Today I decided to make a list of the best WordPress themes designed for job boards. These themes can be used for general job listing website as well as some niche sites like freelancer job listings and even job board for babysitters. These themes features frontend submission, location aware search, resume creators, visual builders and much more.

I have been involved in recruitment business for the past 5 years working for several international recruitment companies. My main duties were building and maintaining job portals and I know the tiniest aspects of this business. Job portal business has been taken away by large sites like Monster and LinkedIn but there are loads of niches where relatively small websites are performing really well.

The main problem about small players is to keep the website up to date, error free and always add new functionality requested by users. This is incredibly hard if you are using custom-built system and you have no idea how to write your own code. This is where WordPress comes into the game. You can use various plugins and themes and setup your job listing with ease and always keep it updated as theme and plugin developers releases updates. This is something you can’t done with custom-built systems or it will cost fortune to do so.

Below you can find the best job board themes I was able to find. These theme share the same premium design and functionality and they are highly customizable to suit your needs. Most of these themes are created as dedicated job board themes but some of theme can be used for recruitment agency, business, directory, classified and other functional and creative websites.

WPJobus

wpjobus WordPress job board

WPJobus is a 3 in 1 WordPress theme that can be used for building job portals, personal resumes or company profiles. It is fully responsive and bundled with brilliant features such as Google Maps and AJAX search. With its sophisticated directory function, you are able to put up a professional job board portal where consumers can browse, search and filter entities like jobs, companies or resumes. You can use this theme as a single page resume where you can present your professional background, education, skills and a lot more. On the other hand, you can use WPJobus as a website template for company profile website. Full review of WPJobus theme you can read here.

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Jobify

jobify - most popular job board theme

Jobify is a clean, modern flat design inspired WordPress theme designed for job boards. It features famous 5 minute install to get your site up and running in no time. It is fully customizable theme with unlimited color and font variations and plenty of other options to tweak your website. This is my favorite theme on this list and its incredible popularity shows that thousands of users agrees with me.

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JobEngine

jobengine powerful job board

JobEngine is a clean, modern and highly customizable WordPress theme that combines powerful tools with a simple user experience. This theme packs s simple job management tools that allow to sort listings based on location, job type, category and other parameters. JobEngine is optimized for dozens of payment options and currencies to bring your listing website globally. The theme has plenty of other cool features that I haven’t seen on other themes and it is worth to see their demo to understand how well crafted it is.

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Jobera

jobera - clean job board WordPress theme

Jobera is a powerful, feature-rich theme that lets you customize a wide variety of features from the comfort of your WordPress Dashboard. This theme is great for recruitment companies, job boards and any medium to large size company that usually have multiple open job listings. Jober works great as job board and resume database with frontend submission and editing. This theme integrates WP Job Manager which is among the best solutions to create job board using WordPress. Personally I love this theme and I recently created a job board and resume for recruitment agency and their business took off immediately thanks to clean design, simple interface and social network integration.

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Jobifier

jobifier - modern job board theme

Jobifier is an outstanding WordPress theme for recruitment agencies, online job boards and any company that publishes multiple open job listings. This theme is compatible with WordPress 4.0 and built using clean and valid HTML5 and CSS3 coding to help you develop a website with convenience. With its built-in theme options panel, you are able to control every theme elements incorporated in your website design. This theme is the best free and paid job board solutions with revenue generator. Jobifier allows you to create any plans/packages for selling jobs listing space and accepting new resumes with complete details. Since job listings are submitted via the frontend submission forms, the forms can be edited to include any supplementary fields that are necessary for handling the type of listings your site features. The theme also comes with a recruiter role which is suitable for third parties who help connect job seekers and employers in order to facilitate fast and efficient hiring process. It is fully integrated with advanced Google Maps so users could easily find the location of a particular business or company. Jobifier comes with 3 Payment Gateways: PayPal, Authorize and Bank Transfer. This theme also includes custom color scheme, Indeed integration, ‘Apply for Job’ form, social network integration, comprehensive SEO management system and many more.

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PetSitter

petsitter niche job board theme

PetSitter is an awesome theme for building a job board website for publishing pet-related employment opportunities. This theme is compatible with WordPress 4.1+ and comes with great theme features perfect for setting up a full-fledged job listing website. This clean and fresh WordPress theme comes with Demo Content and PSD files to help you create a job board website with just few clicks. It is built based on Bootstrap 3.2.0 with LESS/CSS for more convenient theme customization. This theme adjusts intuitively on any types of devices such as computers, tablets and mobile phone. It comes available in boxed & full width layouts, offers 7 footer widget layouts, unlimited color options, advanced font and icon features and tons of powerful shortcodes. PetSitter also supports multiple post formats for displaying different types of content on your blog, including galleries, images, videos, quotes, and links. It also includes a Job Search Form in the slider section. This theme is Redux Framework based to help you transform PetSitter into a unique job listing website. In addition, it provides Theme Customizer support for a real-time appearance editor. This theme is fully integarted with WP Job Manager, Resume Manager, Advanced Google Map, WooCommerce and Contact Form 7.

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Babysitter

babysitter - specific niche theme

Babysitter is a clean, modern and fully responsive WordPress theme designed to create professional babysitter portal. It features fully functional and highly customizable job portal. This theme packs loads of features like unlimited color variations, shortcodes, demo content and outstanding support. This theme can be tweaked to be used for general job listing websites thanks to powerful theme options.

