Job search sites are incredibly powerful these days – but also hard to rank and compare. Most contain a mix of “paid” posts from employers, but also “scrape/crawl” the entire world-wide-web to gather postings directly from company, non-profit, and government websites. And some, like Google, even scrape the other job search sites. It’s pretty cool. But also a bit confusing.
The truth is, aside from using a companies website, and, you guessed it, even they might not be up to date, it’s almost impossible to know which site is the best to use. They are powerful tools to find and apply for openings, but as a class, kind of hard to distinguish.
Here’s some things to keep in mind:
- Most job search boards include all types of roles (salary, hourly, contract, full time, part-time, remote, etc.)
- They try to differentiate each other with company reviews, services, etc.
- Note that aggregators may ‘lag’ what the employer is doing on their website. For example, Indeed or ZipRecruiter might say, ‘1 day old’ but that might be only when they last scraped the web. And who has any idea how often they do that? We assume that Google is the most up to date – but we could be wrong.
What are our favorites?
Google Jobs – which is aggregates across the job boards (but sadly, not Indeed or Craigslist), and Indeed, which is still the largest, and also because of its excellent “advanced search” tools. If your looking for employee reviews on a company, and the companies pitch? Then head over to Glassdoor. Even if you’re looking at niche roles, that might have Sector-specific job boards (like Idealist), we recommend always using on of the larger aggregators – as most of the time, employers will make an effort to cast as wide a net as possible for the best candidates.
No no matter what tool you use… please, please, please make sure you are filter for ‘freshly’ posted jobs! Anything older that 15 days is most likely filled or you are too late in the process.
Try to find things posted in the past 7 days. Better to get your resume presented sooner than to spend more time tuning the perfect cover letter.
There are literally 1000’s of niche job board out there….way to many for anyone to catalogue (not to mention they come and go). If you just browsing around, here’s a list to get you started, and some of the one’s we like. If you don’t see anything of interest, just google ‘Top 10 job boards for ______” (fill in the blank), and you will have plenty of blog posts and suggestions to review.
Let’s face it, the government is a large, diverse and complicated. There are also many many interesting roles there. Most posted roles will be gathered by the big aggregators, but if you’re seeking a government role, it might be a good idea to go right to the source. Here’s our attempt to gather the Federal and States sites. Don’t forget most counties, cities, towns and municipalities offer full time roles of one kind of another.
Local, County and State governments employ about 10-11% of the population, and in some states it can be even higher. This might seem like a lot, but remember there are a lot of teachers and health care workers out there. Looking for a state job, here are the links directly to their websites. We also include the career centers too!
Wow, it turn out that the department of labor has free posting sites for ALL states – for state employers. this is for all types of roles. But we assume that all state jobs will be posted here.
The full list of ALL state job board links for ALL 50 STATES is => State Job Boards