It's time to look for a new job. Maybe you got laid off. Maybe you dislike your current job and want a change. Maybe you are crossing over to the IT industry and don't know where to look for IT employment listings.
It can be a bit a jungle out there. People have been using the internet to look for employment opportunities for almost as long as there has been an internet. On the other hand, using a job website is one of the best and most efficient ways to search for and apply to dozens of opportunities.
Job websites serve as the modern equivalent of classified ads by compiling and listing available telecommute, remote, and local openings. Many job sites come equipped not only with millions of employment listings, but also with additional resources like career coaching, résumé tailoring, and blog posts full of helpful tips.
To find the best job websites to help you kick off your online employment search, I looked at more than two dozen different websites before selecting the six best. I made my picks after considering the number of listings on each site, ease of use, costs, advanced features, industries and experience levels served, and reputation.
At the top of the list is LinkedIn. The ability to circulate your résumé far and wide with "Easy Apply" is perhaps its best feature. That's just the tip of the LinkedIn iceberg, however. LinkedIn is unmatched at giving you individualized information about other people.
Potential employers can be easily researched and the people who you would end up working for (or with) quite often have LinkedIn profiles that will help you get to know who they are and what they bring to the table. You can easily look at others who have had the job and, if you are bold enough, ask them about their experience.
LinkedIn also offers job training, and then there's LinkedIn Learning, which offers courses that address thousands of IT skills directly. Not only that, but almost everything you do or everywhere you go on LinkedIn offers the opportunity to grow your professional network.
On a personal note, LinkedIn is where I found my current job, so it holds a special place in my heart.
Indeed is a massive employment listings hub that was launched in 2004 and has been growing ever since. Indeed bills itself as being the No. 1 job site in the world, and has the traffic stats to back up its claim: More than 300 million unique visitor turn to Indeed each month, and there are more than 245 million résumés on Indeed.
All of that size does introduce some limitations. Job listings are not always up to date and there are a ton of applicants for every job. You could absolutely end up applying for a job that has 500 or more other people who are also interested, just on Indeed.
Indeed claims that nearly 10 new job listings are added every second. Biggest doesn't always mean best, but size does matter, and the sheer number of industries covered and jobs offered is astounding. Indeed posts listings for job seekers in every industry, at every level from entry to executive.
There are listings to suit every lifestyle: freelance, part-time, internship, full-time. Candidates can search by job title and location, salary range, date posted, and experience level. Indeed is also 100 percent free to job seekers and does not require visitor to create or maintain an account.
If you do create an account, on the other hand, you can receive e-mail alerts when new jobs are posted, upload your résumé to complete applications more quickly, and receive messages from recruiters and prospective employers.
Indeed also offers data about salaries and reviews of various employers, so you can peruse candid opinions before submitting an application or accepting an offer. Indeed's interface is highly intuitive and designed to make your job search move faster.
I landed my last job (not the current one) through Monster and it, too, has a special place in my heart. Cheesy Super Bowl ads aside, Monster — founded in 1994 — is a true pioneer in digital recruiting. In 2023, the site boasts 29 new résumés uploaded, and 7,900 job search queries entered, every minute.
Salary information can be scarce on Monster, and employers can't post jobs listings there for free, which narrows down the number of listings found there. It's comparable in quality and usability to Indeed, but it offers fewer job search filters and (as noted) not as many opportunities.
Like Indeed, Monster caters to job seekers at all experience levels looking for all different types of employment (freelance, temp, part-time, full-time). Its job search tools are free to use. You need to create an account using your e-mail address in order to apply to some listings on Monster, but the account creation process is neatly streamlined. (Jobs that send you to a different website to apply don't require an account.)
If you do create an account, then you'll be able to save job positions and search queries as well as sign up for e-mail alerts when new jobs are added in the fields you're interested in. Candidates can search jobs by location, company, title, but there is no option to search by salary or experience level.
