Indeed.com is an online job board that has been in operation since 2004. Co-founders Paul Forster and Rony Kahan operate Indeed’s home offices in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT. The site is available in over 60 countries in 28 languages. Indeed has become the biggest, most frequented job search site online, surpassing Monster.com in 2010 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indeed https://www.businessinsider.com/indeed-2011-5).
The first time I saw Indeed.com was several years ago. I was looking for a job, of course. Back then all the major jobs were transitioning from paper applications to online. It was smaller than Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com, so I thought I would have a better chance of being seen there. I was listed on all three, incidentally, but I kept getting job offers I did not want from CareerBuilder and Monster.
These days Indeed is a top go-to for job hunters, no matter what job you’re looking for. In our case, we want to find work from home, freelance, or independent contractor gigs, and the gigs are there.
Like the sites that came before, Indeed allows the user to upload or create a resume, which is then stored on the site. The resume can then be used to apply for jobs on the Indeed platform or at the hiring company’s site. This is dependent on how the job poster wants to receive applications.
You have the option to save jobs and Indeed keeps track of applications you have submitted. You can create job searches based on keywords you enter, that Indeed then emails to you for your consideration, or you can do searches on the fly from the site.
You will also get suggestions based on your resume, search and application history. This can help narrow down your search and focus on the gigs you really want, that suit your skill set and desired income.
Even though I specify “work from home” when I do a search or set up an alert, I often get emails from Indeed that include non-WAH jobs or positions in locations too far removed to even consider. I am in Texas. I had an email this week for a job in Illinois. That’s too far north to consider.
Also, the searches do not always return results that are viable for my specific needs. For example, the keyword search data entry work from home returns the results below.
As you can see, the top two jobs are the same job. Even the blurb is the same text, word for word. This may mean they have more than one position, or it could be a redundant listing. The next two are more promising. Working Solutions is a well-established out-sourcer that hires remote agents. However, I am not looking for a job on the phone. My office environment is not conducive to that kind of work, so I want something I can do with minimum voice communication.
The last post pictured looks the most promising. Opening up the post we see the full job descriptions at the top:
The post goes on to detail requirements and benefits. However, this is also a phone job. It requires certain internet parameters that I do not have at this time. So even though it pays decently and matches my resume, I will not be applying for this job.
Indeed’s search-bot looks for the keywords in the job posting. It does not specifically return only data entry jobs, but all jobs that have that keyword. If I search for work from home -Texas I get jobs in Ohio, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Minnesota as well as Texas. These other jobs may or may not be hiring people in Texas, but when you are pressed for time, having to open and look at each one to find out can be tedious and discouraging.
Posting your resume and searching, saving and applying for jobs on Indeed is free. I have yet to see anything on there requesting money. Once in a while, you may get an offer to have your resume optimized for a fee but declining this has no effect on your account whatsoever.
Take it or Leave it
Take it. Be prepared to put more time and attention on your searches as well as weeding through the results. It is a good resource for both traditional and WAH job seekers. It just takes patience and determination to find those golden nuggets that fit your needs.
I have had my resume on Indeed for several years and I did manage to pick up a few gigs here. It is not my first stop on a job search, but it is on my list to check up on frequently.