The best job posting sites are online job boards that help you source workers to fill open positions. Job posting sites start at $5/day to advertise a job and can cost hundreds of dollars a month for memberships. Many offer free trials, free postings, mobile apps, and other services like applicant tracking.
If you’re posting jobs to more than one job board, you may want to use a third-party applicant tracking system like Freshteam to manage all of your open jobs in one place. With Freshteam, you can submit and manage jobs on boards like LinkedIn, Indeed, ZipRecruiter, Monster, and Glassdoor. You get 50-plus job description templates and can see which sites are sending you the best candidates. Best of all, Freshteam is free for businesses with fewer than 50 employees.
Best General Job Posting Sites
The best job posting sites for small business are typically the most well-known ones. That’s because more job seekers are using those sites and you’ll have a larger selection of applicants to choose from. We’ll provide the best general job posting sites first. We’ll then cluster the remaining job boards into groups based on your need for a specific kind of worker, such as a recent college grad, hourly workers, or an IT expert.
Here are the five best job general posting sites for employers:
Indeed is the No. 1 job board in the U.S. based on size in terms of number of job seekers and businesses that use the site. In fact, we’ve written a guide to help you get the most out of your Indeed job posting. In it, we discuss how to post jobs for free on Indeed, or you can sponsor (advertise) those jobs to give your postings premium visibility and deliver more qualified applicants. Read our Indeed Review for more information.
With a huge database of job seekers (similar to Indeed), ZipRecruiter is a good option if you’re posting the same job over and over (like server or laborer), as Indeed will require you to sponsor each new posting separately. They offer a 4-day free trial; otherwise, active job slots start at $249 per month. (If you sign up for the free trial, be sure to cancel by the deadline so you’re not charged.) You can learn more by reading our ZipRecruiter review.
MightyRecruiter is a great option because jobs you post there often get picked up by sites like Indeed and ZipRecruiter. It costs $189 per month to post three jobs, or $299 per month to post 10 jobs online. They also have a resume database you can use to search for passive job seekers who have uploaded their resumes but may not be actively searching for a new role.
CareerBuilder made our list due to its mobile app that makes it easy for job seekers to apply, and that may increase your job ad response rate. It’s not as large as the other three job boards above, but it adds some features like background screening that can make your hiring process easier. Prices on CareerBuilder range from $219 to $499 per month depending on how many jobs you need to post at once.
Monster is priced on par with Career Builder and ZipRecruiter, and is mobile optimized as well. It’s a great option if you don’t want to sign up for a subscription; you can start with ad-hoc hiring for $249 per month for one reusable job slot with an unlimited number of job candidates. Like Indeed, it provides robust candidate management tools and pre-built job descriptions.
Best Job Posting Sites for Employers to Find Hourly Workers
Businesses like restaurants, bars, cafés, hotels, cleaning services, and retail stores are often competing for hourly and entry-level workers. These job seekers rarely have resumes and instead are likely to find your job by industry, location, or employer brand.
In addition to Indeed, here are two more great job sites to find hourly and part-time workers:
Snag (formerly Snagajob) is the go-to website to find hourly workers. Over 5 million workers were hired on Snag last year. That makes it a solid choice for employers seeking entry-level, non-degreed employees such as hotel housekeepers, retail workers, line cooks, and waitstaff. Job posting starts at $89 per job, and they provide a free trial with no credit card required. Here’s our Snag Review for additional information.
Homebase is free scheduling and timekeeping software that comes with a job posting service and applicant tracking system to help small businesses find hourly workers. It’s free if you have only one business work location. In addition to posting to multiple job board sites, they provide sample job descriptions so you don’t have to start from scratch. If you need a job board that also tracks worker schedules and time worked, it’s a super option. Read our Homebase Review for feedback from existing customers.
If you do a lot of hiring, you might consider upgrading from a job board to recruiting software, like Freshteam. Recruiting software not only posts jobs on multiple job boards, but helps you track applicants throughout your hiring process to increase your hiring efficiency. That ensures qualified applicants don’t fall through the cracks, and you can see which job board is bringing you the best candidates. Try Freshteam free for 21 days.
Best Job Posting Sites to Find Managers & Leaders
It’s no surprise that niche job boards exist to help businesses find top talent such as lawyers, accountants, engineers, scientists, professionals, and other educated or certified staff. If you’re looking for higher-end talent, consider these job boards that specialize in managers and leaders.
These three job boards are best for hiring management and leadership professionals:
Ladders started out as a job board for six-figure employees, making it a great place to find experienced managers and executives. Today it accepts most professional job postings, and over 90% of its members have a bachelor’s degree. You can post a job and access a limited resume search for free. However, like Indeed, if you want those jobs advertised, or want to search more candidates, you will pay extra. With Ladders, advertising starts at $397 per job.
Many people are aware of LinkedIn as a professional social network, so it’s no surprise that you can post a job on there too. The most common method is to post a job using pay-per-click advertising, similar to Indeed. The daily budget starts at $6 per day. However, LinkedIn also offers full-blown recruitment packages through their Talent Solutions (requires a call with their sales team). What’s nice about LinkedIn is that you can check the background of job seekers using standard LinkedIn features.
