Everyone has their preference of job listing sites. It’s similar to dating sites or really any social media. I’ve been on most of the big ones: LinkedIn, Monster, Career Builder, and even the local newspaper online want ads. And by far my favorite, and the one I find most easy to use–and how I secured my current job–is Indeed.com.
Here are the top reasons why I love Indeed.com (by the way, they are not paying me to say this–this is coming from the heart and from my personal experience!):
- It’s Easy to Navigate! When you go to the home page, there are two blanks to fill in. You can create a profile and an account (and you should eventually), but if you’re just starting your search and want to see what’s out there, you can fill in these two blanks (see photo below) and get started. When I was looking for a job, I inserted keywords such as editor, proofreader, marketing specialist, and elementary teacher. For the where, I looked in St. Louis; but as you see from the example above, you can even choose “work from home”. Click Find Jobs, and several listings will pop up. Of course, you can also do an advanced search, so that you can find jobs more specifically tailored to your needs; but I like to start out with this general search and scan the listings that come up before I do a more targeted search, adding a minimum salary or experience, for example.
- You can save your searches and have them emailed to you! This is how I found most of the jobs I applied for. Once I created a few searches, I saved them, and Indeed.com sent me emails every day with new listings. When I had a chance, I could go through these emails to find new jobs to apply for.
- You can save job listings on the site and come back to apply for them later. Once you create a profile on the site, along with a login and password, you can save job listings that you are interested in until you have time to apply. (But don’t wait too long–jobs go fast!) You can also organize job listings on the site by certain categories, such as: saved, applied, interviewing, archived, offered, and hired. I used this organization system constantly to keep track of where I applied and when I did.
- You can upload your resume to the site and use it to apply for many jobs. In the job listings, the company will state if you should apply on its website (which Indeed.com will link to and guide you through) or if you should apply with your Indeed.com resume/profile (so make sure it’s up to date once you start applying). I found this system easy to navigate, and there was no question as to what I was supposed to do to apply for the job.
- It’s free. So many sites today offer a “free version”, but if you want to do something fancy or “more”, you may have to pay a monthly fee to go Pro or whatever that site calls it. I never ran into this on Indeed.com. Everything I wanted to do, I was able to accomplish without having to pay any money.
I can say that I may be partial to this site since it is where I found my job, but I do think you should give it a try if you’re thinking about getting back to the work force after staying home with your kids for a while, if you have been ill or injured, or if you want a career change!