Last Updated: October 12, 2015 5

How to Start Your Job Search With Indeed.com

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If you are in the market for a job, go to Indeed.com immediately. Have you recently qualified and want to enter the world of work? Do you want a new career? Are you unemployed and looking for a job? Key in Indeed.com for a user-friendly job search engine, and you will find available jobs all over the world including the United States, South Africa and Turkey.

Open the homepage and Indeed.com lets you get straight down to your job search. If you know the site, do a quick-search straight away. If you are new to the site, click on the About link at the bottom of the page and follow the link to find the job search tips. Download the video or read through the list.

Create your own free account

If this is a one-off search, click on the link to Jobs at the bottom of the homepage. If not, register with Indeed.com. Listen to the tutorial on how to sign in as a job seeker and create a free my.indeed account.

  • Click on my.indeed at the top right hand side of the homepage
  • Click on the link to creating a my.indeed account
  • Enter your e-mail address and password
  • Click the register button

An e-mail will ask you to confirm your account. Access your account through your email address link at the top right hand corner of the web pages

Prepare before you start looking

When you start your job search, you will need to answer the following questions

  • What job or job title are you looking for?
  • What key words describe the job?
  • Do you want to work for a specific company?
  • Where do you want to work?

How to get started with Indeed.com

If you know the job title you want, use the quick-search facility on the homepage. Otherwise you can search through the alphabetical lists of

  • Job titles
  • Company names
  • Jobs by state
  • Job categories

Check out the Salary Search tool to search and compare current market related salaries for your job title.

Join me in a job search journey

I have been a Personal Assistant for some time and would like to move into healthcare. I will take you through my journey looking for a job with Indeed.com

I am not looking for work at a specific company or medical facility. As I am new to the field, I entered the key word “nurse”. From the drop down list of job titles, I chose “Nurse Assistant” as I have no medical training. I used double quotation marks around the words so that my search is limited to the exact phrase and excludes all job titles with the word nurse or assistant.

I entered the name of my home city, Charleston, and included the state South Carolina as there are other cities called Charleston in the United States. I could also have included my zip code.

Click the Find Jobs button

I clicked the Indeed.com Find Jobs button and was faced with a list of 55 possible jobs which was rather overwhelming.

To narrow my search I clicked on the Advanced Job Search button at the top of the page and entered my specific requirements

  • Available posts using the exact phrase “nurse assistant”
  • Full time position
  • Jobs from all web sites, included staffing agencies
  • Estimated salary
  • Jobs within 25 miles of Charleston
  • Jobs advertised within the past 7 days

I then clicked on my account and completed my preference form for all searches.

This time I received a shorter list of 10 jobs. Each posting included the name of the company, a job summary and a link to the advertiser’s website. I found two jobs that I liked and followed the links. The first requirement was a resume.

Create a resume for your job applications

Click on my.indeed account and click on resume. You can upload your own resume file, but it is much easier to use the blank form provided by Indeed.com.

  • Complete the personal and contact details
  • Choose a headline to describe yourself
  • Check the email address, and edit it if required
  • Give a brief overview of your work experience and the kind of work you are looking for
  • Click the save button

In some sections, such as work experience, you may need to include more than one item. Enter the first item and click the add button before you start on the next one. Remember to save each time you are prompted to do so.

Fill in the details

When listing your work experience, start with your most recent employer
Add information about your education and qualifications as requested.

  • Give a complete list of all your skills
  • Include link addresses of your blog, personal homepage, Facebook or Twitter profile
  • Click on the link to more sections
  • Add relevant information about military service, awards, certifications, groups, patents or publications

In the space provided, include any additional information that you think may be important.

Your resume is now complete and will automatically be included in your Indeed.com account.. Click on Personalize your Resume Link. Edit the privacy settings regarding the availability of your resume.

Why do I need an account?

A my.indeed account helps you manage your job search.

When you open your account you will see five tabs. You can edit or remove any of the items.

  • My searches – your search history.
  • My jobs – jobs you visited and jobs you saved
  • Alerts – check your existing e-mail job alerts or createnew ones
  • Account – change your e-mail address orpassword
  • Resume – your personal resume

Employers can also register with Indeed.com , post jobs and search for resumes

My whole job search appears in one place

My account will show a history of my searches for “nurse assistant. During my search, I followed the links for two jobs and clicked the save jobs link for both of them. They will appear under the My Jobs tab. At the bottom of the list of jobs available, I was prompted to create a job alert for this job title, which is now listed under the Alerts tab. I won’t have to repeat my “nurse assistant” searches, but will receive a daily list of available jobs via e-mail.

Don’t do it on your own. It is easy to use the job search engine Indeed.com to help you find your dream job.