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The Absolute Best Recruiting Websites (The Only Ones You'll Ever Need)

by Sean Falconer | Last Updated October 19, 2017
Best Recruiting Websites

There are hundreds if not thousands of job boards available.

There's free and partially free job posting sites, niche job sites, general job boards, job boards where you pay per application, pay per click and pay per post.

There's such a huge variety, but which ones actually yield the best results?

In this post, I am going to discuss only the best recruiting websites for attracting talent.

I will lay out what types of jobs are most successful on each recruiting site, what you can expect in terms of performance, and how much you will pay.

Let's get into it.

Indeed

Glassdoor

Glassdoor

Post to Glassdoor and 100+ Other Job Boards ⟶

Glassdoor is known for its company reviews, where employees rate their employers, but they are also one of the fastest growing job boards in the world.

It's a fantastic recruitment option if your company has a strong profile. People like to work for companies with a positive company culture and honest reviews from employees is a great way to sell what your company has to offer outside of just a salary.

They offer a free trial of up to 10 jobs for 7 days. After that, pricing starts at $199 per job.

Who should use Glassdoor?

Glassdoor excels with hiring for skilled positions. A lot of their candidates have 4 year college degrees, a far greater percentage than you'll find on sites like Indeed and Craigslist. 

What makes it great?

Company reviews in combination with a powerful job board make Glassdoor a unique and compelling option.

Potential Cons:

At $199 per job, their price point is significantly higher than many of the other options on this list.

Pro Tip:

Take the time to curate your company profile. You could even ask your current employees to put up reviews to help with your recruitment.

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Craigslist

Craigslist

Post to Craigslist and 100+ Other Job Boards ⟶

To people outside of the hiring industry, the popularity of Craigslist can seem surprising, but despite the lack of user interface updates since their beginnings back in 1995, they are still one of the best recruiting sites available.

Craigslist has tremendous reach in many parts of the U.S., and their relatively low cost makes it a fantastic resource.

Up until the last few years, Craigslist was free in most areas, but they have been expanding their paid geos. However, the cost is still low, varying from $7 up to $75 in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Who should use Craigslist?

Craigslist excels are providing applicants to blue collar and entry level jobs. It can also be a great tool for any type of job in certain geos like the San Francisco Bay Area, where it has its' largest reach.

Similar the Indeed, the cost per application should be less than $10 for entry level jobs.

What makes it great?

People criticize Craigslist for never changing, but that's also one of its' greatest strengths. It's simple, low cost and for many types of jobs, highly effective.

Potential Cons:

The biggest downside to Craigslist is posting a job will often lead to a lot of non-applicant emails from a variety of solictors. You will also be left on your own to manage everything, as Craigslist is simply a classified ad service. Finally, getting any kind of customer support from Craigslist is nearly impossible.

Pro Tip:

Make sure you use a different email address than your primary address and never put a real email anywhere in your ad.

Official Website and Apps:

 

Proven

Proven

Post for FREE to Over 100 Job Boards ⟶

Proven is a job board and job distribution tool that will blast your job out to over 100 different job boards and sites. 

You create your job once and Proven will automatically place your ad all over the web. All job applications will come into your Proven account, where you can manage the hiring process.

Proven also provides integrations to premium job boards like sponsored Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, Craigslist, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter.

You can try Proven for free for 5 days, afterwards basic job postings are $99. 

Who should use Proven?

Proven specializes in small business hiring. It excels at filling positions in the restaurant, hospitality, sales, and office work industries

What makes it great?

You only need one login and one site to reach not only every job site on this list but many others.

Potential Cons:

For hard to fill positions, you may need to experiment with Proven's premium options to make sure the right type of candidates are seeing your job.

Pro Tip:

Proven has a great mobile app for managing your hiring process. It's free to download and everything you can do on the website can be done from the app.

Official Website and Apps:

 

Snagajob

Snagajob

Post to Snagajob and 100+ Other Job Boards ⟶

Snagajob is a little more niche than the other options on this list, but if you are looking to hire hourly employees, it is tough to beat.

