What are the best places to post tech vacancies in the US? We’ll take a look at some of the top tech job boards in this article.
What Are Job Boards?
A job board is any website, or any other space online, the primary function of which is to post jobs. This can be either a dedicated website or a section of a website that covers multiple topics.
You’ve definitely heard of some of the big names in this space, such as ZipRecruiter, Indeed, and Monster USA jobs. There are also some more specialized sites out there you might not have heard of yet, which we’ll cover in more detail below.
The Top Tech Job Boards in 2021
According to The Balance Careers, the best general job site in 2021 is Indeed.com. The Indeed job board was chosen due to its sheer size. It has vacancies from entry all the way up to executive level, and is one of the most used by both job seekers and employers, with 10 new vacancies posted every second — that’s 86400 Indeed jobs a day! There’s also a nice Indeed app that makes using the service easier.
Monster was founded in 1994 and was revolutionary at the time. Its job list is similar to in size and scale to Indeed, but isn’t quite as big, and has fewer options in terms of filters, which is why it's been chosen as the runner-up in TheBalance’s rankings.
Glassdoor is also among the biggest job boards on the web, but that’s not actually its main benefit. What makes Glassdoor special is that it serves as a centralized location for employees to leave reviews about their employers, including the pros/cons of the job, information about company culture, salary broken down by role, and more.
When using Glassdoor’s research function, it’s important to keep your expectations realistic — just about any company is going to have one or two negative reviews, even when their average rating is positive. The key is to focus on the average rating, if it’s less than three stars, you may want to think carefully before applying.
But what makes Glassdoor so convenient is that once you’ve determined that a company has positive reviews, you can apply right on the site.
Glassdoor also allows employers to respond to the reviews they receive with comments. So, if, for example, a competitor is trying to damage you by leaving fake negative reviews on your Glassdoor page, you have a chance to respond to the allegations.
Flex Jobs gets an honorable mention for it’s until very recently, being one of the only places on the web to find consistent, vetted, quality remote-job postings. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted entire industries to a remote-based format (even LinkedIn has recently added a remote job search function), this niche may disappear.
Ladders is a job board that caters exclusively to mid-career and higher professionals. In fact, they won’t post any jobs that pay less than $100k annually.
As you might expect, the vacancies posted here tend to be in high-paying sectors like finance, software engineering, digital marketing, human resources, data science, and industrial engineering.
They do charge a membership fee of around $20.00 per month, but if this helps you snag a $100k+ job, that’s definitely a fair trade.
AngelList is one of the web’s go-to sites for those specifically looking to join a startup. Originally founded as a place for founders to match with potential angel investors, it later expanded to include a startup job board as well. It’s also one of the best IT job boards.
Jobs posted here tend to lean heavily towards tech and tech-adjacent jobs, but not exclusively. You can also find sales and marketing roles, for example.
LinkedIn remains one of the best all-around jobs boards, in addition to social networks. While their job board has all the standard functionalities you would expect, the site is a particularly good resource for recruiters who are looking to engage passive talent. This is especially important in tech job hiring.
The search function allows you to browse thousands of qualified candidates who match your ideal profile, and, if you are a paying subscriber, contact them directly. This recruitment method is particularly valuable at times when you are having difficulty attracting enough candidates to apply for your open roles.
Behance has a particular but important niche, it's one of the best places online for Graphic Designers, Artists, and other creatives to showcase their portfolios online. Additionally, it has its own job board where thousands of creative industry's jobs are aggregated.
ZipRecruiter has some 9 million active job postings and over 700 employees, and 25 million job seekers use its services every month, many of them via the Ziprecruiter app. There are also a few different options when it comes to Ziprecruiter pricing, including a basic free one.
The job boards we looked at above are mostly general sites that include postings from all kinds of industries. If you are recruiting for a more specialized role, however, you may want to post on a site that’s more specific to your industry. We’ll take a look at some of these next.
Clearance Jobs is a site that caters to professionals in the United States who have a security clearance. However, it can be useful to recruiters in a variety of industries, even if a security clearance isn’t required for your open role.
For example, if you need to fill a cybersecurity position, this can be a great place to look.
MediaBistro is the top job hub for professionals in the media space. Whether you need to recruit a journalist, copywriter, editor, photo/videographer, or even screenwriter, you can find them here.
This is probably the biggest single job board dedicated entirely to jobs in the video games industry. Find programmers, 3D artists, Bug testers, and more here.
The Hill is one of the best places for organizations to find communications, policy, and government relations professionals. A number of university administrator roles are also posted here.
StackOverflow is one of the best tech job boards out there that exclusively focus on tech. The main website is a knowledge-sharing platform frequented by programmers, which means that its job section is popular too. You can find programmers of all specialties and experience levels here.
As the name suggests, Idealist attracts job seekers who want to make a difference. Professionals in global health, NGO, and social sectors can be found here.
Which Job Board to Choose
That of course depends on your needs and the type of role you are trying to fill. Also, keep in mind that you are not limited to only using job boards during your candidate search, you can also use other channels like Whatsapp and Facebook.
Additionally, if you are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options out there, why not let AI recruit for you by using Employa?
Employa is an AI-driven research assistant that helps you to recruit by automatically posting your vacancies to the best IT jobs websites, and uses AI to select only the best applicants.
Employa’s AI assistant can integrate with your existing ATS, or you can use it as a full-service agency that combines human and AI recruitment talent.