Review: Indeed.com

Site:

Indeed.com

Purpose:

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).

 

Overview

First Impressions

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Value

Pricing

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.

Conclusion

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.

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Review: Indeed.com

  1. Many years ago I used Indeed to find work and it took a lot of effort but I did find a few stuff. Personally, I like Indeed and I do think there’s more pros than cons to using them. But there has been times when I’ve been matched with results that definitely didn’t meet my requirements. That was years ago, so maybe they’ve gotten better with this, but overall I did like using them. 

    1. Nate,

      Indeed’s search engine falls down when it comes to delivering on keywords, but as you say, they do have jobs. It takes patience to find them. 

      Even when I specify the search like “work from home, remote, virtual, Texas” it still comes up with biz-opps, and non-WAH gigs from across the country. 

      I’m glad you were able to find something here. Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  2. To be completely honest, I’m familiar with many other job search websites that do struggle with displaying highly relevant search results. In that regard, it absolutely is as you say (we have so many of those locally).

    One must be prepared to put much time and attention in your searches, while also weeding out the irrelevant results and focusing in on the appropriate ones.

    I believe patience and determination have always been highly relevant not only when looking for a job but also just in life and in a career in general. 

    And be it as it may, I believe those Golden Nuggets are always worth the effort, don’t you think?

    Have a Wonderful Day!

    Rasa

    1. Rasa,

      Oh yes, Golden Nuggets are priceless!

      I have only found a few, but when I did, it was memorable. I now that Indeed has the gigs I want to find. It just takes time to pull them to the surface. Sometimes I have the patience to do it, and I can only hope it pays off (in more ways than one). 

      Keep digging and good luck!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  3. Hey, Gwendolyn!

    Thank you for sharing your experience with this. I sincerely appreciate all the insights. 

    And I totally get where are you coming from. When time is of the essence, highly irrelevant search results can be extremely irritating. And I feel a really solid search engine is the most important feature of these kinds of sites.

    Other than that, I am grateful for you raising my awareness of a site like Indeed being out there as it’s something that I may be looking into in the near future to find a freelancing job.

    Cheers, Gwendolyn!

    Have a Great One!

    Matiss

    1. Matiss,

      If you decide to try Indeed, remember they look for whatever keywords you enter. You have to read over the post to be sure it actually suits you. I hope they streamline their search engine at some point so if you look for *work from home* that’s what you will find. 

      Thanks for stopping by, and take care

      Gwendolyn J

  4. I myself have used indeed for job searches but have not found success with it for myself. 

    I have contemplated whether I should switch to glass door as I have heard a few of my friends have had more success with finding positions through their website. Do you have experience with them by any chance?

    1. Jessie,

      I am registered at Glassdoor, but I turned off notifications because I was not getting much that appealed to me. I recently updated my resume, but I have not done a job search there for a while. 

      I think I stopped using it because there was not enough legit work from home postings. Just a lot of biz-opps and hype machines. It has been a few years, so things may have changed. I will look into it. 

      I’m sorry you haven’t had much success at Indeed. What industry or position are you looking for?

  5. I am not sure why, but this is the first time reading anything about the job search platform Indeed dot com. It looks like a good place to post a resume and cannot hurt since it costs nothing. You do point out some limitations, but these are ones I can live with for the price.

    If I were looking for some workers it looks like I could tap into this platform. I do hire VAs for some part and full-time positions, but they are more or less overseas workers for the most part. I do need local help at times but then I can normally tap into some local job sites.

    Does it cost money as an employer to hire people through this website? I ask this because if it does, I likely will not use it much. The labor is more expensive in the west, and I can hire well-qualified people from the Philippines easily and at cheaper rates. 

    It is good to know that Indeed is there and I will refer a couple of my friends who are looking for work in fields that are somewhat specialized. It cannot hurt to get their information on that platform as well. You mention that you have picked up some jobs through Indeed, were they as described, and did you have any issues with the process? 

    1. Dave,

      As I have never hired anyone through Indeed, I am not sure if it costs to do so. You should be able to get that information in their FAQ though. 

      The gigs that I found here were as described. It is not like Craiglist where you have to be super cautious. I believe employers have to submit proof that they are a real company. As I said, I have never hired anyone so I don’t know for certain.

      If you are looking for VAs I would suggest Upwork.com. I will be doing a review on the site soon. I have not gotten hired through here yet, but there are so many jobs and so many people seeking those jobs, it is as busy as Indeed.

      I mention them in this post

      Thanks for stopping by and take care,

      Gwendolyn J

  6. Thank you for the review. Is it used internationally or only by US residents? If it’s for job-seekers outside the US as well, then I’ll tell my daughter about it as she’d like to change nowadays. It’s good your resume can be stored on their site and different job offers will be sent out to you. Being free is also an important factor as I think one shouldn’t pay in advance – in general.

    1. Agnes,

      Indeed is active in over 60 countries in 28 languages. I would have your daughter do a simple search for it, and if it is available in her area, it should pop up.

      I agree with you when it comes to paying upfront. I am so strict with my money that I always want to be sure about what I’m getting before I part with any funds. The only time I ever saw anything asking for money at Indeed was an offer to optimize my resume. I declined it and I never saw a change in my job search access there. 

      Let me know if your daughter finds something she likes. 

      Thanks for stopping by and take care. 

      Gwendolyn J

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