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Now Hiring: The Best Places for Recruiting Talent

Recruiting talent is one of the most critical challenges for any business, though as we frequently highlight, it can be particularly difficult for small businesses.

One of the challenges companies face is determining the best place to find talent. Job boards are a pretty obvious first choice, though even there, employers have to choose from numerous options.

That said, even past your Indeeds and LinkedIns, there are other methods where you might be able to find the right hire — and in a few situations, these alternatives might actually top your average job board.

The following are some of the options small businesses can tap to search for talent, including some of the major job boards, as well as a few less traditional methods.

Major Job Boards for Recruiting Talent

Let’s start with a look at some of the most popular places to post jobs online.


Indeed is one of the world’s largest job search engines, boasting millions of job listings. It aggregates listings from thousands of websites, including company career pages and job boards.

Costs: Employers can post a job on Indeed for free, but you can pay for sponsored job postings to increase visibility. Costs can vary, but Indeed requires a minimum budget of $5 per day or $150 per month. Also, Indeed has changed from a pay-per-click model to a pay-per-started-application model, which means you’re only paying for clicks that are more likely to lead to a tangible result.

Benefits: With its massive reach and user-friendly interface, Indeed can quickly attract a large pool of candidates. The site also offers tools to manage and screen applicants, making it easier to find the right fit for your company.


LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional networking site. It allows employers to post jobs, search for candidates and directly message potential hires. LinkedIn’s network is particularly strong for white-collar and professional roles.

Costs: Like with Indeed, you can post jobs for free — though you can only post one free job listing at a time. Paid LinkedIn job postings start at $5 per day, but the cost can increase based on your targeting and the duration of the posting. LinkedIn also offers premium plans like LinkedIn Recruiter, which provide additional features such as advanced search filters and InMail credits.

Benefits: LinkedIn is particularly effective if you’re recruiting professional and skilled positions. It has powerful search capabilities and networking features that help you find and engage with top talent. Its powerful search capabilities and networking features allow you to proactively find and engage with top talent. Also, LinkedIn’s company pages and content sharing options can enhance your company’s brand.


Monster has been a staple in the online job search market for decades. It offers extensive features for job postings, resume searches and applicant tracking.

Costs: Your two primary choices are Monster+ Standard (pay when candidates view or apply to your job, and adjust your budget spend whenever you want), and Monster+ Pro ($299 per month, includes 299 credits to promote jobs, allows you to search and engage with candidates via Resume Search, and allows you to collaborate with multiple team members).

Benefits: With its extensive database and advanced search capabilities, Monster can be particularly useful for targeted recruiting efforts. At the high end, Monster can also include services such as providing a recruiting marketing strategy and employer branding services.


ZipRecruiter distributes your job postings to over 100 different job boards, increasing visibility. Its AI-powered matching technology helps to connect employers with suitable candidates.

Costs: ZipRecruiter offers three plans: Standard ($299 per month), Premium ($459 per month) and Pro ($999 per month). All plans allow you to distribute your postings to more than 100 job sites, backed by powerful AI to help you reach candidates.

Benefits: ZipRecruiter’s extensive distribution network ensures your job postings reach a broad audience. Premium candidates enjoy access to more than 43 million resumes, and their postings deliver up to six times more candidates on average. Pro offers the same benefits, as well as TrafficBoost for urgent and hard-to-fill jobs, as well as integration with applicant tracking systems.


While Glassdoor might best be known for company reviews and salary information, it also offers job postings. Given its reputation, the site attracts job seekers who value company culture and transparency.

Costs: Years ago, Glassdoor partnered with Indeed to provide job postings, meaning you’ll pay for sponsored postings similarly to Indeed. While Glassdoor also offers paid plans, they’re custom-priced, so you must contact Glassdoor to learn more about costs.

Benefits: Glassdoor’s transparency about company culture and salaries can attract candidates who are a good fit for your company’s environment. Businesses can also get use out of the platform’s reviews and ratings, which provide valuable insights into how candidates perceive your company … and can help you identify where you have room for improvement.

Less Traditional Methods for Recruiting Talent

These methods might not provide the same reach as jobs boards, but they can still deliver qualified candidates:

Networking Events

You can connect with potential candidates at industry conferences, trade shows and local networking events. These events offer an opportunity to meet and engage with professionals who are actively involved in your industry. Building relationships at these events can not only lead to valuable referrals and direct hires, but also build your industry knowledge and open up opportunities with potential partners.

Professional Associations

Many industries have professional associations that offer job boards and networking opportunities. Posting jobs on these boards can target candidates with specific industry expertise and credentials. Additionally, participating in association events and activities can enhance your company’s visibility and reputation within the industry.

Internships and Apprenticeships

Offering internships and apprenticeships can be a strategic way to cultivate talent. These programs allow you to train individuals according to your company’s needs and potentially hire them full-time upon completion.

University and College Career Services

Partnering with universities and colleges can give you access to a pool of fresh talent. Many institutions have career services that help connect employers with students and recent graduates. Hosting campus recruitment events, offering guest lectures and participating in career fairs can further boost your recruitment efforts.

Freelancer Platforms

You’re likely to use Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr to hire freelancers for short-term projects. But you can also use these projects to evaluate potential full-time hires while meeting immediate needs.

Employee Referrals

Employee referral programs leverage your existing workforce to find new talent. Incentivizing employees to refer candidates can lead to high-quality hires who fit well within the company culture. Often, these programs involve bonuses or other rewards for successful referrals.

Where Will You Find Your Next Great Hire?

Recruiting talent for your small business doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. But if you’re not sure about the best way to go about finding new hires to grow your company, we can lend a helping hand.

McManamon & Co. provides a variety of business services for small and midsize firms, including consulting on a wide array of topics — including recruiting talent.

Want to learn more? Call us today at 440.892.8900 or contact us online.

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