Best job portals for developers
The rise in software/developer and remote jobs directly affects how developers have to look for job opportunities. Software developers seeking employment are not restricted to locations, time zones, payment modules, or even work tools. The possibilities for job opportunities are endless.
The downside is, there are hundreds of options for a developer to choose from. These include job boards, search engines, social media, recruiting company websites, and networking groups. Having to sort out the most efficient option is overwhelming.
Job website portals are the most common and easiest ways to discover job opportunities and apply for jobs, especially for programmers and software engineers. They do not just list jobs; they are committed to personalizing the applicant’s profile and equipping them with insightful resources like a resume builder to develop an ATS (applicant tracking system) friendly resume, notifications on new job posts, company reviews, and career coaching.
But which job website is the best? We have done the research to help you streamline the process, and we shortlisted five unique and notable job websites.
These websites will be reviewed and ranked from the perspective of a software developer trying to land a job with them. We will look at the ease of use, the benefits and resources they pack, the challenges, the cost, and the pros and cons.
There’s a little thing to note about these job websites before we get started.
Notable job websites work in favor of both employees and employers since they also manage all recruitment processes. Rather than post job opportunities everywhere else, a company like CodeCoda could post their job on a job search portal and allow potential, interested developer applicants to apply on the page.
These job websites also double as vertical search engines. Vertical search engines are dedicated to a particular niche or specialty. In this case, job opportunities. They aggregate job listings from different sources - company/recruiters’ pages, social media, and career sites to their own site without the employer directly posting on the job website. So CodeCoda could have a job opportunity on its website, yet it will appear on a job search engine.
Let’s get started.
Headhunter is a division of CareerBuilder, a global site for career opportunities. HeadHunter is slightly different from the other job websites listed here. It isn’t open to everyone or any role level. Instead, it connects management and executive-level job seekers to employers.
Headhunter prides itself on being able to attract seasoned professionals and matching them with the relevant career opportunities.
The homepage of the site is minimalistic, just like the options available. There is little information about the site or other resources the site offers. Instead, the user is required to enter the keywords of job titles and location taking us to a job listing page.
Headhunter’s pool of employers is only in the United States and within selected states in the US. The job listing page shows filters based on city, pay, company and state, but these are dropdowns, not textboxes of predefined contexts, limiting the applicant to only choose the options available, nothing else. An applicant who wishes to work anywhere does not have that option.
An extra filter box allows us to choose the distance in miles, within a certain radius of our location, to the company. The site also allows the applicant to view job listings by relevance, distance, and date.
Headhunter offers a job recommendation section where it displays recommended jobs for the day. It also includes a resume upload option.
Like others on this list, the platform is free to use and comes at no cost to the applicant. Viewing job listings and specific descriptions of jobs you might be interested in still comes at no price. Applying for a job or posting a resume, though, comes at a non-monetary cost. A sign-up. Headhunter is relatively rigid with this, and a user cannot apply for a job without signing up.
- A focused and straightforward website
- A great tool to find specialized workforce
- Limited to specific job roles
- Outdated user interface
- Limited to only the US and some states within the US
- Limited options
- Job recommendation
GlassDoor has made its name as a company review and salary comparison site. It was a site where people researched companies generally or prospective companies they wanted to apply to.
With over 50 million unique job seekers per month, 1M employers listed on the site, and over 70M reviews, GlassDoor has established itself as a prime job search engine website. Its advantage over other job engines is that it combines the power of job listings with company reviews and comparisons. Job seekers can seek out job opportunities while researching the details of the company.
The first thing to do to use GlassDoor is to create an account by signing up. GlassDoor makes options for you to sign up via Facebook and Google auth or by giving them an email and a password.
After signing up, you will be required to tell them a little bit about yourself so for easy customization of your profile. The questions are mandatory and must be answered to move forward with the process.
GlassDoor’s system is quite robust - the strongest on this list. It provides extensive information on jobs, companies, salaries, and interviews. Two input boxes take keywords for job roles, companies, keywords, and location. A developer seeking a job at CodeCoda company only needs to type out its name on the input box for companies and job roles.
When this is done, the company details appear. This bears company overview, jobs, salaries, reviews, number of employees, location, size, type, etc., there are also options to follow a particular company.
In the job section, the developer applicant can see if there are jobs available in the company; else, it is blank. If there are jobs posted, the applicant can apply.
Applying to a job post is relatively easy. GlassDoor’s system allows the applicant to understand the kind of application process that is required. Jobs labeled ‘Easy Apply’ mean that the application process will only be within GlassDoor. This means the applicant will be applying and submitting the application straight to the company’s email from GlassDoor’s portal.
Job listings without the label mean an application will be redirected from GlassDoor’s website to the company’s website, where the applicant will have to follow further instructions on how to get his applications across. Once an application is submitted, either as Easy Apply or not, the applicant only needs to wait for interview invitations.
- Great interface
- Free salary tool
- Lacks ATS (Applicants Tracking System)
- No resume builder
- Time-consuming sign-up process
- Great UI, terrible UX
- No resume builder but great posts on how to structure and write one.
- Salary comparison, company reviews and interview questions at hand.
Monster.com is considered a pioneer in career opportunities and job listings. Monster has been around since 1999 and has held its own over the years, raking in over 20M unique visitors monthly, and over 150,000 jobs are posted monthly.
While Monster may not be the 1st in the ranking despite being the oldest on this list, its experience shows in its website’s comprehensive services. Unlike other job websites, Monster isn’t just a job listing website; it focuses on helping people get ahead in their careers and provides valuable tools to help them make the right choices.
