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What is a job board?

A job board is an online platform where employers list job vacancies and job seekers apply for positions. Renowned examples include Indeed, Glassdoor, and Careerjet. These platforms often offer features like resume databases for recruiters and company pages to showcase organizational culture and values.

Alexandra Marinaki
Alexandra Marinaki

Alexandra is a psychologist with a MSc in Talent Development and Creativity.

Usually, online job boards allow recruiters to use some features without charge, offering options for free job postings or trials. Job boards also offer premium schemes, such as sponsored jobs or unlimited access to their candidate database. Some job boards, for example, Monster and Careerbuilder, can be used by employers in all industries, while others are niche, for industries like tech (e.g. Dice), design (e.g. Behance), and other types of roles. 


Job boards are most often free for job seekers.

Now that we’ve covered what a job board is, see our comprehensive list of the top job boards.

The benefits of using job boards

Job boards are valuable tools for recruiters and hiring managers aiming to  attract and find new talent. Here’s why:

Job boards are well-known job advertising tools 

Job seekers have been using job boards for years, so these sites give employers access to millions of good candidates. Most of the job boards are candidate-focused and user-friendly, allowing applicants to complete the process quickly, using simple tabs and buttons.

Nowadays, many job boards are integrated with Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), such as Workable, which have improved candidate experience by making the application process more fluid and efficient.

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Job boards provide resume databases

Candidates can sign up at job boards and upload their resumes. This way, recruiters can actively search for potential employees, setting the right Boolean commands or criteria and contacting high-potential professionals. This is a benefit because some great candidates aren’t currently looking for a job so they won’t see your job ad; but with the resume database, you can proactively reach out to a good candidate.

Job boards help with employer branding

Many job boards, such as Glassdoor and LinkedIn, allow employers to craft their own company page in the website. Companies can showcase their vision and culture, and, with the right storytelling, attract candidates who would be good culture fits. 

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