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How to Use Indeed to Find a Job 

By Cait Williams

Cait Williams is a Content Writer at Scholarships360. Cait recently graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Journalism and Strategic Communications. During her time at OU, was active in the outdoor recreation community.

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Posted: January 18th, 2023
How to Use Indeed to Find a Job 

Indeed is a great resource used across the world to help match employees with jobs. But how exactly does Indeed work and how can you get the most out of it? In this article, we will take you through a step-by-step process of how to do just that. By the end, you should have all the right tools to be an expert Indeed job hunter!  

How Indeed works 

Let’s start by taking a quick look at how Indeed works. Indeed is a job posting website designed to be used by companies to make their hiring process easier.  Indeed offers the chance to both look for employers and have employers look for you. After posting your resume to your profile, you’ll have options as to how your information can be seen by employers. The two options you have are laid out below.

The “searchable” option

By checking off this option, employers who pay to use Indeed’s services will be able to look through a database of resumes with all sorts of filters. If your resume pops up in their searches, they can save it and contact you if interested. 

The “non-searchable” option

If you would rather keep your resume private, you can make it unsearchable as well. This means your resume will only be available to the jobs you specifically apply to. You will be the one who seeks out companies and applies to the positions already posted.  

Create an Indeed account 

Your first step might seem obvious, but we’re going to start here anyway. Start by creating your account! You can use Indeed’s website without creating an account, but you’ll miss out on key features.  Without an account you won’t be able quickly apply to jobs or save jobs to your profile to go back and look at later.  

Also see: How to land an internship guide

Build your resume 

Some jobs on Indeed allow you to apply directly for a position through your Indeed account. This means you won’t have to deal with any third-party websites or applications. Having your Indeed profile completely filled out and equipped with an updated resume could give you an extra edge to apply quickly to new job postings! 

Indeed can even help you build your resume with advice and tips from experts. They offer a step-by-step process where you can choose the style of resume you would like, and they’ll show you exactly how to build it.  

Become familiar with the features 

Indeed offers its users tons of various features to help you search for the right job. Knowing how to properly use these features will help you narrow down what jobs might be a good fit for you.  

Job type 

The job type filter allows you to select if you’d like to look for a full-time or part-time position. It also allows you to select if you’d like to search for a remote position. If you know what type of job you are searching for, this is a great tool to use. If you’re more flexible with what you’re looking for, then leaving this area unspecified will simply yield you more search results. 

Experience level 

Experience level is a great tool to use because you know the exact kind of experience you have. However, even if some companies have experience requirements or preferred requirements, that won’t always mean you are excluded from applying to that job.  

If you find a position that you would like to apply for, it’s always worth throwing your hat in the ring and hoping for an interview. Even if you lack a year of experience or training in a specific area, a company may still ask for an interview if they like the rest of your resume and cover letter.  


Education is similar to the above area of experience. It is a great tool to use, but don’t let it immediately discourage you from applying for a job. Some people don’t have college degrees and may have entered the workforce as young adults. In that case, you might have quite a lot of experience that others in your applicant pool don’t. 

Obviously, for positions in healthcare and more rigorous fields, a degree will likely be non-negotiable, but for others, it may be something preferred and not required.  

Date posted 

When applying for any job on Indeed, one of the first things you should do is look to see when it was posted. Some jobs may remain open on the site for a long time. Looking for more recent job postings may help you find a job sooner by yielding quicker response times from companies who are actively looking for new employees.  


Location is of course a feature you will use. The first thing you will put in when you search for a job is the type of job you’re searching for and where you are searching for that job. However, in addition to just inputting a location, there is also the option to include a radius for how far outside that specified area you would be willing to look for a job.  

In large metropolitan areas like New York, a larger search radius may help you find the job best suited to you. If you are looking for a highly specialized job, a larger search area may also help you see what is around you.  

Also see: How to find a job or internship with Handshake


Last, but not least on the list is salary. Knowing your worth is a key aspect to finding a job that you will enjoy and be able to grow at as an individual. Indeed allows you to select a salary range that you are looking for or set a minimum salary that you will consider.  

What you are paid is of course subject to change from the initial job posting. A company may be willing to offer you more depending upon the experience or education level you bring to the table.  

In addition to setting a salary range, Indeed offers a whole page on its website dedicated to providing you with information about salaries. Under the “find salaries” tab on the homepage, you can look up what other people in your profession are making. You can also use their salary calculator to see how your salary compares to others. 

Related: What is the average starting salary out of college?

Download the app 

Indeed knows you aren’t always going to be looking for a job on your laptop or desktop computer. They offer a mobile app where you can browse and apply for jobs just like you would on their website. Having the mobile app may also allow you to communicate more readily with jobs that are contacting you!  

Key Takeaways

Key Takeaways

  • Indeed offers lots of great tools to help you explore jobs, take advantage of all of them by conducting various searches with different filters 
  • Salary is an important aspect to your potential job, which means knowing your worth and what other similar jobs are paying is important 
  • To take full advantage of Indeed as a resource, you should fully set up your account with a resume and all necessary up to date information 
  • You may not always look like a perfect candidate on paper, but if there is a career you are passionate about pursuing, try applying anyways and knowing that at the end of the day, it’s about the efforts you’re making 
Key Takeaways

Frequently asked questions 

Do employers reach out on Indeed?

Yes, kind of, but  let’s dig into this one for a second. Indeed provides you with an email alias when you sign up with their site. This means that when an employer wishes to contact you about a potential interview or has questions for you, they will only be able to send them to the email alias, as they will not have your actual email (unless you had provided it on your resume). However, the nice part is that this email alias will be attached to your email address, which means messages from companies will still appear in your email inbox.  

What can employers see on your Indeed profile?

Employers on Indeed are not able to look up your profile and see any personal information about you. Things such as your phone number and email address are kept strictly confidential. If you have made your resume searchable to employers, then they will be able to see everything that you voluntarily put on your resume. However, you do not have to make your resume searchable to employers. 

Is Indeed worth it?

As someone who is searching for a new job, Indeed won’t cost you any money to use. So, using this platform to get your resume out there and research jobs is probably a great option for you. It doesn’t cost you anything, and you will have access to all their features from a computer or phone. Whether or not Indeed is truly worth it, will be up to each individual though. It may prove much more helpful for some than others. 

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