In today’s job market, we all need to educate ourselves on the best online job sites, job boards and other career portals advertising open positions. You may need to do a worldwide job site search for remote gig work that you can do from home, or you may be interested only in normal full-time jobs. You may need to narrow your search by country, state and city. You may need a specialized job board that focuses solely on your profession.
You may have to learn that the term “fast job search” is an oxymoron. Oh, you can search really fast — but finding the right job for you might take a while.
It’s also a fact that a lot of jobs are found “off the record” — not from online job sites but through referrals and networking, and this is an important avenue to pursue. But there’s no question that the trend toward digital recruitment is huge, especially with tech and remote jobs, and particularly at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed how the world works.
If you’ve tried searching for jobs lately, you may wish you could invent a time machine, go back to 1950, pay 5 cents for a newspaper, and just turn to the classified ads.
Unfortunately, you don’t know how to invent a time machine. But it is possible to set yourself up for a bright future in 2023.
What are job websites?
Job websites are specialized job search engines and databases that connect job seekers with open jobs. Most are aggregators, meaning they sweep the web for jobs advertised elsewhere and include them in their own listings. Many job sites feature blogs containing career advice or additional services like help with preparing resumes or career coaching.
If you’re not using online job search sites to look for employment, you’re severely limiting the breadth and depth of your job hunt. It can be intimidating to plunge into this world, in part because of information overload. But having too many jobs to choose from is better than not having enough.
U.S./global job sites: best job boards, overview, pros and cons
Here are some of the best job search sites for those seeking jobs in the United States — although most of these are excellent resources for seeking job opportunities all over the world.
The 10 best general job search sites
There’s a considerable number of general purpose employment portals. We’ve made an overview of the best job search boards that cover the needs of the average job seeker. If you’re looking for a job in a very specific field, you’ll have to learn how to use these sites’ job search engines to tailor your hunt. But if the position is out there, it will probably be listed somewhere here.
• Indeed — Generally considered the king of the hill, Indeed is an aggregator that bills itself as the #1 job site in the world, with email alerts it can push out to more than 250 million unique visitors every month. Users have uploaded 150 million resumes to Indeed, where 10 new jobs are added every second worldwide.
• Glassdoor — Another top job site that aggregates jobs from all over and sends out job alerts, Glassdoor has 62 million unique monthly visitors and 9 million job listings from 2.2 million potential employers. Glassdoor is also a leading source of info on salaries and company reviews (many professionals specifically use it to read up on companies’ reputations, culture and employee reviews).
• Monster — Monster has been around since 1994, when the internet was in its infancy, and remains a leading job board. It enables you to upload your resume, provides salary research and company profiles, and has a mobile app. It reports 7,900 job searches per minute.
• ZipRecruiter — ZipRecruiter has some 9 million active job postings and over 700 employees, and some 25 million job seekers use its services every month.
• CareerBuilder — Another top global job board with robust search features, plus a Google AI feature that matches jobs to your resume keywords.
• Craigslist — Begun in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1995, Craigslist is now in 70 countries, offering goods, services and jobs just like old-fashioned classified ads. Notable for rejecting modern web design in favor of simple text listings — but “if it’s not broke, why fix it,” right? At least, that is the philosophy of the service itself.
• SimplyHired — Offers “One Search, Millions of Jobs” — you simply enter a job title, skills or company in one window and city, state, ZIP or “remote” in another and hit “Search Jobs.” You can also browse by profession, city, company or salary, and you can choose from about 25 countries to narrow your search.
• Job.com — Promotes itself as having a superior job site search capability using blockchain and artificial intelligence technology, helping employers attract, hire, and retain the right candidates faster and more cheaply. Whether this really pushes it further in terms of search effectiveness remains to be seen, as the technology Job.com touts is relatively young and untested.
• Robert Half — Stresses “employee happiness” as a path to greater productivity and retention, saying it’s “building a happier workplace, one job at a time.” Allows you to upload your resume and sign up for job alerts, and says it contains many job openings that aren’t listed anywhere else.
• Google for Jobs — Never underestimate the power of Google. Just go to the usual search site, enter your profession + “jobs” (e.g., “software developer jobs”) and see what happens. This may seem like a primitive method or an all-too-obvious one, but people often overlook the simplest and most effective measures. Remember that Google boasts the most sophisticated web algorithms in the world and if you can master its search capabilities, it can often surpass even custom-tailored job search engines.
Civil service job sites and government employment portals
Civil service jobs include all government positions that are not military, judicial or political. If you’re seeking a government job in the United States, look no further than the website below and you won’t have to filter out jobs in the private sector.
• USAJobs — The federal U.S. government relies on 2 million people to work in the civil service, not just in the U.S. but all over the world. Representing over 500 government agencies and organizations, this is the go-to job search engine to use for anyone seeking a government job. Like most government-run websites, it may not have the nicest-looking interface, but it has a huge advantage: it presents data directly from the source employer — the government. No doubts, no middlemen.
