What’s the difference between a Published, Internal, Closed, and Draft job posting?

There are four different job posting states within Lever: Published, Internal, Closed, and Draft. 


(1) PUBLISHED job postings are postings that will appear on your public careers page. These are job postings that are open to the public: candidates can apply to each of these jobs. You’ll want to mark a job posting as PUBLISHED when you have an open job that you are hoping to fill, and you are actively looking for applicants. 

(2) INTERNAL job postings are postings that will NOT appear on your public site. Nevertheless, you can absolutely apply candidates to these INTERNAL postings, and members of your team can refer friends and former colleagues to one of these INTERNAL job postings. Please also note that anybody with the link to the INTERNAL posting can apply for the job.

(3) CLOSED job postings are postings that will NOT appear on your public jobs site, likely because they are roles that you’ve already filled! You’ll want to keep a job posting in the CLOSED status instead of deleting it so that you can easily build reports on this specific job posting. If you and your team re-open the role, you can always move a CLOSED posting back to INTERNAL or PUBLISHED.

(4) DRAFT job postings are postings that you are actively still putting together. DRAFT postings will NOT appear on your public jobs site. Once you’ve finalized the description associated with this new job posting, you’ll want to change the status of the posting to PUBLISHED or INTERNAL. 

Editing a posting’s state

When first creating a posting, you must set the status to published or internal from the “Job posting status” section underneath the “work type” dropdown menu:


To edit an existing posting, click on the posting and change the state from the top-level bar:




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