Last year I decided to row the boat in a different direction.
And, as expected, I was suddenly swimming in troubled waters.
Expanding our business was a challenge to say the least.
Growing revenue was time-consuming and a real headache.
And finding business-driven people to build-out a solid team long-term… well, that was all of the above.
You see, expansion, growing, and scaling a business all comes with one essential requirement—staffing and recruiting.
And when you have limited resources, or your agency or small business simply don’t have the time or skills, the task of finding the best candidate often falls solely in your hands as the owner, founder, or VP of something that isn’t HR!
And that sucks.
Because the last hat you want to put on is the hiring manager’s. It pulls you away from other tasks that you’re better at.
That’s why today, I put together a list of the best job posting sites that will help you attract both high volume (and high quality) candidates who are ready to work.
In this article, I’ll show you…
- The list of top free or affordable job posting sites you should consider using when recruiting so you can know where to look.
- Why sometimes outsourcing this painful process is like trying to swim through troubled waters with concrete boots.
- And the one super affordable tool that will hire an entire marketing staff for you in 2 clicks.
These job posting websites will simply make your hiring process as smooth as silk.
Free Hiring Website #1: Indeed
Indeed is the #1 job board in the U.S.
They have 250 million unique monthly visitors, 200 million ratings and reviews, 10 jobs are added per second globally, and 175 million resumes are received.
To post your job in Indeed, you don’t need to pay any fee.
However, since there are thousands of jobs posted everyday on their site, you should make sure your job posts continue to stand out.
What does this mean?
It means you need a sponsored job.
These paid listings will be prominently displayed at the very top of search results pages.
As a result, you’ll get your ad in front of more high-quality applicants.
Indeed is basically a search engine.
They have integrations with more than 80 applicant tracking systems, the ability to run pay-per-click ads and schedule interviews through their site, and pre-screening questions on job posts.
However, there’s one downside.
If you’re starting out with Indeed, they don’t let you post your jobs across a variety of sites.
This could result in a slightly smaller talent pool.
This hiring site is a great option for anyone looking to hire virtually.
Their pre-screening questions and qualifications filters help you weed out unqualified candidates.
So if you’re looking to boost visibility with their pay-per-click ads or post your job ad for free, then Indeed should be your first choice.
Affordable Hiring Website #2: Craigslist
This one is a good one.
Did you know that Craigslist sees more site visitors than Netflix?
Yep, that’s the data shown by Similar Web.
They used to be a free job posting site. But now, depending on the location you select, you’re charged a reasonable fee for your post.
For example, job postings in the U.S. and some locations in Canada require a fee between $10-75 (depending on the area).
In 2018, they generated $1 billion in revenue according to research by AIM Group.
And it’s no wonder why Craigslist solves your hiring hassles.
And although their landing page design isn’t that attractive…
They still get more than 30 billion page views per month and more than 50 million use this site in the U.S.
On top of that, their users post more than 50 million new classified ads each month and receive 100 million submissions every month.
And more than 1 million new jobs are listed each month.
Pretty impressive, huh?
So if you’re considering trying a cheap and easy-to-use hiring site, Craigslist should definitely make it to your list.
Free Hiring Website #3: DirectResponseJobs
Looking to hire a copywriter?
This job posting site is your solution.
64% of B2B marketers outsource writing because finding a good one is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
But luckily, there’s DirectResponseJobs.
They are an online marketplace that connects copywriters and designers with marketers.
Best of all? You can post there for free.
Writers and designers can search listings of current writing projects available and offer their services.
This means marketers like you can hire well-trained and highly-skilled freelancers, full time and/or part time copywriters and researchers.
They can help you write any ad copy, landing pages, emails, etc.
Speaking of which, we just launched last week a new productized service in AutoGrow’s Marketplace.
And it’s a 3-Email Nurturing Sequence done-for-you.
So if you need help with your email marketing, AutoGrow takes care of all the writing, setup, and launch for you.
Affordable Hiring Website #4: AutoGrow.co
We at AutoGrow understand how painful hiring a staff can be.
