In this article, we take a look at the best premium WordPress job board themes currently available for 2017. If you’re going to be setting up a job portal on the WordPress platform in the near future, or maybe even a freelance marketplace, any one of these themes would make a good starting point.
Other than smashing design, you need to make sure the job board theme you choose provides some way for employers to post job listings, and some way for job seekers to apply for them. All of the themes we’ve included here offer this capability. In addition to this basic functionality, an advanced AJAX search feature is a nice touch, as well as the ability to manage submissions and applications on the front end.
The themes on this list were selected by hand, by an experienced designer and web developer. Still need hosting for your WordPress job board site? We like Bluehost.
Our choice for the best jobs theme is JobEngine, from independent developer EngineThemes. This theme is a total solution for building a powerful and robust job portal. The flat, minimalistic design complements the features.
Sort your listings by location, job type and category. Like Jobify, the search capability in JobEngine is AJAX powered, meaning users can refine their search criteria and see instant results without having to reload the page.
Site users can apply online via the front end, and site administrators can optionally set up payment gateways to take payment for the posting and promotion of job ads.
All EngineThemes themes are built on top of an excellent, high-quality codebase. Their themes are responsive and mobile-optimized, and the theme options panels are useful without being bloated and confusing. Another highly recommended theme.More Info/Download
Though JobEngine takes the top spot, we really consider this theme to be a tie with Jobfiy. Jobify happens to be the best selling job board theme out there, with almost 3500 users and a star rating of 4.5, based on 250 user reviews. That means two things. One, the theme is fantastic – expertly designed, feature packed and easy to use. Two, the developers are on top of things. The theme is regularly updated, comes with comprehensive documentation, and the support is second to none.
Aside from the sleek, modern aesthetics, Jobify has all the features needed for a fully functional job board website. The theme allows front-end submissions so that employees can post their opportunities easily, and site visitors can search and filter these listings with live, AJAX updating.
WooCommerce is supported, and you can charge a fee for submissions if you want. Jobify integrates with the WP Job Manager plugin, as well as the optional Resume Manager plugin (sold separately).
The developers have also allowed lots of room for customization of logos, backgrounds and colors via the theme options panel. If you’ve been looking around for a job board theme and been having difficulty deciding, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
There’s lots more features we don’t have the room to cover here. The theme even includes the popular premium plugins Revolution Slider and Soliloquy. Highly recommended.More Info/Download
WorkScout is a fairly recent entry into the job board theme marketplace, and one of the strongest in terms of overall design and functionality. The aesthetic is clean and minimal, wisely putting user-experience ahead of flashy visual gimmicks and animations. It’s speedy and responsive, and provides a consistent UX regardless of whatever device you load ‘er up on.
Like Jobify, its job board functionality is primarily powered by the popular & free WP Job Manager plugin. Several other premium, optional plugins are also supported: Resume Manager, Job Alerts, Bookmarks, and WooCommerce Paid Listings (a particularly nice option, because we doubt you’re building a job board out of some philanthropic motive, and plan to monetize it somehow).
The user-interface is excellent, with advanced searching & filtering features and sophisticated (but user-friendly) application management. And if you have customization requirements, layout can be adjusted and built using the bundled Visual Composer plugin, and options on the backend will allow you to tweak the fonts and colors without touching a line of code.
A very strong product overall and, duh, recommended. Also, hey, it comes bundled with Revolution Slider. Free! Everyone loves Revolution Slider! (If you don’t love Revolution Slider, keep it to yourself.)More Info/Download
Here’s another reasonably fresh one, and a new favorite. Jobmonster was released in April, and although it hasn’t yet amassed the user base of other selections, all the must-have features are there and then some. Like JobEngine, the developers have opted to hand-code their job board functionality from scratch instead of integrating the ubiquitous (albeit excellent) WP Job Board plugin.
Once signed up, both employers and candidates can manage all of their ads, profiles and applications from the front-end with their own role-specific dashboard. Submissions can be moderated in the admin, or posted instantly. WooCommerce is also supported to help admins monetize their site. Charging users for their submissions is a breeze.
And what can we say about the clean, modern design? It looks awesome and performs great. Tasteful typography, subtle gradients, and a liberal use of open (and white) space create a professional, pleasing aesthetic.
Jobmonster is versatile, with a variety of options and elements open to adjustment via the WordPress Customizer. Visual Composer is included for editing existing layouts and creating new ones. Finally, the theme is responsive and retina-ready for flawless display and UX on devices big and small. It’s an excellent product and great deal all the way around, currently holding a coveted five-star rating on the ThemeForest marketplace.More Info/Download
Released in September, the designers/developers of Jobseek market it as a ‘complete solution for a job board website’. Everything you’re likely to need is bundled here, and much of the job board functionality can be credited to superb integration with the excellent WP Job Manager plugin. The result is an above average user experience for both job seekers and employers. It’s familiar, intuitive, and features front-end submissions and listing management.
