In an ideal world, job seekers and hiring companies would magically find each other online. Job boards (niche or company-specific) can make it easier, but setting one up on your website could be complicated.
There are many WordPress plugins and themes that make it easy to create and manage a jobs board. A jobs board theme can be perfect if you want a dedicated jobs site, but if you’re looking to have a jobs board as part of an existing site, a plugin can work just as well.
This article will look at sixteen of the best plugins and themes available to create jobs boards on your website, and note what makes each of them stand out. Let’s start with the plugins!
Jobs Board WordPress Plugins
Plugins are a great option if you already have a WordPress theme that you love. Most plugins are compatible with correctly coded themes, but if you’re unsure check with the plugin developer and/or theme author. Here are some of our picks!
1. WP Job Manager (Free)
With over 60,000 active installs and a 4.8-star rating, this free plugin is a very popular solution for creating a jobs board. It’s shortcode based, works with any theme, and includes front end submission of jobs which can be managed from the familiar WordPress admin. A wide range of free and paid add-ons are available to extend its functionality.
2. Job Manager (Free)
Job Manager is a well established free plugin for managing job listings and applications, with over 10,000 active installs and a 4.3-star satisfaction rating. Besides job submissions, applicants can apply for jobs, submit their resumes, and receive notifications about progress and interviews via the site. It is perfect for organizations wanting to manage the entire hiring process.
3. Simple Job Board (Free)
Simple Job Board is an easy-to-use, lightweight, and free plugin for adding a jobs board to your site. It has over 2,000 active installs and a 5-star satisfaction rating. Job listings are managed via the WordPress admin and displayed using a shortcode. Designed for extensibility, Simple Job Board enables you to easily add job features (like a Qualifications Required section) and create customized application forms.
4. WP Job Hunter ($26)
WP Job Hunter is an easy-to-use and flexible premium plugin for adding a jobs board to your WordPress website. This plugin links to various online job portals (such as Indeed, Elance, SimplyHired and more) so you can promote various job openings across a number of networks all from your own website. With features like field customizations, page templates, visitor stats and more you’re sure to love this handy plugin!
5. WordPress Careers ($19)
WordPress Careers is a very simple plugin for listing jobs and collecting applications. It has very basic styling but enables you to email applicants en masse, download shortlisted resumes, and export applicant lists. At $19, it’s a good option if you have very simple jobs board needs.
6. JobCareer ($33)
JobCareer is a complete jobs management system. Installing it on your site gives you a jobs portal where candidates can search for jobs, create profiles, add their resume and cover letter, and apply for jobs. Employers can post jobs and short-list applicants easily. Administration is simple and customizable.
7. Jobs & Experts (From $19 per Month)
The Jobs & Experts plugin from WPMU DEV is available through their paid membership (usually $99 per month, with discounts for quarterly and annual plans), or on its own ($19 per month). Companies can post jobs or projects from the front end, and include details like their budget and deadline. Experts can create attractive profiles with examples of their work.
Jobs Board WordPress Themes
Themes created for job boards are another great option since they have been created, styled and tested specifically for that purpose. Plus all of the job features are fully integrated which means you don’t have to install added plugins and there less testing is required on your part. Now let’s take a look at some of our favorite job board WordPress Themes!
1. JobRoller ($69)
JobRoller is a popular theme from AppThemes that enables you to create separate portals for both employers and job seekers. You can even create a role for recruiters to browse the resumes database on your site. You can purchase JobRoller on its own for $69, or get access to all their themes for $199.
2. JobEngine ($89)
You can easily setup and monetize a custom jobs board using the JobEngine theme from Engine Themes. A full resume portal enables employers and recruiters to search for candidates who can in turn manage their applications. Higher priced packages offer access to extensions that add more functionality.
3. Jobify ($59)
Jobify enables to you create more than just a job website – you can create a community of employers and job seekers. A fully customizable layout coupled with powerful search and filtering functionality makes this theme a great option.
4. Nine to Five ($44)
Nine to Five is a clean and powerful premium jobs theme with a full range of functionality. You can add custom information to jobs like salary and benefits, or create your own job filters (e.g. full-time, internship) to enable job seekers to find their perfect post.
5. WorkScout ($59)
WorkScout is a beautiful premium theme designed for the WP Job Manager plugin covered earlier. It provides advanced filters for searching jobs, including a salary or rate filter. You can further extend WorkScout’s functionality through paid WP Job Manager add-ons for application management, resume management, and job alerts, among others.
6. JobSeek ($59)
JobSeek is another premium theme built for the free WP Job Manager plugin. Recruiters and companies can post, edit and manage job listings via the front end, and job seekers can manage their resume and profile. Jobs on the site can be searched and filtered by category, job type, keywords, and location, with jobs being shown on a map.
7. Jobmonster ($59)
Jobmonster is a premium jobs board theme designed to be a complete job portal. No plugins are needed to provide job functionality, as it includes front end dashboards for employers, candidates, and administrators. Employers can sign up for job post packages and manage jobs and applications, including accepting and rejecting candidates. Candidates can apply for jobs using their online resume, by uploading a resume, or by connecting their LinkedIn account.
8. Jobera ($49)
Jobera is a beautiful premium jobs board theme powered by a built-in drag-and-drop page builder. Employers, recruiters, and job seekers can be provided with portals to interact with jobs and resumes. It is compatible with the WP Job Manager plugin as well as many of its add-ons, so you can create a customized job portal with the specific functionality you desire.
9. FreelanceEngine ($89)
FreelanceEngine is another powerful job marketplace theme from EngineThemes. With options for freelancers to post their own availability, as well as employer options to search for qualified applicants, this theme is a one stop solution for creating a job directory. Plus, just like all themes created by Engine Themes, you can upgrade your theme package at any time to access premium extensions for added functionality.
While getting jobs posted on your site and attracting job seeker traffic can be a challenge, getting a jobs board up and running on WordPress doesn’t have to be a challenge.
From our list, you should be able to find the perfect plugin or theme to create a jobs board that meets your needs. If you’ve been thinking about setting up a jobs board, there’s nothing standing in your way – just pick one and get started!
Have you set up a jobs board before? Did you use any of these plugins or themes? We would love to hear about your experiences in the comments section below!