20 Places to Find Your Next Web Development Job

As the world economy continues to look shakier by the day, and major corporations have begun to trim work forces, it might not be such a bad idea to start looking for a new job. Sites like Craigslist, Monster, and HotJobs have a lot of listings, but they’re not well filtered. Searching for jobs on those sites can be a crap shoot, and many of the best job offers aren’t posted on those mega sites.

The hot trend for job search these days is smaller, niche job boards. We’ve collected a list of 20 of our favorites that cater to jobs for programmers, web developers, designers, and social media experts. People are still hiring right now, you just need to know where to look. Our list is presented in no particular order below.

  1. SitePoint Marketplace – SitePoint’s Marketplace may be best known as the web’s premier place to buy and sell web sites, but it also has a great “Looking to Hire” section where you can find plenty of web development, design, and writing jobs.
  2. 37signals Job Board – The wild success of the 37signals job board arguably is what sparked the job board craze. It mainly focuses on programming and design jobs, though also attracts some business/executive jobs and copywriting positions. The 37signals job board is syndicated to design magazine A List Apart and to the official Ruby on Rails site, and has a companion gig board for smaller, one-off jobs.
  3. CrunchBoard – TechCrunch was one of the first big blogs to add a job board, and has done so with great success. CrunchBoard tends to attract a lot of business/exec and programming jobs.
  4. ReadWriteWeb Job Board – Every blog has a slightly different core audience and will attract a different set of employers. There may be some overlap, but you should definitely try to identify which job board’s employers mesh most with the position you’re trying to attain. ReadWriteWeb’s job board tends to attract mostly web development job offers.
  5. Ajaxian Job Board – Ajaxian’s is a web developer heavy job board, though it’s not as JavaScript centric as you might guess.
  6. Krop – Krop is a huge job board for web design jobs (though you’ll find some copywriting and project management jobs mixed in on occasion), that is syndicated to a long list of great design sites, such as morgueFile, COLOURlovers, and Think Vitamin. The list of syndication sites guarantees that employers will continue to use Krop and it will always have a good selection of jobs for you to choose from.
  7. Authentic Jobs – Cameron Moll’s Authentic Jobs is another great graphic design job board that is syndicated to top design sites. Listing partners include 456 Berea Street, IconBuffet, and Subtraction.
  8. Ars Technica Job Board – Ars Technica is one of the most widely read tech sites on the Internet. The good news is that means their job board is hopping with great listings, the bad news is that also means the competition is fierce. Ars Technica’s job board is very programming and IT centric.
  9. Zend Job Board – Zend operates a job board specifically geared toward PHP programming jobs, and as a result is one of the best places to find PHP-specific work.
  10. CenterNetworks Job Board – A year ago CenterNetworks was a web 2.0 blog known mostly by those close to the web 2.0 scene. Now, proprietor Allen Stern has built it into one of the top-tier web 2.0 blogs on the Internet. As a result, the job board has become a great place to find work at web 2.0 companies, especially those in the New York area.
  11. Freelance Switch Job Board – If you’re a freelancer looking for design and development gigs, the Freelance Switch job board might be a great place to start.
  12. Smashing Magazine Job Board – Over the past two years, Smashing Magazine has risen to become one of the most popular web development blogs on the net. Their job board is this as popular with employers as their site is with readers, and there is a steady stream of programming and design jobs posted there.
  13. Boxes and Arrows Job Board – Monthly web development magazine Boxes and Arrows operates a popular job board that attracts a lot of UX and design listings.
  14. Coroflot Jobs – Designer portfolio site Coroflot runs a popular job board for design, art, and advertising jobs. About 15 new jobs are added every day to the site, so check back daily.
  15. MetaFilter Job Board – News site MetaFilter also operates a job board. It’s a fairly eclectic mix of listings, but generally attracts mostly web development want ads.
  16. Fresh Web Jobs – A job board for web development jobs, the site offers a bookmarklet for job seekers allowing them to save jobs from other sites and job boards to their account on Fresh Web Jobs.
  17. Social Media Jobs – This is possibly the best place to look for jobs in the new fields of social media and online community management.
  18. Slashdot Job Board – Slashdot’s job board was slapped onto the site as an afterthought, so it doesn’t get as many listings as you might think a site of that size would. Because of the street cred that Slashdot has, however, it does attract a handful of top-quality IT and programming jobs.
  19. SearchWebJobs.com – A whole bevy of CSS gallery sites syndicate jobs listed on SearchWebJobs.com, which makes it a great place to find web design work.
  20. ProBlogger Job Board – There is no better place to find paid blogging jobs than the ProBlogger job board.

Have we missed any good job boards out there? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Anonymous

    Lots of great jobs at Standout Jobs also.

  • Lachlan

    Really timely post Josh, I was just looking at these sites for a job posting for 99designs. I wonder how well these services cover developers outside of the US?

    Probably going to be a lot of US based developers looking for jobs internationally over the next year I guess :(

  • Paul Annesley

    Also up and coming is Web Directions Jobs, catering to jobs relevant to the web industry – designers, developers, usability and accessibility experts, project managers, content developers, etc.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com ShayneTilley

    It’s certainly a list bigger than I would have expected. From an employers perspective I’d had some success using linked in for prospect employees as well.

    Mind you, some of my best employees have come from left field recommendations, unsolicited phone calls… so I’d never put all my eggs in one basket when it comes to finding a job.

