I like and craigslist but I was wondering what the collective wisdom of Stackoverflow would produce on this subject. I'd like to know particularly about software developer/engineer/architect boards not so much administration or web design.

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+5  A: used to be ok. I havent used it in years, though. Also, usually has a lot of java dev/architect positions listed. Might try and careerbuilder while you're at it as well.

If you decide to go the recruiter route, choose wisely! I've heard of some having good experiences with Robert Half, but I have not had good experiences with them. There used to be one called Maxim Group. Stay away from them as well.

Kilhoffer simply redirects to and earns cnet a clickthru
Scott Evernden
I've never had a good experience with a recruiter, ever.
+7  A:

Steve B.
+1 for joelonsoftware for job seekers. Mostly companies that you want to work for because they care about good Engineering practices.As a job poster, however, I never saw a single resume off of that board. Looks to be pretty low volume. I really only see any sort of volume from CL and Sometimes slashdot/jobthread turn up an occasional gem.I also dig

local job search sites

My preference is to utilize my existing contacts (linkedin, facebook, local user groups) for job hunting


WiredSussex. It's local, and I've got a couple of jobs from it.


I look on Workopolis/Monster/Careerbuilder a lot.

However, I've found it much more useful to sign up with recruiters instead, who can match what you're looking for more precisely with jobs. Usually when I let the recruiters in the city know that I'm looking for something, I get a steady stream of calls from them about jobs, rather than having to do the work myself. :)

Do you use large, national recruiters? If so , which ones have you had a good experience with?
I've had good experiences with Ajilon, SI Systems and Metafore. The one I'd stay away with at all costs is Maxim Group.(those are the ones available to me in Canada; don't know if they have US counterparts)

I've gotten all of my jobs since 2000 via Monster. However, not one of those jobs was listed on their service. Instead, recruiters found my resume there before the job was listed and got in touch with me that way.

+12  A: It aggregates/searches job postings from many other job posting sites, such as monster, careerbuilder, etc. It also has useful utilities like job trends. It has a clean google-like interface.

Denis Fradlin

Check out


I'm in Canada and EVERY job I have got (3) I found on


I actually spent the money to spam myself out via Resume Rabbit.

The way I looked at it was it would take care of covering all of the tedious, crappy, online avenues leaving me free to concentrate on other routes.

And in the end, I did end up finding my current job through one of the sites Resume Rabbit posted me to.

Mark Biek
Just out of curiosity, did you end up getting a lot of calls from companies wanting you to hawk insurance? (Calls usually start with "Are you restricting yourself to software development, or...?) The last time I posted my resume anywhere public I started getting those non-stop.
I didn't provide a phone number for initial contact. But I did get a small number of those kinds of emails. Nothing I would consider excessive though.
Mark Biek
+5  A: 

Based on my experience, I've found that by simply submitting your resume to any one of the well known job sites already mentioned, you're signing yourself up for near instant feedback from recruiters. Now, it's YOUR turn to interview the recruiters that'll soon be knocking your door down. Every other recruiter will have some job that is either (a) a keyword match to something on your resume but clearly not what you're aiming to do, (b) you're "a perfect fit for this position", (c) not even remotely close to your location, or (d) .. I don't know ... I couldn't understand their broken English.

It is, however, a great way to get dialog going with the larger recruiting companies. Interviews are a two-way game, so interview your recruiter so you can be sure they're not pulling your chain.

That was exactly my experience, and I'd second that advice: grill your recruiters as if you were hiring them, because in a sense, you are. b) and c) were two of my pet peeves (not relocating, sorry), as well as e) simply reading postings off the same sites where you posted.
Dave DuPlantis
I swear in some cases there are recruiters that are just looking for bodies for some positions where someone else is the "great" candidate and everyone else will be not so great. Don't forget that some recruiters will share lists of contracts available and you don't want to be submitted twice. Ugh.
JB King
Be VERY careful when engaging a recruiter. Nothing, and I mean, NOTHING, pisses off employers more than unsolicited recruiters. You may be intentionally not considered even though you are a great candidate because you came in via a shifty, filthy, dirty, untrustworthy channel (er, I mean recruiter). You will also automatically be suspected as a job hopper.
+4  A: 

Depending on where you are located, Craigslist may be a gold mine. I've been hired on for two positions since I started using it and I've had around a dozen interviews.

Its not overrun with recruiters (at least in the Greater Toronto Area). In my experience, 50% of the time my resume has gone directly to the employer.

In Boston, it is full or recruiters now, but they are typically easy to pick out if you prefer to avoid them.
CL is absolutely the most cost effective tool for employers.
A: for JavaScript jobs

Chris MacDonald
+6  A: 

Another possibility, more akin to pounding the pavement, is to type "software development near toronto" (or your city) into Google Maps. It provides links to software company websites where you might find luck in the career section(s). Benefit is that you can eyeball your commute.

That's an awesome idea. Just went looking for my city that way and came up with tons of software shops. Thanks for that.
+2  A: 

37Signals' Job Board ( seems to have some pretty good positions, primarily in web development. A lot of those positions are not in the West Coast of the United States, either, which is sometimes a good thing.

They also have a gig board ( for more contract-type positions.


i like since their advanced search lets you search full-telecommute-only jobs

Steven A. Lowe

My suggestion would be to look at various contracting firms that may have an office in your area. Out here in Calgary there is Robert Half International, RIS, Metafore, Sapphire Technologies, and S.i. systems that I've used in the past and felt OK with in the end.

JB King

In UK i use.

sundar venugopal
+1  A: - only $100K on up


I generally browse,, and Also I try to keep track of new ventures that have gotten funding and might be looking for talent. is a boston area website i look at often for that.

Scott Evernden

Another great job search engine to help job seekers look for jobs:

Definitely worth looking at!


+1  A: 

Well, since it hasn't been mentioned yet, we do now have a Stack Overflow Jobs Board.