Indeed is one of the greatest and time honoured source of job search portals for smart job seekers. It has even grown to be one of the largest service providers in the world which is exercised by a huge number of people.

There are a number of job sources along with thousands of employer sites that you can search with the help of just a single gateway.

Apart from just this, Indeed also offers a hoard of information and tools those are handy for job seekers in their job hunt.

With millions of jobs being listed at a single portal, one is ought to gain extensive knowledge on different jobs and the employers such as – who is hiring, what is the exact designation and job title, what is the description and requirement for the job, etc.

Note: there are some employers and recruiters who avoid inclusion in Indeed.

Here, you can also port your resume and then setup alerts to get notified for availability of the jobs you are looking for and along with this, one can also find employer reviews and salary estimates for a particular job.

Indeed is a job search engine that assembles job posting from different sources all at one portal itself. These sources include:

  1. Jobs those are posted by employers directly on Indeed
  2. Jobs those are posted on the employers’ sites
  3. Jobs those are posted on the job boards
  4. Jobs those are posted on various other newspaper websites and classifieds (excluding Craigslist) adds a powerful search proficiency by assembling all the available job postings into an extensive database for you.

Note that even though Indeed is an exceptional source to explore job postings, it however, does not compile of all the job availabilities and postings throughout.

Nevertheless, Indeed is one of those portals that comprises of a wide collection of job postings online. Google is, in addition to this, another incredible source for the same (just by typing “jobs near me” in Google’s search bar, you can explore multiple available job options).

How can you make use of Indeed for finding a job?

After you post your resume and details on the portal, Indeed segregates and lists the employers who are looking for hiring people based on the category of expertise, skills and experience they need for those jobs.

The main search page is straightforward and simple to understand with the search criteria mentioned as it is in the basic search result. The same can be seen below:

WHAT: Job title, Keyword, or/and company name


WHERE: Location (city, state, zip code or “remote”

There is also an option to filter the search result at the portal that enables you find what you are looking for:

  1. Combination of keyword, job title and company “What” helps in searching for specific jobs, using specific skills for a particular company all into a single query.
  2. Combining the “What” search with the target location using the “Where” search box help in finding exactly the job one wants in a specific location including those jobs where working remotely is allowed as well.

7 Ways to know what exactly you can expect from Indeed job search

People when they think they are a good match for a particular job, it is only then that they should apply for a job on Indeed. This is because we encourage job seekers to focus only on the best available jobs and employers based on their area of expertise and experience. They can achieved this with the help of below mentioned search tips which will not just help you look for the most suitable jobs but will also enable you spending way lesser time in searching for that one right opportunity.

Below mentioned are few points those will help you search smartly:

1.Searching jobs with reference to their title

A person can search for jobs by the way of just telling Indeed to search according to the job title by inserting title in the WHAT box given at the portal.

Note: There has to be no blank space between the title i.e. the query and phases are to be enclosed inside the “quotation mark”. Also, for Indeed to understand the specific job you are willing to find, an either/or query should be enclosed inside a set of (parentheses) with the OR included in it, as mentioned above.

You can test run to check whatever works best for you out of the options given. Further, one can even specify the location he wants to find a job in with the help of the WHERE box on the portal.

2 .Searching jobs with a specific employer only

Looking to work for a specific employer through Indeed is an excellent idea. All you have to do is type that particular employer’s name in the WHAT box which will enable the search result to include all those job title and job description with that employer’s name to be displayed in from of you. This search result, however, also includes posts from other employers involved into working with your preferred employer such as sales representative, account manager, etc.

By just adding the word “company” in front of the employer’s name in the search section, you can command Indeed to find jobs with that specific employer.

For instance, if you are looking for a job with Meditech or Harvard University, you can search in the below mentioned way:

Again, no blank space between the company and the query and phases are to be enclosed inside the “quotation mark”. Also, for Indeed to understand the specific job you are willing to find, an either/or query should be enclosed inside a set of (parentheses) with the OR included in it, as mentioned above.

