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Job Board vs. Job Search Engine

A job board is a website where employers and in-house or external recruiters can place job postings. It’s also where job seekers can search and apply for job opportunities. 

Some job board platforms allow employers to advertise jobs for free, while others offer only paid, premium job ads. Typically, job board websites are free for job seekers to search and apply for job vacancies. 

What is the difference between a job board and a job search engine?

Job boards are just one kind of online platform available to recruiters and employers to advertise for job vacancies. There are also job search engine sites and social networking platforms where employers can find candidates and job seekers can search for jobs. 

Job board 

  • Websites where recruiters and employers can post open positions
  • Example: Monster

Job search engine 

  • Searches the internet and aggregates job listings from company career sites and job boards
  • Example: Indeed

Social networking platform

  • Offers similar functions as both job boards and search sites but has other niche functions 
  • Example: LinkedIn 

What is a generalist vs. a specialist (niche) job board?

A generalist job board reaches a broad, diverse audience across all industries, sectors, and employment types. A specialist board focuses on one industry or sector or specific types of jobs. Visit JOIN’s job board overview to learn about the benefits of each.

Generalist job board

  • Posts jobs for all industries and sectors
  • Reaches a wide range of candidates
  • Examples: LinkedIn, Indeed, XING

Specialist (niche) job board

  • Posts jobs targeting one industry or sector
  • Reaches a smaller, niche group of candidates
  • Examples: Behance, Dribbble, GitHub Jobs

What are the best job boards for startups and Small to Medium-sized businesses?

When it comes to figuring out what the best job board is for employers, there’s no one answer. The best job board for posting jobs will depend on the industry and sector, the location, skill set, and experience level required to fill the role. Of course, your budget will also play a role in finding the best job board website for your needs. 

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