20 Free Job Posting Sites To Help You Find Candidates

By Chris Kolmar - Dec. 16, 2020

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If you’re looking to hire someone for your company or small business, one of the best ways to recruit talent is to take advantage of one of the fantastic job posting sites that are available. Not only are they a top way to advertise your opening and attract talent, but many of them are also free.

That’s right – free job postings. Even the newspaper used to charge for postings, and today you can advertise to many more people for no cost at all.

How to Post a Job for Free

So how do you advertise your job opening without spending a dime? There are a couple of different ways to do this.

  • Direct. Select the job site you wish to use for your job posting and follow their specific instructions for posting your job opening.

  • Aggregate. Get a little more out of your work by posting on an aggregating job page that will share your listing with other sites.

Tips for Posting a Job Ad

While posting the job ad might be pretty straightforward, and just a matter of filling in the appropriate fields on the website, writing a job ad can be the most challenging part. It’s a hard task and requires a lot of forethought, planning, writing, rewriting, proofing, and more. These tips will help you write a job listing that attracts applicants.

  • Explain a bit about the company. No need to get super detailed, but people want to know about the culture, the atmosphere, benefits, size, etc.

    Most often, people want the job, not the company. And if they want to work for a specific company, they already know all they need to about it. This means you don’t have to kill yourself writing a lot here.

  • Job description. Briefly describe the job you have open. But – and this is the most important part – use keywords.

    The keywords are what job seekers will use to find your opening, and it’s what job sites use to categorize you. This is a great place to plug them.

  • Responsibilities. Compile a list of the tasks that this job entails and what the person you hire will be doing. Bullet pointed information is trendy these days, and it’s easy for an applicant to read.

    Being thorough is crucial here, and this will probably take the longest time to write.

  • Requirements. Make sure you let people know if there are any requirements (and what they are). Being transparent about this allows everyone involved to be on the same page.

    If they fit or are close, that’s great. If not, even better because no one’s time is wasted.

  • How to apply. Make sure you explain how you want the person to reply to the job posting. You might want them to go to your company website and fill out your forms.

    Job type you want
    Full Time
    Part Time
    Internship
    Temporary

    Maybe their application on a job board is good enough. What if you want some special information or you have a request? You better include it in the posting, or you won’t get the information you want.

  • Be straightforward. We mentioned that your job description should include keywords. Another blanket statement that you should remember is that you shouldn’t try to be too clever or creative. A straightforward want ad is the best way to go. It makes your listing easy to find, read, and respond to.

Which Sites Offer Free Job Postings?

  • Zippia. Career experts, Zippia is a leader in bringing candidates and employers together to begin the conversations that matter.

  • LinkedIn. LinkedIn is probably the best known professionally targeted website in the world. Oddly, it’s not often thought of as a place to advertise and get jobs.

    Change that mindset and turn LinkedIn into the best place for your company to connect and recruit. Posting a job on LinkedIn can be free, or you can pay to promote the job.

  • Craigslist. Known as your go-to for getting just about anything. Posting on job openings on Craigslist can be free, depending on where you live. Some areas charge for these postings; others don’t.

  • Indeed Free. Indeed is a growing brand that’s becoming synonymous with employment. Indeed free is just that – a free way to post your job listings on Indeed. It’s worth it because of the visibility that Indeed has.

  • SimplyHired. This is a new part of the big umbrella that Indeed falls under. They’re tops in the business, and adding this job board to their holdings is a smart move. SimplyHired is one of the most popular free job posting boards.

  • Glassdoor. This website is a must for employers, but not so much for the job postings. Glassdoor is a must so you can manage your online reviews.

    And as long as you’re signing up for that, take advantage of the 30 days free membership to try out the job posting section.

  • LiveCareer. A traditional job board, LiveCareer posts jobs for seekers to review and select. They also offer some resume building services for job-seekers who want to come out on top.

  • Jora. Job aggregator Jora is a global force that lets you post jobs for free, giving you access to candidates around the world.

