Best Job Search Engines

This is a comprehensive list of search engines that allow career seekers to find jobs, post resumes, and search for other employment opportunities online.

Some of the web sites listed here only return positions that were posted specifically to each respective web site, while others aggregate them from various other places and display it in one central location. Employers can also use many these sites to list available openings at their company.

Top 10 Job Search Engines

Search EngineAlexa Rank*Unique Visitors**
craigslist.org4961.4 M
indeed.com26719.4 M
monster.com53618.1 M
careerbuilder.com71414.7 M
simplyhired.com17913.9 M
snagajob.com36764.9 M
mediabistro.com4661502 K
dice.com4921481 K
salary.com56101.2 M
theladders.com74891 M

*Alexa Traffic Rank (global). **Monthly Unique Visitor estimates from Compete.com (U.S. only). Updated for 2013; 2014 updates coming soon.


Summaries

Craigslist.org – Founded in 1995 by Craig Newmark, Craigslist originally started as an email distribution list with friends spotlighting local events in the San Francisco Bay Area. It then became a web-based service in 1996. Although it’s mostly a free online classifieds website, job ads are currently its primary source of revenue. Professionals can post resumes for free, but employers have to pay a small fee to submit current openings.

Indeed.com – Launched late in 2004 by Paul Forster and Rony Kahan, Indeed is a worldwide meta-search engine for employment listings. Although they don’t offer typical job postings, they do allow resume uploads, and companies can advertise available positions through Pay-Per-Click (PPC) ads, which display above the meta search results.

Monster.com – Created in 1999 via a merger of two of the first ever online job boards, Monster is currently owned by Monster Worldwide, Inc. Considered the pioneer of digital recruiting in 1994, it’s still one of the most popular and innovative International job locators available. It offers a public career board, employment advice, community tools, and offers a number of other services such as resume writing.

CareerBuilder.com – Founded in 1994 and then launched in 1995 by Rob McGovern, CareerBuilder is currently the largest online employment website. It offers an education center and provides a number of different web tools, tests and calculators for employers and career seekers. It costs to post open positions, but your listing will get incredible exposure on what is arguably the best job search engine on the Internet. A business professional who is looking for work can post their resume for free.

SimplyHired.com – Started in 2003 by Peter Weck and Gautam Godhwani, Simply Hired Inc, launched a beta-version in 2005. It aggregates jobs from numerous other sites across the Internet, including newspapers, boards, social networks, company pages and more. Employers don’t post standard listings directly on the site, but they can advertise sponsored ones right above and to the side of the standard search results.

SnagAJob.com – Founded in 1999 by Shawn Boyer, it went live on the Internet in mid-2000 and quickly became one of the leading online resources for hourly and salary employment seekers. It offers a number of resources, tools and tips for people needing work, as well as free postings and reasonably priced upgrades for busineses. It has also been named one of the 50 best small-companies to work for in the United States.

MediaBistro.com – Purchased by WebMediaBrands in 2007, MediaBistro is dedicated to helping people that create or work with content, or who is a non-creative professional working in a creative industry. It offers employment listings and recruiting for media professionals in journalism, book publishing, television, radio, public relations, graphic design, photography, and advertising.

Dice.com – Acquired in 1996 by Dice Holdings, Inc, this is a top career site for technology and engineering workers. The company has and extensive track record of meeting the needs of these types of individuals and organizations. Employers can post jobs, and career seekers can publish their resumes for free.

Salary.com – A career portal offering a ton of information and tools for corporations and consumers. It provides a salary estimate wizard, calculators, educational material, training and certification advice, and business development center.

TheLadders.com – TheLadders is a comprehensive job-matching service that helps career-driven employees find the best jobs and connect with recruiters and employers that are right for their long-term goals.

Keep in mind this top ten list of job search engines is based on Alexa Traffic Rank only; not necessarily which ones are best from a user’s perspective. If you’d like us to review another search engine missing from our one of lists don’t hesitate to send us the web site information via our contact form.

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