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Apr072011

A User's Guide to Indeed.com

Indeed.com is a leader among job search websites. Job seekers of all kinds--including those transitioning from the military--will quickly discover how the site can help them to conduct research, source opportunities and zero in on promising leads in their industry of choice.

Experts always recommend that job seekers do a comprehensive search through a a number of job search engines. Indeed.com, as one of the top online resources, offers job seekers both quality and variety.

The website combines job listings from over 1,500 major job boards, corporate sites, industry sites and newspapers. It is not uncommon to find listings from Monster, Career Builder, Craig’s List, Dice among the listings, saving you many hours of tedious plodding, site by site.

Our Guide to Indeed.com

Our User's Guide is organized into the following categories:

  • Tips:  how best to use the site's many features and assets
  • Traps:  advice on how to avoid wasting time running down blind alleys
  • An overview of the site's strengths and weaknesses
  • Advice about how best to structure your job search, and
  • Suggestions to help you make your resume stand out from the competition.

Tips

Tip 1:  Select the Location Where You Would Like to Work
The Indeed.com website possesses both basic and advanced search options for desired work locations. In both cases, clients should first select the region where they wish to work. In the basic search, the applicant specifies city and state. In the advanced search, the user may set a particular radius from a major city.

Tip 2:  Select the Type of Work You are Seeking
Job searchers then select the type of work they are seeking by entering keywords, job titles or a company name into the search field.

The advanced search allows job seekers to sort by job type: Full time, part time, contract, internship or temporary. This search also allows users to search particular websites and sort by desired salary.

Users may also select jobs that have been posted within a particular time frame.

Tip 3:  Identify the Key Words in Your Industry and Apply
Use relevant industry key words on your resume to trigger the computer keyword filters to select your resume. Make the resume compelling and highlight skills relevant to the position that you are applying to. This will increase your chances of the computer or hiring manager selecting your resume for review.

(For more information on creating your resume, check out our Resume HQ.)

Tip 4:  Use Indeed.com for "Passive Job Searching"
A passive job search is one you conduct when you're already employed. Why is this sometimes a good idea?

Everyone knows that the best time to look for a job is when you don't need one. But if you know that in six months to a year you're going to be back in the job market, you can get a head start on the process by putting this reality to work for you.

It's different from an active search. Think of it as more of a fishing expedition. You're trolling for opportunity with your high-impact resume as bait. But you never know what might turn up. For just the right offer, you might want to make your move.

Traps

Trap 1:  Don't Get Complacent
With all the tools and automation provided by the job search engines, it's tempting to sit back and let the Internet do all the work. But don't give in. Remember, finding a job, is your job right now. Put in as good a day's work as you will after you're hired, and use Indeed.com and other search engines to supplement you primary strategies.

(For information on developing a job search strategy, click here.

Trap 2:  Unaware of Industry Keywords
Know the keywords in the industry. Do your homework. Search engines operate by recognizing very specific terms. If these do not appear on your resume, you are effectively invisible and will be lost in cyberspace until you make the necessary corrections.

The same, of course, applies to your job search efforts. Without the right search terms you are very unlikely to identify the opportunity you're looking for. Don't let someone else walk off with your dream job just because you didn't enter the right search terms.

Strengths

  1. Indeed.com is one of the best of job search engines because it displays positions from nearly every source on the Internet.
  2. This website is comprehensive enough to serve as a primary source for job searches.
  3. The source of the job is listed on each job posting. If users need to refer to the source for any reason, the information is provided.
  4. Send referrals to friends or co-workers and receive referrals in return.
  5. The interface is user-friendly and intuitive.
  6. Users have access to job listings all over the world.
  7. Postings may include salary ranges for both specific jobs and industry sectors.
  8. There are discussions of trends in particular industries and the economy which helps job seekers stay informed of the challenges they may face..

Weaknesses

  1. Without proper keywords and sorting criteria, job searchers risk becoming inundated in a tsunami or irrelevant information.
  2. Users are often directed to the source website to apply which rather defeats the purpose and requires you to duplicate your efforts.

Conclusion

Job searches are challenging, time-consuming and often tedious. Indeed.com, by combining all of the job search websites into one location and putting the right tools in your hands, can help you find shortcuts to success.

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