There are hundreds of job search sites on the web, but they’re not all created equally. Job hunters today need a site that will maximize their chances of finding a position, and that won’t waste their time with old job listings or functionalities that are less than user friendly. We’ve chosen 15 of the best job boards around and ranked them based on their usability, site features and specific search requirements so you can spend less time searching online and more time in the interviewer’s chair.
We compiled a list of the must-have job boards across the web. Do they all have the features you’re looking for when searching for jobs online? Find out below.
Our no-nonsense approach to choosing the best sites to find jobs online looked at a variety of factors. We studied the search criteria selection, interactive resume options, ease of functionality and optional offerings for each site. Is it easy to submit job applications? Does each listing provide all the information required? Then we looked at the very important mobile aspect: How easy is the site to use on mobile? Is it easy to apply and respond to potential employers?
The result is our top 15 job search sites that offered the best experience for users.
LinkedIn is a professional networking platform that allows users to connect with others in their industry and search for job positions. The number one site for professional networking, the LinkedIn profile allows users to showcase themselves in ways far beyond what they can do with a one-page resume. The networking opportunities the site provides are also unmatched, allowing professionals – looking for a new job or not – to connect with others in in their fields.
LinkedIn makes it easy for people to build their professional networks and showcase their achievements.
To access some features, such as email alerts, users must pay for premium membership.
This tech-only job search site brings networking, job postings and skills center – complete with learning opportunities – to those in the tech field looking to grow their networks and find new opportunities. There are even unique tools to help job seekers figure out their next move, like the Salary Predictor and custom job notifications.
Resume posting, tech news and advice, and job postings based on skills, interest and location.
Smaller tech company job postings may not be aggregated here.
Tech Careers is one of the more than 50 career sites offered by Nexxt. This particular site focuses on the almost 300,000 jobs available in the information technology industry.
The site is straightforward and easy to use, with job matches delivered daily, resume writing help, pertinent news and advice and a timely blog.
The site is bare-bones for most, unless a job seeker pays a monthly fee to upgrade.
Craigslist provides classified ads for everything from jobs to used furniture. This site allows users to easily search for jobs in different industries.
In addition to searching for full- and part-time jobs, users can also find short-term gigs.
The site provides posters with an anonymous email address, so job seekers won’t always know what company has posted listings. Users cannot search for jobs in multiple cities in one place. Spam and scams can be an issue.
SimplyHired is an easy-to-use, mobile-friendly site that collects job posts from several sources, including company websites and social media.
When searching by location, users can get detailed information about the area, including the average income of residents and other job openings in the area. An advanced search feature offers the ability to sort results by experience level, minimum education required, company size and revenue.
The sponsored ads that show up in search results may not be relevant.
Around since 1999, Monster is a robust job site that makes it easy to search for jobs and get noticed by employers. The site continues to grow and add more features, such as a directory of online professional development programs and in-depth career advice.
The application process is streamlined. Monster account holders can apply for jobs with one click.
Some unscrupulous employers will spam anyone who uploads a resume here; it’s important to vet all emails very carefully.
Founded in 1995, CareerBuilder has a global presence that allows job seekers to find jobs around the world. CareerBuilder allows users to search by industry, location, salary range and company. A Spanish job search function is available for native Spanish speakers
Offers a downloadable guide with job search tips. Includes numerous articles with advice and information on how to avoid job scams.
Though it seems like a great deal of jobs at first, many of those are actually ads.
CollegeRecruiter is geared toward those who are looking for entry-level positions and internships. Users can search through part-time and seasonal jobs as well.
CollegeRecruiter offers free resume critiques. The site offers detailed descriptions of companies listed as the best places to work.
There are no advanced search functions.
Glassdoor provides detailed information about each company and job listing on the site. Users can read reviews about companies from previous or current employees.
The site offers a list of common questions that specific companies ask during interviews. A search tool allows job seekers to find common salary ranges for their profession and location.
This site lacks the advanced search functions that seem standard on other job sites.
Indeed is easy to navigate and allows users to search for jobs by company, keywords, job titles and location. The site also offers information on salaries and reviews on companies, which helps users take control of their job search.
Registered members of Indeed can see their most recent searches every time they log on.
Since Indeed acts more like a search engine, it can be pretty redundant if job seekers are using other job sites as well.
Designed for those who prefer to work with non-profits and similar organizations, Idealist is home to job openings that put community service skills to good use. Search through more than 120,000 organizations to find the right fit.
Users can search via unique criteria, such as remote or on-site, degree level and full-time or part-time.
It can be tough to find jobs near small towns; the user must cast a wide search net, which means more options to wade through.
The Ladders specializes in jobs for people well-established in their career. Therefore, the site restricts posts to high-paying positions. With salaries that begin at $80,000 and in-depth resume help and advice, this site is serious about ensuring the best job matches for seasoned professionals.
The site offers detailed information and job salaries on the most popular job titles. A daily blog filled with advice helps professionals hone their skills.
Basic membership allows users to upload a searchable resume, but in order to actually apply for jobs, they must sign up for the premium membership.
A division of CareerBuilder, Headhunter.com looks to match up seasoned professionals with the career opportunities that best fit their level of experience. Sections include technology, marketing, sales, consulting and finance/accounting.
Users may post resumes, discover recommended positions and create custom job alerts when a posting relevant to their field is put up.
The site doesn’t offer any sort of career advice, resume help or other additional services – this is only for job searching.
USAJobs specializes in positions available in the federal government. The site breaks down the positions into “hiring paths,” which include veterans, military spouses, those with a disability, senior executives, families of overseas employees and more.
USAJobs.gov allows users to upload multiple resumes and cover letters. Users have the option to subscribe to an RSS feed of their search to be delivered to their email each day.
Job search tips and interview assistance are available, but only through “virtual events” that occur at specific dates and times.
With categories like 911 telecommunications, public health and urban forestry, GovernmentJobs.com has been working with government agencies to bring position openings to the masses since 1998. Users can search for jobs by location, title keyword or browse through a list of available titles.
Users can apply for and follow up on applications right through the site thanks to its integration with the NEOGOV human resources software, which automates the process. They can also schedule needed application exams right on the site.
Most positions listed on the site are based in urban areas, which might make it tough for those in smaller towns to find a good position within easy driving distance. Since searches narrow down by keyword, sometimes positions in many states are presented even when using the “City, State, Zip” function.
This government site offers search opportunities both at home and abroad and has much information on what working for the government entails. In addition to job postings, users can learn more about security clearances, apprenticeships, the Civil Service Exam and more.
Multiple job opportunities and resources are available for a number of special interest groups, including vets, students/recent grads and those with disabilities. Users can even search for jobs based on their college degree.
Though the site is very user-friendly, job seekers could find themselves facing information overload. Plan on spending a lot of time on the site to figure out all the nuances.