20 Best Job Board Themes and Plugins for WordPress To Create Awesome Job Sites 2015

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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Jobmonster

jobmonster WordPress job portal

If you are looking for a quality job board WordPress theme, look no further than Jobmonster. For those who wish to learn everything about its features, an informative and comprehensive documentation source is offered. Customers can also benefit from regular updates via email, or Facebook notifications. Should you encounter any issue, do not hesitate to contact the excellent support team. The representatives are friendly, and eager to help. This job theme is hard coded, requiring no extra plugin costs or WP Job Manager input in order to function. Customers can expect no less than full accessibility, with no programming knowledge or third party support required. Both the candidate and the employer can administrate everything in the frontend, via the versatile dashboard.

With Jobmonster, every single job that is intended for publishing can be first reviewed by the site administrator. Every website must display relevant information, while managing to avoid page clutter and bad design choices. Thankfully, this theme is beautifully designed, able to combine practicality and aesthetic appeal. It connects employers with potential employees, and facilitates their interactions.

It is very easy to install and administer, making it the ideal choice for those who are not very tech-savvy. Both experts and newbies can enjoy this wonderful WordPress job board theme. Accessibility is crucial for any site that aims to thrive in the business world. Jobmonster allows users to access your posts instantly, regardless of their whereabouts. Indeed, your site will be fully responsive, capable of working on mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones. There are 2 home variations: one that features a map search function, while the other offers a job search feature. As a customer, you can determine the number of potential job posting plans. Payment is facilitated due to the incorporation of the popular WooCommerce plugin.

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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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WordPress Job Board Plugins

WPJobBoard (Plugin)

WPJobBord plugin for WordPress

This is a very useful product indeed. It allows everyone to run an efficient job board in WordPress. Its applications are numerous, and the number of people that are adopting it is growing each day. WordPress Job Board is very easy to install. It only takes one click, and it runs just like other plugins from WordPress. It can be added to new websites, or to websites that are already well-established and uses a custom design.

It is compatible with all WordPress themes, meaning that it is a perfect addition to your website, regardless of your taste in themes. Numerous social media and search engine optimization measures are included. This will help you gain more followers on your site by sharing your content on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Some very extensive and informative documentation was added, explaining everything you need to know. It that does not suffice, you may also contact the plugin’s support staff via email. The usual response time is about 24 hrs. There are 3 main hurdles that stop people from creating job boards, and this plugin has eliminated all of them: It brought down the price significantly, it reduced the often steep learning curve, and it increased the user friendliness of the process. Undoubtedly versatile, this plugin can prove to be very effective. WordPress Job Board plays well with other third party services such as Stripe and Paypal. This theme promotes innovation and progress by letting you add new fields to board forms. This is very easy, considering the action can be accomplished by using drag&drop capabilities. Detailed review for this plugin is available here.

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WP Job Manager (Plugin)

Wp Job Manager - WordPress job board plugin

WP Job Manager is a powerful and easy to use job board plugin designed to be compatible with most WordPress themes. You can integrate it with any existing WordPress website and WP Job Manager will work just fine. It is highly customizable platform with various payment and listing options. WP Job Manager is a highly flexible platform and there are numerous add-ons available to further extend its functionality with custom resume pages, different payment integration, paid listings, social login and much more. This is the right solution if you are looking to create a professional looking job board based on your existing theme.

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Aigars

Frontend web developer and web designer specialized in free and premium WordPress theme development. Started to learn to code in early 2014 and now I am familiar with CSS/HTML/JavaScript (jQuery). Obsessed with application performance, user experience and simplicity.

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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. I am sorry to say the Jobify theme does not work well, infact this theme along with wpjob manager plugins are completely outdated and result in fatal errors

        1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. hi, can you recommend any good job board plugins? I have an existing website and would like to let people post jobs so that our members can see them. Thanks

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. 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.

  12. 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. 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.

      1. Thanks Aigars (and Steve); this is the next question I was about to pose. Steve, have you tried this already? Definitely going to do more research on this.

  13. which is the best theme to buy for academic website, such that customers can post while writers can bid on the said jobs.

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 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.

  16. 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. 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. 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?

  17. 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. 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. Thanks for your reply Aigars. Just for clarification, do you mean any job board search theme (i.e. jobify, babysitter) that integrates WP Job Manager will do? Thanks again

        1. 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. 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.

