It’s that time again. You’re either out of work or looking to make a move to a new, better position outside of the company you’re in now. So, where do you look for jobs?
The best job search websites are the ones with tons of activity on them. They need to have the volume of job postings to attract both searchers and employers to their services. They also need to be easy to use, full of information, and most importantly, up to date.
- The Current Top 10
- Google for Jobs
- Ladders ($100K Club)
- The Runner Ups
- Need Resume And Interview Advice?
- Final Thoughts
20 exciting websites…
In this article, I’ll show you the top 10 job searching websites right now, followed by the next 10 runners-up. While the top 10 are quite general sites, some of the following 10 are a bit more niche for remote, freelance, government, and other types of work.
So grab your resume, and let’s get started!
The Current Top 10
The biggest and best job searching websites are the ones that most people are using, plain and simple. Job hunters are on them posting their resumes and looking through ads. Employers are putting their postings on them in the hopes of finding the best candidates from the biggest pool of workers.
So let’s take a look at which sites are in the top 10 and why…
As the best overall job search website out there right now, I have to point you to Indeed.com. Their main page is so simple. Just search for jobs by place and category (What? and Where?) and get instant returns of what’s out there for you.
Like most job search sites, you can post your resume and create a user profile in no time at all. That allows you to set up email alerts and also chat with potential employers. It’s free and easy to get signed up for both searchers and employers. The website keeps things free in a smart way. They offer sponsored job postings to employers to increase their visibility. And that’s it.
320 million reviews…
The site currently boasts 175 million resumes and close to 3 million jobs up for grabs (this number constantly changes, naturally). They also receive 250 million unique visits per month, which means a whole heck of a lot is happening here, like ten jobs added per second across the globe.
They’ve added a review section for both employers and employees and have already got 320 million reviews. This is a great way to screen employers to help you find a great fit for your next job.
ZipRecruiter is a strong contender for the crown of best job search sites. They claim that over 110 million job seekers have used their site, and 2.8 million businesses have used them so far. As an up-and-coming search engine for jobs, they use a sophisticated AI to point searchers to the best jobs and employers to the most suitable candidates.
While this might sound a bit odd, it’s the way all job searching websites are going now and into the future. It doesn’t mean you’ll be hired by a machine – it just means that matches will be better thought out to save time for everyone.
Let the AI work for you…
The main search page lets you look for jobs by keyword or job title, and location. Of course, you can also create a profile, post your resume, and let the AI work for you. To be more proactive, you can set up email alerts for job types that interest you.
The site also lets you know when an employer has viewed your resume. This is a feature that can help you understand who is looking for a person with your skills and experience so you can further tailor your profile and present yourself more appropriately. ZipRecruiter is looking at close to five million job postings right now, which means that soon it may take over Indeed’s top spot.
I don’t think there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Monster.com. This is thanks in no small part to their massive online advertising blitz all through the 2000s. This helped them climb from a small, regular old job search engine to the top spot. At least they used to be at the top.
In this industry, things are always changing, and new sites with easier user interfaces and more services grab people’s attention. But Monster is still here and still doing well. They boast 150,000 new job postings monthly, which is still a significant number.
Premium services offered…
They also have a whole lot of architecture built into their site to offer premium services. These paid services fund the site and help both employers and job seekers highlight themselves to stand out from the crowd. You can also get your resume and profile professionally written, for a fee, to promote yourself to the best of your ability.
I like that you can search by job skills, industry, role, and also location. This makes it easier for people in different industries to find jobs quickly. You can also take advantage of extensive free career advice ranging from interview tips to salary negotiation to help your career move forward. These are a lot of resources that newer sites don’t offer, at least not yet.
LinkedIn is a very different kind of job search website. While it is a job search engine, it’s also a platform for personal links. This makes it a lot different from the way other massive search engines work.
You can create a profile and, of course, search job postings. But you can also make and maintain contacts by chatting, collecting recommendations, and more. These features allow the site to incorporate a search engine and “word of mouth” personal recommendations and connections for what some would consider a more human, more personal job searching experience.
Professional networking site…
LinkedIn has also recently taken over the massive online training site Lynda.com. This site’s free and aid training courses are now available through LinkedIn, allowing users to upgrade their knowledge and gain new marketable skills.
With 800 million users in over 200 countries (which is basically all of them!), LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. It’s definitely one of the top places employers look, especially for “white-collar” jobs.
CareerBuilder is another huge job searching website that dates back to the 90s, just like Monster. In fact, in the mid-2000s, it was Monster’s biggest rival for the job search market. Since then, things have cooled down a bit on this site, as others have come up in the world. But that doesn’t mean they’re finished.
