We often use the term “professional” to describe WordPress websites that are visually pleasing and easy to navigate and use. It’s obvious why — if you want a successful site for your business, your blog, or yourself, you need to convey professionalism.
However, when talking about job boards, the term “professional” takes on a much more literal meaning. On these websites, you have employers posting opportunities and candidates in search of their next gig. Both parties want to appear qualified and competent in this context, which is why a well-planned design is imperative for any online job board.
In addition, job websites require unique functionality compared to a more traditional business or personal website. Importantly, users need a way to search and filter through listings, view a description of each opening that interests them, and submit their applications.
It’s a tall order, but one that several WordPress themes are built to handle. Whether you’re building a job bulletin for local opportunities or a website to post open positions at your company, a dedicated theme can make that happen...as long as you’re using WordPress, that is. Here are our 25 top picks.
Recommended Plugins for Job Board Themes
Before we dive into our list, here are a few WordPress plugins that you might want to consider with this type of theme. These tools will save you a lot of time (and headache) while setting up your site and will power your marketing and sales efforts over time.
HubSpot’s WordPress plugin connects your WordPress site to your HubSpot CRM. This allows you to capture, organize, and engage web visitors with forms, live chat, email, and more.
As you foster relationships and communicate with visitors over time, HubSpot’s WordPress plugin automatically records interactions in your CRM, creating a unified timeline view of each visitor’s contact history with your business. Not only does this make lead management easier, but it allows you to tailor a truly personalized customer experience for every person visiting your website.
While this plugin is designed for business directories, it's versatile enough to be used for job boards as well. It's flexible and customizable, and it comes with multiple directory blocks: carousel, directory, and upcoming list. All three can be tailored for job listings and are compatible with the Gutenberg Editor.
One feature that you'll definitely need for your job board is a form, so you can collect important information from your applicants. WPForms is a popular form builder that makes it easy to design forms using a drag-and-drop interface. Couple this with HubSpot's WordPress plugin, and you'll arm your recruitment team will valuable insights about candidates as well as a way to contact them.
Best Job Board WordPress Themes
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With over 13,000 sales today, Jobify is the top-selling job board WordPress theme on the ThemeForest marketplace. It integrates fully with the WP Job Manager Plugin to handle your site’s unique functional requirements.
Jobify brings a modern interface to any job site, and includes integrated plugin functionality that visitors will need to find jobs and apply through your portal — namely, several job listing page templates, search bar functionality with filtering, and a front-end submission option.
This theme is also compatible with the WooCommerce plugin which lets users add paid listings, and it offers fully customizable homepage designs that you can adjust to your needs. Lastly, users can easily submit their own jobs from the front end of your site, which you may approve or reject as the administrator.
Jobmonster is another exceptional theme for dedicated job listings. From its nine homepage templates and for job page templates alone, it’s clear that this theme’s developers have prioritized the essentials and ease-of-use. The built-in search functionality is intuitive, and you can filter by attributes like location and job category.
Another bonus of the Jobmonster theme is its integration with Google Maps and Bing Maps. With this integration, candidates can view job locations in a sleek map interface adapted to the theme’s color palette (demo pictured below).
Jobmonster is designed to integrate seamlessly with the WPBakery and Elementor page builders, so you won’t need to start from scratch to implement Jobmonster’s designs. Everything is responsive as well, so candidates can easily submit applications on-the-go.
WorkScout is a completely modern and innovative WordPress theme for job agencies and recruiters. It’s loaded with premium options to help you create a great-looking site that job seekers will appreciate, and is built to integrate with the WP Job Manager plugin.
On top of its powerful job search option, WorkScout’s demos are gorgeous, striking a balance between minimalist look and useful interface elements and taste. This makes it easy and perhaps even enjoyable to find jobs and submit materials. A one-click demo installation feature will transform your site in seconds, after which you can go forward with your customizations.
JobCareer is another WordPress theme that doesn’t require any extra plugins to introduce job listing functionality to your website. From searches to job detail pages to file uploads, JobCareer handles the busy work, so you can focus on crafting the exact job board site you want.
To be more specific, JobCareer includes what it calls “Premium Features” which encompass its job-board related functionality. These features include email alerts, geolocation search, job suggestions, paid and free listings, WooCommerce integration, Indeed job import, and the option to apply with LinkedIn and Facebook.
Divi is a leading multipurpose WordPress theme and page builder, intended for any type of website. This theme has gained a stellar reputation for its balance of ease-of-use, performance, and versatility — according to many, it's the first and only WordPress theme you’ll need.
Divi’s back-end is based around its drag-and-drop WYSIWYG builder, which you can use to construct pages from scratch or based on a template. Divi also includes many full website templates to get your site online as quickly as possible.
While not a dedicated job board theme, purchase of the Divi package includes the full website template Job Recruiter. This comes included with the layouts you’ll need to implement job search functionality on your WordPress site. Read more about what this powerful theme can do in our full Divi review.