  18. 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. 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.

  19. 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. 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.

  20. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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. 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. Thanks again for you help.

        I’ll work with WP Job Manager and decide which Theme Im going to choose. (Thanks for the additional link)

        All I need now are some video tutorials on WP Job Manager.

        Thanks

        Chris

      2. 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. 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.

  23. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

  24. 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. 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.

  25. 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. 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. 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. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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.

  28. 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. 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.

  29. 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. 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.

  30. 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. 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. 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. 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). For more information about how to choose the right hosting for your website you might want to read his guide.
          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.

  31. 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. 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.

  32. 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. 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.

  33. My suggestion is not to go for microjob themes if you are completely looking for only job portal, because microjob themes is entirely into a different segment. i have already made this mistake so plz think twice before u buy a theme

  34. Hi Aigars,
    I’m wondering if you may have researched what options are: (1) most likely to be crawled by aggregator job boards like Indeed (so you get the most exposure) I.e., the public job board spiders index your jobs; (2) Also, which ones are most optimized for SEO? Thanks.

    1. Thank you for your questions!

      1. You need to notify Indeed and other job boards about your existance because there are millions of job board and they are not crawling random ones but ones that they trust and know that there are going to be unique job ads posted all the time. Any theme will do the job but you need to do your part and establish partnership with crawlers.
      2. All themes listed above are WordPress themes and what WordPress is famous for? Yes, it is famous for SEO best practices. Since all themes undergoes the same review process and needs to be coded using the best coding practices then all themes are SEO friendly by default. However, you still need a help from plugins such as SEO by Yoast to set what pages are more important on your website and do some other SEO related tweaks but these are minor things just to stand out between your competitors.

      Let me know if this helps.

    1. Joseph,

      For Jobify theme you can have your own CV database based on applications that you have received. However, this feature is only available as paid add-on for WP Job Manager but it is absolutely worth it. That way you will be able to use this theme as recruitment platform and sell it as service to companies.

  35. Really helpful insight and advices.
    Just one more tip please.
    Interested into some freelancer alike template but I wish not to create an open bidding platform.
    For this reason I need to lock (only) the contact data either of the JobRequesters and of the Freelancers.
    Moreover I need the website to show just an excerpt of the JobRequests.
    Is there any avalaible plugins/scripts in order to?

    Regards

    1. There are no such theme available but you can use something like Restrict Content Pro which should work with any theme listed above. It helps to lock any content type, so users need to take some action in order to unlock it.

  36. Which has the easiest customizable fields. I am looking to build a template that would have a lot (at least 20) specific details for both the job posting & the Resumes.

    Also are the resume’s kept private unless people are logged in?

    Thanks

    1. Sam,

      If you choose any of themes that are based on “WP Job Manager” plugin (Jobify and Jobera are the best examples) you can use extension called “Field Editor” to create new fields and editi existing ones. If you have some basic coding knowledge then adding new fields could be possible without plugins as it is rather simple and you could do that with any theme but otherwise Field Editor is your safest bet.

      Resume’s can be made available for registered users or even based on different paid subscription levels. The best solution here again is WP Job Manager plugin + Resume Manager add-on.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.

  37. Thanks for this amazing post and message board! I have found it all very helpful.

    A version of this question has been asked before but I am not quite sure I understand the answer. I am trying to build a job board for a local niche market that would connect employers with temporary or casual employees/freelancers to do small on-the-spot (not online) jobs. Most of the themes mentioned above seem quite compatible with this idea but the catch is I want to be able to charge the employer a reoccurring subscription fee to access the site and post jobs but I ALSO want the employer to be able to “rate” the employee after the job is complete and for those “ratings” to be attached to the employees info page for other potentially employers to see (in the exact same way a buyer on ebay or amazon or whatever can see “ratings” on sellers). I am leaning toward jobify but it is not clear to me that a plug-in exists or could be developed that could add this element to my job board service (which is absolutely key…the nature of the local market I am seeking to address with this site will absolutely rely on previous positive reviews of temporary employees).

    I hope that made sense.

    Thanks!

