How to Apply for a Job on

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••• Tim Robberts / Getty Images 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 by clicking on “Advanced Job Search” beside the “Find Jobs” button.

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 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.

In order to apply, follow the instructions posted in the job description. On the list of jobs, some of the jobs will say in red (beneath the job title and other information), “Apply directly.” This means that you can apply to them directly through Indeed. Once you click on the bold job title, there will be a button that says “Apply Now” at the bottom of the page. Clicking on this button will take you 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. 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 Indeed. 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.

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. First, once you are registered, you can click on “My Subscriptions” in the top right corner of the page, and choose to receive a daily email 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. Learn more about how to set up Indeed job alerts.

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.