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FreelancerEngine

freelanceengine - mico job board

FreelancerEngine theme packs dozens of features to make your own custom and professional freelancer website similar to oDesk Freelancer.com and many others. It is fully responsive and looks awesome on any device including tablets and smartphones. This theme has a built in payment gateway for easier transactions and advanced sorting algorithm for easier browsing through listings for both job postings and freelancer profiles. FreelancerEngine is advanced piece of software and you will never guess that it is built on top of WordPress. This theme is powerful by default but developers offers plenty of extensions for this theme to make it even better. This is the right theme if you are serious about trying to compete against big brands between freelance marketplaces.

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Micro Jobs

microjob - fiverr clone theme

Micro Jobs WordPress theme from PremiumPress is specially built for micro job websites. It is built with solid and flexible framework that lets you create a well-designed and fully functional micro job website like Fiverr & PeoplePerHour. With Micro Jobs, your website will automatically resize to different devices such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones so your customers can easily access your website from anywhere. It comes with a built-in submission form with customizable listing packages, custom fields and listing enhancements for generating revenue online. Micro Jobs allows you to set up free and paid job listings with additional revenue options such as featured listings, Google maps, images uploads and limit space, multiple category and paid category sections. It comes with a User Feedback & Profile Rating System so buyers could leave feedback for the seller and an agreeable rating for the jobs they have purchased through your website. This theme is perfect both for beginner and professional website developer with easy on/off admin features and drag drop functionality. It supports multiple payment gateways, provide user’s unique user’s account area where they can view and manage their order history. It has a built in advertising areas so you can easily insert your ads and make extra money from it.

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HireBee

hirebee - freelancer WP theme

HireBee is a unique crowdsourcing marketplace job board premium theme that can help you create your very own job board or freelancer business website. This theme provides an incredible template with bidding system where you can post projects to have companies and freelancers bid on them. This theme is very easy to install and customize. With this Job Board theme, you are able to change the look of your site, integrate your social media accounts, organize projects, manage notifications and many more. This theme is loaded with useful features such as user profile, project filters, child theme support, PayPal gateway, term negotiations, easy to file uploads and pricing plans.

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Pricerr Theme

pricerr micro job site

Pricerr WordPress theme is designed for microjob sites. The idea for this theme is borrowed from the widely popular Fiverr microjob website. It’s bacterially a Fiver clone built on top of WordPress for simplified user experience. Pricerr has everything you can expect from this kind of website like payment gateway, translation and SEO optimized structure and email templates and management. This theme can be tweaked for regular job listing sites but its main place is microjob listings or Fiverr clone

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Project Theme

project theme - freelancer project theme

Project Bidding Theme is yet another clone by Sitemile and this time they have done an incredible job to clone Freelancer.com. It is job listing portal designed for freelancers. It can be customized to be used for various different purposes but the main thing is to add job listings, so freelancers can apply. Thanks to massive Freelancer.com popularity this is not the only clone out there but one of the best one I have seen.

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JobRoller

jobroller - vintage job posting board

JobRoller is clean, elegant and sharp job board WordPress theme with feature-rich theme options and simple yet modern design. It is well crafted theme designed for job seekers and recruiters. Developers have done an incredible job to make this theme easy to setup and use thanks to one click installation and detailed documentation. This theme is well crafted for developers looking to expand functionality using WordPress Child Themes. JobRoller is an all around solution for jobs listing websites.

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Nine to Five

9 to 5 - oldschool jobboard theme

Nine to Five is a clean, simple and powerful job listing theme that features over 50 customization options that allows you to create the job board website you have always wanted. The best thing is that you don’t need to learn new platform since it is based on pure WordPress. It is highly customizable theme and can be tweaked to support any currency, any payment options and much more. Additionally this theme has Google Maps integration, advanced sorting options, SEO and translation ready layout. This is the cleanest yet one of the most powerful job board theme.

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Job Board Theme by PremiumPress

responsive job board theme

Job Board Theme is minimal and classic WordPress theme designed as job board. It has simple and easy to use interface and powerful theme options to tweak functionality. This theme is regularly updated and offers free updates and support for unlimited period of time.

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Job Board

job board by templatic

Job Board is a modern, clean and sharp WordPress theme designed and developed by Templatic. It has everything you expect in a fully functional job board like front-end submissions, automated payments, various page and email templates, Google Maps integration and dozens of other useful features. Additionally it has integration coupon system for special promotions and all these previously mentioned features can be changed via simple yet powerful theme options.

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JobJockey

job jockey vintage WordPress theme

JobJockey is an elegant, clean and sharp theme designed to create your own professional job board portal in minutes. It provides front-end listing submission, automated payment options and custom built search algorithm. JobJockey comes with a clean and easy to use theme options that allow to control every aspect of this theme.

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JobsHub

jobshub classic job board theme

JobsHub is a clean, modern and responsive theme to turn WordPRess into a professional job listing site. This theme has a front-end resume and job listing submission system to grown your online business. This theme can be configured to use various payment options such as PayPal, Bank Transfer and Credit Card Payments. Every aspect of this theme can be customized via simple yet powerful web admin panel.

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Jobsapp

jobsapp - classic job board

Jobapps is an elegant clean and professional job board built using grid system to make it fully responsive. This theme is suited for HR professionals, recruitment agencies, companies and niches’ hunters. This theme packs several features that we haven’t seen on other this kind of themes like featured slider, advertising modules and various home page layouts. Jobapps is optimized to be used with JobRoller which we mentioned earlier.

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WPJobBoard (Plugin)

wpjobboard plugin

WPJobBoard is a powerful and easy to use job board software designed to be compatible with most WordPress themes. This theme comes with default theme which already look stunning, however, you can modify it or use it with any other theme. It is highly customizable platform with various payment and listing options. WPJobBoard does everything what other themes does and much more.