    1. Clark,

      Unfortunately, Jobify theme is not going to be the right one because it is not suitable for temporary jobs (freelancer jobs). It doesn’t have a public rating/review system. There is an option to rate and add notes for employees but those are kept private for employer who made those notes and are not sharable.

      I think that the most suitable themes for you are FreelancerEngine and HireBee. Both are great themes and does feature rating system and are best suited for temporary positions and freelance work.

      Let me know if you have any other question.

      1. Thanks so much (I am sorry it took me so long to log back on and say so)! One other quick follow-up question. I believe I have settled on Freelancer Engine but I am still not sure that I would be able to implement a “monthly subscription fee” payment setup for employers to access site and post jobs (as opposed to the pay-per post package set-up that seems to be the default). Is there an easy plug-in that could make this possible? Would a developer be able to customize a Freelance Engine page to accomplish this?

        Thanks so much for this board!

  38. Hi Aigars,

    Thank you for this useful post.
    I am a french entrepreneur and i would like to build a resume board where people can have a wonderful single page resume with a unique web address. like : mywebsite/John-doe.com
    I had a Jobify theme with all of payed extension : resume manager, job manager etc… but Jobify doesn’t show correctly the resume page (it is not enough beautiful). I prefer WPJobus for the styled resume page.
    I am afraid that the extensions are not compatible with Wpjobus.
    Should I stay on Jobify and change the style sheet or can I start with WPJobus with all jobify extensions?

    Thank you for your response !
    (sorry for my english :) )

    1. Florian,

      I have no problems to understand you, so our english is good enough :)

      WPJobus might work with WP Job Manager plugin and all its extensions but it will look like nothing you see on WPJobus theme demo because this theme is not optimized to work with this plugin and it uses its own page templates. It would be a great to combine both these platforms together but buying and activating this theme won’t do the trick and you will have to get your hands dirty coding.

      I think that it would be easier to start with your existing setup and create resume/profile pages that would look like ones on WPJobus. Not an easy task but still better than to start from scratch.

      Let me know if you have any other question.

  39. Hey Aigars,

    Great article! Really informed me on what I need to look at when picking a job board theme.

    I wanted to get some quick input from you if possible before I finalize my decision.

    I need a job board theme which allows for employers to purchase plans to upload their job openings. I am not in need of any functionality to upload resumes to the site for review. The only need I would have for resumes if for the job seeker to be able to upload them when they apply for a job. I am also looking to setup different sections (IE internships and careers).

    I believe this makes Jobera and Jobify the most viable options for my needs. Are there any other distinguishing factors that could set either of these apart?

    Thanks you!

  40. Skyler,

    You have already made the right decision by selecting Jobera and Jobify themes. Now you can go with your personal preference as both themes are using the same WP Job Manager plugin for most of their functionality. Jobify supports more of free and paid WP Job Manager add-ons, so that’s the main difference here but it is a very minor thing if both themes already have everything you need.

    You can categorize jobs using both of these themes but Jobify have a better looking category pages but that’s my personal preference.

    Let me know if this helps.

    1. Aigars,

      Thank you for your timely response.

      Yes, you cleared it up perfectly for me. My initial thought was to go with Jobify and after your comments I do believe it is the theme for me.

      Thank you again!

    1. 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.

  41. Aigars,

    This is a great discussion and review of job boards. So far, Jobify and Jobifier seem to be the most interesting for my purposes. However, I’m not sure if any of these plugins can provide what I am looking for.

    I have several different TYPES of JobSeeker e.g. JobseekerA, JobseekerB, JobseekerC etc. I could have approx 100 different people that would fall into each of these categories.

    I also have several different types of recruiter e.g. RecruiterA, RecruiterB, RecruiterC etc. There would only be 1 person in each of these categories.

    I would like RecruiterA to be able to post jobs that only jobseekers from category JobSeekerA can view. Similarly for RecruiterB – I would only like jobseekers from category JobSeekerB to see such jobs etc. I don’t want RecruiterA & type JobSeekerA seeing positions posted by RecruiterB etc..

    Is it possible to setup such a scenario with any of these plugins or would I have to create separate websites for RecruiterA/JobSeekerA, RecruiterB/JobSeekerB etc ..

