Free Resume Search Databases for Employers – Forbes Advisor – Forbes Advisor

We should dispel the notion that there is a “best” free resume search database for employers. It’s not about finding the best platform. It’s all about finding the platform (or platforms) that works best for you. You don’t want to limit your search to just one platform. And if you fill a wide range of roles (like accountants, truck drivers, and salespeople, for example), it’s going to be hard to find all of that talent in one place.

The “right” CV bank depends on your needs. Variables such as the types of jobs you are trying to place, your budget, and the timeframe to fill those roles will make one database better than another. Because there’s no one right answer, let’s take a look at some of the most popular resume databases, highlighting their pros and cons, and identifying ideal users for each platform.

PostJobFree

PostJobFree allows employers to search resumes and post jobs for free. At the time of writing, the company boasted that users had posted over 1.5 million job openings and 3,280 resumes in the past seven days.

Cost: Free to search and post jobs; premium subscriptions start at $29 per month.

Advantages

PostJobFree removes some biases from the equation. Without contact information, you are more focused on the merits of each candidate, especially since you have to pay to see that candidate’s identity.

Disadvantages

Although the search is free, you have to pay to unlock the contact information. Additionally, you must purchase promoted jobs as part of your premium subscription, even if you do not intend to post jobs on this platform.

Who is it for?

PostJobFree is for companies of all sizes that don’t want to spend a lot of money on recruiting or have low turnover. That said, the solution is affordable for companies that need to place a large number of jobs – the entry-level subscription includes 100 promoted jobs and 1,000 resume contacts.

Jobvertise

Jobvertise is a free job board where employers and employees can post vacancies and CVs.

Cost: Free, Starter ($29 per month), Standard ($59 per month), Pro Plan ($89 per month)

Advantages

Unlike other sites that allow users to search resumes for free, but lock contact information behind a paywall, Jobvertise does not.

Disadvantages

The UI isn’t the most appealing, and many useful features are locked behind a paywall. That said, paid subscriptions for Jobvertise are also lower than competing platforms.

Who is it for?

Since you can view three resumes for free each day, the solution is ideal for cash-strapped HR departments that don’t place many jobs frequently, or in cases where you don’t need to place a candidate. immediately.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is the most popular social media platform for professionals, with 810 million members in over 200 countries. Quantity is a quality in itself. And LinkedIn is a juggernaut.

Cost: Basic (free), Premium Essentials (from $39.99 per month), Recruiter Lite (from $1,439.88 per year), Premium Pro (from $669 per year)

Free try: A month

Delivery: Up to 33% off if you prepay for the year (discount varies by product)

Advantages

The platform is the largest professional network, so employers can expand their networks without using multiple platforms. The site also lets users list jobs, and premium memberships unlock 20 search filters and automated recommendations to find the perfect candidate.

Disadvantages

The free version of LinkedIn limits some features and doesn’t support others, limiting its effectiveness as a reliable resume search tool. And licenses for the platform can be quite expensive. Recruiter Lite plans start at $1,499, but that’s only if you pay for the year up front. And even then, you’re still subject to caps, such as 30 InMail messages per month.

Who is it for?

LinkedIn is for everyone, but you may have better luck getting some jobs over others on this platform. Nearly half of all LinkedIn users make over $75,000 a year, so it’s not the best place to get low-wage jobs, especially when you’re paying thousands of dollars a year for a license.

Global companies will also benefit from LinkedIn. More than 75% of LinkedIn users reside outside of the United States, meaning recruiters who need to place similar jobs in Singapore, Rome and Sydney can still easily connect to each local job market through a single platform.

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In effect

Cost: Free Sponsored Posts (starting at $5 per day), Recruitment Campaign (varies), Indeed Resume Standard ($100 for 30 contacts per month), Indeed Resume Professional ($250 for 100 contacts per month)

Free try: Not available

Delivery: 20% for those who pay a year in advance

Advantages

Indeed has over 200 million resumes in its database, which means you have a huge pool to draw from. It also offers low-cost options for employers to promote job postings on the platform, as well as a hiring campaign service to integrate Indeed into your existing HR platforms.

Disadvantages

Indeed, it can become costly for companies trying to place large volumes of jobs. Indeed CV subscriptions are based on the number of times you engage with users on the platform in a month. The more users you contact, the more your bill increases.

Who is it for?

Indeed is ideal for small businesses that don’t have a large recruitment budget and for employers who need to fill generic, non-specific positions, such as a store clerk or hotel cleaner. According to Indeed, companies that hire up to 11 people a year can benefit from Indeed Resume Standard, while those that hire a dozen or more would benefit from Indeed Resume Professional.

If you’re ready to get started, learn how to post a job on Indeed.

Scales

The ladders serve one purpose: to place high-level jobs that pay six-figure salaries or more. Ladders offers a free subscription, but it’s very limited, capping recruiters at ten job postings, resume views, and emails through the platform each month. Monthly subscriptions let you post more jobs, view more resumes, contact more candidates each month, and unlock access to advanced features.

Cost: Basic (free), Lite Access ($199 per month), Full Access ($597 per month), Enterprise (varies)

Free try: Not available

Delivery: 20% when you pay for a year in advance

Advantages

Ladders offers an extensive database of over 10 million top professionals. In other words, there are plenty of big fish in a vast sea to choose from. Ladders also provides subscribers with a robust toolkit to refine results and contact candidates directly from the platform.

Disadvantages

Access to high-value candidates doesn’t come cheap. You can try your luck with the free version if you are not in a rush to find the right match. You probably want to look at more than ten people when looking for the next sales president.

If you’re tasked with placing both highly technical jobs and less exclusive roles, then you’ll need to use Ladders plus another service, a redundancy that will make your HR budget look bloated.

Who is it for?

If you are looking to place management and management positions, lawyers, chemists, IT professionals, etc., then Ladders is a great choice.

JobSpider

JobSpider is a free resume database and job board. Employers can search resumes and post job openings.

Cost: Free

Advantages

JobSpider is totally free. You don’t have to pay to post jobs or contact users, regardless of how much attention you receive or whether or not you place the job.

Disadvantages

JobSpider has a limited feature set. While it can integrate with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS), JobSpider doesn’t allow users to do anything other than post jobs and search resumes. Also, the database isn’t as large as the others on this list.

Who is it for?

JobSpider is for everyone. There are thousands of resumes from candidates representing all job levels in dozens of fields. But the platform is also ideal for those with a small recruiting budget, as you can use it to complement other paid resume databases.

PowerfulRecruiter

MightyRecruiter offers free access to a database of over 21 million resumes.

Cost: MightyRecruiter accounts are free, but there are paid plans with additional features.

Advantages

Not only do you get access to millions of resumes for free, but MightyRecruiter also allows users to post jobs to 29 different platforms through a single platform. The platform also offers many useful tips to help employers find the best possible candidate.

Disadvantages

MightyRecruiter may be free, but it lacks some of the advanced features you’ll find on similar platforms.

Who is it for?

MightyRecruiter is for HR departments at companies of all sizes across a wide range of industries that want to take advantage of an Applicant Tracking System, but are on a budget.

Christy J. Olson