When it comes to searching for a job, our options these days are almost unlimited. Gone are the days when we’d have to search through the classified section of the local paper, desperately trying to find something even vaguely relevant to our needs. For job seekers in 2019, all that’s needed to find the perfect match is a computer, an internet connection, and a couple of free minutes. That said, the internet is now so full of job search websites it can sometimes be tricky deciding which one to use. To some extent, the question is subjective- what’s best for a college student may be completely useless for a senior executtive. Similarly, a site that focuses on PR jobs is probably not going to be an awful lot of use for a plumper. If you want to save yourself the time of registering on an ill-fitting job site, a little research into the various options can really pay dividends. When it comes to researching, you have one of two options: you can either spend countless hours scouring the web, hunting down the raw data, or you can spend 5 minutes casting your eyes over our list of the top 20 job search websites in 2019.
Before we get started on the rundown, just a few quick notes about how we’ve rated the various options. As you’ll know if you’ve ever used a job site, there are three main things that can make all the difference between a happy web experience and an unhappy one: ease of navigation, alerts, and extra services. A site that’s easy to navigate is exactly that: simple, quick and easy to use. If there’s a drop-down menu that helps you filter your search by salary, job type, location, seniority, and company size, then so much the better. Alerts are a great way of keeping up to date with the latest job postings without having to actively search for them. Most sites that offer push notifications or email alerts will let you decide on exactly what kind of positions you want to be informed about, making the job searching process a veritable breeze. Extra services, meanwhile, are the cherry on the top: if a site offers career-related services such as resume assistance, interview coaching, or cover letter tips, then it’s likely to rank higher on our list than a site that limits its activities to simple job descriptions.
As the job boards arm of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA), US.jobs is what you’d expect to find of an officially sponsored site; good functionality, a slick interface, next to no spam, and a good selection of positions centered largely around the government sector.
Upload your resume to Job.com and you’ll benefit from instant job matches, an easy application process and the option to communicate with employers. It’s a new approach to job search sites, but one that so far seems to be working.
18. Robert Half
In essence, Robert Half is a staffing agency, but it also offers the opportunity to search through free positing’s. Some users have complained of fewer listings than on other sites, but if you check in regularly enough, you should find more than enough to keep you going.
While it may not be specifically dedicated to job positing’s, the local aspect of Craigslist makes it a hit among jobseekers and employers alike. If you’re a fan of old-time printed classifieds, consider this the modern-day alternative.
The best thing about LinkUp is its anti-spam feature: even on the best of sites, you risk wasting time on junk listings or out-of-date positions. With LinkUp, there are no such worries, thanks to every posting being personally monitored and verified by its team of administrators.
If you’re in the market for hourly jobs, Snag is a great little site. Its filtering options allow you to look through non-salary positions in your vicinity with a simple to use search function.
While the ads on CareerBuilder can be slightly distracting, it’s still a worthwhile site. As well as matching jobs based on your resume keywords, it’s very handy Hire Insider function lets you view how your skillset competes against those of other applicants.
13. Simply Hired
A slick interface, some handy additional features, a mobile app version, and plenty of fresh job listings makes Simply Hired a great little addition to our list.
12. The Ladders
For senior executives (or those on their way to becoming one), The Ladders makes a very handy way of optimizing your job search. While it’s free to search, you also have the option to access targeted job postings for just $29.99 per month.
While VelvetJobs isn’t a free service, you’ll find a job site with some great features, including a resume building tool and outplacement services, if you’re prepared to pay the $9.99 a week subscription charge. Just be aware the site is mainly geared towards the creative industries before handing over your cash.
10. Career Builder
An easy to navigate interface and great functionality make Career Builder a prime site for job seekers. Functions like an “Easy Apply” option and a “Career Path” feature all make handy additions.
With plenty of daily postings, the option to sign up for email notifications, a tracking history, and the option to upload your resume for employers to find you, ZipRecruiter is a great all-round performer.
Covering 28 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa, JobisJob is the perfect site for international jobseekers. With plenty of fresh jobs posted daily, push notifications, and email alerts, its only downfall is a slightly clunky site.