IT job boards
These sites specialize in tech jobs in the booming field of information technology.
• Dice — Typically lists 80,000 current job openings, Manages over 9 million profiles in the United States for technology professionals, and offers relevant career advice.
• eFinancial Careers — Operates in 19 markets worldwide and offers nearly 15,000 jobs in finance, banking, accounting, and technology.
Marketing job sites
This job boards focuses on sales, marketing, and public relations.
• MarketingHire — A true niche job board with about 1,000 listings.
Engineering job sites
These job boards are for engineers of all types.
• Engineer.jobs — Bills itself as the world’s most visited engineering job site.
• Engineering.com — Easy to use drop-down menu makes it simple to search by job field or location.
• Engineering Central — More than 30,000 engineering jobs, most in North America.
Graduate job sites
Other industry or niche job boards
• AngelList — Jobs at startups
• Architect — Jobs for architects
• Cool Works — Seasonal jobs and internships in theme parks, farms, ski resorts, ranches, national parks and more
• Energy Jobline — Jobs in the energy, oil and gas, offshore, renewable energy and nuclear sectors
• Flex Jobs — Remote jobs, online jobs and part-time jobs with flexible work hours
• Good Food Jobs — Jobs for all things food-related, from farming to cooking to ecology
• HealthcareJobsite — Jobs in the healthcare sector
• Internships — An internship marketplace in a variety of industries
• Idealist — Jobs and internships in the non-profit sector
• JournalismJobs — Jobs in journalism
• K12JobSpot — Education jobs for elementary through high school teachers
• Media Bistro — Jobs in media, advertising, publishing and design
• OneWire — Jobs in finance, accounting, investments and technology
• Political Job Hunt— Jobs in politics, public policy and government affairs
• Sales Jobs — Jobs in sales across a range of industries
• StarChefs JobFinder — Jobs in the restaurant industry
• StackOverflow — Jobs for developers and programmers
• WeWorkRemotely — Lists thousands of jobs in all fields, as long as they are remote.
LinkedIn: Unique resource for networking
While you might use Facebook to post a picture of your lunch, or Twitter to tell a quick anecdote from your day, LinkedIn is a social media network uniquely devoted to professional networking, especially for job seekers and employers who are hiring.
There are many ways to use LinkedIn to advance your job search, starting with building a great LinkedIn profile. Among the advantages of this site: You may personally know dozens, even hundreds, of people in your field who use it. Some of those people may be employers who are hiring, and some may be friends who know of job openings that match your skills.
Never underestimate the power of networking and personal referrals. It’s a huge advantage to have a personal connection to someone who knows you and your skills and who can provide social proof and a professional recommendation. Remember that even in the modern tech-driven world, a huge number of open positions are filled via networking and recommendations.
Regional job sites: Overview plus pros and cons of a regional job search
One way to narrow your job site search is by region — for example, if you’re not interested in working anywhere but Australia, there’s no reason to search through millions of job listings from all over the world.
Local job search sites vs. global job search sites: pros and cons
If there’s only one geographic area where you want to work, the advantage of a regional job site search is that it will filter out results that are irrelevant to you. Also, some employers may post job openings only on regional sites.
But the disadvantage of regional jobsites is the same thing: They filter out all results that aren’t linked to a specific geographic area. Remote jobs that you can do from anywhere are skyrocketing, in part because of the increasingly globalized economy and in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. So if you’re a job seeker in India, your dream job might be in Canada.
However, there are advantages to living near the place you want to work. The employer doesn’t have to fly you in for an interview (or conduct via a poor-quality Zoom call), you may be able to start tomorrow, and you’re probably already tapped into the local community.
Overview of job search engines in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, India
Here is an overview of various regional job search websites in major English-speaking countries around the world. Some are government sites (which may also post jobs in the private sector) and some are boards created by private companies.
You can generally find these on your own by doing an internet search for your region plus “job search” (or sometimes the one-word term “jobsearch”), “employment portal,” “fast job search” or “fast jobsearch.”
Be aware also that Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, and other top global sites have regional portals in various countries.
• Reed — Describes itself as the UK’s No. 1 job site, offering over 275,000 jobs.
• Totaljobs — Another leading British resource, with over 160,000 job ads, searchable by specific region within the UK.
• Jobsite — Similar to Totaljobs, also advertising over 160,000 openings.
• Gov.uk/find-a-job — A website sponsored by the British government to search for jobs in England, Wales, and Scotland. This website also offers a version in Welsh.
• JobCentre Online— A portal specifically for jobs in Northern Ireland.
• Eurojobs — Describes itself as “the largest, truly European job site.” At the basic level, it’s a functional euro-centric job board without unique technological features but tapped into the professional communities of some countries. Worth a shot if you’re looking for specifically EU-based jobs.
• EuroJobsites — Specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs in Europe, as well as European and international affairs.
• Hackajob — One of the top European job portals for tech jobs, based in London.
• Adzuna — A London-based job search site that operates in 11 countries and aggregates ads from thousands of websites.