Instead, CareerBuilder had to reinvent itself. They created a new and super-easy user interface that makes quick job searches easy as pie. They even have a new “Remote/Work from Home” feature to help out job seekers during the Covid pandemic. In fact, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2023 has been record-breaking for people quitting their jobs – many are looking for new remote work.
Search by pay range…
CareerBuilder is older and established, but that can be a good thing. Many employers know and continue to use the platform. They also allow you to tailor searches by job title or industry, location, and pay range, which is a great help when you want to secure a certain wage.
Glassdoor is an established search site that began in 2007, during the boom-time of these kinds of sites. But this is one website that has lasted while others have failed. Today, they have 1.9 million employers listed on their site, with hundreds of new jobs posted daily. They also have 55 million unique visitors each month, so there’s still a lot happening here.
What makes Glassdoor stand out from the other job search websites it competes with is reviews. The idea of a glass door is to let people see what’s on the other side. This site takes its name seriously and helps job seekers to find great jobs by allowing and encouraging employer reviews.
Genuine reviews only…
At present, there are over 100 million reviews and insights posted on this site. These reviews are genuine as only confirmed hires are allowed to post about their experiences. While some disgruntled ex-employees might go overboard and unfairly flame their past employers, you can still get a good picture of a company by the average reviews given.
This ability to research what it’s really like to work for a company is a huge bonus if you’re in an industry where working on a solid staff team is critical to your enjoyment of a job.
While other job search websites compete to build the best all-encompassing platform for employers and job seekers, Google quietly does what it does best. It takes its world-leading search engine and puts it to the simple task of finding job postings.
All you need to do to use this fairly new Google feature is go to jobs.google.com and enter the type of job and the city you are searching for work in. Hit enter, and BANG Google hands you the most relevant job postings available.
Third-party job posting sites too…
It does this by scraping the net looking on both company websites and 3rd-party job posting sites (yep, like all the ones we just looked at). So in some ways, it takes advantage of everyone else’s work to provide you with a composite picture of what the job situation is.
Now, because this isn’t a full job search website, a lot of information is missing. There’s no way to post your resume or create a profile for job seekers. You can’t message employers, and they can’t find you. But if you search and find how to apply directly with the employers, you can find many jobs that aren’t posted on the bigger mega-sites.
As usual, Google is expanding in this field, so it will be interesting to see how they develop this platform in the future.
Ladders ($100K Club)
The Ladders is once again a very different job search site. While it works in much the same way as the other large search engines we’ve seen, this is a sort of specialty site. Their focus is on jobs with high salaries of $100,000 or more annually. If you fall into this category, I’m jealous!
But this might be the best job search site for you to use. The jobs here are executive and high-level positions that aren’t normally posted elsewhere. So many of these types of jobs are posted or filled internally that the scope here is way less than other sites.
25,000 recruiters to choose from…
They boast a core group of 25,000 recruiters to whom you can show off your stuff. You can post your resume and create a profile to interest employers here. You can also get your resume written or reviewed by recruitment professionals, for a fee, so that you can look your best when looking for a job.
There’s also a ton of advice for people looking to get paid a whole lot. If that’s you, have a look at Ladders.
SimplyHired is another big job search website that helps you connect with potential employers all over the country. They have over three million employers on their site looking for employees right now, so they’re definitely not small fry.
The idea behind SimplyHired is to make the job searching/hiring process easy for everyone. They do this by incorporating a bunch of interesting features. First, you can upload a resume that you already have, or you can take advantage of their free resume builder. This feature helps you to produce an attractive and easy-to-read layout and includes all the necessary information you may have left out.
Built-in cost of living estimator…
Company reviews are available here, just like on Glassdoor. This helps you avoid certain employers whose style or corporate culture might not match you well.
You also have a salary estimator to give you an idea of how much a job might pay even when that information isn’t posted. Finally, they have a built-in cost of living estimator. When you search for jobs in different cities, this tool can help you figure out how much money you’ll spend so that you also know what to ask for as a salary.
The last on our list of the top ten best job search websites is also a different kind of beast. Getwork doesn’t host any job postings of its own, making a comparison of statistics irrelevant.
Instead, this site uses a bot to scrape the net and find job postings for job seekers. You don’t need to create an account if you don’t want to – you can just search for jobs and apply to them directly.
Reliable and current postings…
Unlike Google for Jobs, though, Getwork offers a lot more service if you do sign up for an account. You can save job listings that interest you for later, get email alerts, and also save your searches in your browsing history. Getwork doesn’t support connections with potential employers by letting you create a profile and post your resume.