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This Post Has 96 Comments

    1. Aigars

      I haven’t tested all of these themes but my favorite theme on this list is Jobify because its design really stands out among other similar themes. It can be used as front-end submission theme as well as you can use it internally for your company. This theme has become standard in this niche and you can’t go wrong by choosing this theme.

      Themes are based on similar Job board platforms, so they are not that different from one and you won’t regret choosing any of them.

  1. Gary James

    Thanks for the post Aigar – some good choices. I was not even aware wordpress had employment agency themes and I use wordpress almost exclusively. I am doing a project for a staffing agency and they get job searches filtered to their local office from their home website and they want to have their own website for local searches. I like jobify from what I have seen, but I am not sure they would need functionality to add jobs from their website, but from the back end. Do you know if jobs can be posted through the dashboard and is the “Add Job” function something that can be hidden from the front page?

  2. Aigars

    Gary,

    Yes, you can use jobify theme only with backend submission. Just don’t create submission form for users because it is entirely optional to have it and you can live without it. You can always decide to open front end submission if/when your client decided to do so.

    Jobify is a great theme and your client will definitely love it!

  3. Francesco

    Thanks Aigars very well done.
    Please do you know if with any of these themes it is possible to limit the access to the CVs?
    I’m quite sure that in Europe you cannot show a CV on a public portal even with the authorisation; so I’m looking for a theme that permits to have a controlled access to the CVs (user/pswd)
    Thanks, Francesco

    1. Aigars

      Francesco,

      Yes, it is possible to create CV database and limit access for public and create different permission levels for different users. In this collection there are two themes that does support this kind of functionality and those are Jobera and Jobify

      Unfortunately, this functionality is not there by default (themes are optmized to work without custom implementations once plugins is activated) and you will need to purchase additional add-on called Resume Manager. Which is add-on for WP Job Manager which is a free plugin and powers most of these themes. It is an amazing plugin and I highly recommend it.

      Let me know if you have any other questions related to WP Job Manager or Job board themes in general.

    2. Anna

      Hi Francesco

      I came across your comment regarding restricted access to CV database in Europe. Can you please direct me to the source regarding this rule? I am looking into building a job portal in Europe. Any help would be much appreciated!

      Best,
      Anna

  4. Dan Walter

    Nice work Aigars. Much appreciated. Do any of these sites have the capability for anonymous reviews such as used on Glassdoor? Company reviews is what I’m most interested in… glassdoor.com

    1. Aigars

      Unfortunately, none of these themes has this functionality by default. The closest one is Pricerr which is more like Fiverr clone than a real job board.

      Personally, I would go with Jobera or Jobify and would hire some freelancer to integrate some review system which would be Schema compatible. Schema means that would see those star rating directly in Google search result pages.

        1. Aigars

          Sripani,

          You are using outdated theme version, outdated WP Job Manager plugin and even outdated WordPress core and you are now complaining that everything is outdated?

          WordPress and WP Job Manager can be updated with one click via your dashboard. Jobify theme is slightly more difficult to update but still it doesn’t give you any reason to complain because there are several updated available for your theme since you installed it.

          Before you blame others, please make sure that you have done everything from your side.

          If updates doesn’t help, please let us know more information and I will try to help you from there.

    1. Aigars

      Nicole,

      We are not behind this theme, so you should get in touch with its developer directly. Or if they don’t have any additional setup service you might look into freelancer.com or oDesk to find the right person that will do the job for you.

  5. mark

    Hi!
    I have an existing site and want to start a job board..cant decide between
    Jobera or jobify…but would rather integrate wpjobboard if its better…what is the most customizable choice. Jobify is fine but why does it work without the resume plugins?
    Is wpjobboard totally customizable for resume part and job posting part?
    Sorry i just want to pick most flexible and scalable one..pay for it..and get started.

    1. Aigars

      Mark

      Both, Jobera or Jobify, are almost the same functionality-wise and both depends on WP Job Manager which means that all the functionality around resumes are job listings are there. WP Job Manager is currently the best WordPress based solution for job listings, resumes and everything around them.

      Both themes will get the same job done and it depends which theme design you prefer.

      1. mark

        Thanks Aigars!! I’ve read a lot about Jobroller and am starting to find it appealing, but it seems that WP Job Manager is beginning to be the go to plugin with it’s paid add ons. Plus I’ve been chatting with Mike Jolley, and he’s very responsive, so I”m on the fence as to JOBIFY or JOBROLLER. I’m leaning towards jobify because Mike seems very very supportive.

  6. Abby

    Are there any themes out there that offer a Workroom. I am interested in creating a site that allows users to use the site as a portal where they can exchange emails, files, etc and then get paid for jobs through it. Think Elance. Any WP Elance themes out there?

  7. vg19mold

    There is a new job board theme on Theme Forest called WPJobus. I would really like to know what is your opinion about it in comments section or maybe if you add it to this article.

  8. danhoat

    Hi Aigars,

    Thank for the article.
    I’m WordPress developer, Jobengine is my choice for my client. The design is simple, and support are awesome.
    I have not yet use Jobify so don’t have comment about it but I am impressed with its design.
    Thank again.

  9. Aigars

    Danhoat,

    JobEngine has this timeless design which never gets old and this is very important when building websites to last. Jobify, on the other hand, has modern flat design with large and clean graphics. This design trend might be here to stay but we can’t be sure about that. Also EngineThemes is specialized in creating directory style WordPress themes and I would trust them more when it comes to well written code. I am not saying that Astoundify is writing a bad code but EngineThemes have proven track records in this field and I would trust them more.

