Which Job Board is Best? A Breakdown and Ranking.

  • The job search can be overwhelming, especially when looking at the multitude of different job boards and job application websites. Unsure of where to start? Don’t worry, we got you covered! We did the research so you don’t have to and ranked (and categorized) the popular job boards as well as a few niche ones. So let’s get started with:

    Indeed

    Indeed is still by far the most popular job application board, delivering 65% of all hires and 72% of all interviews in the US (from online sources). In terms of volume and quantity, Indeed can’t be beat. Combining a simplistic UI with a range of search modifiers along with a quick apply option, Indeed is the best option when going for strict volume. In essence, it is the perfect website for entry level or associate level candidates.

    However, what Indeed has in terms of volume and ease of use, it’s still lacking a bit when it comes to more senior level and niche jobs. Don’t get me wrong, Indeed has every job posting imaginable, but it definitely skews towards entry level and associate positions, and the sheer volume of those postings means that the higher quality ones are tougher to find.

    Scoring: 45.5/50

    Ease of use: 10/10

    • The quick apply function along with the user interface are all extremely intuitive and easy to use.

    Quality of job postings: 7.5/10

    • While Indeed has a plethora of quality job postings of all types, the volume of the job postings means that you might have a tougher time finding exactly what you’re looking for.

    Quantity of job postings: 10/10

    • Hard to beat the volume that Indeed brings.

    Responsiveness: 9/10

    • Companies posting on Indeed are generally really active, meaning you’ll get quick responses and active communication in regards to your applications.

    Reliability: 9/10

    • While some strange jobs can make it through, the vast majority (95%+) of the job postings are totally legitimate and reliable. You won’t need to worry about any MLM or check scams with Indeed for the most part.

    LinkedIn

    LinkedIn is definitely unique in the sense that you can communicate directly with recruiters and hiring managers AND apply to job postings unique (some of them unique to LinkedIn) all on the same platform. The tricky thing with LinkedIn is that the more effort you put in, the more effective your job search is going to be. LinkedIn is going to require significantly more time investment than Indeed in the sense that creating a profile, getting legitimate connections, and creating detailed descriptions in your profile is going to take at least a couple days. While it might seem like a lot of time for little return at first, it’s honestly worth it. Check out our [GUIDE] here on how to build a LinkedIn profile to get started.

    While Indeed skews entry-level and definitely has greater volume/quantity, I would say LinkedIn is a bit better for quality and skews a little more towards manager/senior level positions. Don’t get me wrong, LinkedIn is great for entry level as well so I would recommend using both LinkedIn and Indeed in conjunction.

    Scoring: 46/50

    Ease of use: 10/10

    • LinkedIn also has a “Easy Apply” function and the app is extremely easy to navigate. You also have the ability to upload your resume and tick a box that allows recruiters to see that you’re looking for a job!

    Quality of job postings: 9/10

    • While LinkedIn isn’t perfect, you can bet that you’ll find extremely high-quality jobs there. From entry level to senior level to management, you’ll be able to find what you’re looking for while using their simply search functions.

    Quantity of job postings: 8/10

    • Depending on your field, you might feel a bit disappointed by the volume of job openings on LinkedIn. You’ll still be able to apply to 1-2 jobs per day for sure, but the pickier candidates may find that they run out of daily job openings pretty quickly. This is why it’s important to use LinkedIn AND Indeed together for optimal job hunting.

    Responsiveness: 10/10

    • When it comes to communication and responsiveness, you can’t beat LinkedIn. Companies and recruiters are more active on LinkedIn than anywhere else and the fact that you can communicate with recruiters and managers directly, gives you a degree of communication that you can’t find anywhere else.

    Reliability: 9/10

    • The only thing knocking off a point is the fact that recruiting calls won’t always be good, as you might get more than 1 recruiter messaging you about potential jobs that aren’t the best. However, in terms of safety and security LinkedIn is as reliable as you can get!