That’s why we take that work off your plate completely.
If you don’t want to go through endless job posting websites looking to hire the right team members for your team, then AutoGrow is the solution for you.
We take the hassle off of hiring so you can focus on what matters most—scaling your business.
You see, most marketers nowadays actually look to outsourced hiring to help fill their business needs.
And in fact, data from TopRank Marketing shows that:
- 64% of B2B marketers outsource writing.
- 54% of B2B marketers outsource design.
- 22% of B2B marketers outsource editing.
- 13% of B2B marketers outsource measurement & analytics.
And with AutoGrow, for an affordable rate starting at $19 per day, you can delegate all your digital marketing tasks and projects right through our web app.
We have a team of pros—copywriters, web developers, designers, ads managers, project managers, quality assurance specialists and more.
Our staff of experts is ready to start working on your projects as soon as you delegate the work to us.
So if you’re considering outsourcing all the hiring process, AutoGrow is without a doubt the best option for your business.
Affordable Hiring Website #5: OnlineJobs
OnlineJobs is a U.S. based company that helps you hire people from the Philippines.
They let you post a job ad and see job applications for free.
However, you can’t see applicant contact info or communicate with them until you upgrade.
They actually do this to prevent scams where employers contact workers without paying.
And they care about what you think so they offer you a money-back guarantee.
So if you don’t find someone, you get a refund.
And when you do upgrade, you pay $69 per month to post up to 3 job ads.
Free Hiring Website #6: Upwork
Upwork is a worldwide marketplace for employers to find and hire applicants.
This free job posting site allows businesses of any industry to find talented candidates who are a good fit for their companies.
As an employer, you won’t be charged to sign up or to get quotes from freelancers.
You only pay an additional 3% for payment processing.
But that’s it.
Upwork’s huge network of job seekers is expanding every day. They’re getting more and more popular within both big and small organizations.
Their company’s mission is to create economic opportunities so people have better lives.
They have grown their revenue by 19% to $300.6 million in 2019 alone.
Employers can easily post jobs, track time, manage contracts, and include screening questions in their postings.
And they can sort of filter candidates based on their work experience, ratings, or location.
All you have to do is:
- Sign up
- Post your job
- Review the shortlist of suggested applicants by Upwork’s system
- And interview
As you know, there are essential steps in your hiring system. So it’s up to you if you want to get on a call with the applicant or not.
In fact, only about 5 applicants out of hundreds actually earn a face-to-face interview according to TopResume.
But we’ve followed our own hiring system when looking for applicants on Upwork too. And as a result, we’ve hired really solid business-driven people.
Affordable Hiring Website #7: HireMyMom
HireMyMom is Entrepreneur’s best new hiring site.
This job posting site used to be free.
But now, they charge $24.99 for posting one ad for 7 days.
With HireMyMom, promoting job vacancies to thousands of applicants has never been easier.
They help employers look for skilled virtual team members, freelancers, and women looking for flexible, home-based work.
According to Entrepreneur, some of the benefits you’ll get from hiring people through HireMyMom are:
- There’s no fee for outsourcing.
- You can save time by sending out one query to more than one candidate.
- You evaluate and determine which candidate best fits your project’s needs.
- You can tap into the talent and skills of home-based professionals throughout the country.
So if you’re looking to bring in more female team members to your organization, no questions asked—HireMyMom will provide you the best talent.
Affordable Hiring Website #8: LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an essential networking tool for any business.
With over 690 million users in more than 200 countries, LinkedIn is the #1 job posting site that B2B marketers use to distribute content. In fact, 94% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn for content distribution.
Just take a look at the graph below.
It’s no wonder why 2.8 million recruiters use LinkedIn every day.
Their reach is simply amazing.
They make up more than 50% of all social traffic to B2B websites & blogs.
And sure, you’d think that data is biased because it comes from their own statistics.
But 77% of recruiters actually rely on LinkedIn for hiring new team members according to TopResume.
This job posting site offers you instant access to professionals by just signing up to their platform.
