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17 Top Job Search Engines in 2018

July 14, 2017
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The internet may seem saturated with job search engines, but there’s likely one out there that can help you land a new gig you’re psyched about. Here are seven sites fit for any job seeker, plus 10 job sites tailored to specific industries and interests.

General job search sites

Niche job search sites

1. CareerBuilder

Started in the 1990s, CareerBuilder is one of the largest online job-search sites, along with Indeed, LinkedIn and Monster, according to a February 2016 report by IbisWorld, a market research company. It features 3 million jobs posted every month and 4 million job openings aggregated from other sites. You can upload a resume, save job opportunities and research careers, including their average salaries in various locations.

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2. Glassdoor

The Glassdoor website and app are unique in featuring companies’ past interview questions in addition to job listings, company profiles and reviews, and salary information. You can upload your resume, save listings and get job alerts via email or push notifications on your phone.

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3. Google for Jobs

Google for Jobs launched in June 2017. To access it, search for “jobs near me” or another job-related query in the search engine. Google’s job listings are aggregated from other sites including LinkedIn, Monster, CareerBuilder and Facebook. Job seekers signed into Google can access unique features, such as the ability to see their commute time for some job listings.

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4. Indeed

Indeed aggregates millions of job listings from around the internet and features postings that employers upload directly. In addition to searching for jobs, you can upload or build a resume, read company reviews and research average salaries.

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5. LinkedIn

In addition to professional networking, LinkedIn is a destination for finding jobs. As you search, you’ll see if you know someone who works or previously worked at a specific company. With LinkedIn Salary, you can research your earning potential to make sure you’re getting paid what you’re worth.

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6. Monster

Founded in 1994, Monster now has more than 5 million job postings. It also offers company profiles and reviews, resume critiques and career advice. You can upload a resume to help recruiters find you and get email alerts about jobs that may interest you.

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7. ZipRecruiter

Launched in 2010, ZipRecruiter is a website and app with more than 9 million job listings, more than CareerBuilder and Monster feature. You can upload your resume, set up job alerts, save postings and track your application status. You’ll also get notifications when employers view your application or send you a message.

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8. CoolWorks — for seasonal jobs

If you dream of working in an incredible location — a national park, ski resort or ranch, for example — CoolWorks is the place to look. The company has been around since 1995 and lets job seekers search by category, state, season or national park.

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9. DHI Group Inc. — for industry-specific jobs

DHI Group Inc. owns seven niche job-search sites:

  • Dice, for technology jobs
  • ClearanceJobs, for positions that require federal security clearances for defense and intelligence purposes
  • eFinancialCareers, for roles in finance, banking, accounting and insurance
  • Rigzone, for gigs in the oil and gas industry
  • Health eCareers, for health care professionals
  • BioSpace, for careers in the life sciences sector, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals
  • Hcareers, for hospitality jobs

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10. Upwork — for freelance jobs

Designers, writers, marketing gurus and web developers can search for freelance opportunities through Upwork. Start by creating a profile, and Upwork will recommend projects for you to apply for. Once you’re hired, use the site to track your hours, manage the project’s progress and get paid.

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11. FlexJobs — for remote and part-time jobs

FlexJobs features opportunities for freelance, remote and part-time work, while filtering out ads, old links and scams. The company, which has been around since 2007, screens every job it lists on its site to ensure that the role is flexible and legitimate. You can see some listings for free but must be a paid member to see all job postings. Subscriptions to the site range from $14.95 per month to $49.95 per year.

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12. Good Food Jobs — for agriculture and culinary jobs

Founded by two Cornell University alumnae, Good Food Jobs lists positions ranging from farm field worker to kombucha tea brewer to restaurant cook. The site reviews and approves all postings before they’re published, and there are no advertisements. Good Food Jobs also has a search tool for finding food-related education opportunities and a blog featuring stories from people already working in the food world.

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13. Idealist — for nonprofit jobs

Idealist is a go-to site for job seekers in the nonprofit sector. A nonprofit itself, Idealist started in 1995 as a resource to connect people with opportunities to make an impact. Users can search jobs by characteristics including organization type. They also can find volunteer and event listings.

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14. Mediabistro — for media jobs

Mediabistro has job listings for careers in digital marketing, journalism and public relations. You can search on the site, browse featured companies and sign up for email job alerts. If you’re looking to expand your skills, the site also has online classes on topics including copy editing, web analytics and social media marketing.

Freelance writers may want to consider joining Mediabistro’s AvantGuild to gain access to resources that can help them tailor pitches. Members get access to participating magazines’ editorial calendars, closing dates and monthly issue themes.

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15. Snagajob — for hourly jobs

Launched in 2000, Snagajob is a website and app for finding full- and part-time jobs that pay by the hour. You can search by unique characteristics including shift, experience level and season. As with many job search sites, you can sign up to receive email alerts.

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16. Talent Zoo — for advertising and marketing jobs

Started in 1996, Talent Zoo features jobs posted by companies including Chrysler, Marriott International, Mattel, Time Inc. and Under Armour. You can upload your resume or create a candidate profile through Talent Zoo.

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17. USAJobs — for government jobs

USAJobs is a government website dedicated to helping people find federal employment. Computer scientists, engineers, nurses and human resource specialists are in high demand.

Once you locate a job and create an application through USAJobs, you’ll be directed to the application system for the agency to which you’re applying. You’ll finish the application process through that agency.

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Teddy Nykiel is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @teddynykiel.