Not surprisingly, today’s executive job seekers discover employment opportunities by using online sources. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of job boards, both generic and niche, as well as aggregators, social media, association boards, and executive search firm websites to choose from. Just like any online source these in-demand sites are constantly changing and evolving. So which ones will work best for you in 2024? (because let’s be serious 2023 is already so last year)
The great news is they provide a plethora of listings. The less-than-great news is you can easily be overwhelmed by the extensive options. Here, Core Executive Consultants (an executive recruitment and search firm with twenty years of hard-won experience) offers 10 of what we consider the best job search websites for the Canadian job market.
There are many (many) others, of course, but this list of best job search websites (in our opinion) should give you a good starting point for your next job hunt:
On these websites, you can search thousands of job listings from the companies local to your area and career goals. Many of the opportunities we offer are exclusive to your region or specialty and can’t be found elsewhere, online or off. Job seekers can submit a resume, apply for temporary or full-time positions, and subscribe to job alerts to stay updated on brand-new opportunities. Our site, for example, also offers job search and career advice, and a growing library of research into workplace trends. Google search “executive search near me” or by area of expertise (industry, profession) or the geography you want to work within. These are good sites because, if you choose to register with a local firm, your resume will not be found on a huge board and you get to pick and choose who you want to work with. They will post jobs and also come directly to you when they have available positions that have been matched to your title, industry, location, and experience. Individual cities also have their own local websites that will be specific to that region. Google the city you are interested in and they will have a site. For example, If you are looking for tech jobs in London, Ontario the local job site provided by the London Economic Development Corporation is https://londontechjobs.ca/.
Each medium to large city in Canada usually has a municipal job site as well. If you are looking for a government position, Google the city you are interested in to see their municipal listings. For example, if you are looking for job sites in Toronto you will want to check out City of Toronto Jobs.
Employers, our website also allows you to submit a hiring request for immediate follow-up.
Google for Jobs is one of the newest, and most impressive, entries into the Canadian job “aggregator” category that still seems to be a best-kept secret despite being around for several years. Google for Jobs lists Canadian job listings from multiple search engines, including several of the ones listed in this post (Indeed is purposefully not included). Like Google itself, it’s easy to use: Candidates can use key phrases like “HR Management” to produce a list of available positions in their geographical area. If something looks like a good opportunity, you can easily go directly to the source of the job listing and apply. For example, a button might read, “Apply Linkedin.” One big benefit of using Google for Jobs is that it gets rid of repetitious results and displays one listing for an open position. It also evens the playing field and includes broader results because it doesn’t currently charge advertisers to be included – meaning you’ll get a more complete picture of what jobs are available not just who is willing to pay for a job advertisement on a big job board.
This top networking site enables you to find jobs through your extended network. Additionally, you can join groups, participate in conversations and follow companies you find interesting and relevant to your job search. Each company site should link to its website or career page for additional research and information. This site continues to be a great resource. Companies pay to post jobs and most see ROI value for their listings with appropriately targeted ads bringing in more qualified candidates than many of the other boards. Candidates are for the most part shown jobs that will match to their qualifications and physical location (there is the odd misfire in the algorithm, but overall not bad matching compared to other sites we’ve reviewed). Beyond just networking, LinkedIn empowers you to engage in thoughtful discourse by joining industry-specific groups and participating in enlightening conversations. This is an effective way to both demonstrate your expertise and stay abreast of current trends in your industry. Furthermore, it facilitates your ability to follow companies that captivate your interest and could be pivotal to your job search. With its unique value proposition, LinkedIn continues to solidify its place as an invaluable resource in the job market. Companies often find a substantial return on investment in posting jobs here, owing to highly targeted ads that tend to attract more qualified candidates than many traditional job boards. For job seekers, LinkedIn’s algorithm works diligently to present job opportunities that align with their qualifications and geographic preferences. Although there may occasionally be mismatches, the overall accuracy outperforms many other platforms we’ve examined. As you navigate your career journey, our recently published guide on 5 Things to Do on LinkedIn If You Are Seeking a New Career Opportunity provides an in-depth look at leveraging LinkedIn’s myriad features to supercharge your job search.
