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Using Indeed to Further your Career

Many of you have probably heard of Indeed and use it in your own personal job search.  But are you using it to its full potential?  Indeed is one of the most popular job search engines for job seekers, and for good reason.  

Before we start, let’s define what Indeed is and what it’s not.  Indeed is not a job board.  Monster, CareerBuilder, Ladders, etc. are job boards.  Indeed is what’s known as a job board aggregator.  The key difference is that if you are looking at jobs posted on Monster, for example, you are only seeing those posted on Monster.  A job board aggregator like Indeed (SimplyHired is another) looks at thousands of job boards (yes, there are that many when you include niche job boards and those on companies’ websites) and pulls those jobs that fit your interests.  Searching for a new job can be time consuming, so using a job board aggregator can save you a considerable amount of time.  With that said, it does require you to do some work on the front end. 

The following is a step by step guide to getting the most out of Indeed, including how to sign up, set up your profile, automate search agents, and tips on what to do after applying. 

Sign up:

  • Easy and free!  Go to www.indeed.com and click on “Sign in”.  From there you should find a link to create a free account. 
  • Beware of email.  It’s not a bad idea to use an email specifically for job hunting.  A benefit to using an email specific to job hunting is everything is in one place, not mixed in with you daily emails of coupons, newsletters, deals and spiels.  If you do choose to use your current email address, it’s a good idea to set up a separate inbox folder for all incoming Indeed emails.
  • Confirm your account.  Once you’ve signed up Indeed will send you a confirmation email.  Make sure you follow the steps to finalize your account. 

Set up your profile:

  • Upload your resume.  Indeed offers you the choice to either upload your resume or build your own.  If you need tips on writing your resume, visit our resume writing tips section.   Adding your resume can save you time when applying to jobs.  Some of Indeed’s postings offer the ability to apply with one click, using the resume you have on file. 
  • Private versus Public.  You have the option to make your resume private or public.  If it is private, the only time anyone will know you exist is when you apply to a position. If it’s public, your resume becomes searchable to recruiters, hiring managers and perhaps you own internal HR department.  If you don’t want others to know you’re looking, we’d recommend making your resume private.   

Find jobs:

  • Search.  It all starts with a search.  It is up to you how specific you want to get.  The best place to start is by clicking “Advanced Job Search”.   
  • Titles.  If you are targeting specific titles, type it in the “With these words in the title” field.  To search a specific title with more than more word, make sure to use quotations, for example “Demand Planning Manager”.    If you want to be broader in your results, you could use the “With the exact phrase” field and type in “demand planning” without a title, since some companies do label the same role with different titles. 
  • Companies.  If you want to target a specific company, you can use the “With all of these words” field.  Again if the company has more than more word, make sure to use quotations. 
  • Keywords.  If you want to be more specific in your results, you can use keywords in the “With at least one of these words” field.   Examples may include:  certain software, industries, products, etc.         
  • Block certain words/companies.  Use this field if there is a certain word you don’t want showing up.  For example, if you’re using “Forecasting” as a title, you may want to prevent the keyword “weather” from coming up in your results.  Also, if there are certain companies you don’t want to work for, you can use the same field to avoid getting their jobs in your search results. 
  • Where & What.  Use this section to search for local jobs.  However, if you’re willing to relocate, you can leave this part empty.  
  • Age of Post.  This is important because you don’t want to waste time reviewing duplicate job postings day after day.  If you are receiving a daily email alert, select “since yesterday”.  If you are receiving a weekly email alert, select “within 7 days”.  Ideally stay away from postings that were posted 30 or more days ago. 
  • Save your results!  Setting up search agents is the real benefit of Indeed.  Let it do the daily searching for you.  Once you’ve generated the results you want, save your search and have results emailed directly to you.  You decide whether the emails are daily or weekly.  If you are serious about finding a new job, we recommend selecting daily.  Also, set up more than one search agent!  For example set up different alerts for different titles you want to target.  Multiple alerts will give you the best results! 

One last note is that the email results that Indeed sends you will have up to 30results in it.  If your search agent is fairly broad, you will need to follow a link in the email to view the other results.  Our suggestion is that you refine your agent so that you will receive less than 30 results, even if that requires you to set up multiple agents. 

Applying for a Job

  • Applying takes time.  In most cases the “apply” button will take you directly to the company’s website, where you’ll need to apply through the company’s own applicant tracking system.  Most of the time you’ll have to set up an account for each company website.
  • Save your passwords.  Make sure you save your usernames and passwords for each company/recruiting agency you apply to.  That way if you apply to the same company/recruiting agency in the future, you won’t have to start from scratch.    

Manage your account:

After logging into Indeed, at the top right of the page, there is a dropdown arrow on the side of your email address.  From this dropdown, you can manage your resume, jobs, searches, and alerts. 

  • Resume.   You can edit, add or delete resumes from here.
  • My jobs.  It’s easy to start losing track of the jobs you’ve applied too. This section allows you to see both the jobs you visited and the jobs you applied for. 
  • My searches.  From here you can track and manage your searches.  You will see a list of all your latest searches. You can easily run them just clicking on the search and you can also remove them from the list.
  • Alerts.  As mentioned above, alerts can be sent to you on a daily or weekly basis. You can edit, pause, and/or delete your alerts from here.

Now that you’re ready to get going with Indeed, check out our Guide to Getting the Most out of LinkedIn, using LinkedIn in conjunction with Indeed can be powerful in landing you that dream job!  

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