Finding a job is — I think for most of us — always a bit frustrating. And, now more than ever, getting hired is extremely challenging.
As if the job market weren’t competitive enough in recent years, the 2020 pandemic has eliminated many of the boundaries of the traditional office, meaning that people from all over the world can apply for any one job.
Therefore, the more job search engines you know about and use in your job hunt, the better your chances are of unearthing new job opportunities and getting hired.
That’s why we’ve taken the time to list out every job search engine we could find, along with some additional job search sites that don’t necessarily fit into the search engine format.
Just keep reading to get your job hunt started.
10 Staple job search engines you should be using
To clarify, we’re defining job search engines as any job posting site that allows you to search for positions from a wide database of available jobs.
Smaller or more niche job posting sites will be included in the section following this one.
One of the original and most well-known job search engines, Monster allows you to search by job title, as well as location.
However, Monster doesn’t give you the option to search specifically for remote positions, which many job hunters will likely find limiting in this day and age.
Still, this site is a massive resource of job postings, so it’s a good one to keep in your job hunting toolbox.
Indeed is another great job search engine that is a must for your list. Its clean and minimalist format makes it easy to use.
It also allows you to enter “Remote” into the job location field to find positions that don’t require you to live in a specific area.
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ZipRecruiter is another massive job search engine that you should be using if you’re on the hunt for a job.
However, unlike many of the other sites mentioned here, ZipRecruiter forces you to input your email before you can view your job search results. You also cannot set “remote” as a work location for your searches.
Another site that’s been around for a while, CareerBuilder is a must for anyone looking to unearth new job opportunities.
However, like Monster and ZipRecruiter, this site does not give you the option to narrow your results to remote jobs only. You can, however, view your search results without having to sign up for the site.
Before you’re able to look for positions on this job search engine, you’ll need to register for an account on the site.
That said, the nice thing about Glassdoor is that you can search for jobs, as well as interview resources and employee reviews about companies you’re interested in working for.
Additionally, Glassdoor also has a “Remote” location option, which makes finding work-from-home job postings easy.
Another job search engine go-to, SimplyHired is easy to use and contains postings for millions of jobs.
It allows you to search for remote positions, and you don’t have to create an account to start using it. It’s easy and, as its name suggests, simple.
Somewhat new on the job search engine scene, LinkedIn has made big strides in its job search offerings in recent years.
Going far beyond being the professional networking site it started out as, LinkedIn has become an all-inclusive career resource for jobseekers.
You can search for jobs without having a LinkedIn account, but you’ll probably want to make one to get the most out of this tool. Many job postings even allow you to apply using your LinkedIn account, so if you’ve kept up with your LinkedIn profile this could be a plus for you.
The only downside I can find is that this is, yet again, a job search engine that doesn’t allow you to specify remote-only positions. However, it’s still an excellent addition to your job search engine list.
Not to be confused with it’s venture capital funding site of the same name, AngelList is a job search engine primarily for startup positions.
This is another site that requires you to sign up for an account before searching for jobs. However, you can find postings here that you likely won’t find on some other job search engines because this site exclusively caters to startup businesses.
This job search engine is different from the others in this list in that it specializes in “urgently hiring jobs.”
If you want a job and you want it yesterday, this could be the job search site for you.
Unlike the other job search engines listed here, FlexJobs is a job-hunting site that caters specifically to flexible work jobs. This means that every job posting on the site is either part-time, remote, or flexible in some other way.
Here, you can find full-time, part-time, and flexible schedule jobs in a variety of industries.
9 More job search sites for niche applications
If you’ve sifted through the staple job search engines above but still haven’t found the position you’re looking for, consider these more niche job posting sites, too.
- The Ladders – For high-paying, professional jobs only.
- GitHub – For coding and programming jobs only.
- Behance – For graphic designers and developers only.
- Dribbble – For graphic design jobs only.
- WeWorkRemotely – For remote jobs only.
- The Muse – Less niche than others in this section, but it tends to feature listings from high-profile companies and tech companies.
- DICE – For tech jobs only.
- USAJOBS – For U.S. Federal Government jobs only.
- StackOverflow – For programming and developer jobs only.
6 Other job sites to consider if you’ve looked everywhere else
While these weren’t some of our favorite job search sites, feel free to check them out if you want to expand your job hunt even more.
- LinkUp – https://www.linkup.com
- Job.com – https://www.job.com
- Jooble – https://jooble.org
- Scouted – https://scouted.io
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jobs
- Joblist – https://www.joblist.com
What is the best way to job search?
Now that you have this massive list of job search engines at your fingertips, you might be wondering how to get started with your search.
- Start your job search off with the 10 staple search engines mentioned at the beginning of this post. In general, they’ve been around the longest, and most employers know about them. Therefore, you’re likely to find the majority of online job postings on those sites.
- After you’ve searched through those sites, add a few more unique applications to your job hunt by using the more niche search engines included above.
- Then, if you feel like doing another batch of applications for good measure, check out the remaining “other” job sites.
As you go through your job search, keep track of the applications you find and apply to. In fact, we created a free job tracker to help you do just that.
How to keep track of job applications
As if looking for a job weren’t difficult enough, it can be even more confusing going through the application process for multiple positions. That’s why we created this simple, easy-to-use job applications tracker.
It’s a minimalist template that will help you keep track of the jobs you’re applying to, as well as which ones will be the best match for your skills and future happiness.
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Key features of our FREE job application tracker
This template includes columns for you to input the title of the position you’re applying to, as well as the company name, the link to the job posting, and any personal notes you want to remember about the position.
Additionally, we’ve included columns for you to assess the competitiveness of the position, your skill match to it, and the role’s potential to be a dream job for you on a scale of 1-10.
When you enter the number from 1-10 into each of the tracker columns, the cells will change color based on how high you scored it. Numbers correlated with less-ideal jobs are lighter colored, while the jobs best for you will be colored darker.
For example, a job with low competition, a good skill match for you, and that could be your dream job, would show up with darker colored columns across the board.
This will help you easily see which jobs are a good match for you.
To get started, all you have to do is make a copy of the Google Sheet by clicking File > Make a copy.
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Now get out there and get your dream job!
Which job search engine above did you find the most helpful? Are there others that we missed? Tell us in the comments below!