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The 20 Best Job Search Sites, Boards, and Enginers

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Introduction

There are hundreds of job boards out there but a few of them are successful.

What determines the site is whether successful or not?

  • Active: The target groups (designers, developers, marketers, HR, etc) are actually checking the site to find positions.
  • Updated: The jobs on the board should be up-to-date

Many of you may already have heard of — or even used daily — some of the job boards below, but we’d like you to focus on how to make the most of them rather than knowing what kind of jobs boards are out there.

The ways to use them varies depending on what you look for and your situations.

A quick warning first. We excluded some of the most famous job aggregators* like Indeed and SimplyHired, and general job boards like Monster and CareerBuilder.

For Job Seekers

The main reason is a lack of context on their sites. Remember, to find the right jobs, you really need to think about a quality of applications over a quantity.

In other words, you have to understand your relationship with companies you’re applying for. Maybe you’re impressed by their design team, or respect their culture, or even you just like the CEO — it doesn’t matter.

But you must start from a context, not from a list of job descriptions. We’ve seen so many people failed at this and didn’t pass interviews or quit their jobs in first few months.

Although these job boards have tons of jobs, most of them are “cold” (ones you’ve never heard of) and also it takes tons of time to filter jobs and find ones you’re interested in.

Takeaway
Whether you’re an employer or job seeker, the quality matters more than quantity. Don’t be general for job search. “I’m ok with anything” means you aren’t ready for anything.

Now we know what to look for. Let’s dive in the list.

Some of them even don’t take the form of a job board. But here are some of places we recommend to find jobs you love.

By Skills

The simplest way to pick a job board is based on your skills. Like if you are a developer then going to Stackoverflow, or if you’re a designer then to Dribbble, etc.

Developer

If you’re a developer with some experiences backing your resume, it’d be pretty easy to find jobs today. You still need some preparations like filling profiles for sure, but simply there are not enough developers to suffice the demand. Here are some of the best places to find dev works.

1. Hacker News : for many developers, Hacker News is a go-to place to get tech updates and geek out. Not so surprisingly, it’s a full of job opportunities too. The “Who is hiring?” posts (here’s the latest one) list exciting dev-related jobs monthly. Since HN is a community, sometimes you can see reactions to job posts and figure out what other developers think of them.

2. GitHub : if you’re a developer, chances are you use Github almost every single day. Although it works just as a developer-friendly job search tool, I highly recommend making the most of it by working on some open source projects or host your own projects there to get noticed by potential employers. Many of people we talked are hired in that way. Showing what you can do is always better than just telling so.

3. Stack Overflow : What’s great about Stack Overflow as a job board is, unlike HackerNews and GitHub, for them a recruiting solution is the primary revenue source so they invest in and work on lots of cool features to get hired including developer profiles, where you can put detailed information about yourself and your developing skills. Also, the jobs listed there are pretty comprehensive and you can search almost any kind of engineering jobs.

Designer

More and more consumers care about design these days (therefore under-appreciate products and services that are not designed well) and roles of designers at companies are expanding.

4. Dribbble : A bite sized design can change your life using Dribbble. It offers not only a high quality job boards, but Pro plan, with which employers can filter its members by location, skills etc. Fill in detailed information and upload your works — clients may contact you.

5. Behance : If you’re on the Adobe ecosystem, keep posting your crafts on Behabce will increase the probabilities of getting hired, because you can apply for jobs directly on the site using the same profile (some of jobs don’t offer this option). Also its job board is adding social layer on top of it so you can follow companies you care for notifications.

6. Designer News : Designer News is like Hacker News for designers. Lots of designers are sharing articles and commenting each other. The quality of jobs on the site is super high and they have Who is hiring? posts too. Recommended place to visit regularly if you’re a designer.

Marketer

Unlike developers and designers, it’s hard to prove what you can do as a marketer, since all marketing strategies are highly contextual. For instance a campaign X might work for company A but not B, or a program Y works if it runs in March, but not in May, etc. So it requires you an extra care to find a right fit with a company to work for.

8. inbound.org : For many marketers, like the Hacker News for developers, inbound.org is like a home for getting industry insights, latest updates, and being collaborative one another. They have great job boards, and especially the quality of jobs related inbound marketing (like content, for example) is second to none.