In addition to its job search function, Monster also provides salary research and comparison tools and offers makeovers for premium résumés, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters relatively cheaply (typically somewhere between $129 and $349).
Glassdoor is a leader in employer research. If you are the type of person who really wants to know where you will be working and what the culture is like, then be sure to include Glassdoor in your job search.
While the reviews of employers could potentially be faked, that would require a lot of hoop jumping. By and large, Glassdoor works hard to provide information only from people who have actually worked for a given employer.
Glassdoor was created in 2008 to bring salary transparency and honest company reviews to millions of current and prospective employees. Today, Glassdoor boasts 2.1 million employers in their database, 110 million company reviews and insights, and 54 million unique monthly visitors.
Job seekers can simultaneously search for open jobs and read detailed information on each company's culture, CEO, benefits, and salary. As noted above, Glassdoor is the clear winner for employer research and insights.
To start your search on Glassdoor, you can create a profile, upload your résumé, and sign up for email alerts to receive curated lists of job opportunities. You can also browse active listings using the site's search bar.
On each job listing, you'll see information about the position and how to apply, an overview of the company, anonymous ratings and reviews of the company and its CEO, and salary and benefits information. Job seekers can also visit each company's Glassdoor profile to read detailed reviews on employee and interviewee experiences, which can be a game-changer for interview preparation.
Glassdoor is free for job candidates.
Perhaps you are someone that likes to work remotely and a return to the office is not something you will ever want again? Check out FlexJobs. FlexJobs was created in 2007 when site founder Sara Sutton became frustrated by the difficulty of finding legitimate, flexible, work-from-home opportunities.
Since its founding, FlexJobs has become the largest site for hand-screened remote jobs, with more than 30,000 active listings from almost 6,000 employers across the globe. FlexJobs's clear dedication to and specialization in remote opportunities made it the obvious choice for the best website for finding remote jobs.
FlexJobs members get access to professionally vetted listings across over 50 categories, from entry-level to executive. Members also get access to exclusive discounts and deals on products and services like Intuit QuickBooks, Dell laptops, and professional career coaching.
FlexJobs charges $9.95 for one week, $24.95 for a one-month membership, $39.95 for a three-month membership, or $64.95 for a year-long membership in order to apply to listings and unlock member savings.
FlexJobs uses the proceeds from its subscription model to conduct the necessary research required to vet each opportunity it adds to its database. This ensures that every listing on FlexJobs is legitimate, giving job seekers peace of mind and a safer experience. Plus, FlexJobs will refund your subscription cost within 7 days if you are not satisfied for any reason.
Job seekers rave about saving valuable time and energy thanks to FlexJobs's scam-free, ad-free environment. Those looking to find opportunities without paying for a monthly membership can browse FlexJobs's sister site, Remote.co, which is free but lists significantly fewer opportunities.
Last up is Ladders. If you want to make "the big bucks" and don't mind the negative of paying for a subscription, then check this site out. Known as "the home of $100K careers," Ladders was founded in 2003 and focuses on providing vetted job listings for positions that pay at least $100,000 per year.
Presently, Ladders serves as a job website, career newsroom, and networking platform. I recommend Ladders as the best site for experienced managers due to its focus on connecting job seekers to high-paying opportunities.
Ladders provides job listings for dozens of sectors, including finance, software engineering, digital marketing, human resources, data science, and industrial engineering for major firms such as Morgan Stanley, Google, and Cigna.
Upon signing up for Ladders, you'll be prompted to list the job titles you're most interested in. Your Jobs tab on Ladders will then automatically present you with job listings that match those titles. Some listings are free to apply to, but others require a paid subscription to the platform.
Ladders offers a basic membership free of charge. For a premium membership, Ladders offers a few different subscription options. A paid subscription unlocks access to all job listings, curated job matches sent to your inbox, top placements on recruiter candidate lists, and details about other candidates who have applied to the jobs you're eyeing. These benefits make Ladders well-suited for serious job seekers in highly competitive markets