  • http://www.magain.com/ mattymcg

    Great list Josh, a job board certainly seems to be the new add-on for a site, like a forum was many years ago.

    @ShayneTilley: definitely agree that word of mouth, user group meetings and conferences are always great places to find good people.

  • http://www.dan-schulz.com Dan Schulz

    What worries me though is the possibility that the job board “craze” will explode to the point that everyone thinks they have to have a job board on their site if their site is going to be successful, “loved by Google” and so forth. It’s just not possible for every site to have one, nor should it be necessary to begin with.

    On top of that, I’ve found that job board sites tend to be rather cyclical when it comes to job listings that match my criteria (in other words, are ones I’m interested in working on). Of course, I could lower my expectations a bit and take on the “cheap jobs” but I’d rather commit myself to a few good ones so I can concentrate on other aspects of my life, rather than just working 24-7 doing nothing but client work and chasing up the next job board listing (and let’s face it, searching out new leads is work in and of itself; except that it’s not billable).

    But, I guess that’s the problem with someone who specializes in a few key areas, the person becomes an expert in a handful of fields, and nothing more than a new person (or “n00b” in the others.

  • http://www.HereNextYear.com lerxtjr

    This “week” I needed to hire 5 local web-heads for design, php, internet marketing, and turned to craigslist. We had 56 respondents withing 4 days, which turned into 14 qualified interviews, and I wound up hiring 7 instead of 5. Don’t discount craigslist just because it is the obvious.

  • Cotton

    So now, if you’re looking for a job, instead of having a couple of sites you have to look through, there are 50 sites you have to look through. Everyone’s trying to make a buck, selling ads on personal websites, job boards on web sites, what’s next – getting paid to blog about a company? What, they’re already doing that…

  • http://www.webcosmo.com webcosmo

    Also check out all the classified ads sites.

  • http://www.wplancer.com banago

    I have written such an article in my blog, but I mention only ten sites. I selected the sites that offer more freelance jobs. This is a great list though.

  • Tim

    I have found the JobList at Behance.net to be the most helpful. I think that having portfolios mixed with the job postings themselves help the employer sift through candidates (at least I hope so, I have a few outstanding applications!).

  • http://www.junglejar.com christopherslost

    What worries me though is the possibility that the job board “craze” will explode to the point that everyone thinks they have to have a job board on their site if their site is going to be successful, “loved by Google” and so forth. It’s just not possible for every site to have one, nor should it be necessary to begin with.

    On top of that, I’ve found that job board sites tend to be rather cyclical when it comes to job listings that match my criteria (in other words, are ones I’m interested in working on). Of course, I could lower my expectations a bit and take on the “cheap jobs” but I’d rather commit myself to a few good ones so I can concentrate on other aspects of my life, rather than just working 24-7 doing nothing but client work and chasing up the next job board listing (and let’s face it, searching out new leads is work in and of itself; except that it’s not billable).

    But, I guess that’s the problem with someone who specializes in a few key areas, the person becomes an expert in a handful of fields, and nothing more than a new person (or “n00b” in the others.

    Is it just me or does every single aspect of this comment seem foolish? Why are you worried about a job board craze? What does it being loved by Google have to do with the fact that it’s a job board? Why would it be necessary for every site to have a job board? How is a job board “cynical” when displaying results based on your search criteria? Do you mean the responses you get are “cynical”?

    Ugh..

    Lower your expectations, what?

    Chasing up the next job board is that much work for you, huh? Well, thank god for posts like these. Wow, imagine how incredibly lost and miserable you would be if the job board itself didn’t even exist to help you find work! Perhaps every site should have one!

    “noob”, haha. Well, if you don’t specialize in any field, wouldn’t that make you a noob in all of them?

    I find this a cheap shot at a post provided by SitePoint that -is- of quality. You fail miserably trying to belittle it.

  • http://www.develareel.com headless1226

    christopherslost, why are you hating on schultz he makes an excellent point, again, and again, and once again.

    I have to add CRAIGSLIST, amazing audience and although it is overcrowded with corporate spam, I have found if you write a personalized intelligent response to 20-30 ads average 20% respond back, and 40-50% turn to client.

  • http://www.junglejar.com christopherslost

    I’m sorry, but I found his post to be pretentious and I myself couldn’t find one good point made by him.

  • spheroid

    Fresh Web Jobs domain has expired as of 11-09-08

  • http://www.faridhadi.com FaridHadi

    You could also have a look at the job board that I am running, PixyJobs. It’s a board with Web Design & Development jobs.

  • http://www.porkypost.com 1tigerlivejob

    Good list,Some sites I havn’t even heard of,But will check all them out.

    Here is another site to add to it href=”http://www.porkypost.com”>

  • http://www.global-free-classified-ads.com/ hgv1

    Do not limit itself it. Check new classified ads sites too.

  • http://www.listburn.com Steve

    You should try http://www.listburn.com

    It’s a newer site so not as many features/items, but it keeps a lot of the spam type ads out and is nicely laid out while searching. Filters adult content and has safe meeting locations submitted by the users.

  • http://newmediasocial.com Laurie

    Yes, you definitely missed one of the main ones on NewMediaSocial.com. There is a board called NewMediaHire.com at http://jobs.newmediahire.com. Super economical (just $99 for 60 days and free crossposting!!!) and there is over 8,000 LinkedIn people in the NewMediaHire/NewMediaSocial group. Good luck!