7. GrwothHacker : You may have heard of the term “growthhacker”. They are data-driven, engineering-minded, and fast-moving “marketers” who bring growth to companies. And the GrowthHackers is taking a paramount role to advocate the term and share skills as growthhacker with its audience. Not only that, they have high-quality job boards for the position.

Writer

I personally don’t recommend using crowd sourcing sites to find jobs, just because a chance of getting paid well is really, really low. Unfortunately most of writer related job sites are featuring short-term contract jobs.

9. Upwork : Although the quality of jobs vary, the number of writing jobs on Upwork is huge. A good starting point for many writers.

By Types

Skills are must-haves of getting hired. But more and more people start paying attentions to a work-life balance and how work can adapt to your life, and not vice versa. These sites are helpful if you’re considering finding your own way to live & work.

Remote

Working remotely allows you to have a better control of your life (think about how much time you spend for commuting every month for example). With more and more communication tools are being made (Skype, Slack, Trello, to just name few), it’s getting easier to find and work for remote teams.

10. WeWorkRemotely : One of my favorites. The quality of jobs on the site is superb and they’re all fully remote. It is run by Basecamp folks (or 37Signals back when it launched) and created a movement for remote working.

11. remoteOK : It’s an aggregator of remote jobs, including jobs on WeWorkRemotely. As far as I know it’s the most comprehensive remote job sites out there. If you’re looking for remote jobs, it’s a go-to place today.

Startup

Loving a fast-moving environment? So am I! For people who like to work in a less-hierarchical culture, you might fall in this group too. These sites are highly recommended for you.

12. AngelList : If you love startups and rapidly-changing environment I highly recommend AngelList job boards. One thing I love about the site is showing compensation (not only salary but stock option too) upfront and you can have what startups are doing in details.

13. VC/Incubator : Most VCs and incubators have their own hiring networks. I don’t recommend any specific job board, but here are some examples. First Round Campital / Techstars / Y-Combinator.

Quality

Who doesn’t like getting hired for a high-quality creative job?

14. Authentic Jobs : Well I mentioned not to use general job boards. But this is exceptional. As the name suggests, they have a large number of “authentic” jobs on their sites and being frequently updated. If you are looking for jobs more broadly, this site is one of few recommendations to go to.

Social

These sites are not even a job board, but they’re really useful when it comes to find jobs.

15. Facebook : I’m not listing Facebook as typical job board but as a commutation tool to talk with prospect clients. I was hired three times through Facebook already, so I know how powerful it can be from my personal experience. The important thing is having authentic conversations with friends (don’t sell yourself and just be open), in many cases they know some job opportunities and if they think you’re a right fit, they will connect you to them.

16. Slack : I know. Slack is not a job board. But on Slack, you have shared interests and contexts. Reactflux (React JS) / #nomads (nomad life) / TechLondon (London) / #Startup (startups), etc. These Slack communities have hiring related channels and the members there are really responsive. Here again, don’t sell too much. Just have authentic, friendly conversations. People will talk to you if you’re adding values to the communities.

17. LinkedIn : Needless to say, LinkedIn is one of the most powerful sites to find jobs. A great thing about LinkedIn is a profile (or resume). I recommend filling in details to get ready for a job hunting. Some employers may ask you to share your LinkedIn URL, so just do it even it sounds boring.

18. Glassdoor : What I like about Glassdoor is that you can view company information in details (obviously reviews are the most important one) pretty much. Leverage the site if you’re having an interest in a certain company.

FYI I tried using Twitter too but didn’t work well (probably connections between its users are more one-sided, and the realtime feed is not good for job huntings).

For the Better

I believe the lifestyle-focused job finding will evolve even further in the long term — and the new way to find jobs will be focused on social impact. How awesome is it if you can work on jobs you love and change the world for the better?

19. Idealist : If you would like to work on social causes, Ideealist is a good place to start. Or you may want to apply for companies like KivaChange.org. or Causes and know more about specific issues first. There was another opportunity like this; Bill Gates recently posted about a video contest, whose winner would get $5000 + a job. Probably this kind of job finding will become more common than unique in several years.

… and 20. Direct Recruiting: This is not a “job board” but the best way to hire or get hired is direct connection. This requires a bit of efforts but worth trying. We’ll cover this in another post.

P.S. If you know some job boards or related sites which are not covered, please let us know! Happy to take a look.

*As an employer, probably job aggregators can be your option to get traffic. “How to bring many people to your job page” could be another blog topic.

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