The hiring process for most companies these days is in that virtual space that we lovingly know as the internet. Over the last few years, it has totally transformed the way we find and apply for jobs. Applying for jobs online means you can do it from the comfort of your sofa. It’s all there in black and white. You can see the job description, align your resume to the key words, and send it off with a pithy cover letter attached.
But it doesn’t stop there. If you’re really serious about landing a new role and want to increase your chances of exposure to the job market and its opportunities, it’s wise to use resume posting sites so employers or hiring managers can seek you out.
Consider this: you’re keen to get a new job and have applied for a couple of positions in your industry, with a souped-up resume that sings your praises. Having applied to two companies means that two lots of HR or prospective employers will have scanned your resume to check out your suitability.
But what if many more people could view your resume online, and target you for an even better role? Many employers will search large databases of resume posting sites, such as Monster and Indeed, to find qualified candidates, especially if the candidates they’re seeing coming through the application process are sub-standard. If your resume isn’t on these resume posting sites, you’re going to miss out.
So which are the best resume posting sites? Not to worry. We’ve got you covered by showing you the best sites where you can post your resume and increase your chances of getting noticed. Even better, all of the resume posting sites we’ve listed are free.
Post your top-notch resume online at the 11 resume posting sites below, and you’ll be able to look forward to recruiters and hiring managers falling over themselves to get you interested in them!
Where to post your resume online (for free)
Before you post your resume online, remember that it should be fully optimized for the ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems). In 2023, resumes should be written concisely and effectively to impress an employer. Ensure that your resume contains the proper keywords for your job target so that it will be your document that pops up when a recruiter or hiring manager is scouring through a database.
You can use ZipJob’s free resume review service to check how your resume looks to an ATS.
What are the best sites to post a resume on?
Indeed is far and away the largest job board in the United States, as well as in over 60 other countries. If there’s a single site you should have your resume posted on, it should be Indeed as the reach is immense. Statistics show that Indeed had nearly 665.2 million unique global visitors in May 2022, an increase up from 514.9 million visitors in Dec 2021. That’s about double the population of the United States!
To post your resume on Indeed, simply visit the home page and click the link on the top that says “Upload Your Resume.” From there, you can upload your resume in a matter of seconds as well as fill out an easy-to-understand registration form.
Monster currently takes the No. 3 spot for popular resume posting sites, as it operates in 14 countries. Hundreds of recruiters and employers search Monster’s huge database of resumes, looking for that perfect candidate.
To upload your resume to Monster, simply click the “Upload Resume” tab at the top of the page, and then “post a resume” in the drop down menu. There is an upload resume button on the home page as well.
CareerBuilder was founded in 1995 and is used by hundreds of thousands of employers. It operates sites in 23 countries outside the United States, with a presence in over 60 markets. Its website states that it powers over 1000 career sites and serves millions of job seekers annually.
To add your resume to CareerBuilder, simply click the “Upload / Build Resume” link in the top left, or follow the link that’s on the home page.
Glassdoor is a resume posting site which gained popularity as its USP was allowing employees to review their employers. This culminates in the Best Places to Work Awards, giving prospective employees an insight into any company before deciding whether to apply there or not. It has become increasingly popular for both job seekers and employers.
To post your resume, simply click the “upload a resume” link on the home page and follow the easy instructions to sign up.
ZipRecruiter is another of the best sites to post a resume, and has gained even more traction in recent years. It’s used by thousands of employers and millions of job seekers annually. One survey states that over 110 million job seekers have used the site, and have connected with in excess of 2.8 million businesses that have used the platform.
The process to sign up and upload your resume to the site isn’t quite so user friendly. You need to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the home page and click the “Create Free Account” link. From there, you’ll be able to complete a quick sign up form and then upload your resume. However, ZipRecruiter does make it easy to apply to jobs with just a single tap.
6. The Muse
This resume posting site has become really popular, especially for millennials. Many start-ups and young companies use this platform to find candidates.