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Séamus,

      You can use different categories for your jobs but still they are going to show up on the main feed with jobs from other categories.
      More flexible solution would be to take any of your mentioned themes and then use separate WordPress installations on separate directories like so:
      – example.com/JobseekerA
      – example.com/JobseekerB

      or via subdomain:
      – JobseekerA.example.com
      – Jobseekerb.example.com

      That way you will get much better flexibility. Not an ideal solution but it will get the job done.

  42. Hi Aigars

    I am looking for a job board theme that will have job seeker and recruiter login areas.

    Also one where i can set up monthly “job” packages and limit the amount of jobs posted and cv search per month.

    There is so many themes to chose from so im looking for some advice.

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Joe,

      If indeed integration is what you are after then, of course, Jobroller is a better choice. If that’s not the main thing then both themes are really good and will get the job done with ease. It’s all about your personal preference.

  43. Can you use the genesis framework underneath these themes. Or. Can you install wordpress then genesis then one of these themes so that the wirdpress code can be updated easy without effecting the child theme.
    Thanks

    1. Cathal,

      Genesis, while called framework, is a WordPress Parent theme and all themes that are available for this platform are Child Themes. Also Genesis is not working without WordPress because it is just a theme. Rather advanced theme but still theme. Which means that you can’t use these themes in combination with Geness.

      if you are looking for Genesis Child themes you might want to check this theme collection instead.

      1. Hi, no I was looking for job board child theme that works with genesis so that I don’t have to learn A whole other theme.
        Thanks
        Cathal

        1. Cathal,

          Then you can use WP Job Manager or WPJobBoard plugins in combination with any Genesis theme. Because there aren’t any ready-made Genesis Job Board themes out there. But these plugins does work well with Genesis themes by default, so no problem with that.

  44. HI

    I need an all in one theme as im not so sure about having to use a lot of plugins.

    What would be my best solution?

    Is there any theme out there thats offers an option for a mixed product ie. X amount of jobs and X amount cv views for one price instead of having to buy a job pack and cv pack?

    What are your views/opinions?

    Kindest Regards

  45. Hello Aigars,

    Thanks for this excellent review of themes. You are the the ‘real deal’ and seem to have genuine expertise about Job Board themes.

    We are planning to purchase Job Engine but are wondering if we can integrate WPJob plugins with it. We’d like to password protect resume/CV postings from viewing by the general public.

    1. Jane,

      Thank you for your feedback!

      Job Engine doesn’t use WP Job Manager for its job board functionality. WP Job Manager can be used with any theme including Job Engine but you will get double functionality of everything as theme itself is a job board and plugin generates its own. They technically work together but they doesn”t work together like Jobify would.

      If you are planning to use WP Job Manager then I would recommend some regular and maybe even free WordPress theme to avoid duplicate functionality. Or use Jobify of Jobus themes that are already integrated with WP Job Manager and doesn’t do much without these plugins.

      Let me know if this helps.

      1. Thanks for your reply. It is really great to be able to get feedback from someone who is truly knowledgeable.

        We’re debating between going with JobEngine or Jobify. There seems to be a good case for each, based on what you’ve outlined in your review of each theme.

        I guess ultimately Jobify offers more option since you can add on multiple plugins, while JobEngine is better because the design is more ‘timeless’ and the coding is reputed to be very solid.

        Can JobEngine be populated with job listing from other online sites? I believe that WP Job Manager has a plugin for this that would work with Jobify.

  46. Thanks Aigars for the wonderful post. This is very educating.
    Please I have a rather peculiar problem, that I’d need your advice on.(tho, I’ve seen some related comments already, they dont seem to address my issue very well).

    I’m setting up a careers page on my already existing wordpress website.
    On the careers page, I would need:

    1. Job seekers that need a job at our firm to create a profile account with us, that they can view and update from time to time, when they have updated experience, job, and education information, even when we have NO job Listings.

    2. To be able to add many custom fields on thier (jobseekers) signup form to collect indept information about them (jobseekers).

    3. Just me and any other admin from my company to be the ones posting job openings from backend(wordpress dashboard). No other employers’ “post a job” link on the frontend, as is currently seen in some of the demos mentioned above.

    4. To be able to search for/sort Job seekers’ profiles from the backend based on their qualifications, age, experience, etc. So we can contact these specific persons incase of special interviews.

    5. The job seekers (after login) to have their own dashboard from where they can apply for any listed job, using their already setup resume / profiles, that’s already in our database.

