“If it’s free, it’s for me!” as the old saying goes. Then again, you have to balance that with, “You get what you pay for!” Recently, I have been helping clients with their sales recruitment efforts. We all know that it is hard to find qualified, outside, commissioned, salespeople regardless of the industry you are in. If you are a large company with a H.R. department that can spend $400 to place ads on CareerBuilder.com or Monster.com, that’s great. But, I started to wonder, ”Is there a better way?” So, I began researching job websites, job boards, and aggregators. I started trolling recruitment groups and websites to learn what works and what doesn’t. I’m increasingly finding that spending big money on recruitment ads is only one option in the recruitment wheelhouse. In fact, there are a number of $0 ways to find your next salesperson that can work even better than the high cost traditional route.
Most job sites are free for the job seeker, but of course can be quite costly for the employer to post a job. But did you know that there are many “free-to-post” job websites, boards, and aggregators available?
Before we get to those, I’ll quickly review some of the basic social media things you should already be doing. Taking advantage of all the free ways you can use social media for recruitment, is a quick and painless way to effectively get the word out about your open position. At a minimum, you should post the job opening in the following ways:
1. A status update on your personal and company LinkedIn Page.
2. Asked your employees to do the same on their LinkedIn Profile Page.
3. Posted the position on your company Facebook Page.
4. Asked your employees to post about the position on their Facebook Pages.
5. Posted the position on your company website.
6. Tweeted the position to your company followers.(Please see my blog posts; Recruit Top Sales Talent Using LinkedIn & Your Website, 6 Free Ways To Recruit Salespeople on LinkedIn and 6 Free Ways To Recruit Salespeople On Twitter for more info on these topics.)
After all these years, I’m still convinced that the number one way to find your next sales superstar is a referral from your current sales superstars. This should always be your number one focus. Involve your sellers in every way you can think of in order to find the right person. And don’t forget, this should be an ongoing process – not just something you do when you have an opening.
Now, if you’ve done those steps, you are ready to post it to these free job websites. All of these that I have listed are completely free to use, not a limited time trial free offer. Several also have upgrade services that you can purchase, but I think the basic services are amazing for what you get.
This job site features an easy-to-use interface. (The founder tested it with his 92 year old grandmother!). If you want to be proactive, it offers resume search and you can also have them email you resumes that match your keywords or browsing history. However, I did not find many resumes that were current in the “sales” category. Most were from 2010-2011. You can post unlimited jobs for free and applicants can apply on-line. The website says that they have over 4 million jobs in their search engine.
Gigajob claims 2,399,302 members with 265,753 jobs posted and 1,645 resumes. The site confused me at first because it says, “Gigajob $1 is your free job site – for finding jobs and filling job vacancies.” Huh? But it is free. The website is owned by a German company and I suspect the $1 might be a typo and is supposed to say #1. Regardless, there are lots of great features here. You can search resumes (which are current) or set up resume email alerts. It provides you with a url link to the job you post and you can include that link on your website, Facebook page, email signature, etc. This is great if you don’t have a way for people to apply online from your own website. You can simply redirect them with the link to your posting on Gigajob which DOES have an online application feature. The applications will come directly to you. Their site will show you how many people have viewed your job posts and a nice touch is that you can upload your logo and place it on the job posting.
This site is a bit confusing at first because it is ad supported (all of them are – which is why they are free!), but the ads are placed haphazardly around the pages. It does have a resume search option but most of the ones I found were from 2010 or older. However, LotsOfJobs claims 49,898 users registered and offers some great functions. You can create a company profile for applicants to view that includes your logo and company information. When you post a job you can select for candidates to apply on-line, be redirected to your own website url, or specify an email address to reply to. You also are able to see how many people have viewed your job posting(s) each day.
One of the big pluses to this site is that it is also indexed by SimplyHired.com which is one of the largest search engine aggregators. JobSpider says that it is the #1 free internet job search engine and jobs board. It features a resume search function and a quick review of it showed some dated resumes but also many current ones as well. You can view how many people see your job posting each day and it also has the apply on line option.
