedIn and see what’s out there as well as setting up alerts.
Also make sure to be joining conversations around YouTube as well as posting content on the topic and replying to others, as it's important to be "visible" in the space. And even if you’re not actively getting inbound opportunities (yet), you’re still taking steps to build your reputation within this industry.
Not connected with me on Linked yet? Why not?
4) YouTube Groups & Communities
Have I mentioned there are a ton of YouTube groups and communities you can join? (Why, yes, I have mentioned that.) There’s everything from free Facebook groups to local YouTube Meetups to paid membership groups.
These are great spaces where you can expand your knowledge, seek support and advice and, yes, even find jobs.
Note, big brands and companies will less likely look for YouTube channel managers in these groups. You’ll probably find smaller independent YouTubers or networks that are advertising YouTube freelance jobs.
The good news with these is there’ll be less competition than a gigantic job board like Indeed. However, there’ll probably be folks out there with less experience who are willing to charge a lot less than you and may snag the job.But, on that note, if you don’t have as much experience as you’d like, start looking for gigs in these communities to help you find YouTube entry-level jobs.
5) The Pro Channel Manager Community
Last but not least, my favorite resource for finding YouTube jobs is the Pro Channel Manager community. Sure, maybe I’m a wee bit biased here, but in all seriousness, we have some of the biggest media companies in the world in this group.
Not only that, there are a lot of YouTube channel managers who have grown so much they’re now building out teams and want to link up with other community members. Typically, they post these job openings in our group first before sharing it with the rest of the world, which can give you a leg up.
This also saves you a ton of time. You don’t have to weed through thousands of job listings on these big international job boards (which, can sometimes be plagued with spam postings).
Here's a real recent post about a job - member identity protected - it is a private group after all!;
But Before You Apply For These Jobs…
Now, before you apply for any of these jobs, you want to make sure your resume or CV is in tip-top shape, so let me leave you with these four tips to ensure you stand out from the crowd:
Front-load your resume and job application with your YouTube achievements. Highlight any channels you’ve grown or standout videos you’ve produced. When you can, show your accomplishments with numbers and stats (e.g. I grew X channel 90% in six months.)
If you’ve built your own YouTube channel, show it off. Even if it’s a small channel, it shows you’re passionate about the platform and you’re willing to put in the work.
Include all your technical skills, even if it’s not in the job description. These are important because even if you’re not using Adobe Creative Cloud day to day (for example), it shows you’re multifaceted and can learn new programs.
Attach a cover letter that screams PASSION. Use this as an opportunity to show you’ve researched the company you’re applying to work with and call out things you loved, like their editing style, a specific video or something they’re doing well. This is also just a great chance to really show off your passion for the video platform. You’ll want to customize this cover letter for each job application.
Happy job hunting and good luck!
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