Online Job Sites – When Is It Worth Paying a Fee?

Whose using Online Job Sites?

Job searches are done with online job sites by people that are either unemployed, underemployed, or dissatisfied with their current position. There are still people that use the newspaper to search for employment, but most of us hit the internet.

Online Job Sites

List of Free Online Job Sites

There are plenty of options available to choose from when you’re ready to do research for a new job or career. Job sites have a process in place and using their search resources can help match you with a job that matches your skill and experience, and match you with the right companies.

Online Job Sites

Free Job Sites

Mind you, this is not a complete list, nor in any particular order. These are just some of the big dogs. These are free job sites, but some do have upgrade premium memberships that have a fee. The premium memberships offer more services like resume help and giving search priority over the basic plan.

Best Online Job Sites for Specific Careers

Online Job Sites

Are you specialized in a certain career, like nursing, teacher, or architect? Then these job sites will be more to your liking.

  • USA – connects job seekers with federal employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.
  • Health Care Job Site – The Health Care Network
  • –  is a digital media publisher that brings the most influential voices in engineering to a worldwide audience of designers and engineers.
  • – the latest Tech and Engineering Jobs with all the latest industry news.
  • – is a global leader in sales acceleration solutions.
  • Journalism –  is the largest and most-visited resource for journalism jobs, and receives between 2.5 to 3 million page views a month.

Again, these are only a few. There are a plethora more to choose from.

Online Job sites with fees

I know what you’re thinking, “Why should I pay for a job search service?” These are the top reasons job search sites list for being worth  the fee.

  1. High Quality job listings
  2. Hand-screened job leads
  3. Receive priority alerts for new  job opportunities
  4. Make your job search experience better, easier, faster, and safer.

5 Fee Charging Online Job Sites

Wrapping Up

I’ve talked to people who have used paid services and say they are well worth it. They’ve told me they find a job quicker and companies that are a good fit for their skills.

In my opinion, I wouldn’t pay for online job sites because employers looking for help are going to post the jobs everywhere they can. If you’re looking for a specific company you can just go to that companies website.

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12 thoughts

  1. Thanks, Ed. That was a very informative read. I would tend to agree with you on people that are hiring. I think they go where ever. Even LinkedIn offers jobs. My guess would be if it is a specific career the job seeker or employer may use a paid service.

  2. Well done Ed on providing a great post about the Job markets.

    There are lots of possibilities out there for finding work even though some people may think there are not many jobs.

    I have personally used some of the sites you have mentioned in this post and found them to be very good.

    Great info Ed, thanks for taking the time to post this for us all

  3. Thanks for the useful information. Job hunting online seems to be the norm today for lots of people. I have worked for years as a medical transcriptionist and a good site for this type of job is . It’s free and that’s where I’ve found my last two jobs. I even had my resume posted there and have had people contact me with job offers.

  4. Hi Ed,

    I feel the same way about paying a site to help me find a job. Most of the time I research the type of job I want and read the Job description. If I feel like I can contribute, based on the job description, I connect with the company directly. I was intrigued by Ladders at one point but hesitated because of the fees. Great post!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    1. Thanks, Jonathan!

      The companies say they weed out the garbage jobs so you don’t have to! I think if someone is that lazy that they can’t do that themselves, that’s probably why they don’t have a job!This is not directed toward everyone, of course.

      I appreciate the feedback,


  5. Hello and thanks amillion for sharing this awesome information, many people are turning to this type of work to work from home and of course to make a good income. This type of work can be great providing you connect with the right program.

  6. Great post Ed. I know many looking for employment within their current “skill set” can become lost in the search and not be able to find the right fit, or the appropriate salary. Great job in narrowing it down to both free and paid sights. I have found that in many “specialized” job fields, employers need to narrow down their candidate fields just due to the need for time management (work productivity is reduced when looking for suitable employees). Therefore, the value of this information works for both ends.

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