Jobvertise is well established in this area having been around for over 10 years on the net. They claim over one million resumes and 250,000 jobs. The basic service is free and there are upgrades that you can purchase. Along with the resume search function you can receive relevant resumes emailed to you. The resumes are very current although as a basic customer (i.e., FREE) you do not see a resume in your search until it has been up for 21 days. When you post a job you can create a customized “Jobs Page” for candidates to view which lists all the jobs you have available. You can even add your own HTML to it or import it onto your own website. Very cool! It also has the online application feature which makes it easy for people to respond to your job posting.
Like JobSpider, this site is also indexed by SimplyHired.com, so that is a great bonus. It boasts 1500 employers and 350,000 users. It has a resume search, however, it does not list the date the resumes were posted so you have no way of knowing if they are current. I like that it offers you a company profile page complete with logo and a specific url that you can use to direct people to your job postings. Also, each job posting that you post has a specific url that you can link to as well. The job posting has an apply on line button. ResumeBucket does not give you any analytics on your job postings so you do not know how many have viewed your listing.
This site is the new kid on the block. It is about a year old and is one of Inc. magazine’s fastest growing companies. It is not a jobs only website. It is more like a Craig’s List. Just like newspaper classifieds, there are many different categories. There is a very large Jobs section. The site itself lists over 500,000 new listings per month so it is definitely getting good eyeball traffic. In your job posting you can include click-able links (to your website, Facebook page, etc.). It offers the apply on line function as well as a specific url address to view the ad that you can reference on your other social media sites. ClassifiedAds also shows you how many times your job posting has been viewed.
The site claims 15,000 job postings. You can browse resumes or set up the automated feature that emails you when resumes matching your keywords are posted. All of the jobs are “human edited” which keeps the “work at home” offers from cluttering up the job postings. It does offer a company profile page where allegedly you can upload a logo. I did not have any success in doing so. AllStarJobs also is indexed by Simply Hired which gives you additional visibility. It offers the online application button and tells you how many people have seen your posting.
This is the “granddaddy” of all the job sites and job boards. It has over 10,000 job channels on Twitter. A listing on TweetMyJobs automatically is distributed to Simply Hired, JuJu, Trovit and other job aggregators. In addition, job seekers are instantaneously notified as soon as a relevant job is posted that matches what they are looking for. This means that Twitter members who have indicated they are interested in sales positions in your area would be sent a text or email alert about your position.
Every job posted at TweetMyJobs is included on TweetMyJobs.com, where job seekers can search job listings according to the criteria they select. TweetMyJobs has a Facebook app that facilitates referrals by showing interested candidates if any of their friends have inside connections with your company. The site will also email you an analytics report that details your job posting views. If you are not listing on TweetMyJobs you are missing out on a HUGE opportunity.
With 950,000 monthly Facebook users, this is one of Facebook’s “power apps.” (Log in to Facebook and search “Marketplace by Oodle”) This is not exclusively a job posting site or job board. It is more like classifieds (many liken it also to ebay). While you can sell items on Marketplace, it is much more than that. It has a very active and in-depth Jobs section. Here you can post your open position(s) and then link it to your Company Facebook page as one of the “app boxes” below your timeline cover photo. Then when interested parties click on it, they are taken directly to your job listings on Facebook Marketplace. The one thing it is missing that I wish it had is that you do not know how many people view your listing. However, if you connect it to an app box on your Company Facebook Page you WILL be able to see how many people have clicked the Marketplace app box on your page by looking under “Reach” in your site analytics. This is a terrific free service and you should jump on it before Facebook appropriates it and starts charging!
A couple of things to remember about posting to these job sites…. Don’t forget to make a note of which ones you have posted to so that you can go in and either renew an ad when it is about to expire or cancel it when you have filled the position. Some automatically expire after 30 days – some are open ended. Also, keep track of where your applicants are coming from so that you will know which sites deliver you the best results. And, if they are working for you – go back and give them some positive feedback and appreciation for the free services.
One last thought…The sites I list above are mass targeted job sites. You should do an internet search to see if your particular industry has some free job boards or job websites too.
If you know of any additional free job posting sites that you would like to share, please hit the comment button and let us know!
For my media sales folks – I have found these industry specific free job posting sites: