When you’re on the job hunt, sifting through listings and all the career information out there can be a bit of a challenge. How do you know which listings are “real” and which ones are fake (or even worse, a scam)? Which ones can you trust when you’re divulging your personal information? How can they help you actually land your dream job?
Even before COVID, many job-seekers were turning to digital methods to find their next role, network with others and find advice for advancing in their careers. Now that in-person interactions are few and far between, they're your main source of job-related guidance. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the top career and job sites for 2021. Not only will you find general job-search sites, but you’ll also find listings for niches, as well as remote-only boards and sites that offer career advice and guidance.
General job sites.
Fairygodboss is the largest online career community for women. Not only will you find job listings filtered by region and job title, keywords or company, but you’ll also be able to ask other FGB members for advice in the Community and read articles chock-full of guidance, tips and much more. The site also allows you to access and post reviews of companies and their policies.
A familiar site for most professionals, LinkedIn began as a networking resource, where people could connect with others. Now, it offers much more, such as job listings and recommendations (you can even apply directly through the site in some cases), groups, courses, articles and much more.
Another household name, Indeed’s claim to fame is that it’s the largest job website in the world. The site says it has 250 million unique visitors each month and 10 jobs added per second globally. Employers can post jobs in any industry at any level, and Indeed also combs company job boards and other resources to help candidates access more listings. The site is completely free for job-seekers and offers additional tools, such as company reviews and advice.
Like Fairygodboss, Glassdoor encourages users to post anonymous reviews of employers. You can also compare salaries and access a tool to estimate your professional “worth,” as well as read interviews. The site has job listings across many industries, which you can search by different criteria, including location. To improve searches, you’re also able to add career insights.
Monster has been in the career game for 25 years, making it the first large-scale, widespread job site. In addition to browsing jobs in different locations and categories, job-seekers can upload their resumes so employers can more easily find them, access company profiles, use salary estimation tools, get resume reviews and join networking boards.
Formerly known as Brand, Nexxt boast millions of jobs, thousands of companies and hundreds of sites. Job hunters can search by career focus, location focus and diversity focus via affiliate sites. Along with an extensive database of job listings, you’ll find articles with questions and advice on topics like like how to interview.
You may use Facebook regularly, but did you know the social media giant also has a jobs page, where you can search for jobs by category, location and type (e.g. full-time, part-time, contract, internship, etc.)? You can apply via Facebook, as well as sign up for job alerts so you don’t miss relevant listings.
Scouted’s mission is to connect candidates with employers based on their “abilities and potential,” rather than just their resume. Claiming the traditional job-search process overlooks factors like grit, emotional intelligence, culture fit and thinking processes, the site takes into account personality and other nontraditional qualities when finding appropriate fits, as opposed to solely experience and skills.
With CareerBuilder, users can access and search jobs across a wide range of categories, from architecture to entertainment to military to farming. You can also use the site to build your resume, which can help you connect with employers. You’ll also be able to search by salary and find plenty of career advice.
For passive job-seekers (as in, people who aren’t actively looking but are open to job changes), this is an ideal tool. Once you upload your resume, employers can find you and invite you to apply for their positions. The platform uses algorithms to match qualified candidates to appropriate roles. You can also actively search for jobs or apply; the site will reach out to you with potential fits, as well as send you curated listings regularly.
A “100-million strong community,” Jobcase offers a job-search tool and career guidance resources. One of its strong points is its huge community, in which members ask for and provide advice and tips, along with job-related news. Jobcase users can also join groups and find articles on the site.
On Linkup, you’ll find verified, up-to-date listings culled directly from employer websites. The site says it is committed to accurate, quality results. You can automate your job searches to receive new matches of interest every day. Linkup also takes the hassle out of applying — when you find a position you like, you’ll be directed to the employer’s site, without any annoying intermediaries.
13. Google for Jobs
Google is one of the most important — perhaps the most important — tools of our daily lives. And Google for Jobs will prove an important tool for your job search. This tool will bring together job postings from around the web. You don’t have to do anything special; just search for jobs in your specialty, and the search engine will aggregate the top listings, eliminating redundant positions.
