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Job Board Posting Fees

Job boards are generally free to use for those who are looking for a job, but for those who are looking to post an employment opportunity on a job board there is almost always going to be a job board posting fee. The fee you might expect to pay to post a job opening for your business will vary from job board to job board and really depends on several factors.

Cost for 30 Day Listing
City -->NYLAChicagoDenversmall town
Job Board:Review
Monster.com$375
$375$365$365$210Free hiring tools to manage and screen candidates. Unlimited ad space. Discounts for multiple listings.
Careerbuilder$419$419$419$419$419Have one year from purchase date to use. Unlimited edits during 30 days. Discounts for multiple listings.
Craigslist$25$25$25$25freeEdit/update at any time.
IndeedOnly pay when your ad is clicked. Set PPC (min $0.25) and total budget (min. $25)Jobs appear on Indeed and across their network of sites.

Here are some of the variables that might affect how much of a job board posting fee you may have to pay:

•    The Company: Typically, the bigger name you go with, the more money you can expect to pay. So, you may only pay $10 to post your job opportunity on Phil’s Job Board, but you can expect to pay a lot more if you post your job opening to a company like LinkedIn for example. Sometimes, you may even be able to use two lesser known job posting boards for the same price as one of the big boys. In the end, who you go with is all a personal preference though results may vary.
•    Amount of Exposure: This sort of goes hand in hand with the first point. The more exposure you can expect to get from your job posting, the more you can expect to pay. Usually, larger companies will be able to offer you a much higher level of exposure so the fee is somewhat in line with that fact. Whether or not a higher fee for more exposure is acceptable to you all depends on how quickly you wish to get the position filled in which you are hiring for.
•    Type of Posting: You can also expect to pay more for a job posting that is long. Some companies will charge a flat fee for a job posting no matter what the length, but many will charge more if the posting exceeds a certain length. In order to avoid sticker shock, you should find out ahead of time what the limits to your posting might be.
•    Total Time: You may additionally see a big difference in job posting fees according to how long you want your job opening posted. Many companies allow you to post your job for as little as a few days to up to a few months. So, depending on how quickly you feel that your job offer may get filled, you can usually save a few bucks by going with a job posting that isn’t all that long.

The days of putting a classified advertisement in your local newspaper for a job opening with you business and then having to hold your breath and hope for the best have come and gone. Now it is just as economical to use a job board to get the word out to the masses that you are in fact hiring. While there is generally no way around the job board posting fees, you can minimize your expense if you  know what you are looking for and then take some time and consider all the variables involved.

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