Posting a resume to The Muse requires signing up and applying for a job. The resume you use to apply will be saved for any future applications and for recruiters to view. Some popular jobs are divided into geographical categories for ease of finding a role in your chosen area of the country.
Many employers use Craigslist to fill positions as it’s cheaper than a lot of the other job boards. If you haven’t come across it before, Craigslist is a classified advertisement website with different sections devoted to different areas, including one focused on jobs.
It was founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, who wanted to let friends know about local events in the San Francisco Bay area. It went online a year later, then expanded into other US and Canadian cities in 2000, and is now in 70 countries.
To post a resume on Craigslist, click the “Post to Classifieds” link in the top left. From there you need to select “Resume / Job Wanted” and follow the rest of the instructions. There’s no upload link so you’ll need to copy and paste your resume into the text box.
This is the official job site for the United States government, with its resume database used by many government organizations and recruiters.
To upload your resume, you need to create an account. Simply click on “Sign In” and select the “Create a new account” option.
Resume-Library is another great resume posting site. Upload your resume for free and search from thousands of jobs across all sectors and states. They’ll put your resume in front of great companies looking for candidates just like you and send you matching jobs daily.
Simply click “Register Resume” on the top right of the page and follow the instructions to upload your resume.
10. College / university job boards
Remember to check your college or university website for job search resources. Many job seekers overlook this resource, yet it can be one of the best ways to find a job. Many employers have connections with local schools and colleges, and utilize those databases to search for employers. Look for references to Handshake or Purple Briefcase.
11. Industry-specific sites
There are tons of industry-specific job boards out there, which can be a useful route to finding a great job. There are really good job boards in the financial, medical, and technology sectors which many employers use. Just Google your industry and add the words “job board” to find the relevant sites.
Below is a list of some industry-specific job board lists from the team here at ZipJob to inspire and motivate you:
Tip: When submitting your resume to numerous job boards, you may get an influx of unwanted spam emails. To avoid this from happening, it’s a good idea to create a new email address for your job search. This will help keep you organized, while ensuring work-related emails don’t get mixed up with your personal emails.
What about posting my resume on LinkedIn?
You might have noticed that there is one resume posting site that hasn’t appeared on the list. It’s LinkedIn. There are a number of reasons for that, outlined in our LinkedIn-specific guide, which you can view at How to Upload Your Resume on LinkedIn in 2023 (+ pictures).
While LinkedIn is great for building networks and connections, as well as uploading other content that can run parallel and complement your resume, it’s not a specific resume posting site, like the others listed.
Should you upload your resume as a PDF or as a Word document?
It’s a question often asked, whether you should upload your documents in Microsoft Word or as a PDF. So, which is the best file format? The overriding answer here is to follow what the job application states. If you don’t have the particular format that’s been asked for, then you’ll need to convert your document and adjust any formatting before uploading.
Should you publicly post your resume?
How safe is it to publicly post your resume on any of the resume posting sites? After all, your contact details are on there, including your cell and email address. There’s no need to have your full address though, just the city and state is required.
Most job sites are secure with your privacy being of the utmost importance to the companies. You can usually choose who sees your resume, so check out each of the job search sites on how to do this. Additionally, many job sites blank out your contact details, and these will only be available to relevant parties.
Adding your resume to any of these resume posting sites might help you get seen. While you shouldn’t solely rely on this method during an active job search, it’s an easy way in which to get your resume in front of the right people without causing too much stress or hassle on your part.
Good luck with your job search, with the hope that one of these resume posting sites works for you.
Elizabeth Openshaw, Editor & Content Writer, Elizabeth Openshaw, Editor & Content Writer
Elizabeth Openshaw is an Elite CV Consultant of 11 years based in Brighton, UK, with an English degree and an addiction to Wordle! She is a former Journalist of 17 years with the claim to fame that she interviewed three times Grand Slam winner and former World No.1 tennis player, Andy Murray, when he was just 14 years old. You can connect with her at Elizabeth Openshaw | LinkedIn.