    I’d really appreciate your professional advice on this. Thank you.
    PS: sorry for my bad English :)

    1. Sam,

      Jobify, JobEngine, WPJobus, Jobera are themes that supports all your above mentioned functionality. All things that you can see on theme demos such as employer signup, paid listings, “post a job” button and other things are optional. You can enable or disable them any time. Theme demos are created to showcase all theme functionality but you aren’t obligated to use all of them on your website. Just disable functionality that you don’t need and you are good to go.

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

      1. Aigars,

        First of all, thank you very much for the quick reply. I really appreciate.
        It’s really relieving to know that there’s solution for my problem afterall.

        I noticed tho that the options you suggested are all themes.
        Please considering that I already have a theme installed, and would like the entire site including the career page to use the same style, could I achieve all above mentioned functionality using the plugins approach? And if so, what extra addons will I need?

        1. Sam,

          Ok, I see. Then WP Job Manager plugin comes the closest for what you need. It will not pick up styling from your theme but it has a very genetic styling that should look natural with your theme and won’t stand out. WP Job Manager is a free plugin but I think that you will need the entire premium add-on bundle to make it work the way you described above. Of course you won’t need all of those add-ons but you will get a much better deal when buying a whole package.

          1. Thanks again Aigars. You’ve been most helpful. I checked out the add-on bundle, and like you said, it really is a good deal. But if the Jobify theme comes with all these features “pre-installed”, then I’ll have to go with the option of getting a subdomain for the careers page, and getting the Jobify theme(and forget about uniformity). Or would I have to buy other addons after getting the theme?

  47. Aigars, you seem to be the most truly knowledgeable person giving online advice about themes. So could I ask you if you know of a theme that would enable us to let our members each create their own ‘gallery’ of their work on our website?

    From what I can see, there are themes that let you create a gallery of your work on your site, but not any that allow multiple users to individual galleries on one site. Maybe I’m not looking in the right direction for this?

    Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. I appreciate it.

  48. Hi, I’m looking for a theme and pluig in which can be used for setup a casting site.

    1) Jobs listing for productions companies producing movies, commercials etc.
    2) The candidates should be paying a subscription fee or a fee to see the content of the job.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Thomas,

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any recommendations for this kind of setup. One thing that I can help with is payments and subscriptions on WordPress. For that you can use Restrict Content. Also premium version of this plugin is available if there is not enough functionality for you in the free version. This plugin works well with most themes listed above.

  49. Hi Aigars,

    Again, thanks for this post.

    At this point, I would like to integrate a board onto one of my (already existing) sites. I am looking to do the following with a board – “find a stylist”:

    – visitors able to search for a stylist in their area (worldwide)
    – visitors able to leave a review for stylists listed on site
    – stylists able to register/add their own profile to site (with customised fields – i.e. their training, years of experience, awards received, type of products/merchandise they use, pictures of their work, etc.)
    – stylists have option of basic listing (free) or premium (sponsored) listing – with premium listing being on top and different paid packages i.e. weekly, monthly, annual rates
    – social media integration – i.e. twitter, facebook, instagram

    With the above, I am thinking Jobify may be best for me; with Restrict Content and WP Job Manager added. Agree/ disagree?

    Thanks in advance,
    A

    1. Alex,

      I would vote for either Jobify or Listify. Both are developed by the same developer and uses WP Job Manager plugin for its core functionality. Listify is more like a directory style theme and probably would work better than Jobify in your case. I don’t think that other themes comes close to these two offerings.

  50. Hi Aigars, great review.
    I’m looking for a theme that can:
    – Create 2 different account types (employer, candidate).
    – Post a job
    – Online resume
    – Search for candidates
    – Search for jobs
    – Manage account (employer and candidate separately)
    – Apply for job using online resume
    – Integration with payment provider

    Jobify has the most reviews and support, but JobMonster, Freelance engine also look good. In fact, most of them do!

    I’m happy to pay a developer to customise the theme and plugin.

    Would you have any suggestions on the best theme?

    Thanks!

    1. Liz,

      You just described most themes that are listed above. You are looking for a really basic functionality and JobMonster, Jobify, WPJobus will get the job done for you. Freelance engine is more to build freelancer marketplace just like Freelancer.com, elance.com and Upork.com. While you can use it for a regular job board I would recommend to stick with regular themes instead.