  • Jobcase. Advertise hourly jobs for free if you’re a hiring manager or an HR executive. Recruiting companies and headhunting agencies will have to opt for a paid plan to find employees through Jobcase.

  • Jobxoom. Jobxoom offers both free and paid options for any job in any industry across the United States.

  • JobInventory. JobInventory takes posts from other job boards and pulls them onto their site. There is a free option, but you need to sign up for an account before posting. This is actually for the benefit of job-seekers, as it’s intended to weed out scams.

  • JobSpider. Not as well known as it should be, JobSpider is free to employers and jobseekers. It was created by someone who was frustrated by all of the job scams on Craigslist and should give you a more legitimate experience.

  • AngelList. AngelList is a totally free option for job postings. It’s especially useful if you’re looking for people in the tech and/or startup industry. This has become their niche, and they’re particularly good at getting jobs and employees connected.

  • Learn4Good. Not as slick looking as some other sites, it’s still worth using Learn4Good for your next job posting. They offer 20 free job postings over the course of six months. That’s a significant amount, especially when some boards only provide one free post.

  • PostJobFree. On the basic site, you can post for free on PostJobFree, but the real benefit that this site is a feeder site.

    That means when you post here, the post is picked up and posted on other job boards, which in turn means you’re posting free and getting on many other sites at the same time. It’s an effective way to reach applicants.

  • Hubstaff Talent. A relative newcomer, Hubstaff is geared toward the gig generation. It’s a great place for freelancers and those who need infrequent help.

    It also has a time tracking element, which means it can be useful even after finding a freelancer to do your work.

  • Ladders. Ladders started out as an upper management or executive job search site, but it’s now open to a much broader market. If you’re looking to hire and want to try Ladders, they give you 20 free job postings.

  • Mighty Recruiter. This is another aggregated recruiting site. Post your job listing on Mighty Recruiter, and it will be spread to many other boards. So, you’re getting more bang for your buck.

    And speaking of bucks, it does cost to use this website, but you get 30 days free, and you might find that’s all you need to get a great new employee.

  • Handshake. With an interesting business model, Handshake was founded by students and designed for students, young people, and people looking for their first job.

    You can post your jobs for free here. Just remember, you’re looking at a pool of talent that’s fresh and not experienced.

  • Wisestep. Wisestep is a social recruiting job-search board that lets you sync your hiring and social network together. This enables you to target people who are already aware of you, interested in your company, or might be a tertiary connection.

  • When I Work. If you have a small business (under 75 employees) and hire people on an hourly basis, you may already be familiar with When I Work. It’s a time tracking app that helps you keep track of schedules, shifts, and hours worked.

    Catering to this niche of businesses, When I Work also has a job posting board so you can find employees to fill your empty spots.

How It Works

Job boards all work in about the same way. They are basically search engines that show people job openings. They either grab their data through free postings or charge employers for postings.

The thing you want to look for with a job board is what market it serves. Some like to plug themselves into a niche, like a region they support or the industry they cater to. The experience or pay level of the employees can also be a focus. Just make sure that using a board that targets your ideal employee.

Why Sponsor Your Jobs

First, let’s break down sponsored job listings and non-sponsored job listings.

Non-sponsored listings are those free job ads. Or they could be ones that a search engine aggregates from other job sites and uses. Either way, they happen when the employer doesn’t pay that particular job board to post an employment ad.

Sponsored job ads are ones you pay for. Sponsored ads get top billing, so they’re more likely to get clicks and views. They may be sent out in emails to very interested candidates. Some have features where matched applicants are notified that they are a match. Some job boards offer more features to sponsored customers, making this a more attractive offer.

A sponsored job listing (as opposed to a free one) gets you more views, a deeper pool of qualified candidates, and quick access to the best hires. If you’re serious about hiring, this is the way to go. There’s also a significant benefit to getting someone in place quickly.

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Chris Kolmar

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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