Last Updated: January 2021
The online job search has become par for the course in terms of how we search for jobs. With thousands of job boards and other online eye-catchers it can be time consuming to try them all. In this post I’ll share my favorite job boards to help you optimize your efficiency and spend less time on the wrong job boards.
Maneuvering the online job search is a big part of how I help job seekers land jobs. While technology is great for making life easier, it can also be a bit overwhelming. This holds true for the online job search. Job searchers can quickly become overwhelmed by all the options, links and redirects. I have a few of my favorites but I also did some additional web searching to find new job board contenders. This list is updated frequently so feel free to stop back and visit for any job board updates. The sites start with my top picks up top, followed by other job boards that popped up in my search, in no particular order.
ZipRecruiter is a new favorite. This aggregator grabs jobs from all across the web for job seekers. It also makes candidate searching and outreach easy for recruiters. Since these are the people you want to be found by, I’d say this job board got it right! Search ZipRecruiter now on NG Career Strategy!
Linkedin is the muse of all things career and their job board is no different. The job board is also an aggregator. If that’s not enough, you are also able to see the job poster which allows for a more strategic introduction or entry point into the company. There are also a ton of other great job search strategies you can apply on this platform. Linkedin also has an app for the job board which is pretty darn good. Would you expect anything less from the career management market leader?
3. Google Jobs
Is there anything Google doesn’t do well? Of course the Google job board is awesome. The thing I like most about Google’s job board is the amount of filters that help you to slice and dice your job data – similar to any basic google search function. Google is also an aggregator and I noticed it does grab jobs from Linkedin.
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This search engine is also an aggregator (same as ZipRecruiter, Google, and Linkedin). It basically searches the entire web based on your keywords and actually pulls jobs from your Monsters and CareerBuilders; ultimately eliminating your need to jump from board to board. Just a note: Linkedin and Indeed don’t pull from the same pool of jobs so you’ll want to search both.
This is an okay site if you’re looking for the insider scoop on employee experience. However, the job board is blocked unless you share your email address. So definitely not my favorite. The last thing a job seeker needs is more spam from eager job boards. I’ve also noticed that a lot of the company reviews seem to be by disgruntled ex-employees. I’d recommend treading lightly. There are a ton of other great job boards out there so no need to get sucked into company reviews.
This is a great job board if you’re looking to find non-profits and cause-oriented job openings. I do a lot of work with AmeriCorps groups and this is typically the member job board of choice as well. This board is also great for someone who is in a volunteer role and hoping to make connections that will turn into a paying job.
7. Specialty Job Boards
Of course all jobs, industries and functions are not created equal and there are players out there trying to further refine and grow as leading job boards within their categories. Try researching industry-specific boards to add to your job board mix. Media Bistro is a decent media/PR /Marketing board. Dice.com is a great one for tech.
Finally, a plug for the underdog of job boards (but a player nonetheless), don’t forget about Craigslist.org. If you are looking for local opportunities, non-profits or small companies this can be a hidden gem in some cases. The cost for employers to post to CL is minimal compared to other bigger boards making this a cost-effective way to market their job openings.
9. Simply Hired
This job board is very similar too Indeed.com in user experience. It claims to have millions of jobs and is likely an aggregator. It also has a cool salary tool worth checking out.
For a while monster.com seemed to be slipping in job board ranks. However it appears to have upped its game big time. In addition to an interface similar to Indeed and Simply Hired, it also boasts easy-to-find top page dashboard with a slew of tools including salary, company profiles, and resume posting ability. The function that impressed me the most, was the embedded resume matching tool at the bottom of the job posting. Upload your resume to the job posting and check your matching status before applying. Talk about awesome! I’d have to try it more to see how it works but at first glance – love it.
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