    I can recommend both of these themes to anyone looking to build job board, website for recruitment agency or both.

  10. Sterling

    Hi Aigars – I am trying to replicate Craigslist as best as I can for a local niche industry offering. I am interested in which job board you would recommend that would replicate Craigslist’s functionality the best. I am very much interested in the email relay function. Please help. Thanks!

    1. Aigars

      Sterling,

      I would choose JobEngine for this purpose. It is a bit more advanced than Craigslist but not too complex to confuse your visitors either.

      None of the themes has built in email relay functionality and emails are handled by WordPress just like with any other regular template. However, this is not a problem and you can always use mandrillapp.com in combination with https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpmandrill/ which would provide advanced email handling with outstanding delivery rates.

  11. Steve

    Can you address the issue of populating the board from indeed, monster, careerbuilder, etc? I produce niche directories and would like to populate the job boards with specific jobs and allow job listing submissions in the niche site.

    1. Aigars

      Steve,

      Job board themes are not meant to do this automatically. But there are several awesome plugins that could help you with this. My favorite is WP Robot which was originally built to create spammy autoblogs and that’s how most people actually use it. However, it has option to republish content from other websites by taking their RSS feed. Monster, Indeed and Careerbuilder does provide RSS feeds that are well categorized, so you can use them to republish them on your website. Make sure that it is not against their TOS as you are actually stealing their content are redistributing and most website owners are not going to be OK with that.

  12. Aigars

    Phill,

    Unfortunately, there is no such theme that I am aware of and I have seen almost all available themes. However, this could be done by combining several plugin functionality. Some plugin such as “Ultimate WordPress Auction Plugin” could take care of bidding while s2member could take care of user management. This is just an idea and maybe you can come up with something else. It really depends how you want everything to function together.

  13. John R

    Aigar,

    I’m looking to create a non-profit college career site that has the following functionality
    – Students create a private profile providing their backgrounds (school, grades, etc) and resume
    – Employers will post jobs but have the potential to screen for certain candidates based on college and GPA

    Which theme is best for creating a members-only site that is flexible in terms of profile development for students and allows employers to do targeted candidate searches based on customized criteria?

    Thank you

    1. Aigars

      John,

      Thank you for your comment!

      JobEngine and Jobify are the right themes to create user profiles/resumes and make them searchable for registered users only. You can also leave some basic information about candidates public and make employers to request more details if interested. Or even make this option available only for paid subscribers. These themes are really flexible and should get the job done for you.

  14. eveandadam

    Thank you for this article. I am looking for a theme that will enable me to add a paid membership option for job seekers to be able to view the complete job listing. I like the look of WP Job Board plugin but as far as I can tell the membership options are only for employers to list jobs, not for job seekers to view them.

    Something similar to this website: fruitpickingjobs.com.au (not my site).

    Are you aware if any of these themes will enable me to do this? I need the easiest option available :-)

    Thanks!

    1. Aigars

      I have never tried to use this plugin that way but if it is not possible with this plugin you can always combine it with something that allows you to set “restriction” on any post, page or any other item on your website. I am talking about Restrict Content PRO: https://pippinsplugins.com/restrict-content-pro-premium-content-plugin/

      This will work with any of above listed themes even ones that doesn’t use WP Job Board plugin for job listing management.

      1. Sterling

        Hi again Aigars – What about ClassiPress from AppThemes for a solid template that is closest to Craigslist? I’m having issues trying to find a template that best mirrors CL or Indeed. My vision requires a similar look/feel. I’ve tried Templatic and EmployeePress, but they just don’t have this look. Also, do you know of any companies that may have already developed a “Craiglist” product from one of the templates?

  15. Alex

    Absolutely love this post. Wondering if you could suggest the best job search site similar to the layout of care[dot]com. My bottom line is to have options for premium (paid) users and basic users. Also, would like job seekers to post as well as employers to post. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Candace

    1. Aigars

      Alexa,

      Any theme that integrates WP Job Manager can be configured to work it in similar manner like care.com. If you find that this plugin is not the right one, you can always combine theme with Restrict Content Pro plugin which will help to create paid subscription based website where you will be able to control what is displayed for paid and what for free members.

      The main message here is not to concentrate on a single theme with all the functionality but instead look for theme that you like the best and then expand functionality by using plugins.

        1. Aigars

          Choosing themes with WP Job Manager is always a better solution because it will be updated more often and will be maintained for a longer period of time. Therefore you won’t need to invest more money in new themes.

          Restrict Content Pro will work with any theme as it integrates with WordPress itself and not theme, so you will be able to switch from one theme to another if needed and your restricted content will be still here, however, some themes might lock you in, that’s why plugin solution such as WP Job Manager is a better alternative.

    1. Aigars

      Martha,

      Any of themes listed above can be used to backfill information such as job ads, company profiles and other information. Front-end submission comes as bonus if you really want to use it as subscription based job board when companies are allowed to post their job ads.

      Even when front-end submission is enabled for these themes you still have administrator right to change everything and publish job ads on behalf of any company or create a new one. You are in charge here.

  16. Giannis

    I’m trying to find a job portal that will have the functionality for a registered user to be able to see from his dashboard, while entering one of his vacancies which people have already applied for it…

    1. Aigars

      Giannis,

      Jobify theme is the right choice for you. It is fully integrated with WP Job Manager plugin and all its add-ons. This plugin alone is an incredible piece of software and in combination with Jobify it is limitless. It is worth to mention that Astoundify (developers behind Jobify theme) are active add-on developer for Wp Job Manager plugin that expands this plugin’s functionality even further.

