Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Navigating job search resources can be as daunting as the job hunt itself. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, finding the right job is easier when using the right tools.
One of your main tools in your job hunt is going to be job search sites. But you’ve likely heard that scams are lurking around every corner, waiting for modern job seekers to share their personal information and respond to fake job postings. With that in mind, it’s critical to stick to legitimate and trustworthy job search engines.
To help you create a safe job search strategy, we’ve curated a list of the top 15 reliable job search platforms. Each of the following sites has some unique advantages to support your job search. Consider some tips on quickly navigating these sites and tailoring your job search for your specific career stage.
FlexJobs is the go-to job site for professionals seeking telecommuting, work-from-home, and other flexible job opportunities.
Known for our rigorous vetting process, our dedicated team ensures that every listing is scam-free and legitimate, offering peace of mind alongside diverse job options. The jobs database has a user-friendly interface, and additional resources like career advice and various skills tests make it a comprehensive platform for serious job seekers.
Remote.co, FlexJobs’ sister site, is a specialized platform dedicated exclusively to remote job listings. It’s a favorite among digital nomads and those looking to escape the 9-to-5 office routine. With a focus on quality over quantity, Remote.co offers carefully curated opportunities across various industries, making it easier for you to find the perfect remote role.
Through its RightSkill program, created in partnership with Capella Learning Solutions, CareerBuilder provides job seekers a chance to level up their skills. After completing skills training, job seekers can connect with companies seeking job-ready candidates.
Fairygodboss is a networking and job search site focused on the unique challenges of women in the workforce. Professional women are encouraged to submit reviews of companies and positions, along with offering tips and feedback through the community portal.
One of the best ways to find a great company culture is to get feedback from current employees at your target company. Glassdoor fills this need with anonymous reviews from current and past employees. Remember to take a single bad review with a grain of salt. However, if there is a common thread throughout many employee reviews, dive into further company research.
Indeed is one of the world’s largest job boards, curating job listings from multiple smaller sites. Before applying on Indeed, familiarize yourself with common recruiter scams and carefully scrutinize each posting.
Ladders is dedicated to helping professionals looking for high-paying roles with salaries over $100,000 achieve their career goals. Along with job postings, the team at Ladders offers job seekers a membership that includes having Ladders team members fill out routine application information.
A powerful professional networking site, LinkedIn was launched in 2003 and now connects professionals worldwide. Ensure you familiarize yourself with common LinkedIn scams and scrutinize each job posting before submitting any personal information.
One of the first job sites to launch, Monster has been connecting job seekers and recruiters for over two decades. Monster also offers recruiters the option to avoid membership fees, making it a more likely site to find postings from smaller companies than larger sites, such as Indeed or ZipRecruiter.
Nexxt organizes job searches by career field with niche sites that target specific careers (such as healthcare or marketing), job seeker demographics, and geographical areas. Employers can list hiring events and pay to post jobs.
Launched in 2003, SimplyHired aggregates job listings from multiple sites into one location. Job seekers can browse a wide variety of listings, and employers will pay to unlock contact information if you apply on the site.
12. The Muse
Leveraging employee feedback, The Muse offers job listings but focuses more on helping job seekers create an intentional career journey. With a behind-the-scenes glimpse into daily work and company culture, job seekers in the exploration phase can find resources to set career goals.
Rather than a job site, Upwork is a marketplace where freelancers post their services. Entrepreneurs and small businesses that need support for a short time can view rates and compare reviews for freelance professionals. Freelancers proactively looking for steady business might appreciate the more structured approach of traditional freelance job postings.
The official employment site of the federal government, USAJobs curates government jobs across hundreds of government agencies and organizations. Many roles are open to the public, as well as veterans and military spouses. When you’ve discovered a remote job you’re a great fit for, use the “Help” section to create a federal resume and to find answers to questions about the government hiring process.
ZipRecruiter works to automate the recruiting process. Utilizing AI and the information that job seekers and recruiters provide, the company’s software matches job seekers to open positions. The goal is a better, faster job fit.