Monster’s mantra is ‘Don’t just find a job. Find the right one’. It helps people find the right job by offering services that include resume uploads, networking boards, company profiles, a career blog, a resume review service, a salary estimation tool, and a broad reach in more than 40 countries.
They don’t also seem to rush to get applicants to start seeking jobs and applying. Instead, they consider other ways they could assist. On their homepage, there is a ‘How Can We Help You?’ section. This question gives four possible options,
- I am just exploring
- I am prepping my resume
- I am applying for jobs
- I am actively interviewing
Each option, when clicked, leads to a page that actively tries to help the applicant.
Monster’s career website touches everything from crafting goodbye emails to interviews guides, tips to impress interviewers, and ways to build trust in the workplace.
The salary estimation tool takes in two inputs - a job title and a location. With this, it calculates the salary estimation of that role based on the location of the applicant. The salary estimation ranges from low to median and highest. Further comparison shows that the salary changes from location to location even if the role is the same.
On the job search webpage section, Monster allows users to select job titles and locations. It offers minimal filtering options. Except for choosing miles, and if only remote jobs should be shown, it offers nothing else. Because Monster does not allow any other filtering other than location and role, a developer seeking to work in a particular company like CodeCoda will have a hard time getting the listings for that company.
Monster is particular about users signing up. It is their only prerogative. Users have to sign up to apply for jobs and to create resumes. The sign-up process is relatively easy. There are options to sign up with Linkedin and Google. Or create new details with first name, last name, email, and password.
Though Monster is free and an applicant can get a lot done with its features at no cost, it does offer premium services of creating premium resumes, cover letters, and Linkedin profiles for $129 to $349.
- A rich interface and easy to use platform
- No cost
- With the lack of appropriate filtering options, an applicant is stuck going through many entries that could have been filtered out
- Lots of outdated, irrelevant, and expired job posts
- Resume builder
- A dedicated blog for career advice
- A salary tool to estimate salary expected based on role and location
- A resume review service
Indeed (Runner up)
Indeed needs no introduction. Founded in 2004, it’s name is synonymous with job search. Indeed cites itself ‘as a job search engine with powerful tools to help job seekers find precisely the kinds of jobs they are looking for.
It boasts 250M unique visitors every month, 175M CVs, 320M total reviews and ratings, ten jobs added per second globally, and 750M salaries. Its mission is simple. To help people get jobs.
Using the platform does not require signing in, although it is beneficial to do that. Resumes can only be created and stored when a user signs in.
On the site’s homepage, two input boxes take the job title, company, or keyword, and preferred location. The location can also be remote. A software developer seeking a job in CodeCoda company can narrow down his options to see only job listings at CodeCoda.
Further filtering options include date posted, job type - this could be a full-time, contract, part-time or internship, location, salary estimate, experience level, and job language.
Indeed doesn’t make it mandatory for an applicant to have an account before applying for a job. When an applicant decides on the job to apply for, he can apply on the company page with no further ado.
Indeed is free and requires no cost for applicants; it has a subscription package for employers to view resumes. The company reviews section of the site gives a brief history about the company, reviews, compares salaries, and rates the company on work-life balance, job advancement and security, pay and benefits, management, and company culture.
To shorten the time it takes for employees to find suitable candidates, Indeed created a kind of screening or test with template questions customizable by the employees. These tests are sent to the applicants after they apply for the job, and the result of it helps the employer determine if an application is worth reviewing before the interview.
Its sheer size, the number of job listings, the people participating in it, and the ease of use make Indeed a good choice for a job search. But not enough to top our list.
- Users can get the best out of it at no cost
- It has more jobs listed on it than any other job site in the world
- Indeed’s user interface and its layout are simple to understand, and the UX is easy to process
- Although it has such a massive presence, Indeed is only available in 60 countries and 28 languages
- Because it allows free posting of jobs, there are many junk, old and unserious job postings
- It doesn’t offer many extra resources
- Indeed has a free resume builder with easily customizable resume templates
- You could get a head start by uploading an existing resume or follow a step-by-step approach in creating one
Jooble (First choice)
Jooble is a remarkable job listing and job search engine website. Jooble is present in 71 countries and available in 25 languages. With a daily audience of 2M unique visitors, 90M unique visits per month, and over 1 billion annually, it is not hard to see why this company tops our ranking.
Founded in 2006, Jooble has been around for 15 years and has solidified its activities as a top job search engine across the globe. According to Wikipedia, ‘the geography of its income is quite diversified as no country brings more than 7% of its income.’
With a dominant presence in Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and South and North America, Jooble aggregates vacancies from over 22180 sites with more than 250,000 resources from around the world.
Jooble has a lush interface with a smooth UX. The platform allows applicants to search for vacancies using keywords of job titles, roles, and location. The search feature works remarkably fast and is entirely accurate too. Jobs can also be searched for using company name and location.
Job listing pages on Jooble come with filters that are selected with radio buttons. It allows applicants to choose the date of posting, work experience, salary, location, and type of employment.
The main goal of Jobble is to ‘help any person find a job regardless of their place of residence, language, religion, skin color or belief.’ They have worked towards providing intuitive tools that allow users to catch their dream job.
They also allow their system to be easily accessed to facilitate the job-seeking process. Users don’t need to be signed in to either view the job listing or apply for a job. Instead, if a job is aggregated from another website, it instantly redirects the user to the main page of that job post, where the applicant can apply directly.
- Free platform for users
- Use of ATS on its platform
- Lots of positive reviews and success stories
- A diversified pool of job opportunities
- No resume builder
- Has partnerships with other major ATS companies to make sure applicants’ resumes are ATS friendly.
- Partnership with other job boards so they can effectively index XML feeds.