The longer answer is that there is a difference between web sites that provide a service i.e. actually finding jobs for you to apply to (i.e. sites like RiseSmart) and/or applies to them for you, like JobSerf. If you can afford the service, web sites like these can be a way to save time and find qualified job leads. I'm not complaining about these types of sites, because you are getting something for your money if you decide to use them and you're paying for the service, not to access jobs.
Fee-Based Job Sites
The sites I have an issue with are those that charge job seekers to access job listings. The job seekers, in many cases, don't have a clue that they can find the exact same job listings on other sites - absolutely free.
There are so many of these sites, unfortunately, that I've lost track. I've spoken to more than a few experts and the consensus is that there aren't any listings available on the sites that charge job seekers a fee that aren't available elsewhere free - on free job boards, on the company's web site, or posted elsewhere. The career experts I spoke to also voiced their concerns about job seekers not knowing that they didn't have to pay to access job listings. And that's the bottom line: nobody has to pay to access job listings.
You Don't Need to Pay for Job Listings
There is no need to pay a monthly or quarterly fee, when you can access the same jobs posted on company web sites or on the job search engine sites.
You can find all the job listings you need without paying a dime. Before you consider paying for anything carefully check out the site to see what you're getting for your money. Read the fine print - some of these sites only let you cancel over the phone and charge you for a full month, regardless of when you cancel.
Where to Find Free Job Listings
Here are the best sites to find free job listings including job boards, job search engine sites, niche job sites, jobs listed by type of job seeker and location, and additional job listing sites.
If you're not sure about a site, ask on our Forum (before you sign up) and we'll do our best to check it out for you.
Disclaimer: You may see advertisements for fee-based sites on this page, because that's the topic of the article. Just because you see an ad here, that doesn't make it a legitimate company. Carefully investigate sitess that you are interested in.