The Unemployment rate is slowly dropping. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics it fell to 8.1 percent in April of 2012, down nearly a full percentage point from a year ago. That’s good news for job hunters and it must mean that employers are hiring. Companies trying to find the best employee will most likely turn to the Internet to help. If you’re concerned about cost and value, these job listing site cost comparisons may help you decide where to go to find the perfect person for the position.
Craigslist, Starting at Free Craigslist may be great for selling your old couch or finding a new apartment, but it’s also a good resource for employers needing to hire. It’s a very basic service, but the price is right. In most cities it’s free. In the San Francisco Bay area employers must pay $75 to post a job. In 18 other major cities including Atlanta, Chicago and Seattle the price is $25.
Indeed.com bills itself as the top job search site in the world. Every month they have more than 50 million unique visitors from 50 countries. Instead of a flat fee, employers pay per click. Indeed says most clicks cost between $.25 and $1.50. Employers can set the amount that fits their budget.
Simply Hired, Starting at $69
Simply Hired is like the Google of job search sites. It pulls job listings from sources all over the web and works like a portal for job hunters. Currently the site has nearly 5 million jobs in its’ database. For employers, it’s also a good place to post a job directly. For those hiring between one and 50 positions, the price starts at $69 per job post. For companies with more than 50 open positions, pricing switches to a pay-per-click model.
LinkedIn, Starting at $195
LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals, welcoming two new members every second. It’s also becoming an increasingly popular place for employers to post job listings. Employers listing one 30-day job opening must pay anywhere from $195-$295, depending on your zip code. Discounts are applied when you post five or ten job openings at a time.
Monster, Starting at $210
Monster launched in 1994, making it one of the oldest and most trusted job search sources on the web. They offer a variety of options for employers hoping to hire. Thirty or 60-day ads run from $210 to $395 based on location. Employers with open skilled or hourly positions can pay just $99 for a 14-day job listing.
CareerBuilder, $419 and Lower
In the US, CareerBuilder is tops. It welcomes 24 million unique visitors a month and more than 300,000 employers use it to find qualified candidates. For companies posting one job opening, the cost is $419 per month. The more employees needed, the bigger the discount CareerBuilder offers.
By Alison Storm
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