9 Tips to Speed Up Searching for Jobs on Indeed

Searching for the right job on Indeed is not as easy as it seems. As Indeed lists hundreds of jobs every day, it’s really challenging to find relevant jobs and apply for them.

To make your job hunt easier, we’ve listed nine tips and tricks for searching for jobs on Indeed.

1. Build a Professional ResumeScreenshot of resume page on Indeed

After creating your profile on Indeed, the first thing you’ve to do is to build or upload a resume. Creating a professional resume with relevant details and experience increases your chances of getting the job.

You can also follow our general tips on writing a winning resume. After building your resume on Indeed, the next thing is to decide whether to keep it public or private.

If you choose to keep your resume public, all recruiters will be able to view your information. So if you don’t want others to know that you’re searching for a job, make sure to make the resume private.

2. Use the Right Search Operators and KeywordsIndeed job search with operators

Indeed has advanced search features that you can use to view relevant and better jobs. Here are some search operators to speed up your job search.

  • Use quotes to find jobs that use the exact phrase. “For example: marketing manager”.
  • If you’re looking for jobs in a specific company, mention the company name after “company:”. For example: “company:MakeUseOf”.
  • Use “title:” before entering the job title. For example: “title: Sales Representative”.
  • To exclude certain terms, use minus sign before the word. For example: “-intern”.

Similarly, using the right keyword will ensure that you see relevant jobs. The best way to do this is to start typing a broader term or role (like marketing) and view the autocomplete recommendations. The job title varies in every organization, so enter different things like your industry, skills, field, and department.

3. Filter Out Irrelevant JobsJob Filters on Indeed

Once you’ve searched the right keyword using the search operators, you might still see dozens of results. So you can use filters to further narrow down your search.

First, select the job type that you’d prefer; either a contract, full-time or part-time job. Then enter the location in the Where box and choose the exact area, city, or state from the Job Location filter.

Similarly, select the Salary Estimate and then your Expected Salary. You can also view jobs only from specific companies or languages by the filters.

4. Apply Early

As they say, the early bird catches the worm. So, whenever you’re searching for a new job, apply early to maximize your chances of getting the job.

You can filter the search results by Date Posted to view only recently posted jobs. You can also sort the jobs by date to see the latest ones first. But some companies are always hiring people for certain roles, so feel free to apply for them whenever you see these listings.

5. Customize Your Cover Letter and Resume for Each Job

No, one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to landing jobs. To make sure you stand out, customize your cover letter and resume to match the job description. The job description mentions the qualities of the ideal candidate, so make sure to include them in your cover letter.

Another thing to remember here is that most companies use Applicant Tracking Systems to filter out applications before a recruiter reviews them.

By including the relevant details, experience, and keywords in your resume, you can ensure that your application will not be removed by a robot.

6. View Company Reviews and SalariesScreenshot of company reviews page on Indeed

Indeed has a huge collection of company reviews that gives you an overview of the company. There are separate ratings for work-life balance, pay and benefits, job security and advancement, management, and culture, which gives you more insight into your potential employer.

If you’re applying for a position in a multinational company, you can filter the reviews by location and language to see the relevant employees’ feedback. Similarly, you can view the salaries for different locations and roles to get an idea of your potential pay.

7. Take Assessments to Stand OutScreenshot of skill assessment page on Indeed

Recruits receive hundreds of applications for a single job opening. So, a good way to stand out from the crowd is to take skill assessments on Indeed. The assessments take 4-15 minutes to complete and cover both hard and soft skills.

Sometimes recruiters invite applicants to take these assessments. But even if you haven’t been invited, you can still go to the Assessment section on the Profile page to take them for free. The choice of whether to display these results to recruiters or not is entirely up to you.

8. Set-Up Job AlertsSetting up job alerts on Indeed screenshot

As discussed above, applying early increases your chances of landing the job. Therefore, the best way to learn about newly-listed jobs is to set up job alerts on Indeed.

Creating job alerts is pretty simple. Just make a normal job search that includes your job role, location, and other preferences. Next, enter your email address in the Get new jobs for this search by email and click on Send Me Jobs.

It’s a good idea to set up multiple alerts for different keywords and job titles to make sure you don’t miss out on any jobs. You can also deactivate/edit any alert from the Email Preference page.

9. Monitor Your Application StatusScreenshot of Indeed My Jobs Page

During your job search, it’s pretty easy to forget how many jobs you have applied to and how many of them have responded. The good news is, Indeed gives a simple way for you to track your jobs.

On the My Jobs page, you can see the jobs that you’ve saved, applied for, or have been interviewed for. Using this feature, you can monitor your job statuses and organize your applications in a single place.

Finding a good job is undoubtedly a long and tedious process. But the above-mentioned tips and tricks can help you speed up your job search on Indeed. And make sure to avoid common job application mistakes.


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