Thanks to a really positive response from readers of my recent review of The Best Classified Ads Themes for WordPress I’ve decided to continue the “theme” (excuse the pun) and write up another WordPress product driven article about my experiences working with the overwhelming expanse of Job Board themes and plugins for WordPress.
What is a job board site?
For those of you who don’t know, a Job Board website is an online version of the traditional Job board. In recent years, a string of well known developers have built easy to use out of the box Job Board themes to make it easy for individuals to build out and run their own Employment Websites. It offers a simple pricing model and with the right niche and some smart SEO and promotional tactics it’s not as difficult as you might think to get your new online business up and running. As themes have advanced, you can now find yourself with a feature rich jobsite with just a few hours work. These WordPress Job Boards are typically piped into common payment gateways, and make it easy to set up pay per ad or ad buckets with ease. More recently I’ve seen some of these developers including automatic feeds to sites such as Indeed Jobs – so you don’t even have to create the content yourself. Other great features have included CV Libraries, tailored areas for recruiters or applicants separately and the ability to have users create their own profiles showcasing their work. For the purposes of my own learning I did set up and now run with some moderate success the growing WordPress Job List (Using JobRoller from App Themes).
The best Job Board themes for WordPress – Reviewed!
From App Themes
From Engine Themes
From Color Labs
Other notable WordPress Job Themes
Remember: Choose a WordPress job theme that’s fit for your audience
Of course you can just upload a job board theme, buy your domain, enter your settings and launch your job site, in little more than a few hours. But to really be successful and realise a recurring income, there’s a significant amount of effort that needs to be put in. Job listing websites have three key audiences. The employment seekers, the recruiters and the employers. When selecting the right theme for your new online business it’s important to consider all three, and make sure you’re asking the right questions.
- Does the theme cater to all three demographics?
- What type of users can I expect to encounter in my chosen niche?
- Does the employment sector you’re targeting use recruiters or are they primarily focused on direct recruitment?
- Are you focused on the full time employment market, or the freelance market?
Potential employers and recruiters will always look to use online job listing websites, it’s a fact of life that the internet is an multifacceted hub and a significant percentage of recruitment now happens online. Choosing a job board theme which is well suited to your audience and the people most likely to use your website will give you the best head start possible. You’ll also want to consider this when setting up your business. Where is the revene coming from? Do you plan to charge individuals to post jobs – the more typical method, or do you plan to charge employment seekers to reply to ads – this method, whilst less well known has been seen to work with great success on Freelance Switch from the Australian company Envato. Envato saw huge success, in no small part thanks to their previously untapped resources – having a healthy base of freelancers in their various marketplaces, meant when they launched their job site, they already had a huge network of hungry freelancers willing to pay to get access to new freelance projects and leads. Their low cost monthly subscription meant for a freelancer, even just winning one or two projects a year from the site made it a worthwhile investment.
I am good at managing my schedule, so I can usually get projects booked in without much lead time. Let’s get our heads together and get your project done.