WordPress is the ideal platform to create a job board that both employers and candidates will love to use to post and apply for jobs.
There are a few main ways that job boards work:
- Build out a freelance services marketplace along the lines of Upwork or Fiverr. This would allow you to solicit employers and job candidates to meet in your platform and connect there regarding job openings.
- Aggregate jobs from around the web into one place like Indeed or Monster.
- Create a job board for a specific industry, where jobs can be posted, and applicants can apply to them that looks good and functions well on WordPress.
There are a plethora of tools you can use to streamline setup, and it can be hard to know which are right for you.
Let’s take a look at some of the best plugins and themes for creating a job board on WordPress:
Best WordPress Job Board Themes
When it comes to “designing” a job board, you want to make sure it includes all the details you expect to be there. A headline, employer, and pertinent details about the job are all that’s needed to start, but extra features can help make the experience feel more professional for all parties involved.
Start with a WordPress theme that’ll ensure you have the right design in place from the get-go.
Looking to become the next Upwork?
Use the FreelanceEngine Marketplace Theme to design your own freelance jobs platform.
In addition to providing you with page templates you’ll need for this marketplace, FreelanceEngine also includes mobile counterparts, taking out a lot of the work you might otherwise have to do to reach a mobile audience.
“It has the flexibility to perform seamlessly on every device. We provide you with an ecosystem of plugins to give you more control over your site, and the ability to start monetizing your website”
– Annie, FreelanceEngine
They have a demo website where you can see it in action!
Price: Starting at $89
Another popular theme to create a professional WordPress job board is Jobify.
This theme provides a clean, high quality design that your customers will love. Employers will enjoy the clean UI, and candidates will easily be able to apply for jobs.
Jobify is an easily customizable theme, and you’ll be able to easily change the color scheme, typography, and overall design to match your brand identity.
Another benefit of the Jobify theme is that it’s compatibable with multiple add-ons that you’ll be able to use to add new features, such as gaining more insight into your website analytics.
Another popular WordPress job board theme that could be the right choice for you is JobRoller.
This theme allows you to setup a job site that both candidates and employers using it will love. thanks to a host of rich features such as a resume/CV database, editable profiles, custom job types, CV search tools, and everything else that a fully functional job board is going to need.
JobRoller offers all the features you need to start your recruitment business.
Price: Starting at $69
JobCareer is the theme to use if you want to design a beautiful-looking job board.
This would work just as well for recruitment agencies, companies hiring internally, as well as job aggregation websites as it comes with over a dozen demos and a variety of functionality to tap into.
Price: Licenses start at $59
Jobmonster is a WordPress theme that helps you create fully functioning job boards that connect interested candidates with potential employers looking to fill roles within their companies.
With a theme like this, you can streamline the management of job and candidate submissions, and facilitate the process by which people get hired (and you make money).
Price: Licenses start at $55
WorkScout is a job board theme for WordPress.
With this theme, you can help employers and job seekers alike manage their online profiles and make connections that count.
WooCommerce integration allows you to charge users to pay for a subscription to the service, pay to apply to a certain number of positions, or pay to post their open jobs.
Price: Licenses start at $59
Jobseek is another theme available for your WordPress job board. It offers a complete solution for recruiting agencies and human resources companies to build out a website that runs exactly as candidates would expect.
It offers functionality to post jobs in a variety of ways, filter job listings, and an easy-to-use Admin UI to make managing your job site easy.
Price: Licenses start at $49
Best WordPress Job Board Plugins
Building and managing a jobs portal could become a time-sucking venture if you don’t have the right tools in place.
Here are some essentials for automating the workload:
1) Apply Online
The ApplyOnline plugin is one you will use to create a jobs portal and application system within a company website (or for a dedicated mobile app counterpart to that site). What’s interesting is that you can also use this plugin to post job-related ads around your website as well as promote upcoming classes or events.
“The ApplyOnline plugin is a good choice for business owners who want to supercharge their ads and applications management system – it lets users signup and login to save, edit, submit and track their application(s).”
– David Brown, CEO, SpiderTeams
After activation, all your job ads can be viewed at your ads slug (yourwebsite.com/ads), and you’ll be alerted whenever someone applies to your role.
WP Job Manager is a plugin to use for managing job listings on your site or app.
It includes its own contact form for collection of information, so there’s no need to use an additional plugin for that purpose. (That’s nice as it’ll keep your site more lightweight than it otherwise would be.)
WP Job Manager also allows you to add-on the Resume Manager plugin adds a resume submission form to your site and resume listings, which you can easily manage from the WordPress admin dashboard.
Looking for an all-in-one job board management system? Try WPJobBoard.
This plugin covers it all: job listing management, an employer portal, application tracking, and integration with Twitter and third-party job sites to give your listings increased exposure on the web.
“WPJobBoard is a WordPress Job Board Plugin which will help recruitment agencies build a self-hosted job board with a built-in applicant tracking system. Having the job board hosted on your site will improve site SEO by increasing the site visibility in search engines, which is ideal for getting traffic to help validate your new jobs website.”
– Greg Winiarski, Lead Programmer at WPJobBoard
He recommends starting with this article, which will show you how to get started with WPJobBoard.
Price: Licenses start at $97
Simple Job Board is a plugin that’s going to let you easily convert your WordPress site into a job board.
It’s lightweight, while at the same time offering lots of flexibility. You can add job listings or application forms to any page of your website through simply using shortcodes!
Your Job Site’s Mobile Presence
9 out of 10 job seekers say they’re likely to use a mobile device during their job search.
All of the major job board websites such as Indeed, Monster, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor have dedicated apps for job seekers to search for their next opportunity.
It’s not just an American or European trend either.
Indeed reports that in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, 80% of job searches start on mobile.
A strong mobile presence will be vital to your website’s growth and long term prospects.
Luckily, building a mobile app doesn’t have to be a daunting task!
You can use MobiLoud Canvas to have your job website turned into a mobile app by our experienced team of app developers. We’ll build, publish, and maintain your mobile app for you!
We wrote an in-depth blog post on how Canvas works can help you turn your WordPress job website into mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Thanks to these WordPress job board plugins and themes you won’t need to re-invent the wheel when creating your website.
You can create a simple job board, or a powerful all-in-one applicant tracking system with these tools at your disposal.