How To Find A Job With Indeed

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Tue, 4 Sep 2018

The job market has never been more open. But one consequence of that is the amount of cruft you have to sift through. Whether you're looking for seasonal work or a way to make wages for life, the Internet is a crucial tool. Once you have put together an impressive resume, you can start your search. We took a look at what Indeed has to offer, and how to best use their services. This video was made with Ezvid Wikimaker.

Why Should I Use Indeed?

There's a fairly simple answer to this: size. Of all the job search options available, Indeed is easily the biggest and most comprehensive. They scrape data from everywhere. Whether a job was originally posted on a company website or Craigslist, it will show up. But that isn't the only reason.

  • You can upload your resume. That way, employers can find you.
  • You can save jobs. It's easy to search on the go, and apply when you're settled in.
  • Powerful search tools. Hiding the temp jobs to find a career requires just a couple clicks.
  • Bring the job search to you with targeted emails.

Should I Start a Career with Indeed?

Most people use this board to look for part time or service work. Generally anything that can be had with minimal qualifications. That means there are pros and cons to be cognizant of when using this service.

Pros Cons
The most comprehensive collection of listings Large quantity of applicants
Interface is easy to navigate Sponsored posts can be deceptive
Low paying jobs are simple to filter out Bulk of listings are for jobs, not careers
Uploading a resume makes it easy to be found Headhunters are more likely to spend time on LinkedIn

Job Boards vs. Job Search Engines

There are a number of different ways that companies offer you help in finding employment. The basic breakdown is between job boards and job search engines. These days, there's the added element of social networking. Plus, the old distinctions don't hold quite as well. Monster and CareerBuilder, for instance, are primarily job boards. But Indeed somewhat straddles the line between the two categories. And sites like LinkedIn and Glassdoor are muddying them even further.

Feature Job Board Job Search Engine
Employers post jobs directly
Emphasis is on diversity of positions
More robust internal search
Everything takes place on-site
One-stop shop

Simple Steps for Finding a Job

  1. Put your location in the correct field.
  2. Type in your desired position. Make sure to be specific.
  3. Once you've searched, look through the left hand column.
  4. Specify any salary requirements.
  5. Narrow down the location.
  6. Enter your email on the right column.
  7. Click through interesting opportunities and apply.

More Tips for Searching Indeed

Conclusion

Finding a job with Indeed isn't for everyone. But the vast quantity of offerings and powerful search tools mean that it is more multifaceted than much of its competition. There will always be a place for specialized sites like Dice, Variety Careers, and PR Week. But if you want to cast a wide net, there's simply not another option that stands up to Indeed for finding jobs. Start searching now.

In Depth

Getting a job isn't easy. Especially if you can't rely on the benevolence of friends and neighbors. Plenty of people simply need something to get by, and don't have the local connections to make that happen. At the same time, there are others who are looking to begin following a career path. They might not need something just to make ends meet. But they do need to choose a workplace that supports their skills and is a good cultural fit. For these cases, the internet is a powerful tool. Online job boards have been around since the mid-1990s.

Indeed.com was founded in the mid-2000s. In the decade since, it has skyrocketed to become the world's most prominent job search engine. They collect postings from thousands of company websites and other places where jobs are listed. They then bring that information together and present it to you in a compelling fashion. Indeed.com's homepage has a very simple presentation. All you have to do is enter keywords related to the job you want, and a location. The goal is to find something you're interested in, in the area you want to work and live.

Once you're past the home page, you'll be presented with a slew of options. Jobs will be listed down the middle column. They will have information about the position, the employer, the wages, and whether or not the post is sponsored. If you find something, you can simply click on the post title and get to applying.

They will have information about the position, the employer, the wages, and whether or not the post is sponsored.

You might want to get a better sense of what is available. Indeed can help with that. For instance, clicking "save job" will prompt you to sign in. Once that's done, you will be able to check that listing on any device you're logged into. In the right hand column, you'll be able to sign up for emails based on the search you performed. This is useful if you are in a highly competitive field that needs immediate applicant turnaround. The left column will allow you to narrow your options. This can be done by distance, salary, and more.

Finding the job you want is barely half the battle. You still have to apply, interview, and so on. For instance, you might not know that many companies use something called an Applicant Tracking System. This is a way of screening resumes before they get to any humans. The short version is that they match up keywords in the job posting with your resume. If they don't match, or there aren't enough matches, you get dumped. For that reason, it's a good idea to tailor your applications on a job-by-job basis. And not just the cover letter, either.

Once you've got a hang of searching, there are a couple more tricks that you can take advantage of. The first is uploading your resume. Indeed offers two services with this. The first is fairly obvious. It allows you to apply for jobs from anywhere. You won't have to be at your personal computer, attaching PDF files every time you apply. The second is that it puts you in a database. Employers can search for you there. If you aren't finding the right keywords for your career, that opportunity might be your saving grace. You can even make the resume right in the website.

Indeed offers two services with this.

You should also consider the online application process as part of a whole. It's entirely possible to get picked up solely on the strength of some documents you email to a hiring manager. But you're much more likely to be successful if you put in a little leg work. A face is much harder to forget than some words on a screen. A trusted employee with a good word for you is better still. That isn't always possible, though. You should at least be gracious. Thanking interviewers is a great way to set yourself apart.

Because of the breadth of listings, there are some things you should be wary of when applying. For instance, many jobs on Indeed have an estimated salary. This means that the poster did not specify the amount that the employee would be paid. Indeed will look at similar listings to give a suggestion of what you should be expecting. But the hiring manager may not know that a number had been attached. You should make sure to confirm with them before accepting the job. And though they try to make the process safe, there are scammers. Being vigilant is smart.

Indeed brings both quantity and quality to the table. They do so via their simple interface and their comprehensive listings. But in the end, it's a platform. Actually landing that career is up to you. That means being dedicated, persistent, and confident. Once you've gotten into your stride, the world is your oyster.

They do so via their simple interface and their comprehensive listings.