• Arbeitsagentur — The leading job board in Germany, the most populous country in the European Union (as well as the country with the most powerful and robust economy and business sector).
• Canada.ca — Dedicated solely to jobs in Canada, including government jobs and jobs posted by private employers.
• Job Bank — A related page of the website above, with more than 95,000 job postings in Canada.
• Canada Jobs — Advertises over 234,000 jobs in Canada, searchable by category or by city/province.
• Eluta — Features job posts taken from over 10,000 employers’ websites across Canada.
• Jobboom — Quebec’s largest recruitment site, offering services in English and French, with job offers across 16 sectors.
•Trade Me — Along with Seek, one of the best job search sites in New Zealand.
• JobSearch.gov.au — One of the most popular job search boards in Australia, sponsored by the Australian government.
• Jora — Free Australia-based job search engine that partners with several large online job sites, including Seek.
• Gumtree — The top Australian site for classified ads, similar to Craigslist, focusing on Australia and the UK.
• KillerLaunch — A top jobs portal in India, featuring regular jobs and internships for students and young professionals.
• Naukri — One of the largest pan-India job search websites, with close to 50 million registered job seekers.
• Fast Job Search — Describes itself as the No. 1 job website for government employment in India.
• Shine — A popular job portal owned by the Hindustan Times group, advertising 300,000+ jobs.
• Freshersworld — Top site in India for “freshers,” defined in India as a new graduate seeking a new job.
5 tips for sending your application to a job search site or employment portal
Here are some things all job candidates should consider before they start firing off resumes to prospective employers using employment portals.
1. Always start with employer research
You want to learn as much as you can about a company before you apply for a job there. Researching a company thoroughly will help you determine whether you really want to work there. And if the answer is yes, your knowledge about this company will help you figure out how to tailor your job application and truly impress hiring managers at the interview.
Many job boards offer company profiles, salary ranges, reviews and comparisons to similar employers. As part of your job search, look up the same company on various job sites to collect as much information as possible. Then see what the company says about itself on its own website, look up its social media accounts, and do an internet search for additional information.
Understanding the corporate culture, values, problems, goals and even the company’s tone of voice in public communication are all huge assets when trying to get a job. Insights into the employer’s world is what wins truly lucrative positions. Understand their views, speak their language, and you’re likely to win.
2. Pay close attention to your search parameters
Explore how the job search engines on various job boards work. S search functions are different, so be sure you aren’t accidentally omitting a large range of jobs because of misunderstanding how they work.
One missed filter or check mark may mean the difference between seeing 10 jobs and 10,000.
Also, note that the same type of job may be described differently in different countries, and that there may be some overlap in job designations. For example, some sources say “software developer” and “software engineer” are different jobs, yet these terms are used interchangeably in many job listings. Pay attention to the job description itself and NOT only to the job title. If there’s more than one way to describe your job, try different descriptions.
3. Set salary expectations before you start applying
Do some research on the salaries paid by various companies for the types of jobs that interest you. Some job boards contain salary info, and you may be able to find more by doing a Google search. Most importantly, look through multiple similar positions on numerous online job sites.
One life hack for this search: While Glassdoor and similar sites may offer salary ranges, also check out real human advice and perspectives from boards like Reddit and Quora, where people often discuss insider info from various industries or see our US average salaries guide.
Your professional network (like your contacts on LinkedIn) may also be able to help you with current info on salary ranges in various fields.
4. Prepare your application documents beforehand
To apply for jobs with any hope of success, you’ll need an outstanding resume and cover letter that impress hiring managers. Although both of these should be tailored to each employer, it’s best to have boilerplate versions of both ready to go.
Resume.io is a leading resource for professional guidance on preparing these job application documents. We have a whole range of useful guides in our blog that will hopefully make your job hunt easier:
- How to write a perfect resume
- How long should a resume be
- Custom-tailoring your resume for the best results
- How to write the perfect cover letter (for a job hunt advantage).
Another vitally important piece of advice for job seekers: Educate yourself about applicant tracking systems (ATS). These are electronic systems that compare resumes to job descriptions and keywords and “decide” whether to actually send them to real human recruiters. Many resumes are never seen by human eyes specifically because of these algorithms.
5. Spruce up your social media profiles
If employers are interested in your application, you can expect them to look you up on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.
Pay special attention to your LinkedIn profile and how it describes your job skills, job objectives, and work experience. We cover most of what’s needed to build a great LinkedIn profile in our guide — and while you’re there, it’s always a good idea to cultivate your network by interacting with contacts who may be helpful to you.
Your Facebook page and other social media accounts probably contain posts that are more personal than professional. It’s never a bad idea to scroll through your profile info and recent posts to make sure there’s nothing there that portrays you in a dubious light.
There’s nothing wrong with having a social life, a personality and a sense of humor, but if you commonly use your FB page to post pictures that are a bit too private, your profile may benefit from a spring cleaning.
We hope you’ll find the information about the best online job sites helpful in your employment search in 2023. Best of luck and happy job hunting!