However, their service—LinkedIn Recruiter is paid so talent hunters like you can actually post your ads.
This service allows both employers and recruiters to easily target candidates that have the qualifications they’re looking for.
They also let you provide feedback on applicants other employers are looking to hire.
LinkedIn’s paid service’s fees can be a bit pricey.
But if you do end up hiring the right candidate for your organization, then it will be totally worth it.
And best of all, if you want to reach out to a specific applicant, you can do so by sending them a private message.
This feature makes it incredibly easy for recruiters to get in touch with potential hires without any hassles.
Affordable Hiring Website #9: Guru
Did you know that 75% of resumes are rejected before they even reach the hiring manager?
That stat from TopResume sheds light on a tough reality: hiring is tough.
Not to mention the fact that it takes time.
In fact, only 30% of companies are able to fill a vacant role within 30 days according to LinkedIn. The other 70% of companies can take between 1-4 months.
Luckily, some companies are lucky enough to welcome to their teams highly qualified hires.
51% of job seekers say they prefer finding job opportunities on online job sites according to Glassdoor.
Guru offers employers the opportunity to post jobs at an affordable price.
They actually only charge 2.9% for each invoice employers pay.
But you get to post unlimited posts.
And if you add to that the fact that more than 70% of people who are currently employed are considering looking for a new job, chances are you’ll end up finding someone great.
Affordable Hiring Website #10: FlexJobs
Not a fan of outsourcing?
FlexJobs is a specialized job board that helps you find remote candidates.
They work with employers on:
- Specialized recruitment of remote workers
- Accessing new talent pools
- Remote and flexible workplace consulting
- And ongoing candidate engagement
To get started, all you need to do is sign up, fill out a short form about your company, proceed to check out, and you’re all set.
And for one flat rate of $299/mo, you can post as many jobs as you’d like.
Sure, $299 may sound pricey, but when you realize you can actually post as many ads as you want, it’s totally worth it.
Especially if you’re looking to fill out a variety of different job positions.
You can also have unlimited access to their resume database to search for relevant candidates anytime as well.
And you can find local, national, or international candidates more easily thanks to their customized geographic parameters.
Just take a look at the benefits you’ll get from subscribing to one of their pricing plans…
According to FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, between 2005 to 2017, there was a 159% increase in people working remotely.
In 2015, 3.9 million U.S. workers were working remotely.
And today, that number is at 4.7 million, or 3.4% of the population.
It’s more than obvious that what people are looking for is flexible jobs.
Affordable Hiring Website #11: Monster
Monster has a new free 7-day trial so employers can try their services.
The trial lets you have 1, 2, or 5 simultaneous active jobs depending on the monthly plan you select.
Their lowest monthly plan pricing starts at $249.
There’s no limit as to how many candidates can apply for their job openings.
And something to keep in mind when considering using this site is they see 29 resumes uploaded, 7,900 jobs searched, and 2,800 jobs viewed…every minute!
Affordable Hiring Website #12: JobVite
JobVite helps you build a great relationship with potential hires.
They really do seem to care about the very first moment when an applicant searches for the ad until they are hired.
There are some impressive case studies that show how effective hiring through their site is.
As a matter of fact, Schneider Electric used Jobvite to recruit in Mexico.
The result was they hired 9 people in 2 months, increased brand awareness, and enhanced their candidates’ experience.
They’ve also reported having seen their customers get higher ROI, an 18% increase in referral hiring, a 27% faster time to hire someone, and 30% lower candidate acquisition costs.
Affordable Hiring Website #13: SimplyHired
SimplyHired’s monthly packages start at $199 and let you have 1, 3, or 20 active jobs depending on the plan.
They ensure your ad is sent to over 100 job boards so that your post gets in front of the right people.
They also have a free 7-day trial to see if you’re like the 3 million employers who do trust their service.
Affordable Hiring Website #14: Waw Asia
Waw Asia is a job posting site that lets you hire talent from Asia. Applicants are typically just located within the Asia timezone but the majority are native Asians, and some are expats who relocated to Asia.
