One of the most common ways for job seekers to uncover employment opportunities in 2021 is through job search websites. There are hundreds of online job boards out there, as well as apps, aggregators, social media channels, networking groups and staffing company websites to choose from.
The good news is they provide plenty of listings. The bad news? You can easily be overwhelmed by the wide variety of options.
So where are the best places to go to find your next great role? Here, Robert Half offers 12 of what are generally considered the best job sites in Canada.
Employers: You may want to take note of these top job websites, as well. After all, if you want to attract highly skilled professionals, you want to make it as quick and easy as possible for them to find and apply for your open position. There’s no better way to do that than posting jobs in the first places top talent is likely to look.
1. Robert Half
On our mobile app and website, you’ll find thousands of on-site, remote and hybrid job listings from the companies we work with around the world. Many of the opportunities are exclusive to Robert Half — so you won’t find them anywhere else.
Submit your resume, apply for temporary or full-time positions and subscribe to job alerts to stay updated on brand-new opportunities. We also offer tips to land a job and career development advice on our blog, a robust library of research into workplace trends, and our annual Salary Guides for current compensation rates for hundreds of positions across the fields we service — all at no cost to job seekers.
No list of best job search websites would be complete without this entry. CareerBuilder has two big points in its favour: Size and longevity, as it’s one of the biggest and longest-lived job boards on the internet. Its robust search function allows you to filter by several criteria, including location, job title and pay range. The site uses Google AI to help match job seekers with suitable opportunities and provides career advice and resources for job candidates. For employers, monthly subscription plans can aid in candidate searches with targeted recruitment emails, candidate management tools and more.
In addition to employer-posted jobs, Indeed aggregates postings from across the web — including from company career pages and professional associations — and allows you to search locally or globally. Indeed hosts more than 150 million resumes and claims that 10 new jobs are added to its site every second, globally. Free resources for job seekers include a resume builder tool and career blog.
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This top networking site allows you to find jobs not only through direct employer listings, but also through communication with your extended network. Your profile serves as your resume, and you can easily find and share career-related content, dive deep into thought leadership posts from prominent people in your field and solicit or supply recommendations. Additionally, industry groups allow you to participate in professional discussions and follow companies you find interesting — and relevant to your job search. Premium paid features offer more advanced search functions and services.
Eluta is a Canadian search engine that features job postings from more than 10,000 employers’ websites across Canada. Eluta provides links back to the original employers' job postings. Candidates can sign up for email alerts that notify them of new jobs that match their search criteria.
Jobboom is Quebec's largest recruitment site and offers services in both official languages. This website allows candidates to post their resumes on the site and apply for jobs directly or reply to job offer broadcasts, which are sent instantly via e-mail to selected applicants. Jobboom also offers career guidance, as well as articles on topics such as self-learning, market trends and hot career paths.
Glassdoor not only lets you search for jobs, it also allows people to review companies they’ve worked for and share salary and benefits info, giving insight that job seekers wouldn’t otherwise know. Professionals who have interviewed with a company can also give details on the business’s recruiting processes. While all this information should be taken with a grain of salt, it can be quite revealing. On the hiring side, Glassdoor allows employers to identify job candidates and market their companies to job seekers.
This massive job site was one of the first commercial websites, period, in addition to being the first major job search site. It offers services including resume uploads, networking boards, company profiles, a resume review service and a mobile app in more than 40 countries. The site also scores your potential fit with a role based on your skills and interests.
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9. Simply Hired
SimplyHired is a job search site that collects listings from all over the web, including company career pages, job boards and niche job websites. The company reports that it lists job openings from 700,000 unique employers and operates job search engines in 24 countries and 12 languages. Employers might want to note that the site sends your job posting to over 100 job boards for increased visibility.
10. Google for Jobs
Google for Jobs aggregates job listings from sites across the web, including several of the ones listed in this post. Use it just like you use Google, and from their same main search page. Search for key phrases like “accounting jobs” to get a list of available positions. Results also show company ratings and salary info for the position, if available. If something catches your eye, click a button that reads, for example, “Apply on LinkedIn” to go directly to the source of the job listing and apply. One key benefit of Google for Jobs is that it eliminates redundant results and displays only one listing for each open position.
ZipRecruiter began as a tool for small businesses to post job listings affordably. It’s now an online employment marketplace that uses AI to connect businesses of all sizes with job seekers through mobile, web and email services. Use ZipRecruiter’s mobile app to browse and apply to jobs and get notified as soon as your application has been viewed. The company has partnerships with several leading job boards.
12. Individual company websites
Most businesses have a Jobs or Careers section on their site. Identify the top companies in your field — or any that you’re interested in working for — and see what opportunities they have available. Some companies may not post all their open positions on job boards, so visiting their website could be the only way to find out about opportunities at these firms. Check back regularly, though some may even have the option to set up job alerts for the types of positions that appeal to you most.
How to best use job search websites
To improve your chances when you’re looking for a new job, make sure your resume is polished and professional. Your resume and your profiles on career websites are marketing collateral for a very important enterprise: your career.
You’d be smart to register and set up alerts with more than one site, since each offers a slightly different experience and list of benefits. A specialized staffing firm like Robert Half may be valuable as your first stop, as we have not only matching software and AI but also real people — our highly experienced recruiters — working on your behalf while you get set up on other sites.
And don’t neglect other methods for finding jobs, such as in-person networking events, reaching out to former coworkers, job fairs and more. Good luck!
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Learn from Robert Half’s expert recruiters so you can build a talented team of employees or advance your career. Robert Half can provide you with assistance where and when you need it from more than 300 locations worldwide, including our employment agency in Toronto,