3. Searching specific jobs with a specific employer

For instance, if you already have a target employer and a target job,

Combine the title and company in the WHAT section in the below way:

WHAT: company: “Harvard University” title: “assistant professor”

If either of the above two titles work for you then you will then have to put them both inside the (parentheses) with an OR between the terms in the below way:

WHAT: company: “Exxon” title: (“administrative assistant” OR “admin asst”)

TIP: One needs to do their research well so that their search on Indeed is job title appropriate for the same job. While different employers sometimes use different job titles for the same job. This makes the appropriate use of job titles in the resumes, applications and LinkedIn profile important as it helps employers to find when they search for it (also known as “personal SEO”).

4. Indeed can even filter and exclude something from the search results

Indeed helps in refining the search results according to one’s preference. Sometimes, people are looking for a job as an administrative assistant but don’t want one that needs you to be a receptionist along with it. In such situations, you can simply put up a minus (-) sign before whatever designation you are willing to exclude (do not put a space after the minus sign).

What: title: “administrative assistant” –receptionist

And, when you want to see administrative assistant jobs except for a specific employer (for example your current employer and an employer you have recently heard bad reviews about whom you wan to avoid).

For instance, lets assume that your current employer is XYZ Inc. and the employer you don’t want to apply with is ABC, then your search result would look something like this:

What: title: “administrative assistant” –“XYZ Inc.” –ABC

And, when you want to work with a specific employer but the search results received on that company’s name also includes results from a different company having a similar name.

For instance, lets assume that you are a registered nurse which is abbreviated as “RN” and you wan to work with a specific employer named XYZ Hospitals. Another employer with a similar name i.e. XYZ Children’s Hospital may also appear in the search results in this case. However, you do not wish to work for the latter.

What: company: “XYZ Hospital” –Children title: (“registered nurse” OR “RN”)

Then, you will have to specify the location – Where – you want

Filtering the Search Results to Discover Good Jobs

After having followed the above steps, your search results will display on your screen. These results would depend on how generalized the search is. If the search is too generic, the results could be as much as thousands in number. But, to overcome this issue, Indeed provides with many options to simplify the list and make it easier for you.

5.Searching Job Postings Depending on Its Newness

Along with other features, Indeed also allows its users to search their results based on the age of the posting which is yet another important detail to consider while looking for a job.

There have been many reports suggesting that applying for a new job posting which is preferably within the first 3 days of when the job is posted, the job is mostly available. The main reason behind this formula is that within the first few days the employers may have not chosen the people for interview and hence, there is a better chance of getting shortlisted in such cases.

On the other hand, applying for jobs those were posted couple of weeks ago stand a lesser chance of being available.

Indeed provides with two options for this: Sort by or Date Posted

In the Sort by field which is mentioned at the top of the job listings in search results, you can even click on the date option to check which is the most recent job openings available at the top of the results.

“Relevance” is based on the employer’s location and usually a default sort for the the job listings. It may however not be the most useful. This is because studies have shown that a person’s success rate is the most when he applies to a new job that has been posted preferably within the first 3 days of the job being available online on the portal.

The first option available at the top of the Indeed job search results page is the Date Posted dropdown.

This option lets a job seeker choose the age and oldness of the job postings in these time frames: Last 24 hours, Last 3 days, Last 7 days and Last 14 days.

Tip to remember: Focus on those jobs those are posted within the time frame of last 3 days. Starting with jobs those were posted during the “Last 24 hours” is preferable for best results.

Also, it is quite evident that the older the posting is, the more applications an employer would receive for the same job. This is specially a situation in this phase of high rate of unemployment these days

6.Searching Job as Per Choice and Preference

The options those are offered here in this section usually includes full-time, part-time, contract, temporary, internship or commission, which is entirely based on the jobs in your search results.

Indeed further assumes that the type of job is available based on your search which can be done with the help of the Job Type dropdown that allows you to narrow down your search results.

