Building a Job Board with Laravel

The demand for online job boards has skyrocketed in recent years, and creating one from scratch can be a rewarding project. Laravel, a powerful PHP framework, provides an excellent foundation for building robust web applications. In this step-by-step tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of creating a job board using Laravel. By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a fully functional job board where employers can post job listings and job seekers can apply for them.

Before we dive into the tutorial, make sure you have the following prerequisites installed on your development environment:

PHP (>= 7.3)

Database (MySQL, SQLite, or any other supported by Laravel)
Step 1: Setting Up Laravel Project

Let’s start by creating a new Laravel project. Open your terminal and run the following command:

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel job-board

This will create a new Laravel project named ‘job-board.’ Navigate into the project directory:

cd job-board

Step 2: Database Configuration
Next, configure your database connection by editing the .env file. Update the following lines with your database credentials:


Save the changes and run the following command to migrate the database tables:

php artisan migrate

Step 3: Model and Migration for Jobs
Now, let’s create a model and migration for our ‘jobs’ table. Run the following commands:

php artisan make:model Job -m

This will generate a migration file in the database/migrations directory. Open the migration file and define the ‘jobs’ table structure:

// database/migrations/xxxx_xx_xx_create_jobs_table.php

public function up()
    Schema::create('jobs', function (Blueprint $table) {

Run the migration to create the ‘jobs’ table:

php artisan migrate

Step 4: Creating Job Model and Controller
Generate a controller for managing job listings:

php artisan make:controller JobController

Open the JobController.php file and add the following methods:

// app/Http/Controllers/JobController.php

use App\Models\Job;

public function index()
    $jobs = Job::all();
    return view('jobs.index', compact('jobs'));

public function create()
    return view('jobs.create');

public function store(Request $request)
        'title' => 'required',
        'description' => 'required',
        'company' => 'required',


    return redirect()->route('jobs.index')
        ->with('success', 'Job created successfully');

Step 5: Creating Views for Jobs

Create the views for listing jobs, creating a new job, and displaying job details. In the resources/views/jobs directory, create the following Blade files:

index.blade.php: Display a list of jobs.
create.blade.php: Form to create a new job.
show.blade.php: Display details of a specific job.

Step 6: Routing

Define routes for your job-related actions in the web.php file:

// routes/web.php

use App\Http\Controllers\JobController;

Route::resource('jobs', JobController::class);

This creates routes for index, create, store, show, edit, update, and destroy actions.

Step 7: Job Board Layout

Create a simple layout for your job board. You can use the default Laravel layout or create a custom one in the resources/views/layouts directory.

Step 8: Styling with CSS

Enhance the visual appeal of your job board by adding custom styles. You can use CSS frameworks like Bootstrap or Tailwind CSS for this purpose.

Step 9: User Authentication

To allow employers to post jobs and job seekers to apply for them, implement user authentication. Laravel provides a built-in authentication system that you can scaffold using the following command:

php artisan make:auth

This will generate views and controllers for login and registration.

Step 10: Relationships
Define relationships between models to associate jobs with users. Update the Job model:

// app/Models/Job.php

public function user()
    return $this->belongsTo(User::class);

And the User model:

// app/Models/User.php

public function jobs()
    return $this->hasMany(Job::class);

Step 11: Adding Apply Functionality

Create a new controller for handling job applications:

php artisan make:controller ApplyController

Define methods for applying and viewing applications. Update the JobController.php file:

// app/Http/Controllers/JobController.php

use App\Http\Controllers\ApplyController;

public function apply(Job $job)
    return (new ApplyController())->apply($job);

public function applications(Job $job)
    return (new ApplyController())->applications($job);

Update routes:

// routes/web.php

Route::get('jobs/{job}/apply', [JobController::class, 'apply']);
Route::get('jobs/{job}/applications', [JobController::class, 'applications']);

Step 12: Handling Applications

Implement the logic for applying to jobs and viewing applications in the ApplyController.php file.

// app/Http/Controllers/ApplyController.php

use App\Models\Application;

public function apply(Job $job)
    // Logic to apply for a job

public function applications(Job $job)
    $applications = Application::where('job_id', $job->id)->get();
    return view('jobs.applications', compact('applications', 'job'));

Create a new view resources/views/jobs/applications.blade.php to display job applications.


Congratulations! You have successfully built a job board with Laravel. This tutorial covered the essential steps, including setting up Laravel, creating models and migrations, building controllers and views, implementing user authentication, and handling job applications. Feel free to enhance the functionality, add features like search and filtering, and deploy your job board to a hosting provider of your choice.