Top Job Boards in the World 2021

With so many to choose from, what are the top job boards in the world?

SimilarWeb has compiled a list of the world’s most popular jobs and employment websites based on traffic. But which of their top-ranking job boards are best for recruiters?

5. HeadHunter

HeadHunter is Russia’s largest job board. It connects job seekers with opportunities on behalf of more than 1.4 million companies.

They support recruiters with resources, including access to their CV database, branding solutions, and Talantix: an automated, cloud-based CRM solution.

Yet, their API is perhaps their most interesting resource. This allows recruiters to create a widget on the company website or app, allowing candidates to apply for opportunities through HeadHunter.

HeadHunter also offers a wealth of features to help job seekers. These include CV and career consultations and access to rankings of employers and educational institutions.

Their most impressive tool is Хочу у вас работать (‘I Want to Work for You)’. This allows applicants to identify their dream company so that they are highlighted in that firm’s database search results.

4. Mynavi

Mynavi is Japan’s biggest recruitment, PR, and communications firm. Their presence in Japan’s recruitment industry dates back to 1973, when they published a magazine for graduate job seekers.

According to Kanako Honda of, Mynavi were partly responsible for standardising a lengthy application process in Japan. This entails:

  • An application form with essays.
  • A company information session.
  • Group interviews.
  • An online assessment.
  • Two or three one-to-one interviews.
  • An informal job offer.

With the candidate drop-off rate in the West estimated to be around 80%, we can’t help but wonder what it must be in Japan!

Despite this, Mynavi continues to be one of the top job boards in Japan. And, according to SimilarWeb’s traffic statistics, one of the leading job boards in the world.

However, Kanako observes that things are starting to change in the Nippon-koku. There’s now a focus on industry-specific recruitment (which Mynavi is pivoting towards) and an increase in referral-based hiring.

3. Pôle Emploi

As its name suggests, Pôle Emploi is the French equivalent of JobCentre Plus here in the UK. This government agency takes responsibility for registering unemployed people and providing them with benefits. They also offer resources to help connect recruiters with job seekers, such as their online job board.

Additional resources available to recruiters include tools to help calculate a competitive salary for your vacancy and even funded training to bring candidates up to the standards expected by your company.

Job seekers are also supported. Pôle Emploi’s Emploi Store features guides on choosing a career, starting a business, or finding a job abroad. The Store also publicises free online classes to develop sought-after skills, such as AI and website development.

2. Jooble

Jooble is a job search engine positioned to helping job seekers find ‘vacancies all over the USA’. But despite this focus, they cover 71 countries around the world.

As their job posts redirect to the board from which they originated, they make efforts to appeal to these job sites rather than directly to recruiters. Promoted features include driving targeted applicants to job boards and ATS integration.

As the posts on Jooble originate elsewhere, they have no specific features designed to attract candidates.

1. Indeed

Taking pride of place among the top job boards in the world, we have Indeed.

With 250 million unique monthly visitors, a library of 175 million CVs, and ten jobs added every second; the aggregator remains a significant player in global recruitment.

They offer a broad range of products to support recruiters, including hiring events, a CV database, and branded targeted ads.

For job seekers, their standout feature is undoubtedly Easily Apply. However, the easiness of this solution can be disputed. Unlike similar systems on other sites, such as LinkedIn, Indeed asks applicants to submit a CV and cover letter on top of their profile.

Yet Indeed argues that Easy Apply has helped recruiters by increasing applicant numbers and supporting API integration.

Is it Time to rethink Recruitment?

All of these top job boards in the world have features that help both recruiters and job seekers. But we can’t help feeling that they’re all missing a trick.

For starters, they’re hardly doing much to improve the candidate journey. Each site has hundreds of thousands of opportunities to work through, and only Indeed offers anything like a ‘quick apply’ feature. With this much work required, opportunities listed on these sites are only likely to reach dedicated active applicants: missing out on passive candidates entirely.

And where will the passive candidates be? Probably on their social media accounts. 4.57 billion people are, anyway.

So instead of hiding your opportunities among millions of others on these job boards, what if we took them straight to untapped talent pools on social networks? We reckon Facebook’s a great place to start. With 2.8 billion active monthly users, it’s got 18.6 times as many visitors as Indeed.

We’ve already tried this. And it worked. Last year, Jobsi’s unique approach to social recruitment attracted 70,000 additional applicants. If you’d like to learn more, contact us today.


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