  17. Chris

    Hi, very useful insight.
    I’m looking to create a simple ‘Recruitment website’ with basic ‘apply now’ (no candidate account creation required), no employer account creation. Just a simply recruitment, company promoting their vacancies.
    I also need to be able to modify the look and feel and add corporate branding, Im also a complete WP novice but will have to take this on board, which theme would you recommend ?

    1. Aigars

      Chris,

      I would personally recommend you to look into Suburbs which is a corporate theme with built-in job board functionality to post your own vacancies. It is a clean and modern theme and would be a great fit for recruitment company.

      Also I would suggest to look at JobEngine and Jobify themes. While they are created as job board it doesn’t meant that you have to use all of its functionalities. Frontend vacancy submission can be disabled (actually it is disabled by default), so it can be used for a regular website while keeping vacancies in place as you will be the only one who will have rights to post them on website.

  18. Alex

    Hi Aigars!

    Just about to purchase a job theme (jobify, job engine or babysitter) but still need some clarification on the following:

    – is it necessary to purchase the core bundle package add-ons with wp job manager (features – applications, apply with linkedin, bookmarks, resume manager, wc paid listings, job alerts, indeed integration, simple paid listings, job tags)? OR

    – in addition to one of above themes and wp job manager, is it suffice to just get the add-ons: resume manager (manage cv), restrict content pro (manage subscriptions/ fees), apply with linkedin (option for applicants) and indeed integration?

    My bottom line is to not pay more than $250 for the theme and add-ons. In addition to the job theme (TBA) AND wp job manager, should I get core bundle add-on pack (listed above) or just the 4 add-ons – resume manager, restrict content pro, indeed integration and apply with linked in?

    Any additional assistance greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Alex

    1. Aigars

      Alex,

      Sorry for late response.

      Personally I would choose theme + WP Job Manager + Core Add-ons since it is all meant to work together by default. Of course you can combine WP Job Manager + Restrict Content Pro but it will not be as well integrated with the entire system.

      Both plugins are developed by different developers and you can’t predict where they are going with their products in a long term. They are going to work now but I suppose you are not creating a website that will be live for few months but rather years and plugins that are meant to work together are going to be a better option in a long run.

      1. Alex

        Hi Aigars,

        Thanks for the response. I guess I was (am) a bit confused as to when to buy which package. If I buy the theme +core-add-ons + wp job manager it is the same as buying theme + resume manager + restrict content pro + wp job manager? My bottom line (in addition to esthetics) is to ensure resume uploads, control subscription fees and of course haves feeds (if possible) from indeed, etc.

        Thanks in advance,

        1. Aigars

          Alex,

          Restrict content is not part of WP Job Manager and it can be used for making restricted (paid) access to all kind of content on your website. It doesn’t matter if it is blog posts, job ads, resumes, form or anything else. While it will work with WP Job Manager you will have to spend time integrating it and tweaking. No coding will be required but you will have to find the right option in the right place and make sure to use the right value. WP Job Manager + Core Add-ons, on the other hand, will work well together and there won’t be required any tweaking, so it is much simpler approach but slightly more expensive one.

          Choosing Restrict Content Pro would be a good idea if you have different websites where you need paid subscriptions such as forums and other membership sites. So you would get one universal tool that you could use on different websites. But if this is not the case I would go with theme + WP Job Manager + Core Add-on bundle.

          1. Alex

            Thank you Aigars.

            Wasn’t too sure if they would be the same, but given your response (and my need to have resume control and paid subscriptions), WP Job Manager and Core Add-ons should more than suffice. One more thing, do you know if Jobify allows for a reference section and police check (i.e. applicants working with vulnerable populations) ?

            Thanks again for all your help,
            Alex

  19. Aigars

    Alex,

    You can add custom fields on resumes where candidates could add their references or any other information. But there is no built in tool to help you with reference and background check of any kind. This information should come from some third party database depending on country.

  20. Chris Bourne

    Ok, thanks for your previous advice

    Im wanting to create a ‘Recruitment Website’ rather than a Job Board as I mentioned before, a Local recruitment agency posting job vacancy they receive from clients, with a quick application process, >>> apply, enter basic details, email, attach cover letter, cv etc. With job search by keyword, location etc, possible with a range, eg with 20miles of a specific postcode / zipcode.

    My question is this:
    1) My Client wants specific bespoke design, could / should I use something like the ‘Total Theme on theme forest or RTH-Theme18′ which seems to allow for easy design creation? (RT Theme allows for you to create bespoke templates, … not sure about the Total theme at the moment)

    (Hope its ok to put links on here to help provide information)

    http://themeforest.net/item/total-responsive-multipurpose-wordpress-theme/6339019?ref=cirvitis

    http://themeforest.net/item/rttheme-18-responsive-wordpress-theme/7200532?ref=cirvitis

    2)Choosing Appropriate and well documented ‘plugins. I think the two that seem most popular are WP JOB Manager, which is initial free, but may require some additional paid plug ins.

    or

    WP Job Board

    I am new new WP and would appreciate any comments

    Does anyone have any comments on these requirements / approach / themes / themes with these plugin ?

    Any assistance much appreciated.

    Chris

    1. Aigars

      Chris,

      Thank you for your comment!

      1. Both your themes would get the job done as they both come with several different designed options that you can use. Also both themes comes with Visual Page builder to create custom layout and add different elements on any of pages.
      Since you are looking for Multipurpose/Business themes you might want to have a look at this collection as well.

