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Recruitment budgets are tricky.


As a member of the HR department you’re tasked with not only staying within your budget, but with producing high quality talent that will be the right fit for your organization. This can be a tall order, especially for businesses that don’t necessarily have the resources of a Fortune 500 company. With that said, there are a number of ways to stretch your recruitment spend and still find the hires you need.

First off, make sure to post your job on your company’s website and all of its social media sites. Next, you should target one or more of the many free online job boards that talented candidates frequent when they need a change in working environment.

If this is your first time dipping your toe in the ocean of free job boards and sites the Internet has to offer, there’s no doubt it will be overwhelming. To help, we’ve compiled a list of our top 10 sites to post jobs online for free:

  • Indeed – As the world’s top job search engine, Indeed recommends you sponsor your job posts at a minimum of $5, but will allow employers a job post for free.
  • Wisestep – This great site not only allows you to post as many jobs and search through as many candidate resumes as you want, but it also allows you to sync your efforts up with various networks—such as your social channels, email lists and talent pools—to provide an easy way to distribute your jobs to a wider audience.
  • TheLadders Passport – TheLadders Passport offers unlimited job postings and unlimited resume searches all for free.

  • Craigslist – You can post job listings on Craigslist in many areas for free, although some locations do cost $25 to post your job (and in San Francisco prices are as high as $75).
  • Backpage – This site is similar to Craigslist. While most postings are free, there are options to upgrade or sponsor your listing at various costs.
  • ResumeBucket – Not only does ResumeBucket offer unlimited job postings and resume searches for free, they also distribute the jobs you post to other job boards at no additional cost.
  • Snagajob – First-timers on Snagajob get one free job posting, but there are limitations on the amount of traffic you can receive.
  • JobSpider –  Like TheLadders Passport and ResumeBucket, this site offers unlimited job posts and resume searches to recruiters.
  • PostJobFree – This site is very basic and user-friendly, and all job postings are free.
  • FlexJobs – While this site’s audience is a bit limited, it’s a great place to post your part-time jobs, remote work opportunities and flexible hiring needs for free.

By utilizing these free-to-use resources, your organization can gain added exposure to talent pools you might be missing through traditional methods. And, while these free online tools shouldn’t necessarily be your only method of advertising you open positions, they can certainly be an important complement to a larger recruitment marketing strategy. In fact, recruitment marketing strategies which include a healthy dose of free job board utilization are quickly becoming a best practice leveraged by industry leaders across a number of verticals.

And don’t forget the most important part of the equation: Tracking your success. In determining the success of your free job postings, consider the time spent in creating and managing your postings, and the results that those postings produce. Ask yourself: Are you getting quality applicants? If not, then why?

While these sites can help you save precious budget dollars, no one wants to waste their time posting jobs to sites that don’t contribute to your overall recruitment goals because, after all, time is money. This makes tracking key recruitment marketing metrics and efficiency a top priority when using free job boards.

Have you used any of these free job sites? Are there others we missed that you find valuable? Connect with us on Twitter @recruitics, and let us know your thoughts.

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