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The History of the Job Board

How long have job boards been around? What was the first one? What year did LinkedIn launch? These questions keep us all up at night.

This infographic from shows the history of the job board. It draws on information from Jeff Dickey-Chasings a.k.a. The Job Board Doctor.


  • Monster and CareerBuilder (originally Net) began in 1994.
  • The ‘Initial Steps’ involved the launching of Craigslist (1995) and Stepstone launching in Germany. 
  • Jobsonline became the #1 job site online in 1999, and niche sites began to appear in 2000.
  • In 2002, Monster bought for $800,000 – I wonder how much it would be worth now?
  • In 2003, LinkedIn launched – a new era for job boards.

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