My Favorite Specialized Job Boards

by | Jun 25, 2024 | Job Seeker Resources

I originally posted a version of this on LinkedIn back in April, but decided to expand it for my blog here so that I could include more resources and specialized job boards for those who might be looking now or in the future. Because let’s face it—this current job market is not for the faint of heart, and we can all use every little bit of help we can get.

When I was told my role was being eliminated back on February 15, of course one of the first things I did was go to LinkedIn. I’m honest about this not being my first layoff—I’ve spent the vast majority of my career in tech marketing, after all. But even though I last went through this back in 2019/2020 after an acquisition, I was shocked to see how much had changed. One of those things is definitely the rise of specialized job boards.

Four years ago, it wasn’t like specialized job boards didn’t exist; I’ve long been familiar with places like Working Nomads, We Work Remotely, InHerSight, FlexJobs, and Idealist.org (to name a few). What’s been fascinating this go-round has been the discovery of job boards specifically for those of us who are disabled/neurodivergent or LGBTQIA+. And while LinkedIn is definitely my #1 job board, I wanted to share some of my favorite specialized job boards in the hopes that doing so might help some of my fellow disabled, neurodivergent, or LGBTQIA+ job seekers.

Job Boards for Disabled, Neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ Job Seekers

Inclusively – Inclusively has a pretty robust job board, and is top of my list so far of specialized job boards. With a focus on matching disabled and neurodivergent candidates to roles based on skills, experience, and accommodations, the profile-building and job application process is pretty easy. I also really like the way they categorize accommodations (which they call “Success Enablers”) and give concrete examples—something some of us (especially those of us who are ND) can sometimes struggle with identifying. And while I am a firm believer that “disability” is not a dirty word (and neither is “accommodations”), I do like framing accommodations as what you need in order to be enabled to succeed—because that’s what they are.

myGwork – LGBTQ+ Business Community – MyGwork has admittedly been around since 2014, so it’s probably not new to a lot of you. It just happens to be new to me. They have a super robust global jobs database, and it’s a great way to find out if a company is LGBTQIA+ friendly. I’ve found some roles here that I haven’t found in other places, which is a bonus. And while I haven’t really taken advantage of the community aspect or any of the webinars, I love that all of those things are an option (along with the ability to be a mentor or mentee).

Mentra – Still in beta mode, Mentra is specifically for neurodivergent talent. The UX is beautiful, and I absolutely LOVED setting up my profile and how in-depth I was able to get. That being said, right now pretty much all of the jobs are on the engineering/technical side of things, so I haven’t been able to test out the application process as I am definitely not an engineer. I’m mentioning them, though, because I feel like they have a lot of promise, and their thought leadership content is really good (I’m in comms, what can I say?). I’m hopeful that they’ll soon expand beyond the stereotypical tech-y ND roles and into other career fields, and I’m definitely keeping an eye on their website and LinkedIn.

Mossier – Mossier is a smaller job board for LGBTQIA+ talent. Based in Minnesota, a lot of their job listings have also been from Minnesota companies looking to hire for roles IN Minnesota. Recently, though, I’ve noticed that their roster of companies and locations has begun to expand beyond the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Some of those companies do have remote jobs available, too, which is always a plus.

Flexa – Okay, so Flexa actually isn’t a disability/neurodivergent or LGBTQIA+ specific job board. But what they ARE is a job board focused on flexible roles, which can often be incredibly helpful for those of us in marginalized communities. They’re also providing LOADS of visibility into the companies on their site, like benefits, DEI programs, etc. For example, when you click into a company, they provide so much information, such as: FlexScore®, Benefits Spotlight, Mission/Vision, Culture, Company Environment, Employee Reviews, Approach to DEI, Number of Employees, Gender Diversity, Funding, Awards & Achievements, Social Media Posts, Open Roles…and more. And yes, that’s A LOT of information, but it’s beautifully presented in an easily digestible format that makes my ADHD casual graphic designer content manager brain happy. Plus, their executives are super active on LinkedIn and are not afraid to express their opinions (which I, for one, love). That being said, Flexa is based in the UK and a lot of the companies and roles lean more UK and EMEA-based, although there are definitely global roles and remote roles available.

Bonus Resource for Neurodivergent Job Seekers

Genius Finder – Created by the team at Genius Within CIC , I’m including Genius Finder here not as a job board but as a specialized resource particularly for neurodivergent job seekers. Is it free? No. But for those of us with spiky profiles—especially for those of us diagnosed later in life—the results can be incredibly valuable. Basically, it helps you identify the areas you struggle with and the areas in which you excel, and gives you concrete examples of things you can do to support yourself in both areas. For example, one of my natural talents is social communication, but I can sometimes get anxious when put on the spot and I’ve been known to forget common words to things (particularly when I’m nervous or excited). The tips for addressing those challenges are simple, but easy for my AuDHD self to forget, things like be kind to myself because everyone makes mistakes, asking for time to reflect, summarizing what I think is going on/the topic is when unsure, etc. Plus, unlike a lot of other “personality tests” used by organizations in hiring or onboarding, this one is actually backed by science. 😉

Job Boards for Those Looking for Purpose and/or Inclusion

For some of us—myself included—feeling a sense of inclusion and belonging at our workplaces (even while working remotely) is incredibly important. Our work having a sense of purpose behind it, too, can also be a driver both professionally and personally, whether you’re in education or tech or marketing. These job boards are all about those things. Some of them I’m more familiar with than others, which I’ll be sure to note where applicable.

Power to Fly – First up is Power to Fly, which also happens to be one of the boards I’m least familiar with (although I did just register for multiple career fairs through them, so yay for that!). Their focus is on connecting job seekers and companies who are committed to diversity and inclusion, while also offering upskilling opportunities and resources to job seekers. Their UI is fairly intuitive, and I found it interesting that when adding my Identity information (which is only visible to recruiters) disability and neurodivergence are two separate identities.

HigherEdJobs – I think just about everyone who’s ever looked for a job in Higher Education knows about HigherEdJobs, as it’s pretty much THE go-to place for academia and the like.

Idealist – I mentioned Idealist at the beginning of this post, and it’s long been one of my favorite sources for non-profit jobs and volunteer opportunities. I’m honestly not sure how long they’ve been around, but I remember using them back in 2009 during my very first layoff from an educational non-profit. Essentially, they’re legit and have been in the game a while.

Tech-specific Job Boards

Tech Jobs for Good – Tech Jobs for Good is a job board I just learned about this year, but it’s definitely right up my alley considering my love for Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) work. The downside is that you do have to pay in order to see all of their job listings, which can be prohibitive if you’re unemployed. Their jobs are also more on the technical side, so for those of us who work in non-technical roles in tech, Tech Jobs for Good can be very hit or miss for us.

Who is Hiring in Tech? – Last, but certainly not least, I have to give a shout-out to Who is Hiring in Tech? Built in response to the mass layoffs in the tech industry, Who is Hiring in Tech? is a labor of love by Mustafa Hepekiz, who felt compelled to build a platform to try to help. Completely free for job seekers and employers, Who is Hiring in Tech? runs and is updated completely by community support.

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Do you have any favorite specialized job board websites? Feel free to share them—you never know who you could be helping out!