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U.S. Top Job Search Engines

The top five job search engines in the United States based on web traffic are LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, and Career Builder. Alternatively, the top five job search engines in the United States based on the number of jobs posted are LinkedIn, SimplyHired, Indeed, Glassdoor, and Ladders.

METHODOLOGY

For this report, I began by identifying a list of well-known and popular online job boards which are used in the United States. Once that list was compiled, I searched for the individual data points necessary to answer your question.

Specifically, I've created two lists: one with the top five job boards in the U.S. based on web traffic; and a second list with the top five job boards in the U.S. based on the number of jobs listed on each website. Ultimately, you'll notice that these two lists have a lot of overlap. For example, LinkedIn is number one for both metrics, while Indeed and Glassdoor are also in the top five regardless of the metric used. You will see a deep dive of my findings below.

TOP JOB BOARDS BY WEB TRAFFIC

1) LinkedIn
Based on web traffic, LinkedIn is the top job search website in the United States. The website has an Alexa ranking of 11 in the United States, and 30 globally. In the past 30 days, the job board has seen 1,915,955,265 page views throughout the United States.

LinkedIn has gained popularity largely because users visit the website not only when searching for a job, but also when connecting with other professionals in their field. As a result of these multi-faceted purposes, the website has more than twice as much traffic as the next most popular job board in the United States. While the website can be used for more than simply job-hunting, I have included it here because that is the sole purpose of the search engine.

2) Indeed
Based on the number of visitors to the website, Indeed is the second most popular job board in the United States. The job board has an Alexa ranking of 56 in the United States, and 181 throughout the world. Additionally, Alexa has recorded a total of 542,914,322 page views to the website in the past 30 days.

Users of Indeed are able to search jobs from a variety of sources, "including company career sites, job boards, newspaper classifieds, associations, and other online sources of job postings." Additionally, those searching for a job are welcomed to upload their resume, which will be made available to recruiters in their chosen field.

3) Glassdoor
Following LinkedIn and Indeed, Glassdoor is the third most popular job hunting website in the United States based on web traffic. Specifically, the website received 194,369,840 page views throughout the United States over the past month. Further, they received an Alexa ranking of 90 in the United States, and 433 globally.

Similarly to LinkedIn, while the sole purpose of Glassdoor's search platform is to find a job, the website also allows users to rate their current or past employers. This provides additional data for users who are job hunting, in order to help them make a decision.

4) Monster
Perhaps one of the most well-known job boards in the United States, Monster is the fourth most popular job search website in the country. The website has received an Alexa ranking of 467 in the United States, and 1,834 globally. Additionally, the website has logged 71,137,772 United States page views in the past 30 days.

As with Indeed, Monster's sole purpose is to allow users to search through available jobs. Additionally, users are welcomed to upload their resumes to be sent to employers and recruiters in their chosen field.

Finally, Career Builder is the fifth most popular job search website in the United States based on web traffic. The website has an Alexa ranking of 1,011 in the United States, and 4,303 globally. Further, page views to the site reached 52,481,433 over the past 30 days.

As with Monster and Indeed, users of Career Builder are able to search through available jobs, as well as upload their resume to be viewed by employers and recruiters in their chosen industry.

TOP JOB BOARDS BY NUMBER OF JOB POSTINGS

1) LinkedIn
As with page views, LinkedIn is once again the top job search website in the United States based on the number of jobs posted there. Specifically, the website has recorded a total of 9,908,118 available jobs in the United States, including part-time, full-time, and remote work.

Based on the number of jobs posted to the website, SimplyHired is the second most popular online job board in the United States. The website currently has a total of 7,671,743 available positions throughout the U.S.

While SimplyHired functions as a traditional job board, in that the website's sole purpose is to provide a list of open positions, users are able to narrow down results by a variety of criteria not available on similar websites. For example, users can place a priority on positions available to army veterans, or for companies which "have a high rate of diversity and abide by eco-friendly practices."

3) Indeed
Indeed is the third most popular job board in the United States, based on the number of jobs posted. The website currently lists 3,069,627 jobs throughout the country.

4) Glassdoor
Glassdoor is the fourth top job board in the United States, based on their total job listings. As of February 10, 2018, the website has a total of 477,233 open positions for users to browse and apply to.

5) Ladders
Finally, Ladders is the fifth most popular job board through the United States based on number of jobs posted. While a specific number is not available, the website reports that there are more than 225,000 open jobs for users to browse.

Unlike the other job boards listed in this report, Ladders caters to a more niche market of job hunters. Specifically, the website is targeted towards "upper-level executives and professionals who are aiming for the management suite," listing only those jobs which pay more than $100,000 annually.

SUMMARY

To summarize, the top job boards in the United States are LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, SimplyHired, and Ladders. These websites have been chosen based on web traffic and number of job listings.
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