    Glassdoor/Monster/Careerbuilder

    From my standpoint, these 3 aren’t really worth ranking as Indeed is simply better in pretty much every category. Glassdoor stands out for reviews but in terms of job applications? Eh… Out of these 3, I would only use Glassdoor to look up company reviews but I’d stick with Indeed and LinkedIn for the actual applications.

    Glassdoor

    Again, the only thing that really separates Glassdoor from Indeed are their company reviews. Everything else (quality.quantity, responsiveness, reliability) is either the same or slightly below.

    Scoring: 41/50

    Ease of Use: 9/10

    • Simplistic, but I’m not a big fan of the design and there are fewer search options than Indeed or LinkedIn. Nothing dealbreaking, but nothing groundbreaking either.

    Quality of job postings: 8/10

    Quantity of job postings: 8/10

    Responsiveness: 8/10

    Reliability: 8/10

    Monster

    Scoring: 37/50

    Ease of Use: 9/10

    Quality of job postings: 7/10

    Quantity of job postings: 8/10

    Responsiveness: 7/10

    Reliability: 7/10

    CareerBuilder

    Scoring: 41/50

    Ease of Use: 9/10

    Quality of job postings: 7/10

    Quantity of job postings: 10/10

    Responsiveness: 8/10

    Reliability: 7/10

    Overall score: 41/50

    Niche:

    Indeed and LinkedIn aren’t the only options. There are a few niche websites out there as well catering specifically for certain companies (tech, startups) or job types (remote work, government). While you shouldn’t solely rely on these websites for your job search, they can be a great supplement depending on your goals!

    Because these are niche sites specifically catering towards certain demographics, it doesn't really make sense to score them. If they fit what you're looking for, they're a perfect match. If not, then well you're better off looking elsewhere.

    Angel.co

    Angel.co is an excellent website to find tech companies and startups to work for. With many of them offering stock, companies on Angel.co also tend to have hefty compensation packages along with the whole “startup vibe” many candidates look for.

    Because it’s relatively small, doesn’t have the best UI, and can be pretty lacking overall, I’d recommend using Angel.co more to find some interesting looking companies then applying on their websites directly. Also, keep in mind that Angel.co requires you to register and create an account before doing anything as well!

    Weworkremotely and remote.co

    True to their names weworkremotely.com and remote.co are job boards specifically for remote jobs. While most remote jobs tend to skew towards tech (or at the very least, STEM), they’re not ONLY for tech/STEM. Feel free to check them out and see if there are any postings that interest you!

    Governmentjobs

    If you’re looking to work in the public sector, governmentjobs.com is pretty much the best way to get a job with the government. The UI is really good and as far as government jobs go, the website itself is very responsive and reliable. Don’t be disappointed if you don’t hear back about your application for months, that’s just how long it takes the government to process job applications.

    Collegerecruiter

    Specifically designed for students and recent graduates, but the quality and reliability of jobs is just not up to par. As soon as I start looking, there is an immediate red flag as “Lyft”, “Teaching English” in a foreign country, and some MLM level jobs are on the first page. While there’s nothing wrong with driving for Lyft or teaching English, they aren’t exactly what I have in mind when I think about getting your career started with an entry level job.

    You’re better off applying through Indeed or LinkedIn.

    Conclusion and Strategy

    The majority of job aggregate boards are extremely similar, with very little difference between Indeed/Glassdoor/Monster/Careerbuilder/etc. My recommendation is:

    1) If you're looking for entry level positions, use Indeed and Glassdoor in conjunction. Glassdoor to find company reviews and both to apply to jobs. LinkedIn is also a great option as well but most recruiters are typically going to be looking for someone with at least 1-2 years of experience and some legitimate skills.

    2) Anything above entry level, stick with LinkedIn and Indeed + Glassdoor. Niche websites are a great option as well if you'd like remote work or are looking for a startup/tech type of company. Otherwise, make a detailed LinkedIn profile and start revising your resume!

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