These days, it seems like a new job search site pops up every minute. And while a few are worth your time, the truth is that most aren’t worth paying any attention to. To help you separate the good from the bad, we’ve put together this list of reputable job search sites.
A word of caution: even though these are (what I believe to be) the best general purpose job search sites, they are all susceptible to spam. So be sure to apply carefully, look away from anything that sounds fishy (or too good to be true), and be very careful with the personal information that you provide.
Featured Job Search Sites
Indeed – If your goal is to search as many jobs as possible, then Indeed is a great choice. Sometimes referred to as ‘the Google of job search,’ it’s pretty tough to find a published job listing anywhere that Indeed doesn’t know about. No registration is required, unless you choose to post your resume.
Monster – Search jobs by keyword, skill, and location. Monster is one of the oldest and most recognized job search sites in the world. You can search jobs without registering on the site, but applying for a job does require free registration. Posting your resume is also free of charge.
Snagajob – If it’s a part time, seasonal, or hourly job that you’re after, Snagajob is designed just for you. Use your zip code to search thousands of jobs. The site is free, but you will have to create an account on the site before you can apply.
General Job Search Sites
America’s Job Exchange – It’s free to search for jobs on this site, but you won’t be able to apply for them without completing a free registration process. It also includes special search functions for veterans and people with disabilities, which is nice to see.
CareerBuilder – One of the most popular job search sites out there, both for jobseekers and employers. On CareerBuilder, you can search for jobs, upload your resume, and read through a huge collection of job advice articles.
CareerBliss – Sure, you can search for jobs by keyword on CareerBliss, but if you do so, you’re kind of missing the point. This site helps match you with jobs and companies that match your own individual interests and abilities. Yes, it takes some extra work on your part to fill out the necessary surveys, but from what I’ve seen, the results are pretty good. You can also review (and read other’s reviews) of companies you’ve worked for to help other people out.
Career Jet – This is a mega job site that lists millions of jobs in many different industries. The site is very easy to use, and includes international jobs as well. It’s free to search for jobs, and you don’t need to register on their site to apply.
College Central – College Central is a fantastic site, but it comes with a catch: you have to be a current college student or an alumni of a registered college in order to use it. This site connects hundreds of college career centers with employers, students, and alumni. Registration is free for jobseekers, and you can sign up for job alerts if you like.
Craigslist – Lots of people like to search for jobs on Craiglist because it makes it easy to both connect with employers and to see what’s new in their area. You probably won’t find as many local jobs in your field as you will on sites like Indeed or Monster, but it can still be a great resource and is a favorite of many.
Glassdoor – When it comes to the job search, Glassdoor really isn’t any different than Indeed or Simply Hired. But what makes Glassdoor different is that employees can leave reviews about their employers, so you can learn what it’s like to work for someone before you step in the door.
Jobfox – I know, I know. This is supposed to be a list for job search sites, but JobFox is a little different. Instead of searching through page after page of job listings, you just register to receive a daily digest of new jobs that match your search criteria. The emailed results were matched very well to my criteria, though your mileage may vary.
Simply Hired – When it comes to aggregation, Simply Hired is one of the best. Searching for a job is free, and applications take place directly on the employers’ sites. No registration is required (though creating an account does have some benefits).