Job posting sites are used by employers to find job candidates. To help you find a job posting site that suits your industry and the types of workers you’re hiring, we’ll list 30 of the best free job posting sites below. We’ll also provide some hints to advertise and promote your open jobs to move them to the top of the job seeker’s search results.
Here’s our list of 30, broken into categories:
- 9 Best Free General Job Posting Sites
- 2 Best Free Job Posting Sites for Hourly Employees
- 2 Best Free Job Posting Sites for Developers and Technology
- 8 Best Free Job Posting Sites for Remote Workers and Freelancers
- 5 Best Free Niche Job Posting Sites
- 4 Best Job Sites That Offer Free Trials
9 Best Free General Job Posting Sites
Most of the free sites listed below also have paid advertising options or sponsorships to increase the number of views on your free job listing. You can, of course, post jobs for free on your Twitter feed and Facebook pages, but those sites lack any applicant tracking features.
Advertising on Free Job Boards
If you are ready to make an investment to increase the number of quality candidates who apply for your job, paid job ads might be your answer. Job boards like Indeed can typically advertise your job openings. They often alert people in their database who fit your job criteria (based on keywords you put in your job ad), prompting job seekers to apply to your job.
Indeed calls its advertising Sponsoring a Job and it costs as little as $5/day to get your free job post ranked above other postings.
2 Best Free Job Posting Sites for Hourly Employees
If your business hires hourly employees, such as a café, restaurant, cleaning service, or retail store, you might want to try one of these job boards. Unlike Indeed, where job seekers post their resumes, on many of the hourly job posting sites applicants simply apply to the jobs you post on the site.
The two sites below allow you to post jobs for free for hourly employees. Keep in mind that when you post jobs for free, your job post will be at the top when you post it, but each day it will fall further and further down the list. Users can search for the job, but unless you pay to advertise, even on Craigslist, your job posting will drop down in search results over time.
2 Best Free Job Postings Sites for Developers & Technical Employees
Need a mobile app or a new website? You might want to look at our Best Job Posting Sites for Remote & Freelancer section below. However, in addition to Indeed, the two job posting sites below are where you’ll want to look for part-time or full-time web managers, developers, mobile app developers, or other technical roles. Other good talent can be found, but these websites are primarily known for technical roles.
8 Best Free Job Posting Sites for Remote Workers & Freelancers
If you need part-time, one-off, on-demand help or perhaps someone consistently for a set number of hours a month, remote and freelance websites can be an incredible way to find top talent at economical prices. You can also find good IT help here, as well as human resources, recruiting, accounting, or even project managers.
Most of these websites, including Indeed, make it free to post and hire remote workers and freelancers. On the sites below, you pay the freelancer’s wages through the website, and your freelancer may pay a finder’s fee as a percentage of wages on their end. Or you may pay a percent (two to ten percent) on top of the freelancer invoice once a job, project or milestone is completed.
5 Best Free Niche Job Posting Sites
There are a surprising number of free niche job sites. Here are a few that might suit your specific hiring needs at no cost, serving communities like veterans, interns, and work-from-home moms.
In addition, Indeed offers free niche jobs ads that can target audiences similar to those shown below.
4 Best Job Sites That Offer Free Trials
These sites are not free—they only offer a free trial. Often you can post one job on these sites to see if you like it and it will cost you nothing. In fact, most job applicants apply within the first 96 hours, and only three percent of job ads are still up by day 10, giving you plenty of time to try a site that offers a 30-day trial.
After your first job post, you can choose to upgrade or switch to another free job posting site like Indeed. But make sure you read the fine print during the trial period so you cancel by the due date and are not charged when the trial period ends.
Attracting Millennials with a Free Trial on a Mobile App
According to DogTownMedia, millennials are using mobile apps to a tune of 90 hours/month! Indeed reports that 78 percent used mobile devices to find jobs back in 2016. So if you want to find a millennial, consider posting your jobs on an app like Switch.
Free Job Site Posting Rules
Free job posting sites typically have parameters around what you can post, so make sure to abide by their requirements. For example, although Indeed does not limit the number of jobs you can post for free, it has specific requirements for posting commission-only jobs. Indeed requires that commission-only jobs clearly identify themselves as such, so as not to mislead job seekers. See the example below:
The Bottom Line
What do you think is the best free job posting site and why? We’ve played our hand, and like Indeed best due to their free job posting option, mobile app, and applicant tracking features that make it easy to keep track of all your open positions and candidates in one place. Of course, we’d like to know which free job posting sites you use, or which free sites your best hires come from. Do comment.