Careerfy is an all-in-one job board theme for WordPress that might just have the highest count of native features of any theme we’ve listed so far — this would explain the relatively high price tag of $89. For that price, you get the expected job board capabilities, plus bonus integrations to take your site to the next level.
For example, Careerfy emphasizes recruiter-prospect communications in its tools. It integrates with the video conferencing platform Zoom, allowing candidates to schedule interviews in a calendar and create zoom events for meetings without leaving the website. Also, there’s a job search live chat feature so recruiters can field quick questions from applicants.
Finally, Careerfy includes over 15 website demos for different niches and layout preferences — everything is taken care of in this theme.
Jobseek is a WP Job Manager-integrated WordPress theme for recruiters and HR companies. For a basic, reliable option, give it a shot. Candidates will be able to search and filter through job listings, and the theme’s smart use of Ajax ensures that search results will appear instantly on the page without needing to refresh.
On the administrator back-end, listings and applications are well-organized and color-coded for minimal friction — no more weeding through information to find the application you need. With its bookmarks feature and real-time job posting alerts, your visitors will also appreciate how the Jobseek theme enhances the browsing experience.
The InJob WordPress theme focuses on simplicity on both the visitor site and the administrator end. For candidates, searching is easy and intuitive, and the theme allows users to create accounts to submit their applications. Plus, InJob is optimized for page speed to keep users on your site.
Administrators have seven homepage templates to pick from, each with a unique emphasis. Some also include maps and display listings by geolocation. Page elements are visually pleasing and modern, so your site won’t feel outdated to savvy candidates.
As the most popular offering on ThemeForest, Avada has made a name for itself as a highly flexible multipurpose WordPress theme. Any WordPress site owner can adapt Avada for their niche, including those who want to build a job board website or those who want to add job bulletin functionality to their existing business site.
To get started, import one of Avada’s numerous pre-built websites, then utilize the drag-and-drop builder to toggle the details. No matter what, your pages will remain mobile-friendly, SEO-optimized, and accessible.
Want to know more about Avada? See our dedicated post, complete with website examples.
One of the more niche options out there, Babysitter is an ideal WordPress theme for childcare job postings. Its color palettes, interactive page elements, shortcodes, and fonts are all well-suited for this type of service. Babysitter is built to work with the WP Job Manager plugin and allows users to both post and respond to listings.
With the Babysitter theme, there’s also a blog section for content and widgets for user profiles, both of which are important for establishing trust with your service.
11. Pet Sitter
On a similar note, Pet Sitter is an excellent WordPress theme for pet-oriented job postings. Use this theme to build a website around pet care and establish yourself as a trusted source of professionals. Like Babysitter, it makes use of the free WP Job Manager plugin to handle the technical side of things.
Pet Sitter is created with the Redux Theme framework, which makes it very flexible and enables easy options to customize your WordPress site. This theme also offers you unlimited color options, 600+ Google fonts, 40+ useful shortcodes, and widgets for pet sitters to easily apply to open opportunities.
Front is a multipurpose business-oriented theme that employs sleek, minimalist designs and layouts to keep users engaged with your content. Among its several importable demos is its Job Vacancy demo, which allows users to create accounts for submitting apps and employers to post their jobs. This way, Front can work for both dedicated job bulletins and business websites in need of a “careers” section.
Note that job posting capabilities are not native to this theme. To run a functional job site, the theme recommends installing its premium Jobs add-on for an extra cost.
WorkBucket is a well-established job board theme built on the Bootstrap CSS framework, resulting in a mobile-friendly, accessible interface with minimalist color schemes and clean, rounded page elements. It’s perfect for businesses and job bulletins who want to follow this recent design trend.
Beyond its great design, WorkBucket offers an advanced theme options panel that makes it easy for you to manage all your site related details easily, a blog section for your latest content, and lazy load effects for your images to improve performance.
X is a beast of a theme, a truly multipurpose option with a self-contained page builder and ecosystem of exclusive extensions. While not a dedicated job board meme, X is flexible and certainly well-equipped to handle one with a bit of tweaking on your end. This makes the X theme suitable for businesses that want to list positions, but not have it be the primary focus of the website.
X also stands out for its content “stacks”, which are specialized page templates for specific website niches. All stacks are mobile-responsive and fully customizable. If you’re not afraid to get your hands a little dirty, X can deliver the exact type of job site you want.
For a more traditional look on your job listing website, consider the JobRoller theme from AppThemes. This theme offers a simple design that visitors will be accustomed to, without frills or excessive features. The jobs can be grouped into categories, of which you can create an unlimited number. Listings conform to a schema indexable by Google, so they'll appear under the Jobs snippet in search results.
Aside from the listings you post, users can upload detailed resumes with previous experience and a personal summary. JobRoller offers a separate search feature for recruiters to browse applicant resumés.
EngineThemes is a WordPress developer known for creating high-end niche business themes, and JobEngine is another complete WordPress job board theme for those looking for a more standard job bulletin look.
The layout of this theme is straightforward while remaining fully-responsive. JobEngine also offers plenty of options to customize your site. Use the style customizer panel to make your site look unique — from the color scheme of the theme to layout, you can mold the look to your requirements without writing a line of code.
