Guide on How to Apply for a Job on Indeed.com


Indeed.com is currently the No. 1 job site on the internet with over 250 million visitors each month. The site sweeps the internet and aggregates listings from job boards and company websites

Applying for a job on Indeed is pretty straightforward. Learn how to search for and apply for a job, as well as how to post your resume on Indeed.

How to Start Searching for Jobs

When you visit Indeed, you will see a simple search engine where you can enter keywords to find job vacancies. Enter terms like job titles, company names, career fields, skills, and certifications in the box labeled “What” and cities, zip codes, or states in the box labeled “Where.”

After entering keywords, click on “Find Jobs” to the right of the search boxes to generate a list of jobs matching the terms you entered.

Advanced Search Options

Job seekers who want a more focused list of vacancies can drill down on the next page. Conduct an advanced search on the next page by clicking on “Advanced Job Search” beside the “Find Jobs” button.

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This tool enables users to sort jobs by exact keyword or phrase, company name, type of job (internship, full-time, temporary, part-time), salary estimate, and age of the job listing. You can also choose to only look at jobs posted on employer sites or only jobs from job boards, and include or exclude listings from staffing agencies.

If location is important to you, you can also filter by various distances from a zip code, city, or state.

After filling in the advanced boxes, click on the “Find Jobs” button on the lower right of the page to find a list of jobs corresponding to your specifications.

How to Apply for Jobs on Indeed

After searching, you’ll receive a list of jobs. Each job listing will include the job title, company name, location, and a brief description.

Click on the Job Title

Click on the bold job title to see a more detailed description of the job. When you click on the job title, a new window will open with the job listing page. You’ll be able to view the job description, required qualifications, and job location.

Easily Apply

In order to apply, follow the instructions posted in the job description:

  • In the list of jobs, some postings will contain a blue button with the words “Easily apply” next to it. This means that you can apply to them directly through Indeed.
  • Once you click on the bold job title or blue button, you will see the full listing.
  • Click on “Apply Now” to go to a popup Indeed page where you can upload your resume and cover letter.

If you are logged in to Indeed, your name, contact information, and resume will already be uploaded.

Apply on the Company’s Website

Job listings that do not say “Apply directly” will have a button that leads you to that employer’s website. You will typically fill out an application and/or upload your resume and cover letter through their own site.

Posting a Resume

Users are also encouraged to post their resumes, making it easy for employers to search for candidates. If you sign in to Indeed, you can even create your resume on the site. If you make your resume public, interested employers can see your resume and contact you about jobs.

Searching for a job while employed? You don’t have to risk having your current employer stumble across your resume while searching the site. If you make your resume private, no one can see your resume, but you can upload it when applying for jobs.

If you’re making your resume private, be sure that you do not include your phone number or email address in the resume itself.

Get New Job Notifications

Job seekers can register with Indeed to receive email notifications or alerts about new jobs that match their search criteria. You can do this in two ways.3

First, once you are registered, you can click on the person icon in the top right corner of the page, and then select “Email preferences” from the drop-down menu. There, you can choose to receive emails and alerts with recommendations based on the jobs you click on.

Second, when you conduct a job search, you can also sign up for alerts. Enter your email address where indicated on the right of the page and click “Activate.” When you click on that, you will receive emails with information on jobs related to that specific job search.

Use the Mobile App

Another way to search and apply for jobs on Indeed is to use the mobile app. It’s free for iPhone and Android, and you’ll be able to search for jobs, post a resume, get notifications of new listings, and apply for jobs using your mobile device.

The app also tracks jobs you’ve applied to, as well as those you’re interviewing for, and it logs your job offers when you receive them. Plus, it makes recommendations for jobs that are similar to ones that have sparked your interest in the past, and allows you to follow employers, so that you’ll be the first to know when your dream company is hiring.

Article Sources

  1. Indeed. “About Indeed.” Accessed Feb. 22, 2020.
  2. Indeed. “Post My Resume.” Accessed Feb. 22, 2020.
  3. Indeed. “How Do I Create a Job Email Alert?” Accessed Feb. 20, 2020.
  4. The Balance Career. Accessed March 2020

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