The job search process has changed drastically in the last decade as more and more companies utilize digital job boards to find candidates. There are a lot of sites out there so we put together a list of the top job search sites on the internet today. These sites are geared towards those looking for a job in the United States and Canada.
Remember that most of these sites also allow you to upload your resume so it’s searchable to hiring managers and recruiters. We wrote a great post on the top sites to post your resume on here.
At the end of the article, we have some important tips you should keep in mind when applying for jobs online.
Here are the top 7 sites for job searching in 2021:
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Top 7 Job Search Sites
Indeed is by far the largest job board in the United States and Canada. Founded in 2004, Indeed serves nearly 258 million job seekers worldwide. The website is very simple to navigate and contains job postings from Indeed as well as hundreds of other job boards.
It has jobs for nearly every background and experience level so you’ll definitely want to check out Indeed! You should also upload your resume to job boards as many hiring managers and recruiters browse Indeed’s resume database in search of candidates.
Glassdoor has gained popularity lately and has become the second-largest job site in the US and Canada. In addition to having a job board where you can search and apply for jobs, Glassdoor provides comprehensive company reviews and other useful information. They provide information such as anonymous employee reviews, benefits, interview questions, and salary information.
Glassdoor is a great website for both job search and other company information.
Coming in third place is Monster. Monster.com–which was founded in 1999–is used by over 100,000 companies and has over 5 million jobs listed. This website really is a monstrosity, serving over 27 million visitors a month. You also want to ensure you upload your resume to the Monster.com database so recruiters can find you.
ZipRecruiter started off as a recruiting tool but has also integrated a job board. It has become really popular lately with over 26 million visitors a month. It also cuts down the long application process and integrated an option that allows you to apply for a job with one click.
It also has application tracking which keeps you updated when someone reviews or responds to your application.
5. Career Builder
Founded in 1995, CareerBuilder is used by over 100,000 employers. It has 20 million monthly visitors and like most sites on our list – it allows you to upload your resume to have hiring managers and recruiters reach out to you directly.
CareerBuilder has been around for over two decades and continues to be one of the job search sites in both the US and Canada.
Snagajob is designed for hourly workers and has over 300,000 employers who utilize the website to search for candidates. Founded in 2000, it currently receives 14 million visitors a month.
Founded in 2010 by a former Oracle software engineer, Jobs2careers has over 9 million monthly visitors. It has a wide range of listings from full time and part-time positions as well as other gigs.
This fast-growing site has tons of jobs listed so be sure to check them out!
5 Tips For Using Job Boards
1. Don’t forget about networking
Although you can find lots of jobs to apply to on job search sites, networking still remains the best way to land a job. Hiring managers and recruiters consider referrals over other candidates as there is already some trust factor established. Employers also save a lot of money when they don’t have to pay recruiter fees so it’s a double plus.
Reach out to your network and ask if anyone can refer you to a position. Remember that when you reach out to a few people, you’re really reaching out to dozens or even hundreds. This is because those people also know people, so reaching out to your network provides an exponential amount of people who could possibly refer you.
2. Use an ATS-friendly resume
Most employers utilize what’s called an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to automatically screen resumes. When you apply to jobs online, there is a 90%+ chance that your resume will be run through an applicant tracking system (ATS) resume parser.
ATS software screen resumes to determine if they’re a good match for the position. It looks for keywords, education, experience, and other requirements for the position. Nearly 75% of resumes are deleted at this point; many times it’s because the resume isn’t optimized properly.
3. Read the job descriptions
You need to carefully read each job description for a number of reasons.
You need to read the requirements and optimize your resume accordingly.
The ATS systems search for keywords so be sure to tailor your resume slightly for each position.
For example, say a requirement for a job posting was knowledge of Excel. You want to make sure that you have “Excel” listed on your resume as an ATS may be searching for that keyword.
You should also read the job description to see if there are any special instructions on submitting the application.
Some employers may want a PDF instead of a Word document. They may also request a cover letter, which takes us to our next point.
4. Include a customized cover letter
Just because you’re applying for jobs through a job board doesn’t mean you can forget about a cover letter. Although some hiring managers don’t pay much attention to cover letters, many do and even place a lot of emphasis on them.
You should be sending a well written and tailored cover letter to every position you apply to.
We wrote a good post on writing a good cover letter here.
5. Follow up
You should follow up with each position you apply to in order to increase your application efficacy. You should be sending a follow up email a week or so after you submit your resume. Keep in mind that you don’t want to sound too desperate–simply ask for an update or if they need any other information. This shows that you’re determined.
We put together a good post on how to follow up on a resume submission with some great examples of messages you can send.
Make sure you check the posting to see if there is a “closing date” as you don’t want to follow-up before the posting closes.
These are the top seven job boards on the internet today. You should utilize these job sites for your job search–but be sure to also use the most effective method of landing a job: networking! Connecting with people is a great way to land your next job.
Good luck with your job search!
Caitlin Proctor, CPRW, Certified Professional Résumé Writer
Caitlin joined the ZipJob team in 2019 as a professional resume writer and career advisor. She specializes in strategic advice for executives, career pivots, and remote workers. Read more resume advice from Caitlin on .