While some independent recruiters argue that they do not start their searches for clients with job boards, I have seen many successful placements come from our job board to know that it not only helps with those mass searches for 5-10 sales managers, but specialized positions as well. Candidates may post a resume out of frustration on those job boards or it may just hit a search alert that sparks their interest. It is amazing how many job board there are right now, and in an effort to best use your recruiter budget, here are some of the best out there, using data gathered by Software Advice with the help of the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association (RPOA) and the National Human Resources Association (NHRA).
- Linked- In gives you the most high quality candidates. In a survey of 150 recruiters, the majority stated that LinkedIn delivered high quality candidates. CareerBuilder and Indeed were both the closest behind in providing quality candidates, with Monster, Craigslist, and Glassdoor providing significantly less high quality candidates. However, Indeed and Monster both had the highest percent of average quality candidates, so that is important to note as well.
- After quality of candidates, it is important to factor in how many candidates you are receiving as well. This is especially important for mass hires where you can build up a strong candidate database from one job board. In this category, the survey stated that Indeed beat out LinkedIn, with Monster right on the heels of LinkedIn. With all three of these ranking close in quality of candidates, it is easy to see their higher ranking over the other three boards in the survey- CareerBuilder, Craigslist, and Glassdoor.
- While you want the best quality and a high quantity of candidates, the budget boils down to cost as well for each item you tack on. LinkedIn was a hard one to gauge with this as their packages vary so greatly. Some are free, and they can skyrocket up to $899 per month. Monster and Career Builder were also rated high cost options, while Indeed, Glassdoor, and Craigslist all remained mainly low cost options.
- Since NPAworldwide focuses primarily on mid-level and senior- level positions, I did not look at entry level effectiveness for these job boards. LinkedIn took the lead on both accounts for the most effective job board, with Indeed, CareerBuilder, and Monster following respectively.
If you are a recruiter who works a more niche market, a specific job board may be a better option for you as well. Smart Recruiter compiled a good list of those specific sites here.