Eluta is a Canadian search engine that features job postings from more than 10,000 employers’ websites across Canada. Eluta provides links back to the original employers’ job postings. Candidates can sign up for email alerts that notify them of new jobs that match their search criteria. Not everybody knows about this site because they don’t advertise as much as the others (Indeed, Linkedin) but they are scraping corporate sites and the big company boards so you will be applying directly to companies – not filling in forms for Indeed and Linkedin.
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A mammoth aggregator of postings from across the web. Indeed is an American worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings launched in November 2004. It is a subsidiary of Japan’s Recruit Co. Indeed also compiles information from various company career pages and allows you to search locally or globally. Free resources for job seekers include a resume builder tool.
Be aware that the pay structure on Indeed has limited the scope of listings. Unless a recruitment company is paying for the listing you aren’t going to find it here. Small businesses have noted a new fee structure requiring them to pay $15/resume regardless of whether it’s an appropriate application for the role which has discouraged the use of the site. Indeed also requires employers to pay to view your resume on their database so applying to companies directly is still the best practice. We recommend that you do your own research into the fee structure if you’re an employer looking to post a job. However, if you are a candidate looking for an aggregator site with critical mass this is it. Just be aware that it does not capture the full job market there are plenty of roles that will be found elsewhere at the other sites listed and on corporate and niche sites.
Historically, Workopolis “was a Canadian website specializing in online job searching. Headquartered in Toronto, Workopolis had offices in eight Canadian cities including Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver, and provided its services in both English and French. It was acquired by Indeed.com in June 2018 and subsequently shut down as an independent job board but still lists jobs under the ownership of Indeed. It remains as a white-label portal for Indeed’s Canadian job postings.” (Source: Wikipedia). Update: We don’t recommend going in through Workopolis because our experience during 2023 is most jobs are expired and being used for traffic/SEO purposes. it can become a frustrating time suck clicking on expired job after expired job. Just stick with the Canadian version of Indeed where they appear to still close the jobs that are expired.
As the top online recruiter in Quebec, Jobboom has been providing insightful information about the Quebec job market to employers and candidates for over fifteen years. Jobboom provides access to offers of employment, contract opportunities, training, and professional advice for job seekers and employers alike. Jobboom publishes job offers from 16 different employment sectors across Quebec and outside of the province. See for example the opportunities available in Engineering and science.
Job search website Glassdoor boasts a large database of company reviews — submitted by actual employees. Glassdoor promotes itself as giving job seekers insights into a company’s work conditions, interview processes, salaries, and benefits. There are links to the reviewed company’s job ads within Glassdoor.
CareerBuilder is one of the biggest job boards in the United States, and its robust search function allows you to filter by several criteria, including location, degree required, and pay range. CareerBuilder partners with news media around the country and collects job listings from them. While this site currently focuses on jobs in the States with a smaller offering in Canada, it gets high marks for career advice and resources for candidates.
Job search website Monster is a global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and employers who need great people. Currently filling the space where Workopolis once was, they have been doing this for more than 20 years, and have expanded from our roots as a “job board” to a global provider of a full array of job seeking, career management, recruitment, and talent management products and services.
Number 10 is more of a job board “genre” than one single board. In the age of the huge job aggregator, it is also essential to do a bit of leg work to customize your search to meet specific career needs and goals. One way to do this is to spend a bit of time finding the niche and association sites that work specifically for you as a unique person and job seeker.
A Professional Engineer may find jobs specifically for their specialty on the licensing authority in their area or on niche engineering career sites. Accounting Job seekers may find their accounting association offers jobs that are the best fit. Many employers still feel going directly to their desired professional audience, instead of a giant general job board, is the best value when seeking qualified applicants.
Here are some examples of professional organizations within Canada that offer job boards for their members:
Not loving what you see on the mainstream boards, and prefer to work remotely from anywhere? This is becoming less available with back-to-office mandates so you will have to conduct a focused job search if you want a non-hybrid 100% remote position.
Here is a condensed list of the top ten remote job boards, each linked to their respective websites:
If you are an immigrant looking for a job in Canada, there are a number of job opportunities available to you outside of these job boards. They can be found under various immigration programs such as the skilled worker program, IEC program, and others.
Are you a job seeker wanting more guidance on the most in-demand jobs in Canada? Here is a list we have compiled including the hottest jobs in Canada for 2023.