In essence, it’s just a one-way street that directs job seekers to the job postings that are out there. However, it shines in the scrutiny with which it updates its lists. The site verifies job postings for you to make sure they are up to date and still open, so you don’t waste time searching through the junk.
So while Google is probably a more powerful engine that gets way more traffic, Getwork gives you more reliable and current returns.
The Runner Ups
There are still hundreds of job search websites out there that have smaller market shares but are still useful. Here are the next most used sites to have a look at.
Flexjobs bills itself as the #1 site for flexible, remote job opportunities on the web. For jobs that range from graphic design and coding to HVAC and electrical work, this site helps you find jobs that are work-from-home, flexible, or term contracts.
The specialty of Flexjobs is this focus on remote work. There are other competitors in this area, but Flexjobs is different because they ask for a fee ($15 for a month, $50 for a year). This helps them stay ad and junk-free, helping users save time by only sorting through real, up-to-date job postings.
New companies face enormous hurdles in attracting workers; however, when they succeed, everyone’s a winner. Startup companies like Spotify, Twitch, and Stripe have used AngelList to find talent. Over 130,000 job postings are currently live on this site which has a strong focus on remote, and IT work.
If this is your area and you’re willing to put yourself out there and take some risks, AngelList can help. Its best feature is allowing you to chat with potential employers. Because these are usually startup companies, that can mean speaking directly to CEOs who can explain their plans in detail.
Scouted’s tagline reads, “Don’t get hired. Get Scouted.”
This site’s focus is on a more holistic means of connecting companies with the workers they need. You can complete a profile on the site to get yourself into its databanks. But it’s more than just adding job experience and education.
Scouted lets you answer optional virtual interview questions. When employers read your answers, it gives them a much better idea of who you are than just your resume. This is basically like a job searching website and preliminary interview all in one.
Snagajob is a different sort of job website yet again. They’re an hourly job service, so they focus on freelancers and flexible workers ready to work. They connect workers to current local jobs, so if you need to work today, this can be a great site to start using.
Like with other sites, you can create a profile with your experience, references, and bio for employers to browse. There you’ll join the roughly one million other workers looking for jobs with over 700,000 employers. While these used to be mostly on-site local jobs, more and more of Snagajob’s postings are moving in the realm of remote and work-from-home positions paid through hourly rates.
Upwork has climbed to the top of the freelance food chain. This site uses the typical freelance platform style. It’s free for employers to post jobs. And for freelancers to post profiles and bid on jobs. When you’re chosen for a job, the employer pays you through the site, and the site takes a percentage for the service.
As a job seeker, you can post your skills and verify them, as well as build a reputation through a review system. The more happy clients you have, the more work you’ll typically get. While there’s work of all sorts, there’s a strong focus on writing and editing, web development, design, accounting, and other remote work.
If you’re interested in working for the federal government, this is the site you need to get to know. It’s also the only way to apply for nearly all federal government jobs.
The site is designed to allow you to create a profile and upload your resume and other documents, then browse for jobs in locations that fit you. Applications are handled through the site, and you can follow the status of your applications for multiple jobs at once.
While you might not think of Craigslist as a job search website, the truth is that there are plenty of jobs posted here on the main page for each local site. Like most of the list, you simply browse by keywords to find the jobs that interest you.
There’s no support here for creating a profile or contacting employers. Instead, you can simply browse jobs and apply to them directly.
Facebook is still the king of social media, and that’s why many employers choose to post their job openings here. If you didn’t know Facebook had a “jobs” section, it does, and it’s growing. Just remember that your Facebook profile is not always the way you want to present yourself to potential employers!
While Joblist is a search engine that scrapes the net looking for postings, it is more than just a list of jobs. It builds a set of returns specifically tailored to your keywords, location, types of jobs, flexibility, and more.
With this site, you can sign up for email alerts and browse jobs daily, so you don’t miss anything that interests you. You don’t need to create a profile – it’s just for job seekers, and you apply directly to the employers on your own.
Jooble works in much the same way as Joblist, but with less of a personal touch. You can search for jobs by title or keyword and locations to find results that interest you. Because it aggregates job postings from all over the net, this site has a huge number of postings to offer.
The site currently boasts over eight million current jobs and is available in over 70 countries in the world for those international jobs you always wanted.
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There are tons of job search websites out there, and as with anything on the net, some are trash, and some are a treasure. My top ten list covers the biggest, most popular, and most powerful job-search websites today.
However, these can always change, and a contender from the next 10 might build in popularity and take over a big part of the market.
Whatever job you’re looking for, these 20 job search websites have got to have it. All you need to do is choose a platform that works best for your needs, get your profile up, and start searching.
Good luck with the job hunt!