Work in the media, advertising, PR, or journalism fields? Then you’ll want to check out Mediabistro, a one-stop-shop for job postings and career services. As well as offering job seekers the chance to scour the listings for suitable opportunities, the site also attracts numerous big-name media outlets: just make sure your profile is complete and detailed enough for future employers to find you.
If you work in STEM, Dice may be the ideal fit for your requirements. As well as offering a standard search function, Dice also offers a very useful career-building toolkit that includes everything tech professionals need to get ahead of the game.
What started as a career advice blog has now progressed into one of the best job search sites out there. As well as including basic search functionality, it also features a comprehensive amount of info on individual employers, along with interviews with current employees of the company to give you some inside insight. Another attractive feature of the site is its career coaching service: admittedly, the service comes with a price tag, but if you’re prepared to spend a few dollars improving your chances of securing your dream job, it’s well worth it.
LinkedIn straddles the divide between a social networking site and a job search website. Increasingly, recruiters are using LinkedIn to find suitable candidates that match the job they’re looking to fill: if your profile is detailed enough, you can basically just sit back and let the recruiters come to you. The site also offers a traditional job search functionality that lets you search through companies that have a link to someone in your network: you’ll be surprised at what a difference havening an “in” at a company can make. If you have the cash, you can take advantage of the Premium subscription, a service that allows you to connect with new recruiters, as well as placing you at the top of the pile of potential candidates.
Glassdoor serves a dual function: on the one hand, it offers a conventional job search facility that lets you narrow down on the available options with nearly a dozen filters, including location, company size, industry, and salary range. It also offers jobseekers the chance to subscribe for free weekly or daily job alerts, based on the same filters. Its other function centers on its review section. Before applying for a job, it’s always a good idea to do a little research into the company first, and at Glassdoor, you can get the lowdown on what your prospective employer is really like thanks to the no holds barred reviews from current and previous employees. As well as giving the low down on the company, the reviews are a great place to check out what you can expect of the working culture, the salary range, and even the interview process.
Monster may be one of the oldest job search sites, but there’s no disputing the fact it’s still one of the best. Originally conceived back in the late 1990s, Monster has stayed bang up to date with the times, offering great features, easy navigation, and some of the best additional features you’ll find on any similar site. When you first register your profile on Monster, you’ll have the option to request its panel of career experts review your resume. The review is free, but if you’re then unable (or unwilling) to make the recommended changes yourself, you can request a professional resume writer do the hard work for you. Depending on your requirements (and budget), you can either choose to have the Basic package (which covers the resume only for a charge of $129), the Deluxe package (which covers both your resume and cover letter for $169), or the Premier package (which will cover your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile for $349). Whichever package you choose, you’ll get a 60-day satisfaction guarantee: if you’re not happy with the end result, let Monster know within the guarantee period and they’ll rewrite the resume for no additional charge.
For ease of navigation, additional services, and email alerts, Indeed is unquestionably the best job search website on the market. The simple layout makes getting around a breeze, while its job search function lets you narrow down the options based on either a specific job title, or word for word phrase in the job description itself (which, considering some companies proclivity for given all sorts of “unique” (by which read useless) job titles to their postings, can be a very useful way of ensuring you don’t miss out any opportunities). The list of additional services is almost as impressive as the basic job search function. As well as allowing you to upload your resume for prospective employers to browse, it also offers you the chance to test your skills (such as typing speed) and then post your results for employers to see. Other impressive features include a section for current employees to post reviews and answer questions about their company (a great way to test the waters before jumping on board), a blog with some very useful career advice, a selection of cover letters and resumes filtered by industry, and some great hints and tips on how to build your own. If you’re in the tech industry, meanwhile, you’ll not want to miss Indeed Prime, a free service that allows you to post a profile and have Indeed send it to any employers that are looking for someone with your particular skill set. Not only is it a very useful service, but its also a profitable one: refer a friend to the service, and if they prove a match for one of Indeed Prime’s list of employers, you’ll benefit from a $2000 referral bonus.