Glassdoor is well known as an employer review site for businesses. However, it also offers a free job board and salary tools that are great for recruiting manager-level talent. Their job advertising costs aren’t posted, but depending on specials, you may be able to post three to 10 jobs for free up to 30 days to try out the job board. Read our comparison guide to see how Glassdoor stacks up to Indeed.
As far as job boards go, when you’re looking for management and leadership talent, you can use filters on larger job boards like Indeed. These let you search for candidates with certifications like CPA, education like a master’s degree, or extensive industry experience. It’s not always necessary to post leadership jobs on job boards dedicated solely to management talent.
Best Job Posting Sites for Sales & Commission Jobs
Some job boards make it difficult to post commission-only jobs. Since sales talent crosses all industries, you might want to consider looking for sales experts on job boards geared toward people with sales and marketing skills. Some offer additional services like sales training.
Here are three job boards best for small businesses to post sales jobs:
SalesJobs is tailored to sales professionals and works as a job site aggregator by posting your sales job to over 200 job boards and social media sites. They serve four million registered clients. Pricing starts at $199 per month for one job posting.
SalesGravy does more than post sales jobs in each state. They also provide courses and resources to help your sales team succeed. Job postings cost $199 per month, which includes a basic recruiter account. If you want to have your job posting featured with pay-per-click advertising, it costs $50 or more per job.
Nexxt is the back-end job posting site for employers to post jobs on SalesHeads, as well as many other niche sites like Diversity.com. Job postings start at $199 per job, and when you post a job on this site, you will often find candidates worldwide.
Best Job Posting Sites for Developers & Technical Employees
In addition to Indeed, the job posting sites below are where you’ll want to look for digital and IT staff like project managers, developers, mobile app developers, or other technical roles. Other kinds of employees can be found on these sites as well, but developer job boards are primarily known for technical roles.
The three best job posting sites for developers and technical employees are:
AngelList is a great option for small businesses looking to find IT developers and technical staff. They support startups and VC-backed firms that need to find top-notch developers and designers by sharing job posts with nearly two million online job seekers. Best of all, it’s free to post a job and hire a candidate through their site.
We added Switch to our list due to its ease of use for tech-savvy job seekers who prefer to use an app. Switch is set up so that job seekers can swipe right on their mobile phones for jobs they like or swipe left for those they do not. In fact, it’s a mobile-only app (they don’t have a website). Using the SwitchApp, you pay per applicant and get the first five applications free. You can then purchase 10 additional applications for $99.
Mashable is the go-to website for digital natives searching for tech jobs. You can post a job on Mashable for $259 per job, which is pricey compared to some of the other job sites. However, you’ll receive benefits like automated emails (similar to Indeed). If you want your jobs spotlighted, distributed to multiple job boards, and tweeted, that costs $399 per job post.
Indeed is another great place to find website developers, SEO experts, and IT staff. You can use Indeed’s resume search function to find candidates using Boolean search criteria that lets you narrow your search by job skill, college major, or even educational institution. And, of course, you can also post IT and technical jobs for free on Indeed. Get a $50 Indeed Sponsorship credit.
Best Job Posting Sites for Remote Workers & Freelancers
If you’re open to hiring an independent contract worker instead of an employee, you can find great talent on job sites that cost you nothing to post your jobs. Instead, you negotiate a price with the worker and pay a fee to the freelance website, typically using an escrow account to ensure your money is safe until work is completed. Not sure whether an employee or freelancer is best? Read our article on W-2 versus 1099 workers to compare the difference.
Here are seven great websites where you can post independent contract jobs:
Fiverr allows you to post open jobs for free. For example, if you need someone to do administrative work like answer your phone, you might be able to hire them for as little as $5. Once you post the job, freelancers will apply and you can choose the best resource from there. You’ll then be sent an invoice when work is complete, and it will include a percentage fee paid to Fiverr. Check out our Fiverr Review for additional insights into how it works.
Upwork is one of the more established freelance marketplaces. On Upwork, you can post jobs, contact freelancers, track their time, and manage work contracts. There’s no fee to post a job or project, and you can even place parameters around your jobs so that only the most qualified candidates apply. Read our Upwork Review for more information.
If you’re looking for part-time or remote workers, FlexJobs is a good option. Like other job posting sites, you’ll need to sign up first before you can post a job for free. In fact, FlexJobs goes a step further by evaluating your company in advance to ensure your job offerings are a good fit for their candidates. That’s a twist.
TalMix focuses on freelancers who have advanced degrees and some with decades of experience. The freelancers on this site typically charge more per hour than those on a freelance site like Fiverr due to their extensive skill sets. There’s no cost to post a job or project.
Guru is an established online freelance website with many seasoned freelance workers available to manage projects and tasks, from website creation to training development. You can post an open job for free. Guru, like most freelance websites, provides a secure site with escrow options to ensure work is completed before you’re required to pay your freelancer. Check out our Guru Review for more information.
