Which job boards are best for me?

I’ve been getting this question from a lot of job seekers in my network lately so I thought I’d drop a quick resource to help guide anyone in the current search process.  

Bottom line – There are literally thousands of job search sites available and depending on your industry and professional level of expertise, there is definitely a niche site available and designed JUST FOR YOU. However, over 95% of active roles are posted on Indeed.com and they are not paying me to say this… I’d start there. Most roles come from active networking and referrals so that will always be time well spent. Looking at stats from organizations on where their hires come from, you’ll find that generally, 25-35% are referrals and only about 10-15% are from job boards directly.  

Below is a breakdown of the sites I recommend to all active job seekers.  

1. Indeed.com  

The biggest and most well-known job aggregator available. Similarweb ranked them #1 for the US And #38 globally in January 2024. Indeed scrapes company websites and pulls those roles together for you to search in one place. This is a free service for companies and they can then choose if they want to ‘sponsor’ a job to get better placement. Employment agencies can post jobs only if they pay a daily rate to Indeed for sponsorship. There are some duplicates on the site because of this. You will definitely get some spammy calls if you post your resume to the Indeed database but you can search without doing that or just take the good with the bad. Consider it like Tinder and just swipe left to the roles you’re not interested in pursuing.  

Ps – the salaries posted on Indeed are almost always wrong – just ignore them.  

2.  LinkedIn  

Networking happens 24x7x365 – don’t just show up here when you need a job. In fact, if you keep an active profile even when you’re working, the best jobs might find you. If you’ve invested in building your network here, it will be an amazing resource when you find yourself in an active job search. Generally, more professional-level roles (those roles often requiring a college degree) are posted on the site rather than the skilled trades which are more popular on niche sites and large aggregators like Indeed or Glassdoor. LinkedIn allows each participant to post one job for free but most companies choose to purchase paid advertisements that appear at the top of a search for job seekers. A tracker shows how many applicants a role has received. This number is inflated as it counts the number of people who clicked through to apply but not the # who completed the application process. The best feature here is the ability to see who you might know who works at the company to which you are applying.  

3. BuiltIN (by city) 

This one is less well-known but is highly popular among start-up and scale-up organizations, especially those in the tech space. I recommend it because it gets less traffic and often has some roles that are not posted anywhere else. Give it a try if you are looking to work in tech or are on the West Coast where it tends to be more popular.  

4. ZipRecruiter, CareerBuilder, Monster, Glassdoor, Getwork, Snagajob, SimplyHired 

Each of these sites had their moment in the spotlight and are all ranked by BetterTeam as Top 10 job boards for US job seekers. I’m not a fan and do not recommend their job sites. It would be extremely rare for a job to be posted on Glassdoor, for example, that is not also posted on either (or often both) Indeed or LinkedIn. Ditto for the others. Exceptions might be Military.com which is a division of Monster.com and has some military-to-civilian transition opportunities. ZipRecruiter has a lot of skilled trade, customer service, and sales opportunities (still likely to be duplicated on Indeed but might be worth a once-a-week search or adding yourself to the database if you are in an active search).  

5. Dice.com 

Losing steam in the market with the rise of sites like Upwork for gig opportunities. However, Dice still has a high number of contractor roles available for IT professionals. It’s a niche site worth mentioning.  

6. ClearanceJobs.com 

If you hold a government security clearance, this is the place to be. Enough said.  

After this, some industry-specific sites may be worth your effort. You know those sites better than any blog because you already frequent them in the course of your normal life as a professional. If you don’t regularly visit a site and they have a job board for your industry, don’t assume anyone else regularly visits it either. Examples: 

  • If you’re a Software Developer, the job board on GitHub is a great place to add to your list… Indeed, LinkedIn, Github, maybe add Dice if you are open to contractor roles.  
  • HR Professional? Add SHRM.org and/or your local chapter to your search list – Indeed, LinkedIn, SHRM.org, Dallas SHRM.  
  • Sales for Start-ups? Add BuiltIN and your local not-for-profit for start-ups like TechPoint.org here in Indianapolis or Powderkeg.com for Midwest start-ups  

If you need assistance with your job search whether building a resume or seeking accountability and advice, schedule time for a free consultation here: https://calendly.com/amy-recex/coachingconsult I’d love to be part of your search story!  

Happy Hunting!  

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