Premium Job Boards

  • Indeed is a leader among job boards and is visited by nearly three-quarters of all jobseekers. The site also boasts substantial reach with 4m jobs posted directly to Indeed.com. Indeed is also a job search engine that anyone can use for free. It takes jobseekers’ input, such as skills and location and then aggregates all matching jobs from thousands of other websites.
  • LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional social network, a powerful sourcing tool and a job board. LinkedIn enables recruiters to create narrow searches for candidates by parameters such as location, job title, industry and more. With 380m users in total, LinkedIn has the largest user base. And they’re growing fast with two new users added per second. The site is also visited by a whopping 97m unique users a month.
  • CareerBuilder is both a job board and a destination for career advice. It operates in the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia and is visited by more than 22m unique visitors a month. It has 1,000 partner sites in 60 countries, including 140 newspapers and leading portals such as AOL. CareerBuilder is used by 300k employers and powers the job boards of 90 percent of Fortune 1000 companies.
  • SimplyHired, like Indeed, is a job search engine at its core. It is a highly-targeted pay per click job board that gets around 30m unique visitors per month. SimplyHired is used by 700k unique employers who have posted 6m open jobs. When jobseekers search on SimplyHired, they’re able to discover jobs on the SimplyHired site, mobile app and numerous partner sites.
  • ZipRecruiter is used by over 400k employers and has delivered almost 70m candidates to date. They offer a speedy way to get candidates by enabling recruiters to post to more than 100 job boards such as Monster.com with one click, in addition to having a job board of their own. They also host 6m resumes with thousands of new ones added daily.
  • Monster enables recruiters to target jobseekers in other countries, as well as through niche sites like Military.com, thousands of newspaper sites and social networks such as Twitter and Facebook. It’s a recognized name in job boards, having been around for 20 years. Monster also gets a ton of traffic with 26m monthly unique visitors.
  • Portfolium is a job board and a portfolio site that enables approximately 1m students and recent graduates to get their work samples, video clips and skills in front of employers. Hiring college talent is not easy for recruiters but it is especially challenging for small businesses. Portfolium enables any company to look beyond resume keywords and effectively reach and hire college talent with verified skills.
  • StackOverflowCareers is the careers platform of StackOverflow. It’s used by 25m developers and technologists and is the trusted first destination of tech recruiters. Both employer profiles and developer profiles on this network are designed with the interests of developers in mind. In addition, there’s more for employers and recruiters to look at besides resumes. Recruiters look at code samples and interaction with other users to build a high quality pipeline of talent.

Free Job Boards

  • Glassdoor offers jobseekers free access to more than 8m company reviews, interview questions, salary reports and more, all posted anonymously by employees. It allows hiring managers to post jobs free, and is quickly rising in popularity as a job board and recruiting site. Glassdoor enables employers to update their company info, see who is viewing their company profile and respond to reviews. Glassdoor gets 19m visits monthly, 80% of them from the US.
  • Trovit is the leading classifieds search engine in Europe and Latin America. They have a presence in 46 countries and are available in 12 languages. Jobs are one of their five major verticals and they partner with thousands of job boards and newspapers to help jobseekers be more efficient in their search. Trovit listings are highly visible as they are visited by 40m unique users a month.
  • JobRapido is a global job search engine similar to SimplyHired and Indeed. They conduct business in 58 countries, have 50m registered users and are visited by 30m monthly users. They’re a frontrunner as far as job aggregators go and continue to expand in Europe and the rest of the world.
  • US.jobs is a free job board and recruitment resource developed for employers by employers. They’re owned by the Direct Employers Association, a nonprofit consortium of leading global employers. The site reaches a diverse national and international audience and provides niche services such as a veterans job search (vetcentral.us.jobs) and OFCCP compliance for employers.
  • JobInventory is a job search engine that eschews pay-per-click campaigns for a contributor program. This means that the search results provided to jobseekers are 100% organic. They offer a wide selection as they post jobs from all sources: employers, job boards and classified sites.
  • CareerJet is a job search engine with a worldwide presence. They’re available in 28 languages and source 40m job ads from more than 70k websites around the world. They own and operate two other brands, Opcionempleo for Spanish language markets and Optioncarriere for French language markets.
  • Recruit.net is the leading search engine for jobs in the Asia Pacific region. Their search technology pulls jobs from corporate web sites, job boards, recruitment agencies, classifieds and more enabling jobseekers to quickly find millions of jobs. They also offer pay-per-click advertising, detailed analytics, and tracking for employers and recruiters. Recruit.net operates 18 localized websites in 6 major languages.

Why you would pay for a job board versus free job boards?

Which job board is right for you and whether you should spend the extra on a paid job boards depends on a few factors:

  • 1
    The urgency of the hire - if you need to hire quickly you’re likely to find them faster by putting some money behind a paid or sponsored ad.
  • 2
    The type of role - some roles are simply harder to find candidates for. Take for example technology roles and often more senior hires. For this type of role you’ll often need to use a specialist/niche paid job board. The cost of the board will be justified by the quality of candidate it can attract.
  • 3
    Your location - if you are based in an area where there is high competition for candidates, a paid job ad can help you stand out from the crowd and make sure you’re speaking to the best people.
  • 4
    Ongoing hiring - as free job ads get old they fall down the rankings on job boards as newer jobs take the top spots. Simply reposting the same job on the same job board won’t get it listed back at the top. So if you’re hiring for a particular type of role over a long period of time you’ll keep your job ad fresh and the candidates flowing by paying for a job ad to keep it high on job board search results.
  • 5
    Cost control - how much you pay for job ads is completely customizable, especially with pay-per-click (PPC) options. Many job boards have PPC campaigns that you can use to target a highly specific audience. This means that you only pay when interested and suitable candidates view your job listing.

Never forget that a badly written job ad will never attract the best candidates whether you pay for an ad or not. So be sure that your job ad is up to scratch before you start.

So a paid ad is always better?

Paid ad

Not necessarily. There are many jobs where the free job boards can perform very well. Indeed for example is the biggest job board in the world, its free version has a huge amount of candidate traffic and can provide great candidates.

You’ll need to decide which job boards are best for you on a role by role basis and whether paying for a job ad will work out better in the long run.

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