The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

The 12 Best Job Search Sites (Pros vs Cons)

It's official, job search engines are here to stay whether you like them or not.

The difficulty with job recruiting websites is that it can be impossible to know which one to focus your energy on, and which ones are a waste of time.

After all, there are more than 1,000 online job sites and most of them are posting the exact same jobs!

It’s important to get the highest ROI out of your time spent job searching.

That is why we have created this list of the best job search websites.

We break down not only the best general job websites, but also the best sites for sales jobs, finance/accounting jobs, IT jobs, and even executive jobs.

Best Overall Online Job Sites (General)

When it comes to finding the best job websites to begin your search, it’s important to waste as little time as possible.

We recommend sticking to 1-2 job sites maximum.

Why?

Because if you focus on more than two job sites at any given time, you are going to be looking at roughly an 80% match in jobs from one site to the next.

That’s right. If you compare two of the largest online job boards, about 80% of the jobs will be identical, duplicate postings.

Job searching is hard enough.

Don’t waste time applying to the same jobs on two different sites.

Below is our list of the best job websites for general job searches.

 

1. LinkedIn

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

LinkedIn is at the top of our list as the best job search site to find general jobs.

This isn’t to say LinkedIn is not good for specific industries or professions; it just so happens to be great for almost any career level, industry, or profession.

If you aren’t sure where to start but you are looking for the best job board around, LinkedIn is the way to go.

Pros: LinkedIn does not allow employers to post jobs for free. This keeps the quality much higher than other job boards that do allow free postings because only serious employers will post jobs that cost money.

Additionally, applying on LinkedIn makes for an easy transition into networking. Once you find a job you like, check LinkedIn to see if you have any 1st-degree connections at the company.

Cons: The biggest con is LinkedIn’s salary filters. While they do have pretty advanced search options as a whole, their salary filters only go up to $120,000.

If you are an executive looking for a higher salary, you won’t have many options to filter past the 120K mark.

(Refer to this article to learn How to Use LinkedIn to Find a Job (8 Expert Tips).)

 

2. Indeed

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Indeed is probably the most well-known job board in the US.

With over 250 million monthly visitors, 120 million resumes, 500 million salaries, and 9.8 jobs added each second, Indeed is a powerhouse job site.

Pros: More jobs listed than any other site in the world. Indeed is a leader in this space and they are constantly improving their online job site to ensure the best user experience for both the job seeker and recruiter.

Cons: Since Indeed has more jobs than any other site, it can be difficult to filter out the junk to find what you are looking for. Jobs posted on Indeed also have more applicants than other sites because of the pure volume of applicants.

Indeed does allow free postings, so you may find old or non-serious job postings.

(For more information on an Indeed job search, check out: How to Find the Best Indeed Jobs & Create An Indeed Resume.)

 

3. Glassdoor

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Glassdoor is one of my personal all-time favorite job search sites and a lot of it has to do with their salary data and company reviews.

Glassdoor can save job seekers some serious regrets by providing insight into interview questions, employee experiences, company benefits, salary estimations, and so much more.

Pros: The extras that Glassdoor provides such as salary estimations, interview processes, CEO ratings, and company reviews are invaluable when making a long-term career decision. The last thing you want to do is end up at a terrible company, quit, and be right back on the job boards.

Cons: Glassdoor has an annoying bug that essentially resets all of your search criteria as soon as you make one small change.

For example: If you type in “VP Sales” and filter to jobs posted within the past week, full-time, paying over $100,000, you will get some results. If you change the title to “Director Sales,” all of the other filters you entered reset, making you start from scratch.

Best Sales Job Search Engines

When it comes to finding the best site for sales jobs, you are going to need to get a bit creative.

As a sales professional, the application and interview process is an excellent opportunity to show off your sales/hunter abilities.

Sales professionals are a cut above the rest when it comes to “selling.” 

So, stand out from your competition and do something unique. Instead of just finding a job and filling out an application, take it one step further.

  1. Display your sales abilities by locating the hiring manager for the role. 
  2. Then, pitch them on why you would be an excellent fit.

Job boards are extremely useful as they provide you with warm leads as to who is currently hiring. Use these leads to discover and pitch the hiring manager.

Below is a list of the best job board sites for sales professionals.

 

4. SalesGravy

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

SalesGravy has made it to the very top of our list of the best sales job search sites, and for a good reason.

When it comes to sales-specific jobs, no site will have a larger selection of jobs while also reducing the irrelevant (non-sales) jobs from your search results.

Pros: SalesGravy does something that we love.

Their “Advanced Search” allows you to select from a robust range of salaries (one of the best we have seen) and lets you enter in your ideal job description. This is something new that we have not seen before and we like it a lot!

Cons: The only real con with SalesGravy is that they are limited to sales jobs.

If you are interested in sales, but also open to working in another job industry, you may want to pick a different job search site.

 

5. SalesHeads

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

SalesHeads is one of only a handful of job boards focused around sales professionals’ careers.

SalesHeads is one of the best sites for sales jobs because they remove all of the completely irrelevant jobs (banking, engineering, etc.) and only give you jobs related to sales.

Pros: SalesHeads has carved out a niche focusing on sales jobs. Having this niche makes searching for jobs easier.

Cons: Unfortunately, while this job search site focused on sales, their internal filters to search for jobs could not be less helpful. There is no industry, salary, or seniority-level filter to help narrow your searches and find the perfect fit.