The #1 hourly work marketplace in America, according to the site, Snagajob (briefly Snag) lets job seekers complete applications in just seconds after completing a profile. They can apply quickly, find high-demand work and check on the status of their applications, all via the platform. The site has 700,000 employer locations in the U.S. and Canada.
With 3 million employers, SimplyHired is a go-to platform for many job seekers. The site combs listing all over the web to provide listings in countries around the world. Along with finding postings on general and niches job boards, you can create a resume in minutes and find resume templates to guide you.
Acknowledging that “every job search is different,” Joblist asks you to answer a series of short questions about who you are and what you’re looking for to curate personalized matches, collecting them from top job-search sites. You can also set up alerts so you’re always in the know when a job matching your criteria pops up.
17. Robert Half
Robert Half is primarily a staffing services agency, but it boasts a robust job-search platform in areas like accounting and finance, administrative and office, technology and IT, creative and marketing and legal. Candidates can also submit their resumes and subscribe to job alerts to find out about new postings and receive job advice and salary guides.
18. The Muse
The Muse is widely known for its career advice articles, but the site also lets you search job listings, curated by experience level and location. You can also learn more about particular companies and find career coaches to help you with your search.
Combining artificial intelligence and human insight, Job.com uses advanced data science to match job seekers to employers. The job-search site leverages blockchain to make the hiring process more efficient and easier for candidates and employers alike. Once you upload your resume, the technology gets to work.
You’re probably very familiar with Craigslist as a marketplace. But the site also has job listings in certain towns and cities. You can search by category (such as business, nonprofit, education, web design and writing to name a few), employment type and location.
According to the site, CareerBliss “empowers you to choose happy.” Along with more than 8 million job postings, 4 million salaries and 700,000 company reviews, you can find career advice to help you find and land your coveted job.
Vault recognizes that much of job satisfaction depends on where you work. The site provides company rankings based on employee feedback in areas like law, consulting, banking and accounting. You’ll also find advice on topics such as polishing your resume, writing your cover letter, interviewing, diversity and inclusion and networking. Looking for an internship? Vault has a separate search function just for this purpose.
With listing in 71 countries, Jooble is one of the most comprehensive job sites available. The site compares itself to search engines like Google, Bing or Yahoo! but specifically designed for job searches, allowing you to find jobs on all major job boards and career sites, while filtering out duplicates and allowing you to customize your preferences.
Much more than an online news site, Mashable offers a job board that gives you access to employment listings in a variety of industries, such as advertising, design, finance/operations, IT/engineering, sales and social media. You can also use the site’s resume builder to quickly create your own and sign up for job alerts.
Niche job sites.
25. The Ladders
Targeted to senior-level executives and professionals, The Ladders is a paid subscription job-search site for people looking for positions that pay $100,000+ annually. The more than 25,000 openings are carefully screened. The site also offers free content and a resume review tool.
Handshake is a platform geared toward college students and recent graduates. Candidates use their .edu email address to create a free account and profile, which allows them to get personalized recommendations and read reviews from other students. You’ll also find advice for securing entry-level jobs and internships.
For people looking for jobs in the academy, this is the place. The job site has more than 47,000 jobs at 2,050 institutions. Candidates can search by category (administrative, faculty or executive), institution (two-year, four-year or all institutions) and type of position. The site also has higher education-related news and resources.
Want to work at a startup? AngelList was created to connect startups and investors and today serves as a hiring platform for people who want to grow with their organizations. Users can browse and apply for jobs privately, without having their current employers know. While there are plenty of tech jobs on the platform, you’ll also find roles in other areas like marketing and HR.
Dice also specializes in tech, but listings extend beyond it. In addition to its job-search tool, the site offers a salary predictor, career toolkit articles, news about the technology industry and additional insights. You can browse listings without creating an account, but to apply directly, you’ll need to register and upload your resume.
If you’re interested in working at a nonprofit, Idealist will prove an excellent resource. In addition to jobs, internships and graduate programs, the site has listings for volunteer opportunities. Visit Idealist’s blog for career advice, and subscribe to their newsletter for uplifting news and opportunities to help your community.
