Best alternatives to LinkedIn
Looking for alternatives to LinkedIn to search for a job or to post a job?
In this article, we’ve created a list of best alternatives to LinkedIn for jobseekers and employers.
We all know that LinkedIn is more than just a professional social network. The site is also a headhunting tool and a job board. Hosting the profiles of millions of potential candidates, LinkedIn provides a choice for employers looking to post a job and attract new talent.
While LinkedIn is good for white-collar jobs, there are other job sites to post your job ad, especially if you’re looking to recruit people with no experience or in specific industries which aren’t well represented on LinkedIn.
Top Alternatives to LinkedIn Jobs
SEEK is Australia’s number one job board.
SEEK has more candidate traffic than any other job site in Australia and is strong across all industries and roles. Whether you’re hiring an IT professional, nurse or welder, SEEK is the place where you’re most likely to find the right person for the role. Employers looking for a premium experience and a large number of quality applicants will get what they pay for on SEEK.
If looking for specific skills and experience, similarly to LinkedIn, employers on SEEK can also search SEEK’s huge talent database to find potential candidates who could be a great fit. On SEEK Talent Search, employers can use advanced sort and filter functions, including salary, industry, and location to find suitable candidates. Unlike LinkedIn, candidate profiles also include CVs so that employers can gain deeper insight into each candidate to help them decide whether to connect.
Jora makes the job search easier by gathering more jobs on one site than any other platform in Australia, bringing together job opportunities from job boards, recruiters and company career pages around the world.
This Australian aggregator is now available in 36 countries and lists almost 7 million jobs worldwide.
Jora has also emerged as a powerful tool for employers who have a limited budget for hiring, offering free job posting. Just take a few minutes to fill in a simple form and your job ad will be accessible on desktop, mobile and the Jora app for millions of Australians across all industries. Jora’s hiring platform is simple, working well for employers who aren’t looking for bells and whistles, but just want their ad to be seen by a large audience and receive relevant applicants.
Gumtree is a classifieds site in Australia. Employers have the option of posting up to one free ad per month, or you can choose one of the paid options with added features. You don’t need a website or career page: simply choose a location, create your job title and write a description, add your contact information and start reaching out to candidates.
Jobs are only one kind of ad on Gumtree, with users visiting the site to search for a wide range of items. Gumtree tends to be strong in low-skilled roles such as labourers or fruit pickers, who are unlikely to be using LinkedIn, due to its focus on high-skilled professionals.
Adzuna is a global job search engine. The Australian version of Adzuna is partnered with 150 newspaper websites around the country. Employers need to pay to post a job with the price starting at AU$99 per posting.
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Jobactive is a government website for job seekers. You can search for short-term or contract work, part-time or full-time positions, local government jobs, as well as traineeships and apprenticeships. It is also a free job posting site to help employers find the right staff for their business.
Jora Local specialises in hospitality, retail and labourer talent, matching local job seekers with businesses in their area. It is completely free and designed with small businesses in mind – offering both a website and a mobile app for those who hire on the go. Employers can post jobs in less than 30 seconds and usually start receiving applicants within minutes.
It also shows important candidate information that other job sites don’t have, such as visa status, availability, and whether they live locally, so that employers can easily see who matches their requirements.
Sidekicker employ casual staff and connects them with businesses seeking temporary and casual staff across hospitality, events, office admin, promotions and warehousing. ‘Sidekicks’ have all been vetted and pre-interviewed, so you can be confident they’re reliable and quality workers. Sidekicker also promote transparency, collecting reviews about workers from employers who hired them via their platform, so you can read these and choose the best applicant. They also make payments simple, as Sidekicker charge a flat hourly rate, and look after paying the employee for you. If you’re currently using an agency for temp or casual staff, Sidekicker could be a great, more affordable option for you.
Glassdoor is a U.S. company which has started expanding to other countries, including Australia. It is primarily an online community where candidates and employees can anonymously share their experiences working for companies, but has also expanded their offering to include job ads. Glassdoor allows you post your first job without having an official employer account and you can upgrade to premium for better features later with payment per job listing slot.
CareerJet is another search engine for jobs. It offers employers no free job listing options. You can index your published jobs from your career page on CareerJet.
SimplyHired aggregates job listings from career websites and job boards. It then advertises those jobs on its website and mobile app. Employers can gain premium placement in the listings by advertising in pay per click (PPC) model.
Summer Jobs Summer jobs can help jobseekers to get extra cash by working as a Christmas casual.
Hays is a global professional recruiting agency. It has offices in Australia, the UK, Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
ArtsHub is Australia’s leading website serving the creative and arts industries. If you’re looking to post jobs in such as publishing, fine arts or cultural events, ArtsHub is the portal to advertise your jobs.
FlexCareers focuses on women seeking flexible work in Australia and New Zealand. If your company offers flexible job opportunities and aims to hire more female employees, FlexCareers can be your choice to post job ads.
GradConnection helps you recruit students or recent graduates for your open roles. With GradConnection, you can access a talent pool of current or recently graduated university students.
The website provides a resource for people who want to engage with Australia’s not for profit community. Employers in not for profit organisations can use Pro Bono website to post job ads.
Paddl connects employers with students and graduates using scorecards to test applicants. That way you can select those with the right skills.
Use SalonStaff to recruit beauty and hair professionals. Post your job ad and the website will promote it to various job boards to bring it in front of qualified job seekers.
Indeed is a global aggregator which has started expanding to Australia in recent years. It’s also a job search engine that allows free job posting as well as sponsored ads, allowing employers to set a budget per day, according to how much traffic they want to attract to their ad. You can also promote your brand with a branded company page and proactively source candidates using Indeed’s resume search feature.
Professional networking alternatives to LinkedIn
Meetup is a network of self-organized clubs and community groups. You can organize your own local group or find one of the thousands already meeting face-to-face to help their members better pursue hobbies, advance causes, or network with peers.
Bark is an online platform that connects customers with local businesses to get your job done. Bark gathers reviews from customers to find local professionals in your area.
Sumry helps you create work portfolios and resumes online. It provides an opportunity to be introduced to the company even before you officially send them an application.
AngelList is one of the world’s largest startup communities. The site helps connect job seekers with startups looking to hire professionals with targeted skills for free.
Hired is a career marketplace bringing together technology talents with the companies who want to hire them.
No doubt, the Internet is your best resource for networking, job seeking and filling a role in your company.
Yet, although the options may seem endless, this list of best alternatives to LinkedIn should give you an essential first step when looking for a job, hiring a new talent, or making meaningful professional connections.