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What is a job board?

Job Boards are search engines that display job openings. Organizations and recruiters use job boards to post open positions and search resume databases. Workers use job boards to find new career opportunities and apply for jobs online.  Job boards can offer employment opportunities across a wide range of sectors, while others are industry specific. For example, Sports, Healthcare, Entertainment, Restaurants, and Government are all sectors with industry-specific job boards. Some job boards utilize applicant tracking systems to help streamline the application process. In others, individual job postings redirect interested candidates to company websites to complete the application process.

General Job Boards

Indeed Indeed receives more internet traffic than any other job board. The site aggregates thousands of employment-related websites across many sectors to provide users in a single search engine. In addition to applying for jobs, Indeed users can also track job trends, research salaries, sign up for alerts, and generate personalized resume links to share with potential employers. Indeed also offers employers candidates with a wide range of educational experience, from high school diplomas to graduate degrees. Glassdoor Like Indeed, Glassdoor provides a search engine that aggregates thousands of jobs from a wide range of sources. What separates Glassdoor from other sites is its emphasis on employee reviews. Glassdoor users can read reviews, research salary information, and consult company ratings before applying to a position.  LinkedIn LinkedIn is the most popular social media platform for working professionals. In addition, the professional networking app allows employers and job seekers to connect, share resumes, and advertise available positions.  Monster  Like Indeed, Monster provides an extensive database of available jobs for job seekers. For employers, Monster provides a large database of resumes for potential employees. Monster also offers employers candidates with a wide range of educational experience, from high school diplomas to graduate degrees. CareerBuilder CareerBuilder functions much like Indeed and Monster. What distinguishes CareerBuilder, however, is its direct relationship with most Fortune 500 companies. In addition, whereas Indeed and Monster offer job candidates with a wide range of educational backgrounds, CareerBuilder focuses more, but not exclusively, on college-educated candidates.

Specialized Job Boards

In addition to the general job boards detailed above, there are an endless number of specialized job boards tailored to specific employment sectors. If you find general job sites inadequate, or are interested in more specialized job boards, you should search for one that services your industry. Here are several examples of industry-specific job boards:
  • Non-profit: Idealist compiles job postings from over 120,000 non-profit organizations. The Chronicle of Philanthropy and the Philanthropy Journal are also reliable boards, but there are plenty more. Check out this list of a dozen non-profit job boards. 
  • Students: CareerOneStop offers an extensive list of job boards specifically for students, including AfterCollege, CareerRookie, and DiversityJobs. In addition, CareerOneStop provides a search tool that searches all of the included databases. 
  • Military Veterans: Recruit Military is an excellent job board for veterans. also contains a job board of its own.
  • Disabilities: abilityJOBS offers a job board specifically for differently-abled workers.
  • Legal: Law Jobs specializes in job openings in the legal profession--attorneys, paralegals, etc.
  • Advertising: Adzuna posts marketing and advertising jobs.
  • Medicine: Health E Careers and Medical Workers offer job postings in the medical field for healthcare recruiting
  • Entertainment: Entertainment Careers and Variety specialize in film, television, sports and music.
  • Finance: Career Bank and eFinancial Careers specialize in the finance and banking industries.

Job Board Pricing - For Employers

While some job boards, like Google Jobs, do not charge companies that post jobs, most do. Moreover, different job boards use different pricing structures. Some, like Monster, Snag and Craigslist charge per posting (which can amount to as little as $7/posting to nearly $400), while others charge monthly fees, like Glassdoor and CareerBuilder. Indeed, unique from most others, charges employers a fee per online click. Alternatively, if you want to post jobs to all of the aforementioned at once, you can utilize SmartRecruiters’ job board software, SmartDistribute


Job Boards are an essential tool for job seekers and employers to connect. Understanding the reach and specialities of individual job boards will help ensure that you use them most efficiently and effectively, and ensure you maximize the chances you’ll find your next job.
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