      2. Personally I like WP Job Manager better than WP Job Board. And from your above mentioned requirements it i very likely that you won’t need any premium Add-ons unless you want something more advanced such as Resume Manager, Option to apply with Linkedin and other. Here you can see this plugin in action

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Btw, I used to work for international recruitment company for 5 years but they never allowed me to develop a website and my suggestion to use WordPress was also ignored. Now they have custom built solution in which they invested tens of thousands but it sucks :)

      1. Chris Bourne

        Another issue, ….about development of a website and then exporting to the customers own server.

        At this stage I have to develop the website either locally or under a development ‘a.n.other’ domain name.

        Can you offer any advice, I thought about having a separate domain purely for development.
        GoDaddy offer a quick setup which would seem to allow me to setup in 5 mins, no complicated process.
        Once complete I can then export the site using one of the available plugins ?

        Are you able to advise on this?

        Thanks in advance

        1. Aigars

          Chris,

          Personally I develop only locally because you can edit the entire theme folder all at once in text editor and don’t need to access your website from file to file bases via FTP.

          However, if you will need to change only content, theme settings, add elements via page builder and other changes that are purely done via WordPress dashboard then I would use plugin to put your website in maintenance mode and and work on your site there. Only registered users (Administrator) will be able to see your website but other will see “coming soon” or “under construction” message.

          Separate domain is totally not worth it as you can install multiple WordPress installations on the same domain just like we have with Colorlib for each theme demo. So it would look something like example.com/work-in-progress but example.com would should old website or whatever you have there.

  21. Binu

    Hello Aigars,

    Thank you for getting together such a cool resource! I have two queries on functions that i want to have on my site.
    This is for part-time jobs, promotional jobs in the events industry.
    1) Could i have a functionality where i am able to send alerts to subscribers(free) on job alerts close to them? OR that matches their preferences?

    2) Could i have a mini-work room wherein an employer could email all the interested candidates at one go? within the system itself and fine-tune his selections. I was looking at this imp aspect from an employer’s perspective.

    I love jobify so far, but the above two functionalities would be just awesome!. Would love to hear from you.

    1. Aigars

      Binu,

      You are talking here about completely custom built solution with very specific use case and it might not be possible to create it without writing your own code or hiring developer to do it for you. However, the closest you can get is to use theme you already mentioned – Jobify. It uses plugin called WP Job Manager to which you can install addons to help handle emails, notifications, location based selection and much more. Here you can find all WP Job Manager Add-ons.

      Other themes that doesn’t support WP Job Manager plugin (Jobera is another theme that does support it) are not possible to be configured to handle more than you see on their demo. Jobify and Jobera are your only options here.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. Dave

        Hi Aigars , Thank you for all the information you’ve provide on this website.

        I’m in the earlier stages of building a job’s board website. I’ve researched PHP products, specially the Smart Job Board’s program and have found a Smart Job Board developed website (CareersInGovernment.com) which has similar functionality to the site I envision.

        Question: With the specific customization am seeking is there a WordPress product you would recommend? Jobifier? Jobera? Jobify?

        Thanks.

        1. Aigars

          Dave,

          All your mentioned themes does have similar functionality such as location based search, resume management, frontend submission and other features. You can choose theme that you like the most from design perspective as functionality is very similar for all of them. My personal favorite theme right now is Jobify because of WP Job Manager integration that allows to extend theme functionality via dozens of add-ons if/when needed.

          Let me know if you have any other specific questions about these themes.

    1. Aigars

      Deepu,

      I will make sure to review this theme for the next update on this collection which is scheduled for January.

      This theme looks great and does everything you would expect from Job board. The main features are frontend submission, subscriptions with notifications that will make your visitors to return when relevant job ad is published, also payment options are there by default. It’s definitely a nice theme and it deserves to be listed on this collection as well.

      Thank you for notifying me about this theme!

  22. bob

    Hello Aigars,
    Nice post! I am looking forward to buy a wordpress theme to build a job website. Here are some of the must have requirements for the job site:

    1) Front end login/registration
    2) Configurable layout architecture
    3) Configurable business plans(including free subscription for both job seeker or company)
    4) Configurable search options(job, resume or company search based on roles) including job map integration
    5) Featured job or company listing(widget is preferred)
    6) Integrated payment modules(paypal, credit card and manual-cash or bank )
    7) Integrated order management system(manual approval possible) which also includes revenue reports(weekly, monthly or yearly)
    8) responsive design(based on twitter bootstrap)
    9) new job or resume alters(job agent feature will be nice to have)
    10) Advertisement module
    11) Integration with analytics tools

    Could you please suggest if anyone of the above mentioned(or any other) themes can fulfill the must have requirements?
    Thanks in advance
    Bob

    1. Aigars

      Bob,

      Thank you for your question!

      You are basically looking at very basic functionality that any theme can provide with some exceptions:

      7. Order management should be done via PayPal, Stripe or other payment system because WordPress is not for payment handling.
      8. All themes are responsive and Bootstrap doesn’t make them better in any way unless you are developer yourself and will be looking to add more Bootstrap features in theme which is very unlikely.
      11. Analytics can be integrated by using plugin called “Google Analytics by Yoast” which would provide much more flexibility than any theme with buil-in analytics management. Most of these themes does have this ability but I would not recommend them.

      I think you should look at Jobify theme which does have all your mentioned features and it used WP Job Manager plugin, so you can extend theme functionality with numerous add-ons.

      Let me know if you have any other question about these or any other WordPress theme listed on Colorlib.

  23. Jay

    Thank you for the research! I am looking for more than just a jobs board, I am looking to build a site that is a career portal- one that has job openings, but also a page to list continuing professional education, a page for initial education and certification, a page with map and average salary, etc..

