How to Set Up and Delete Indeed Job Alerts

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Indeed.com reports that it’s the No. 1 job search site in the world, with 250 million unique monthly visitors. But you don’t need to commit to spending hours searching the site for listings in order to find new jobs. One of the best ways to get new job postings quickly is to set up a job alert.

Also known as a job search agent, job alerts can help you find open positions quickly on Indeed and other job sites.

Job alerts will email you job listings that meet your search criteria, as soon as they are posted, enabling you to get your application in early.

You can set up alerts based on your search queries, so the jobs you get will match the types of positions and companies you’re looking for. Once the alert is in place, you'll receive an email message notifying you when new jobs are posted.

Job alerts will also save you time because you won't have to go back to the website and search as often. That said, it's still a good idea to search Indeed.com manually a few times a week, so you're sure that you haven't missed any relevant job postings.

Learn how to set up a job alert on Indeed.com, how to edit or change your alerts, and how to delete alerts if you no longer want to receive them.

The process will be similar on other job sites. You’ll need to register first, then sign up for alerts for the job postings you’re interested in.

How to Set Up Indeed.com Job Alerts

Register or sign in to Indeed. You'll need to register an account on Indeed.com, or you can log in with your Facebook or Google account to set up email job alerts.

Search for jobs and set alerts. You can search for jobs by job title, keywords, company name, or by the location where you want to work. When you enter your search terms, you’ll see a popup that says, “Be the first to see [job title] jobs in [city name].” Click “activate” to create a job alert.

You can also set up alert for previous searches by clicking on terms under “Recent Searches.” You will then be taken to a page with your search results. On right side of the page, you’ll see a box that says “Be the first to see [job title] jobs in [city name].” Click “activate” to create your alert.

Read your email alerts as they come in. Once the alert is set up, you will receive a regular notification of new job openings by email. You can choose how often to receive these alerts by clicking on the profile icon on the upper righthand corner of the homepage and clicking on “Email preferences.” You will then be taken to the “My Subscriptions” page and offered the option to receive alerts daily or weekly, or to pause or delete your alert. On this page, you can also sign up for other Indeed emails, including career advice and marketing announcements from the company.

Use the Indeed mobile app. Want to get your alerts on the go? You can use the Indeed mobile app to set up alerts and push notifications.

How to Edit Indeed Job Alerts

If you're not getting the right types of jobs or you want to change the frequency of your alerts, you can edit them. Sign on to Indeed and then click on profile icon and select “Email preferences” from the drop-down menu. On the “My Subscriptions” page, you’ll see a list of your job alerts. Click on “edit” next to the alert to change it. Options to change include:

  • What (job title, keywords, or company name)
  • Where (city, state, or zip)
  • When (daily or weekly emails)
  • Cancel (to go back to the previous screen and not change your alert)
  • Delete (click the trashcan icon to remove your alert)

If you're actively job searching, it's a good idea to get daily alerts so you won't be delayed in applying for jobs. If you get them weekly, the jobs could be filled by the time you apply.

Confirming Your Alerts

For each alert you set up, you'll receive an email confirmation from Indeed. Click on the link in the email message to activate your alert.

How to Add New Job Alerts

If you want to receive alerts for different types of jobs, log in to Indeed and go to the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.

  • Click on “Find jobs” in the upper left-hand corner of the homepage, which will bring you to the search page.
  • Enter your search terms, e.g., job title, location, etc.  
  • Click “Create alert” and you're done.

Upload Your Resume to Apply Quickly

You can speed up the application process even more by uploading your resume to Indeed. There’s also an option for creating a new resume from scratch on the site. Once you’ve got your resume online, it’s easy to apply with the click of the “Easily apply” button.

The more tools you take advantage of, the easier it will be to get hired quickly, so make sure you’re getting the most of out of the site to expedite your job search.

Beware of Junk Mail Filters

There's one more step to ensure you receive your email job alerts. Add “alert@indeed.com” as a safe sender for any spam blocking software you use, so your alerts don't end up in your junk email or spam folders.

How to Pause or Delete Indeed Job Alerts

When you have found a job or changed the type of position you're seeking, it's easy to change your settings:

  • Login to Indeed and click on the profile button and select “Email preferences” from the dropdown.
  • You can then toggle each alert to “Paused” or click “Edit” to change your preferences.
  • You can also delete your alert by clicking on the trashcan icon. If you want to turn a paused alert back on, toggle the “Paused” switch back to the active state. 

How to Delete Your Indeed Account

If you want to delete your Indeed account, in addition to stopping job alerts, you may see an option to 'Close My Account” when you login. Other options including temporarily pausing your alerts or setting your resume to private. If you can't view these options, contact Indeed Customer Support for assistance.

When you aren't actively job searching, you also may want to delete your resume from the sites where you have posted it on the Internet.

Article Sources

  1. Indeed. "About Indeed." Accessed Feb. 25, 2020.