Best Finance & Accounting Job Websites

Having a finance background myself, I have always found it frustrating how few job search sites are dedicated to finance and accounting jobs.

As financial service is the second largest industry (after health), you would think there would be more than a couple of solid job boards for finance and accounting jobs.

Nonetheless, we will make do with what we have, and are excited to share what we believe to be the best finance and accounting job search engines.

 

6. Robert Half

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Robert Half is one of the largest and most credible staffing agencies worldwide.

But did you know they have a job board?

One of Robert Half’s largest divisions is their finance and accounting arm comprised of “Accountemps – temporary finance and accounting jobs” as well as “Robert Half Finance & Accounting – full-time finance and accounting jobs.”

Pros: With such brand credibility and an easy-to-navigate job site for finance professionals, you really can’t go wrong giving Robert Half your information.

They are by far the most well-networked team of finance and accounting professionals around.

Cons: The search filters were below average in our opinion. There are no salary filters to choose from and this is one of the most important filters to use.

 

7. eFinancialCareers

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

eFinancialCareers offers thousands of positions across the globe specific to finance, accounting, and technology jobs.

In addition to nice page design and great filters (including salary filters), eFinancialCareers has a blog with thousands of resources for job seekers.

Pros: eFinancialCareers is not just a job board but also a great resource for job seekers to find the latest news, tips, and content in the financial services sector. Their job board and career resources are completely free to use.

Cons: This particular finance job search site has fewer available jobs than the average job board. Even though 10,000 jobs is still a large number, it can seem small compared to sites like Indeed who have over one million postings.

Best Technology Job Boards

Technology/IT jobs seem to be skyrocketing every single year. As you could imagine, there are people out there trying to figure out how to monetize this.

New job search sites for technology professionals are appearing almost daily (at least it seems) and information technology job boards are probably the most robust compared to any other industry or sector.

Tech job sites are usually a bit more advanced, have a cleaner UI, and allow for more technical filters, catering towards their tech-savvy audience.

Below we will break down the best tech job sites for technology professionals.

 

8. Dice

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Dice is one of the few job boards branded entirely for tech jobs.

Because of their niche focus and mission to serve high tech professionals, Dice has made our list as the best tech job site and information technology job board.

Pros: You will save countless hours browsing jobs on general job boards because Dice focuses exclusively on tech jobs. This is a free-to-use platform with no strings attached or search limitations.

Cons: Since Dice focuses solely on tech jobs, this site is not going to be the best fit for non-tech professionals.

 

9. Hired

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Hired offers a unique approach to the traditional job search site.

With a focus on technology professionals, Hired has eliminated the need for resumes and cover letters, offering a streamlined way for you to connect with the right companies faster.

Pros:  You will create a profile (similar to LinkedIn) and allow companies to apply to you. This can definitely be a nice change in pace compared to filling out job applications all day. Best of all, it is completely free!

Cons: We really couldn’t find any cons with this company. They seem to have great reviews online and their service costs nothing. Like Dice, they do focus on technology jobs, so this may not be the best fit for other types of jobs.

Best Executive Job Search Sites

Executive jobs are not always easy to come by and that is why it is extremely valuable to have executive job search engines to filter out lower-level jobs.

While most job sites are free, there are a handful of executive job boards that do charge a premium to access their senior-level job postings.

While we don’t have anything against paying an executive job-hunting site a small monthly fee, it’s important to make sure they are offering true value for your hard-earned dollars.

Searching for an executive job without an executive resume is like fishing without bait. Check out our list of the best executive resume writing services before applying to jobs.

 

10. Ladders

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Ladders is a leading executive job posting site in the United States.

With over 20,000 active recruiters searching for top talent on Ladders and over 225,000 active jobs, you really can’t go wrong.

Pros: Ladders focuses exclusively on $100K+ jobs so you won’t be wasting any time applying to jobs that ultimately will not pay what you are looking for.

Cons: Unfortunately, Ladders is a pay to play job search website. In order to access their executive jobs, you will be asked to pay a monthly fee. They also do not have the best online reviews.

 

11. Experteer

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Experteer is a highly-personalized career service for senior-level executives in the US and worldwide.

While they do offer a free plan with limited value, you really can take full advantage of their services without paying for their premium account.

Pros: Experteer has over 250,000 executive jobs focusing on opportunities starting at $100,000. They also provide direct access to their headhunter network of over 10,000 headhunters.

Cons: Like Ladders, Experteer is a pay-to-play website that has pretty terrible reviews when you search “Experteer Reviews” on Google.

Take these reviews with a grain of salt. If someone is paying to find jobs and does not receive an interview or offer, they are likely to blame the job board.

International Job Search Engine

When it comes to finding international jobs, there is not a whole lot out there. Many of the major sites above such as Indeed or LinkedIn will have jobs posted in countries outside of the United States. One website that is particularly known for its broad country coverage is Jooble. 

 

12. Jooble

The 12 Best Job Search Engines (Pros vs Cons)

Jooble is by far one of the largest international search engines in the world. Their goal as a company is "to help any person find a job, regardless of his or her place of residence, language, religion, skin color or beliefs."

Operating in over 100 countries across Europe, Asia, Middle East, North and South America, Oceania, and Africa, it's easy to see that Jooble has a massive international reach. 

Pros: If you are flexible on location, Jooble will have more jobs than just about any other site spanning the globe. 

Cons: While Jooble is very well known around the world, their presence in the U.S. is just beginning to expand so they may not have as many jobs as an already established U.S. company.

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