If there is no option in the Job Type that is offered to you by Indeed (from the above examples), then this means that the particular type of job is currently unavailable and one can check back the next time to see if there has been any modification made in this particular result.

7.Searching Jobs of a Specific Level of Experience

There option of Experience Level dropdown helps you to analyse the jobs those are available depending upon the level of your search.

One can achieve this by typing the search terms i.e. the job title or a keyword into the What box. After this, one can further choose the most appropriate option that available for them, for example: Entry Level. The final search results will depend on the same and will update accordingly.

The “Stumbling Block” in the Functioning of Indeed for Job Search

 In reality, even a great portal such as Indeed that is used for searching for jobs online can have drawbacks and loopholes. This is because Indeed is a pool of job openings available at different other websites and pages due to which you may encounter a few issues, such as:

1.The available jobs are time restrained

Just like any other job board or portal, the search results here too are only a “snapshot in time”. This is because, it may not be necessary that the jobs are even available for an opening even when a person is looking for it or most of the times, not every employer posts 100% of his vacancies online. So, there is a high chance that you might be still missing out on a lot of openings and opportunities available.

Besides, there are plenty of other jobs those are available with various other employers and some jobs that you see available may be already filled out but the employer hasn’t closed the vacancy yet.

2.Job Scams

Every vacancy or job opening that we see online may not necessarily be an authentic one. Internet scammers these days are very clever and post jobs at many different portals and Indeed hasn’t been able to escape this problem too. Yes, there are a few fake jobs that keeps on popping up at Indeed every now and then which has been posted by a scammer. Read Avoid Job Scams for more information

3.Duplicate Listings

At times there are possibilities where the same job is listed many a times from different sources. This is why its always recommended to apply for a job directly on the employer’s website.

TIP: In cases where there is no link offered by Indeed that directs you to the employer’s website, make sure that you Google the employer’s name to find his website and check if the employer so listed is a genuine one. If you still are not able to find that particular employer’s name in Google search, this indicates that such an employer is probably fake and you should steer clear from such job postings.

4.Investing too much time

While Indeed may feel like a “happy hunting ground” for job seekers, the fact remains that not more than 15% of jobs are filled through such job boards. In fact, nearly 40% of jobs are filled through employee referrals which is a better and a more sensible option.

So, instead of investing too much time on clicking the “Apply” button one should rather seek help for employee referrals or if not, take out time and customize their resumes and applications depending on each of the job opportunity.

TIP: Focusing more on network building makes a job search shorter and much more successful. This is because an employer’s favourite way of filling the vacancy is through an employee referral and considering the fact that only 7% of applicants are actually referred by an employee, the competition automatically decreases and a person’s chance of getting selected for a job increases.

The only way for your application to be visible is when the employer himself searches for qualified candidates suitable for a specific job in Indeed’s resume database. This makes it important that a person keeps customizing his responses to a job opening whenever he finds it appropriate.

Other Available Search Options

According to the above mentioned details and explanations, one can see that Indeed offers plenty of options for specification of the exact job he is looking for. The buttons available on the top of the search results of the portal changes to include the options those are appropriate for the kind of job that you have been looking for.

For instance, if a person is looking for a specific job that requires a particular licence of any other certification like a Certified Public Accountant, etc. the buttons which are given at the top of the search results in Indeed will include options such as “License” or “Standards”.

Salary being one of the most important particulars of a job, it has been included in the search option at Indeed. But generally, employers are quite reluctant on including salary ranges for their jobs as they feel it minimizes the revert from job seekers. Hence, it should be noted that the salary information that is provided by Indeed is based on the details given by current and former employees as a part of survey and not by the employer himself.

The Final Thoughts of Using Indeed for a Job Search

Just like Google, Indeed too is a very smart portal and give the best of results if a person is well aware and knows on the way he is supposed to look for a job on the portal. The tips and directions mentioned above are helpful in refining the searches according to ones’ preference and requirement so that it can find out exactly what and the type of job he is looking for.