Mediabistro is the place for professionals working in media — or those who’d like to. You’ll find jobs at publishers, broadcasting companies, advertising agencies and many others. The site also has events and resources like courses and resume services. You can subscribe for unlimited premium access.
This is the means to find a job in the government sector. You have many options, such as uploading and saving your resume and making it searchable. Job seekers can explore different types of hiring paths geared toward veterans, military spouses, students, senior executives, Native Americans, individuals with a disability and others.
Help recruiters find you for jobs in the financial sector, such as positions in accounting and finance, asset management, credit, investment banking, operatives, risk management, sales and marketing. eFinancialCareers also has news and advice, including resources targeted to students.
College students and recent graduates can use this platform to find part-time and seasonal work, along with internships and entry-level jobs. College Recruiter also has resources like college recruiting bootcamp conferences, articles, blogs and videos.
35. Github Jobs
The hosting platform and community for software developers and programmers also has an extensive job board. There, you can find plenty of programming-related jobs, such as software engineer, QA engineer and UX designer.
Upwork is the premier freelancer marketplace. Leveraging AI, the site generates a shortlist of candidates for projects. Freelancers can find work in areas like development and IT, design and creative, finance and accounting, admin and customer support, customer service, engineering and architecture, legal, sales and marketing, and writing and translation.
People looking for entry-level jobs and internships will find plenty on WayUp. Along with searching for positions, you can get career advice, explore the community and learn more about the many companies represented on the site.
This platform is targeted toward software developers, providing a community where they can ask questions, collaborate, improve their skills and much more. Tech professionals can also find their next great role on Stack Overflow’s job board.
Looking for a job in the healthcare sector? Then this is the platform for you. The site has more than 76,000 jobs in many different niches and specialties, such as nursing, counseling and lab assistance across more than 123,000 companies and organizations.
Fiverr connects freelancers and businesses in areas like digital marketing, video and animation, music and audio, programming and tech, business, lifestyle and more. Looking for inspiration? Check out projects made by some of Fiverr’s freelancers and dedicated guides to specific skills and niches.
Remote job sites.
41. Remote Work Hub
Those who are looking for an entirely remote job should have Remote Work Hub on their radar. You’ll find work-from-home jobs in areas like writing, software development, sales, product management, marketing and more. The site also has a blog with topics such as career advice, productivity and lifestyle.
42. Working Nomads
Working Nomads curates digital jobs for people who want to work remotely. You can browse listings in fields like development, marketing, management, system administration, design, sales, writing, customer success, consulting, human resources and others.
Thirty-five questions, 142 companies and many, many remote jobs. Along with open positions, a robust blog and Q&As for employers and workers, the site offers a curated database of online courses for remote workers.
Established in 2007, FlexJobs says that it’s the #1 job site for finding remote, work-from-home and flexible jobs. In addition to providing vetted listings for both full-time and part-time in more than 50 career fields, the site offers resources like resume reviews, career coaching and general career advice.
45. We Work Remotely
According to the site, We Work Remotely is the largest remote work community in the world. Find a full-time or contract job that lets you work from anywhere you want, and take advantage of resources like lists of remote work trends and top remote work companies, a learning portal and more.
A curated database of remote jobs, Jobspresso helps you find positions in fields like tech, customer support, marketing, sales, writing and editing and many others. You can post your resume to connect with businesses, as well as leverage ready-to-use creative assets.
Career information, advice and tools.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is government-run and provides information, data, reports and statistics about forecasts and outlooks for different careers, average salaries and more. With the site, you can learn all about a prospective career, including the education typically required and the number of jobs in that niche in the U.S.
“Zety is your ultimate career toolbox,” the platform says. The site boasts more than 40 million readers per year, with a robust community seeking career advice. Resume and interview guides, cover-letter-writing tips and a resume builder are just some of the resources available.
Using PayScale, you can research and compare salaries by company, job title, degree, certification, skill, industry or school, helping you ensure you find a job that pays you what you deserve. You’ll find salary research, a cost of living calculator, a salary negotiation guide and additional resources.
50. Resume Genius
According to the Resume Genius, you can use the platform to build your own resume in just 15 minutes. There are also plenty of resources, including resume examples, free templates and cover letter examples.