Toptal pre-screens their talent, and is therefore great for hiring individuals with technical or design skills with degrees in engineering. In addition, they allow you to try out their freelancers and only provide payment once you find a freelancer that fits. To get started, you’ll need to pony up $500 as a deposit to be used toward your first freelancer invoice. If the trial period doesn’t work out, you’ll get your deposit back. Read our Toptal Review for information and pricing.
Giggrabbers is a newer freelance website that offers the benefit of crowdfunding to help you raise money for your work. Unlike other freelance websites, the freelancer pays to join the site, so it costs you nothing except payment for work completed. Check out our Giggrabbers Review for additional information on how it works.
Another option if you’re looking for workers is to outsource your work to a virtual assistant (VA). You can find individuals on freelance websites like those above, or work with a virtual assistant company that employs workers (often overseas) and bills you for work performed. Here is a list of the best VA companies for small business.
Best Job Posting Sites to Find College Graduates & Interns
Sometimes what you want is to hire recent college graduates or interns. Talented workers new to the job market can often provide excellent business insight and new technology approaches without expecting to be paid what a seasoned hire would command in terms of salary.
Here are four for the best job posting sites for employers to find college grads and interns:
Internships.com provides employer job postings to help you find interns who are still in college. These workers are often available for a summer or part-time job, and can be great for helping you build a talent pipeline from the ground up. Internships.com also provides guidance on how to hire and manage an intern, including how to set up and run a successful internship program. You can post internship jobs for free and can also search their database after registering for an account.
Learn4Good is a place you can post jobs that will be seen by students and recent grads both inside and outside the U.S. While it looks more like Craigslist than a professional job board, you can post up to 20 jobs in a six-month period for free and receive emails and phone calls from applicants. You can view resumes for free also, but they have some restrictions, such as no jobs from the entertainment industry or online business opportunities can be posted.
College Recruiter is best for finding students who are looking for entry-level, part-time, seasonal, or internship roles. It contains resumes of existing students and recent grads, and you can search by business major to find affordable talent with the exact skills you need. Single job ads start at $250 for 30 days.
Scouted provide candidates they’ve scouted from over 500 schools. Their college graduates may have up to five years of experience across 150 majors and average SAT scores of 2180. Best of all, you don’t have to pay to post a job. You only pay when you actually hire a candidate they’ve scouted for you.
Best Niche Job Posting Sites & Specialty Job Boards
Perhaps you’re of the mindset to increase your hiring of veterans, moms, the disabled, or workers receiving unemployment. Specialty job boards can help you find qualified talent, increase the diversity of your workforce, and help you meet your business or personal goals of supporting marginalized talent.
Here are seven of the best niche job posting sites that help you increase workforce diversity.
We’ve listed HotJobs (formerly Hire Veterans First) at this top of this list because you can post jobs on this job board for free. However, it’s a basic self-service website that doesn’t offer resume viewing. If you’re looking to hire veterans for your open position, consider posting your open jobs here.
VetJobs is more expensive than HotJobs.vet. It’s been around for 17+ years and costs $350 to post a single job for 60 days. If you’re dedicated to hiring veterans, and can’t find one by using the search options on other job sites, this is a great site to consider.
HireMyMom.com is a niche job site targeted to stay-at-home moms and those taking a mommy-break from their in-office careers. It provides workers skilled in jobs like administrative assistant, writer, and marketing expert, which are roles that can be done remotely by moms supporting their families from home. Best of all, there’s no cost to post a job on this site.
AbilityJOBS lets you seek out talented job applicants who can help you meet your equal-employment opportunity (EEO) goals. Job posting starts at $125 per job, and they offer advertising packages to promote your company with banner ads or magazine ad placements.
Similar to AbilityJOBS, RecruitDisability helps you find talented workers to fill open roles and increase the diversity of your staff. Job postings start at $195 per job, with packages targeted to professional or hard-to-fill roles that start at $295 per job.
Diversity helps you find talent across multiple diverse categories, including minorities and females, which may be important if you’re looking to improve your employment brand or increase creativity. It costs $220 to post a job, and nonprofits get a discount of almost 20%.
If you’re looking for out-of-work employees and those who have been laid off, US.jobs is a great option that’s also free. Your post will be available for job seekers to find on state workforce systems, and if you provide details such as a city and state location, it can also be cross-posted on over 1,000 job boards. While it’s not the most popular job board, it is free and provides great exposure for your open job roles.
The Bottom Line
If a paid job board isn’t in your budget, consider free job posting sites. Many provide free job postings for a limited number of jobs or for a trial period. And most, like Indeed, allow you to sponsor or advertise the job for a fee (if your free job post isn’t getting you the results you need).
Once you begin hiring more than one or two staff members a month, you may find it challenging to keep track of multiple job postings and applicants. We recommend using an applicant tracking system like Freshteam that lets you view all your jobs and candidates from one dashboard. Get Freshteam free if you have under 50 employees.