Top Job Boards for Startups

How to find top talent to scale your business

So you've started to scale your startup and need talent, fast. Not just anyone, you need a team of hardworking, results-producing generalists to divide and conquer the market.

How will you find and attract this amazing talent? The simple solution is through job boards, but which of these actually work? Most of them are willing to take a sizeable sum of cash from you without any guarantee that you'll get a single good candidate.

Fortunately at Applied, we have visibility over which job boards sent which candidates to our platform to apply for jobs. And fortunately for everyone else, we don't like to keep secrets. Here's our (data-driven) top five job board picks when it comes to hiring for roles in startups:

UK Startup Jobs

UK Startup Jobs, as you may have guessed, help talented people find jobs at top UK startups and have been doing so since 2011.

So how does this job board rank?

Candidate Quality Score: 66 / 100

Gender Diversity Performance

Ethnic Diversity Performance

Unicorn Hunt

Unicorn Hunt is there to help match (mostly) UK start-ups with users looking for start-up specific jobs.

So how does this job board rank?

Candidate Quality Score: 62 / 100

Gender Diversity Performance

Ethnic Diversity Performance

Guardian Jobs

jobs.theguardian.com is the recruitment site of the Guardian News and Media group. It lists vacancies in sectors that include Media, Education, NHS, Government, Graduate, Secretarial, Charities, Marketing, Social Care and Arts among others.

So how does this job board rank?

Candidate Quality Score: 60 / 100

Gender Diversity Performance

Ethnic Diversity Performance

Escape The City

Escape The City sells tired city workers the dream of finding a fulfilling and exciting role, new career path or opportunity to set up a business.

So how does this job board rank?

Candidate Quality Score: 58 / 100

Gender Diversity Performance

Ethnic Diversity Performance

Target Jobs

Target Jobs is an early careers job board featuring internships, grad schemes and opportunities, postgraduate roles and more.

So how does this job board rank?

Candidate Quality Score: 56 / 100

Gender Diversity Performance

Ethnic Diversity Performance

Why we do this

Applied is a data-driven end-to-end recruitment platform focused on quality and diversity of hire. We track which job boards our candidates come from, and can combine this at a high-level with the assessment scores and diversity breakdown of those groups of candidates from our platform.

We decided to democratise this data to start helping teams making data-driven (rather than gut-driven!) hiring decisions. Please treat it as indicative at the moment, but we’ve written a bit more about what the data is, where it comes from and what it is not, here.

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Why use Applied?

Fairness & Transparency

No names. No CV screen. Just awesomeness. Applied strips away bias to lets candidates showcase their skills without the noise.

Hiring on merit

Applied tests candidates on their actual ability to do the job, not ability to format a banging CV. Hire for talent and potential - and nothing else.

Candidate focus

Applying for a job can be painful. We get that. Applied keeps it clear, simple and gives personalised feedback in exchange for candidates' time.