      Theme developers usually don’t do paid customization work. But that’s not a big deal as you can always find someone on Freelancer.com, elance.com and Upork.com who will be happy to help with customizations.

  51. Hello Aigars,

    Thanks for the articulated review.

    I’m trying to create a website that would allow job seekers build and host their online CV on my site with a unique url such as aigars.mysite.com or mysite.com/aigars

    The website will run in successive stages and eventually turn to a job board. Do I have to use a theme at the initial stage? If so, could you please recommend one?

    1. Lola,

      If you know how to convert one post type into another or convert the entire database into another then you can create a resume website now and then switch it into job board. But since you ask this question I am almost certain that this is not the right solution for you.

      The best looking online resumes are for WPJobus theme and you can read more about it here. You can start now with its resume functionality and then move to job board functionality when the time is right.

      Let me know if you have any other question about WPJobus or any other job board theme listed above.

  52. Aigars,

    Cheers for doing such a thorough job on your reviews, and even more kudos on your follow through to answer every single question that has been thrown your way.

    If I may, I too am looking into these themes for a client.
    After many hours scrubbing these there are a few things I can’t seem to find.

    It’s pretty much a handyman board.
    There will be several categories, ie..plumber, carpenter, etc etc.

    Couple of features are a must..
    * Escrow for billing and payment.
    * % of billed hours to company (ie. Odesk)
    * public facing feedback from employer would be great.
    * communications between employee and employer controlled by us

    Bonus would be the ability for employee to load video resume if possible. (sort of like a dating site..long walks on the beach, etc :)

    We are pretty anal about the look and feel, and would much prefer to use our own created theme, but are open to one of the “pre-made” themes if plugins are available.

    Thoughts?

    Cheers
    Ru

    1. Ruious,

      Thank you for your positive feedback! I highly appreciate it!

      FreelancerEngine is the only theme listed above that has all your mentioned features including public feedback scores, Escrow and messging and much more. Other themes are more for general job boards but FreelancerEngine is more like Upworks (former oDesk), elance and other freelance marketplaces.

      Let me know if you have any other question about FreelancerEngine or other job board themes.

      1. Cheers Aigars,

        I can’t tell does the core theme come with the above mentioned functionality?
        Are the extensions necessary? ie.. ETMail for the communications portion?

        Again,
        Thank you for your time.

        1. ET Mailing is not part of theme itself but it is a free extension available for FreelanceEngine theme. Should install separately but it doesn’t add extra complexity or costs.

  53. Rather than a membership plan set up, do any of these themes allow you to set up a transaction fee and eliminate the membership plan entirely?

    1. Paid memberships are completely optional for all themes listed above. You can create website with completely free registration without any restrictions. Transaction fees are not calculated separately but why not to include in the total amount by default. If you create a website with $50 signup fee and know that $5 will be lost in transaction fees. Why not to charge $55 in the first place?

      Personally I hate when price listed on website is completely different from one I have to pay at the end when some hidden fees and setup costs have been added.

  54. I’m just testing the WP Job Manager Plug-in. Until now it’s fine for the project I’m working on. I like the Jobify Layout, but couldn’t find it yet. Does it still exist?

    1. Janine,

      Jobify theme can be found and purchased here. It’s a premium WordPress theme and like any other premium theme there is no trial or free version available. WP Job Manager, on the other hand, is completely free to use and can be combined with any WordPress theme. Jobify have a special styling applied to this plugin to make it work perfectly together.

  55. Aigars:

    Thanks for taking the time to put this together. What do you recommend for the technically challenged? I want to add a niche job board to my already existing wordpress site. Ideally, I would like to import jobs from various sources. I have experimented with WP JobBoard, but when I try to add a feed from Indeed, it messes up the look of my site. I haven’t even figured out all of the other integrations. I want something that looks professional, but I don’t need alot of extras. My main goal is to import freelance job opportunities.

    1. Tj,

      WP Job Manager handles import from Indeed much better than WP JobBoard. You still need an extensions for WP Job Manager but at least it will work and won’t break your website. Jobify and Jobera themes are compatible with WP Job Manager plugin in case you want to change your existing theme. Both above listed themes are easy to setup and use.

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