    Do any of the above themes [I like job engine (for look, email functionality and job import abilities) and jobify (for modification flexibility)] provide the capability of expanding the theme to add pages with reference materials and lists or will I need to use a separate theme and add a WP Job Board Plugin?

    Thank you.

    1. Aigars

      Jay,

      All themes listed above does have job listings, company profiles and some of them even have resume pages but these are additional features built on top of WordPress default functionality. Which means that you can create blog page, portfolio, create unlimited informative pages, install bbPress forum or do other crazy things with your website. It’s WordPress, so everything is possible when it comes to content management.

      My favorite themes are ones that uses “WP Job Manager” plugin because you can always install new add-ons when you need theme and there are many new add-ons created every month. That way you can keep developing your website and add more functionality as you grow.

    1. Aigars

      Carl,
      Thank you for your feedback!
      Nine to Five theme is a great theme and it is well maintained but personally I think it looks rather too classic and doesn’t have flat design or other fancy design elements that we have got used to these days. Nine to Five theme would definitely get the job done but it might not be the best choice for everyone.

      1. Carl

        Of course, is not the best choice for everyone. I exposed my oppinion. Wp Jobboard (or Wp Job Manager… I don`t remember) have a very handsome addons… but if you don`t have a “sure” project, you risk if you buy it. Again, my oppinion.

  24. Felicity

    Hi Aigars
    This is a great resource, thank you. I’ve been through all the options but would appreciate your view on this as I’m about to brief a developer to build me a website. I’m setting up a recruitment agency and looking for a slick website with a job search function. The job search will allow users to search jobs by location, category, salary and key word. They will be able to apply online. No other functionality is required. Can you advise what’s the best theme to use to achieve this? You mentioned Suburbs in an earlier comment.
    My second question is, to what extent are the themes customisable?
    Thanks!
    Felicity

  25. Aigars

    Felicity,

    Unfortunately, Suburbs theme is discontinued and is no longer available for sale. As alternatives for Suburbs I can suggest WPJobus or Jobify themes. Both themes are great and does exactly what you are looking for but the second one is much more customizable and flexible.

  26. Charly

    Aigars,

    I want to thank you for great recourse and I appreciate it.

    I am about to start a Job Board website (fully automated) and i do have few requirements for my plan.
    1. Two types of user accounts are enabled for “Job Seeker ” and “Employers” and they can do all their posting and updating account information themselves.All typical account options are available for both user types (i.e – Job Seeker – Application history, and uploaded cv database, managing cvs etc)
    2. Job Seekers can direct apply for jobs from “apply now” button with a choice to upload any type of file ( pdf, doc. jpg.png) and no need to send emails.
    3. Employers can search resume, post jobs, look back history, and keep track of candidates in their employer accounts
    4. Email notifications are enabled for both job seekers and employers
    5. Job seeker and Employers sections are quickly and clearly can be seen.
    4. Supports advertising banners around the website and mobile compatible.

    What would be the best choice for me. ? Can you please advise. ? that will be a great help.
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Aigars

      Charly,

      Sorry for late response.

      Jobify is the theme you are looking for. It uses WP Job Manager plugin which is a free plugin but it comes with several add-ons that will help you to add functionality you are looking for. Most of these plugins are paid but they will get the job done easily and won’t require any coding from your side.

      Let me know if you have some more specific questions about this or any other WordPress theme listed on Colorlib.

  27. Chris

    Thank you for this collection – very useful indeed!
    Which theme would you recommend for a site similar to ratedpeople.com ? It’s much simpler that all of them so would just using the WP Job Manager plugin be enough (I have some WP theme customization experience). Also, most of the theme are actually using this plugin – does it mean that I have to pay for the theme itself once and for the plugin again?
    Thank you for your time,
    Chris

    1. Aigars

      Chris,

      Rated People is completely unique concept and there are not many alternatives out there. Maybe you could look into FreelancerEngine that could work well for categorized search but it would require some work.

      WP Job Manager plugin is completely FREE. There are some premium add-ons available for it but you can start your website without paying for it and then add more features in case you need them. WP Job Manager plugin can be used with any free or premium WordPress theme (even defaults ones such as Twenty Fifteen, Twenty Thirteen and others) but of course it won’t look as good as Jobify would.

      Let me know if this helps.

  28. David

    Hello Aigars
    This is a great list. Thank you for putting the time and effort to put it something. I do have some questions though.
    Truth is, I’m looking to create my own website and I”m for a very specific type of job-board wordpress theme. The key word here is ACCURACY. Whenever I go to other job board site (Indeed, Monster, Careerbuilder) and I try search for Job restricted only to my home city, there’s always three problems
    1) bunch of fake job posting,
    2) jobs located outside my home city
    3) jobs that should have been listed (I check the other companies’ career website), but weren’t

    More specifically, I’m looking to create sort-what of a company listing site powered by wordpress. A site that shows all the companies within a city, even the ones that have currently have no job opening posted, but could be hiring. I looking to build a site that will include all the small companies that always overlooked or never appear on major job posting sites just because they currently have no job opening, so it’s more of a job-positing/company-listing site.

    1. Aigars

      David,

      The only theme worth consideration is Jobify because it uses WP Job Manager plugin that offers plenty of options and its functionality can be extended using free and premium add-ons.

      Relevance is the problem for most job boards and most likely will become a problem for your website as well. I used to work for a recruitment company for 5 years and we used to have our own job board and I was the one responsible for publishing job ads elsewhere.
      The problem we were facing for our website was that it had only few job ads (few hundred), so candidates spend very little time on our website, so we played around relevancy and search criteria to return more results. It doesn’t mean that users found irrelevant job postings because on different companies positions are named differently as well, so users looking for “support specialist” positions won’t think of all possible names for this positions. This is where “categories” comes into the play but then again these job ads are listed by employers and they can have a different perspective about what they are looking for and how they will fit their company. Basically you can’t predict users and how they will use your website.

