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The Top 5 Job Search Engines

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The top 5 online job search engines right now are Indeed, CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and SimplyHired.

In this article, we’ll explain why, and what you need to know to get the most out of using these platforms.

We considered making this a list of the top 10 job search engines instead, but the truth is these top 5 are the best ones to use in our opinion and the other job boards and job search engines just aren’t as good right now.

So we’d recommend sticking to these 5 big job search engines, plus niche job boards, which we’ll also discuss in this write-up.

Let’s get started…

Top 5 Best Online Job Search Engines

First we’re going to look at the 5 best large job search engines that cover a variety of careers/industries.

After this, we’ll look at some other ways you can find jobs online, like using niche job boards and applying directly to employers.


Indeed features millions of job listings from thousands of different websites.

They’re going to have more job opportunities listed than any other site we know, and job seekers usually report that it’s the fastest and easiest application process among the online job search engines.

For these reasons, it’s the #1 recommended job board on our list, and the place we’d recommend starting in terms of job boards.

Along with applying for jobs on Indeed, you can also set up job alerts to be notified when new jobs that match your criteria are posted, research and compare salaries, and much more.

(NOTE: We recommend only using job search engines and job portals for 20% of your overall job search effort. So we are not saying to go out and spend your entire job search on sites like Indeed. That’s not the best approach, and you’re better off also networking and applying directly to companies that interest you!)

But for the time you do spend on job boards (and again – we recommend 20%), Indeed is where we’d start!

2. CareerBuilder

CareerBuilder has been online for more than 20 years and offers highly customizable search features so you can quickly see job postings that match exactly what you’re looking for.

Unlike Indeed, CareerBuilder gathers job postings directly from employers (they post their jobs directly to the site). CareerBuilder also partners with many local news organizations to be able to list their local job ads from their “classifieds” section.

This is why it’s a good idea to check a few job boards out – they gather data in very different ways, so you’ll see different jobs posted on different job search engines/sites.

Someone in one industry might find that Indeed works great for them, but CareerBuilder doesn’t.

Someone in another industry might find the complete opposite to be true.

So it’s all about testing and seeing which of these top 5 online job search engines get YOU the best results.

3. LinkedIn

LinkedIn offers a lot – networking, a great online course platform called LinkedIn learning, and yes – job searching!

In fact, LinkedIn has one of the best online job search engines.

Around 50% of jobs posted on LinkedIn offer “EasyApply” where you can submit your information with just a few clicks (and without needing a cover letter!)

You can also customize your searches to see the exact type of jobs you want.

Note that LinkedIn’s effectiveness for you will depend on the industry/field you’re searching in.

We’ve spoken with a lot of job seekers and people in tech jobs, engineering, etc., and they seem to report that LinkedIn works great for them as a job search website.

Unfortunately, people from a few other industries have said LinkedIn was not the best job search engine for them, so that’s why we recommend trying a few to see for yourself.

4. Glassdoor

Glassdoor started as a ratings/review site where employees could leave anonymous reviews for employers.

Since then, they’ve grown substantially and now offer a great salary research tool, and a job search engine that we’ve tested and definitely recommend.

You do need to register to begin searching, though.

But we feel it’s worth setting up a free account.

Glassdoor has millions of job listings that you can search for and apply to directly via their site, so it’s definitely worth the time to browse their site.

5. SimplyHired

SimplyHired has great search functionality and customization and allows you to save your specific searches as well so you can check back each week and quickly repeat your custom searches.

You can narrow employers down by all sorts of things including eco-friendly company culture, companies that promote diversity, employers that tend to hire veterans, and more.

Niche Job Boards

It’s also worth looking into niche job boards or industry-specific job boards/job search engines.

For example, Dice is a large job board specifically for tech jobs. We have a list of 55 tech job boards here if you’re in this field.

Many job seekers are realizing that niche job boards or industry-specific job boards are very valuable to use.

You’ll have less competition because fewer people are browsing these sites, and you’ll see more relevant job postings with less “junk” to sift through.

To get started, we’d recommend searching Google for job boards relevant to your specific industry or niche.

You could search for things like:

  • Creative jobs
  • Sales jobs online
  • Healthcare job boards
  • Etc.

You should be able to find job search engines dedicated to specific industries (like tech, pharma, etc.), and specific types of work (like writing, design, sales).

There are even job boards dedicated to specific types of work, like remote jobs.

Along with the 5 large job search engines mentioned above in our main list, it’s definitely looking into niche job search engines, too.

A Warning About Relying Too Much On Job Search Engines

We mentioned this earlier, but you should really only be spending 20% of your time on job boards (this includes the top 5 job search engines we mentioned at the beginning of this page, as well as niche job websites.

The rest of your time will be much better-spent networking, and applying directly to jobs that interest you (find employers on LinkedIn, via searching Google, via your network, etc.)

This is how you get more interviews quickly.

But as long as you’re spending most of your time using those methods, it can be beneficial to spend 20% of your time on online job portals, using the steps above.

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