Users will appreciate the AJAX-powered filterable job listings, and the monetization efforts of site owners can be aided by paid listing functionality (via WooCommerce). Secondary features are strong, too. As you’d expect from a theme of this caliber, it comes packaged with Slider Revolution and Visual Composer, for building impressive slideshows and creating/editing complex layouts, respectively.
Other popular plugins like Contact Form 7, Mailchimp and Jetpack are supported. Six months of support is included with purchase, which can be extended to a full year.More Info/Download
Directory | Multi-purpose WordPress Theme
The Directory theme by Chimpstudio is a particularly good deal for developers using WordPress themes to build sites for their clients. It’s not only a highly capable job board theme, but a multipurpose theme for real estate sites, automotive dealerships, hotels, education and general online directories.
All of the functionality you need to build a fully featured job board is included, as well as various ways to monetize the site. Site admins can easily set up a fee based model, charging users to post their listings, or opt for free listings. Unlimited categories are supported, with advanced and location-based searching.
Secondary features include Revolution Slider, bundled free, a fantastic drag & drop page builder, and plenty of options for customizing and tweaking the various elements of the theme – colors, typography, and more. Directory is SEO friendly and translation (WPML) ready.More Info/Download
One of the newer themes on our list, WP Jobus brings everything it can to the table. It was nominated by Evato as one of the best job board WordPress themes. The developer describes the theme as “the most complete, features-full job board” on ThemeForest, and markets it as a 3-in-1 theme, with custom layouts for personal resumes and company profiles included.
Users can publish job listings or resumes via a front-end control panel, and can opt-in to receive e-mails whenever new job offers, company profiles or resumes come along (in a specific category or location).
The theme is responsive, and flawlessly designed. (Our screenshot doesn’t do it justice. You may want to click through and take a look at the demo.) If you want to make a few adjustments, it’s easily done with the extensive options panel that gives you control over typography, colors and more.More Info/Download
HireBee is a vibrant, flat jobs board theme. The simple, effective design comes with a lot of job board specific features, but this one is best matched for building a freelance marketplace theme on the WordPress platform.
Employers can posts projects that users can then bid on. HireBee provides a user dashboard for managing projects, proposals, purchases, reviews and more.
With HireBee, you can easily monetize your marketplace, charging a fee for posting, featuring and marking projects as urgent. Multiple and flexible pricing plans are supported. This is a feature-heavy theme, and really demands a much closer look if this is the sort of website you’re building. The developer hasn’t forgotten anything – even terms negotiation and escrow support is baked in.More Info/Download
JobBoard might not have the most creative name in the world, but it’s a more than worthy addition to our list of the the best job portal themes for WordPress. JobBoard is a responsive theme built on the Twitter Bootstrap 3 framework.
It features front-end submission of job postings and resumes, an advanced job search that allows seekers to quickly sort through listings, and Paypal integration so you can monetize the site. There’s also feed listing integration with SimplyHired.
It’s easy to customize with an extensive options panel, so you can spend some time tweaking colors and fonts. Comes with a slider and 12 useful page templates.More Info/Download
Jobera is a responsive job board/portal theme for WordPress that a comprehensive set of features. Employers and job seekers can take advantage of the back-end management tools to post job vacancies and upload resumes. Job searchers can apply for a job using the built-in apply button to instantly e-mail their cover letter and resume to a prospective employer.
Jobera offers up a lot of room for customization, too. Unlimited homepage variations are made possible by the included drag & drop builder, and the advanced options panel gives you plenty of control over typography and colors. Lots of Google fonts are included.
The theme also comes bundled with everyone’s favorite premium slider plugin, Slider Revolution.More Info/Download
Petsitter is the last on our list for a reason. Though it looks great (maybe even better than a few of the others above it), it was developed for a very specific use: matching pet sitters with pets. The theme is integrated with WP Job Manager and allows users to create profiles on the front-end to advertise their pet sitting services.
This responsive theme was built on Bootstrap and leaves a lot of room open for tweaking things on the backend, so if you do want to use it for something other than its intended use, there’s unlimited colors and 600+ Google fonts to work with. There’s 40 shortcodes and Google maps integration, too.More Info/Download
That brings us to the end of our collection of the best WordPress job board themes. Hopefully you saw something you liked. Next time we’ll be looking at some other themes, probably. It wouldn’t really make sense to post the same list twice. Would it?