With over 80 million registered job seekers, they are the number 1 marketplace for hourly workers. Snagajob started back in 2000, and has its biggest customer density in the Eastern U.S.

You can try Snagajob for free, aftewards, jobs cost $89 for 30 days.

Who should use Snagajob?

Great if you need hourly employees.

What makes it great?

They have been around for nearly 20 years solely focused on hourly workers. They know this market and excel at delivering candidates to these types of jobs.

Potential Cons:

At $89 per posting, the cost per application is usually going to be a bit higher than placing a similar job on Indeed or Craigslist.

Pro Tip:

Similar to Proven, Snagajob has a great mobile app.

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LinkedIn

LinkedIn

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If you are a recruiter, you are likely already very familiar with LinkedIn.

It's tough to talk recruiting websites without including LinkedIn.

Many know LinkedIn as a business network, but it is also a powerful job board and recruitment platform. Since millions of people have comprehensive LinkedIn profiles detailing their work and educational history, you can use sophisticated search and targeting to reach the right candidates.

LinkedIn use to charge a flat rate for a job posting, but has recently switched to a performance-based model, where you can set daily and maximum budgets.

They also offer a recruiter tool that allows you to use powerful search options to find matches for your job and contact them. This only makes sense if you are doing a large volume of jobs as a license to this tool is $8,000 a year.

Who should use LinkedIn?

It's a must-have if you make your living as a recruiter. Also, a great resource for hiring high-end white collar positions.

What makes it great?

Powerful search and targeting based on LinkedIn profiles. 

Potential Cons:

Hiring on LinkedIn can be expensive in comparison to the other sites on this list. Make sure it makes sense for the type of position you need to fill.

Pro Tip:

If you are constantly hiring for high skilled jobs, it's worth investing in a recruiter license so you can proactively source talent.

Official Website and Apps:

 

ZipRecruiter

ZipRecruiter

Post ZipRecruiter and 100+ Other Job Boards ⟶

ZipRecruiter has a similar offering to Proven. Their hiring tool allows recruiters to post jobs to over 100 job boards with one click. The company also offers software that allows employers to evaluate and message candidates all from one interface.

They offer a free trial, but single jobs after the trial cost $199. There are significant discounts for larger volumes.

Who should use ZipRecruiter?

It's a great option if you are not sure where to place your ad and you want to try a lot of different job boards at once.

What makes it great?

ZipRecruiter drives a lot of their job applications through email alerts. They do email job advertisements better than anyone in the business.

Potential Cons:

Similar to Glassdoor, the cost is on the higher end.

Pro Tip:

ZipRecruiter runs a lot of marketing promotions, so if you want to try it out, you can likely find a coupon for a discount.

Official Website and Apps:

 

Facebook

Facebook

Post for FREE to Over 100 Job Boards ⟶

Although Facebook is not a traditional job site like the others on this list, it is a great resource for recruitment.

With a Facebook Ad, you can use their helpful tools to target specific types of individuals to see your ad. You can target based on geo, interests, job titles, hobbies, etc. 

No other site on this list (besides maybe LinkedIn) has access to the kind of data that Facebook has about their users. 

Similar to Indeed, you can setup ad campaigns to be based on your budget, and you only pay for performance.

Who should use Facebook?

Facebook is best if you know who you want to target and they are a demographic that is on Facebook regularly. 

What makes it great?

Because Facebook is a social media platform, if people really like your ad, you can gain free clicks by people sharing the ad.

Potential Cons:

If your targeting is too general, you'll end up paying for a lot of Likes and clicks that do not result in actual applications.

Pro Tip:

Ask your current employees to share your ad with their friends. This can help you gain momentum and tap into some free clicks.

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, eight amazing recruiting options!

Each site excels at different things and depending on the type of positions you need to fill, you may need to use more than one.

With each option, pay attention to whether they are a good fit for your needs, the cost, and make sure you keep track of the performance. This will help inform your future decisions.

Good luck, happy hiring!

Topics: job boards

Sean Falconer

Written by Sean Falconer

Sean Falconer is Founder and CTO of Proven. He is a proud Canadian and reformed academic. He is passionate about making hiring for small businesses simple, streamlined and frictionless.

 

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