After activating WP Job Manager (and some other plugins from Core Add-on Bundle) you might see a setup screen. If you’re planing to import the demo content and use it as a base to your website, press the “Skip setup” button, if you want to set your page from scratch, follow the setup steps.

WP Admin > Job Listings > Settings is the page where you can configure the plugin. You’ll see a tabbed interface showing available setting groups:

Settings tabs

Plugins such as Job Alerts may add their own settings tabs here as pictured.

Job Listings settings

The job listings tab contains the following settings:

  • Listings per page – Controls how many job listings should be shown per page when using the [jobs] shortcode
  • Filled positions – If checked, filled positions will no longer be visible when using the [jobs] shortcode
  • Hide expired listings – If checked, expired job listings are not searchable.
  • Hide Expired Listings Content – If checked, the content within expired listings will be hidden.
  • Categories – If checked, job categories will be enabled. These are used to group jobs by category and are also visible on the frontend job submission form if enabled.
  • Multi-select Categories – If enabled, the category select box will default to a multiselect on the [jobs] shortcode.
  • Category Filter Type – Determines the logic used to display jobs when selecting multiple categories.
  • Date Format – Choose how you want the published date for jobs to be displayed on the front-end.
  • Types – Choose whether you want to enable types.
  • Multi-select Listing Types – If enabled, each job can have more than one type.
  • Google Maps API Key – Enter your Google Maps API key (you can acquire one here). Google requires an API key to retrieve location information for job listings.

Job Submission settings

The job submission tab shows options regarding the job submission process in WP Job Manager:

  • Account required – If left unchecked, non-logged in users will be able to submit job listings without creating an account.
  • Account creation – If checked, non-logged in users will be able to create an account by entering their email address on the job submission form. This is optional depending on the settings below.
  • Account Username – If enabled, a username will be generated from the first part of the user email address. Otherwise, a username field will be shown.
  • Account Role – If you enable registration on your job submission form, choose a role for the newly registered users. This defaults to Employer.
  • Moderate New Listings – If enabled, new submissions will be inactive, pending admin approval. Only once approved by an admin (published) will they be visible on the frontend.
  • Allow Pending Edits – If enabled, submissions awaiting admin approval can be edited by the user.
  • Listing duration – How many days listings are live before expiring. Can be left blank to never expire. Published jobs will automatically be set to expire based on this setting.
  • Application Method – Choose the contact method for listings.


The pages tab allows you to select the pages where you’ve inserted the main WP Job Manager shortcodes.

  • Submit Job Form Page – Select the page where you have placed the [submit_job_form] shortcode.
  • Job Dashboard Page – Select the page where you have placed the [job_dashboard] shortcode.
  • Job Listings Page – Select the page where you have placed the [jobs] shortcode.