When it comes to which job boards to try for your company, I recommend trying all of them, just make sure you do a free trial or month to month to see if it works for you, before signing a contract. Not all will work for you, but since job board effectiveness will vary by region, job and industry, you need to test to see what gives you the best results.
Top 3 Places to Post Jobs For High Volume Recruiting
- Indeed – Indeed remains our best source of candidates (not counting referrals), both organic (free) posts that are scraped from our website and sponsored ads, give us a regular flow of candidates. In larger cities, we don’t need to sponsor ads, free ads bring in plenty of candidates, in smaller cities and towns, setting our ads at $5-10/day + free posts, gets us the volume we need.
- Candidate experience: Indeed hides contact info on candidate resumes, so recruiters have to select view contact info and use one of their monthly views to do so. This is annoying for recruiters, but saves candidates from a lot of spam! Since candidates receive less spam when sharing their resume on Indeed than other job boards, Indeed has a more up to date, higher quality resume database.
- Watch out for: after creating a job post, there will be a big bold blue button to press to sponsor the job, in very small font, you can continue without sponsoring. Several recruiters I’ve worked with initially thought they could not post for free, since they missed the small font. You can post for free, unless you’re a staffing firm.
- Facebook Jobs – Facebook Jobs is quickly becoming an essential source of candidates and in some regions, Facebook Jobs is competitive with Indeed for the number of entry-level candidates we receive. With Facebook, you can target keywords, for example, CNA, caregiver, direct support professional, nursing, etc. and control the radius, to make sure your ad is highly targeted. Also, use Facebook for creating a hiring events for at your office or offsite, then boost the event through Facebook ads.
- Candidate experience: very easy to apply or message the company page and start chatting with a recruiter so both can see if the job is a fit.
- Watch out for: when candidates apply, often it is without an incomplete resume, under current job, you’ll often see “none of your business”. This is not the candidate being lazy, but rather, Facebook is pulling this from their Facebook profile, without the candidate realizing it. Don’t dismiss applicants through Facebook who don’t have a completed profile/resume.
- ZipRecruiter – ZipRecruiter, I’m continually impressed by ZipRecruiter and their year over year growth, with their omnipresent marketing, they are quickly gaining market share. ZipRecruiter’s heavy investment into marketing is helping bring in more candidates and grow their resume database (which is included in a monthly subscription). Very user-friendly and intuitive dashboard.
- Candidate experience: very easy to apply to many jobs very quickly and candidates receive email alerts about jobs that match previous searches.
- Watch out for: with how easy ZipRecruiter has made it for candidates to apply to jobs – dozens in a few short minutes, this can be frustrating for recruiters, since many applicants don’t bother to read the description, but this issue isn’t limited to ZipRecruiter.
Job Board to Avoid:
CareerBuilder – Very few applicants, high price, poor quality resume database and they won’t let you out of their contract for non-performance. When I posted with CareerBuilder in 2018, at first I received no candidates in some smaller towns and low single digits in mid-sized cities. I emailed CareerBuilder and CC’d the CEO (since she had previously told me on a call that CareerBuilder would outperform other job boards that we’re using) and then they connected my jobs to Facebook jobs. Now I’m getting more candidates, due to the Facebook jobs traffic, but it is still fewer candidates and at a higher cost than Indeed, Facebook and ZipRecruiter. It’s better just to go directly to Facebook jobs.
- Candidate experience: Awful. Since candidate info is visible, candidates regularly report that they receive spam emails, robo-calls and fake job offers soon after putting their resume on CareerBuilder. If you check out the comments at CareerBuilder’s website and consumer comments at the better business bureau, you will see how common this experience is. As a result of the poor candidate experience, people are becoming wary of posting their resume on CareerBuilder, causing the value of their database to drop.
- Watch out for: Over-promising and under-delivering account managers and long contracts.
I didn’t include Monster in the above, since I don’t have any personal experience with Monster. Please share in the comments your top place to post jobs for high volume recruiting!