The JobEngine theme also works with extensions for image sliders, interactive maps, and custom fields.
Also from EngineThemes is the FreelanceEngine theme, a great option for freelance job searchers. Whether you’re looking to create a job bulletin or hire freelancers at your company, give this one a try.
The theme allows freelancers to search for projects by keywords, associated skills, job category, location, pay, and number of current bids. They can also make profiles, apply, and place bids through their membership on your site.
The design is fully responsive, so your users will be able to access your site from any device, anywhere. As far as the look and feel are concerned, FreelanceEngine provides you complete options to customize the color and layout of your site, and to change layouts with a drag-and-drop builder.
A relative newcomer to the space, StaffScout is a gorgeous job board theme with multiple homepage options geared toward job searchers. Each demo is clean and minimal, making StaffScout ideal for modern businesses and recruiting agencies. Built on the WP Job Manager Plugin, you can retain functionality even if you switch to this theme from another.
Plus, StaffScout is compatible with WPBakery for page building, WooCommerce for paid submissions, Yoast for SEO, and W3 Total Cache for caching.
19. Job Board
The Job Board theme from Templatic is a more modern take on a full-page job-bulletin layout. As expected, the header contains a search function and options for posting jobs. But, also included in the header are tabs that let users view positions by job type: full-time, part-time, or freelance. These categories can be further filtered by job category.
The design itself is an updated rendition of the classic job bulletin layout, which many new website owners may prefer. You can also monetize your site by charging users for listings, and you can even create different packages for listings.
The multipurpose Total theme is the epitome of feature-rich, while staying easy for beginners. With over 40 demo sites, you’re sure to find one for your job board and incorporate job listing functions with a plugin. Powered by WPBakery, Total’s drag-and-drop page building will get your site running quickly so you can start accepting listings as soon as possible.
If you want to enhance your site with a forum, blog, or a business section, Total’s templates can accommodate your needs. It also includes over $80 worth of premium plugins and is WooCommerce-friendly if you want to accept payment for listings.
One of the newest themes on this list, CareerUp is a powerful choice for job seekers and employers alike. Each of CareerUp’s 13 importable demos offers up a different aesthetic with the same underlying functionality and flexibility. Users can sift through posts with a highly customizable advanced search tool, containing intuitive interface elements for seamless browsing.
This theme also comes loaded with additional perks like a resume feature, application deadlines, and tracking, job alerts, and interactive map integrations. Don’t let the relatively low download count throw you — CareerUp is a quality theme that will suit almost any job board website.
Like many themes we’ve covered so far, the dedicated job board theme Nokri brings a modern take to the classic job bulletin website approach. However, some factors make it unique as well — for one, many of its demos opt for a transparent search bar that blends well with the full-screen image behind it, creating a cohesive feel.
Additionally, Nokri has support for video resumes as a custom field. If you’re fielding remote candidates, this is an invaluable tool to get a better sense of applicants. And with its in-depth documentation, Nokri can be adopted by new and experienced WordPress admins alike.
The Workup WordPress job board theme takes a grid system approach to its main page layouts. Job listings are laid out as cards with the job type, name, company, and location clearly visible. Users may click any one of these cards to be brought to the job description, a minimal page with all the essential information ready to view. Admins will also appreciate the stylish dashboard for viewing applicants and listings.
Workup may lack options included in the feature-packed themes above. However, it’s not always necessary to go all-out in your WordPress theme. Often, it’s better to keep things simple and add functionality with plugins — Workup can help with this.
HireBee is our second freelancer-focused WordPress theme, allowing employers to submit postings and freelancers to bid on opportunities. It’s easy for both parties to accomplish their goals right from the theme’s homepage, and there’s even a section to showcase top freelancers using your service.
HireBee presents several monetization opportunities as well. Along with space for display advertisements, administrators can set pricing plans for freelancers and employers to use your service. Transfers are handled with the Stripe payment gateway add-on to keep things secure.
Last on our list is Bridge, perhaps the most stylish multipurpose theme out there. One of the best ways to keep candidates on your site is by establishing trust, and a clean, modern interface can help do just that. With Bridge, you won’t need to worry about a lack of design sense — this theme handles it all for you. But, if you want to make changes, you can do so with the drag-and-drop WPBakery or Elementor builder.
Despite the minimalist visuals, Bridge is as feature-rich as other multipurpose options here, and it includes over 800 fonts. With some of the best documentation and video tutorials available, anyone can start benefiting right away from what Bridge can do.
A Professional Site Needs a Professional Theme
Job boards are a very specific type of website. When a visitor lands on yours, they expect to be able to search, view, and submit applications for any posting. It should also be noted that job seekers can be especially critical of your website, since they’re likely rifling through many other websites and listings — they simply don’t have the patience for a poor user experience.
With some help from any theme above, however, you can avoid frustration on both the employee and candidate side, and launch a job board site that gets positions filled.
Originally published Feb 1, 2021 7:00:00 AM, updated December 14 2021