However, if you’re an employer, you can be located anywhere around the world.
This platform lets you hire remote workers that are part time, full time, or freelancers.
And for only $199/mo you can get unlimited job postings and additional support to hire quickly.
As I’ve said in the past, the talent we’ve acquired from the Philippines have been super reliable and loyal. So my recommendation is for you to try this site.
Affordable Hiring Website #15: Betterteam
Betterteam was founded in 2015 and 135,781 companies have used their service to date.
They help small and medium businesses post their jobs to hundreds of job boards.
When candidates apply, their applications appear in a dashboard.
This lets your hiring manager or whoever is in charge of evaluating the applicant’s submission add notes and manage the overall hiring process.
Their most affordable package starts at $39 per month and their most expensive starts at $209 per month.
And you can get 50% off if you go with their yearly subscription.
Each plan has a specific limit of ads you can post. For example, if you are on the Unlimited plan, you can post 10 jobs each month.
But if you’re on the Solo plan, you can post only one.
Affordable Hiring Website #16: ZipRecruiter
ZipRecruiter started as a tool to help small businesses distribute job postings affordably back in 2010.
Today, they’re a thriving online hiring marketplace that leverages artificial intelligence powered technology to connect millions of employers and job seekers.
They have over 700 employees in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Israel.
And they’ve helped over 1.8 million businesses in all industries find highly talented applicants.
In fact, 80% of employers who post a job on ZipRecruiter get a quality candidate within the first day.
And that’s partly because their site gets tons of traffic.
Over 25 million job seekers visit their site on average each month, and every day they receive over 9 million active job postings.
You can try any of their monthly plans for free for 4 days. After that, plans start as low as $249 per month.…
And take a look at some of the features from their service before you decide on subscribing to their service…
Affordable Hiring Website #17: VirtualStaff.ph
VirtualStaff.ph is a platform that connects businesses and entrepreneurs with Filipino virtual assistants and remote staff in the Philippines.
Their goal is to remove the need for companies to use recruiters without there being an intermediary. And of course, making virtual assistants more accessible than ever.
Their monthly plans start at $49.
To start your hiring process, all you have to do is create your employer account, select your preferred plan, post the jobs, interview your preliminary candidates, and get them started within your organization.
They also have an ironclad 30-day money-back guarantee in case you don’t like their services.
Free Hiring Website #18: PostJobFree
PostJobFree started in 2007 by allowing recruiters to post their jobs ads for free.
And since then, they’ve been constantly helping both job seekers and employers find each other.
They serve jobs all over the world with a primary focus on the United States.
So if you’re on a tight budget, then PostJobFree may be the best option for you.
Free Hiring Website #19: AngelList
At last but not least, AngelList has over 2,900,000 active candidates (including 866,328 developers and 213,832 designers), they’ve served over 37,000 startups, and best of all, you can post your ads for free.
To start looking for candidates, all you have to do is create a profile for your startup (yep, this site is niched to startups), then post your job, and reach out to your potential hires.
It doesn’t get any easier than that.
AngelList is free for both employers and candidates which is nice compared to other “freemium” services.
For example, some hiring or networking sites offer free services but then there are hidden fees you’re basically forced to pay.
But this platform, besides being free and transparent about their services, is very easy to use.
Expansion, growing, and scaling your business all comes with staffing and recruiting.
And when you have limited resources or simply don’t have the time or skills, hiring the best candidates often falls solely in your hands as the owner.
So you should know where to look. You should know the best job posting sites for employers.
And you should know which ones are free or affordable and hassle-free.
No matter if you own an agency, a small business, or anything in between, if you’re looking to scale, then you need to expand your team.
But if you don’t want to hire people to do the work for you, no worries.
AutoGrow can take the hassle out of hiring.
By simply logging in to our web app, our team of pros will take care of all your digital marketing tasks and projects.
And you won’t need to go through any recruitment site ever again.
Now tell me something, which free or affordable job posting sites have you tried before?
Have they helped you find the right team members?
Let me know in the comments below.
Keep AutoGrowin’, stay focused.