      Problems with our job ads on Monster and other job boards where that we didn’t get enough views when we made job ads more specifically categorized. We chose broader categories, so more users would find our job bads but this resulted in more irrelevant applications but also we got more relevant applications as more users saw our job ads.

      For our website we also offered tailor-made email subscriptions to receive job ads directly in their email. But it caused more problems that good because tailor made means that we need to know as much information about you as possible but how we can get this information? You need to answer multiple questions but who has time for this? Yes, no one. The ones who got through signup (we tweaked it hundreds of times) usually made their job selection so narrow that they basically never received any relevant job ad.

      Sorry for a very long but this is the thing I have gone through and I like to share my experience with others, so others can learn before they jump into something new.

      1. David

        Actually, I am grateful that your reply was very detailed and descriptive. It means that you put real thought into answering my question.

        Just to make sure we’re on the same page, could you clarify or elaborate what you mean by “Relevance”.
        So me personally, for someone with no work experience and willing to take any entry-level job, “relevance” to me is any job within a reasonable distance, otherwise the cost of traveling outweighs the pay of the job.

        Also, it might be best for me to clarify what I mean by “Accuracy”

        I go to Google Map and see companies like Dream Wireless in Diamond Bar, CA
        I go to their company website and see that they’re hiring or least have an open position.
        However, I go any major job board site (Indeed.com, Monster, Careerbuilder, etc…) and I can’t even find the company Dream Wireless listed, even when I specifically search for it.

        There are small, private companies, looking to hire, but are completely overlooked, ignored, by major job board sites.
        That’s what I want for my new website.
        To list all those overlooked, small companies in ANY city.
        I don’t even care if those small companies have an open job position.
        I want to create a website that list all companies within a city so that job seekers can consider ALL of their options

        So to summarize my questions:
        1. Can the website I want to create even be created or powered by WordPress?
        2. If possible through WordPress, will it only require buying premium plugins and a little design work or require massive customization through coding and actual programming
        3. Is this feasible for only one person to create this website, or will it require a team of veteran programmers?
        4. What would be the cost of creating of maintaining such a site (web hosting, customer support, domain name, etc..)?
        5. What would be the ideal revenue model for this website?

        P.S.
        As for it being ‘long’ reply, I’m in college right now, doing written assignments that have a 1-page minimum requirement and doing 36-pages per chapter reading assignment, so this ‘long’ reply isn’t exactly ‘daunting’ in any way.

        1. Aigars

          David,

          Matching jobs based on location is rather easy. We were more looking to match skills, salary expectations, location, experience and other factors.

          For you it is going to be rather easy to build a job board like this.

          1. It can be built on WordPress and I think the best theme for you would be Jobify. For example here you can see its job search ability. It already has everything you were looking for.
          2./3. It depends on what tweaks you are going after. These premium themes does offer most of the functionality you need but in case you are looking for something else then of course someone will need to build those features. That’s definitely not a full-time job but from time to time you might have to hire some freelancer to do the job. No clear answer for this one as it is entirely up to your vision, budget and expectations.
          4. Costs for creating WordPress powered website: Domain – $10-$15/year, Hosting – $5-$30/month depending on quality of hosting. Slow host with limited support comes $5/month and fully managed and ultra fast WordPress hosting from WPEngine costs $30. So you get what you pay for. Cheap = slow and unreliable. Expensive = fast, fully managed and reliable. As your website will grow cost for hosting will grow as well but so will your revenue. Premium theme $50-$100 (on time purchase).
          5. The main thing is not to ask money from end users but charge companies to use your service. The best revenue model for you would monthly subscriptions, so you can keep your website afloat. This could include different packages such as one expensive one with premium support + featured listings (top positions in search, richer profile information etc). Other packages with no support, with limited company profile information etc. There are many ways how you can work things out but the main thing is to find the model in which you truly believe in. You don’t know if it will work or not but the main thing is to believe it it and stand behind it. If someone asks why your business model is like this you must have a perfect answer in place and not some Googled answer but your own belief.

          The main thing is to start somewhere and then tweak from there.

  29. pierre

    hello,

    I am looking for the theme where the job offer pay an amount of is choice to do the job and the person who get the job receive this amount less a website commission.
    it a micro job website.

    example :
    I offer 40$ to clean my pool
    I pay 40$ TO THE WEBSITE
    the candidate do the job and receive from the website the amount less the commission ( example 35$)

    do you have advice to find a theme close to this set up?

    1. Aigars

      Pierre,

      Yes, there are two themes specially designed to serve micro job niche. One theme is called Micro Jobs and second one is called Pricerr. You can find them listed and reviewed above.
      Let me know if you have any further questions about these or any other job board themes.

  30. pierre

    thank you , the micro job theme does not have the escrow system where we can charge the freelancers before the payment of the job.
    in micro job : only the poster is able to be the payer of a flat fee.

    What do you think about freelanceEngine?

    1. Aigars

      Pierre,

      FreelancerEngine is a great theme by developers specialized in this kind of themes, so you can expect the best possible quality. While this theme is originally built for online jobs such as design, content writing, data entry. development, SEO or other services but I have no reason why it would not work for local jobs. There are several extensions available for this theme that will help to add more payment options and it is very likely that more extensions will be developed over time for this theme. It was recently released so there are not many extensions now but you can expect that more are in the works as EngineThemes business depends on these extensions.

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