How to use indeed.com for job search
Faced with a tough job market, a job search becomes an expansive exercise, and both recruiters and job seekers are now going beyond the typical candidate and vacancy hunting techniques. LinkedIn, the professional networking site with over 65 million registered users in over 200 countries, is the latest and among the most effective job search tools today.
The biggest bonus is that indeed.com provides its users is bringing together professionals of diverse fields, employed with different corporations and located across the globe on one platform. Apart from being a useful network building site for those employed, it serves as an effective tool for job seekers too. Here’s how indeed.com can be employed to find oneself a great job:
Build your profile
Upload information – Fill in details about your academic and professional background along with skills related to your field. The information you provide gets listed with the site’s search engine and thereby increases your visibility quotient.
Recommendations – Three recommendations are required for profile completion; use this feature to include references from former employers, co-workers and professors to add weight to your profile.
Updates – Create a subtitle that describes your complete profile in a sentence that is displayed along with your name; also, let potential recruiters and other connections in your network know about your availability for a new job or career goals by updating it as a status tag. For example, “XYZ is looking for an opportunity as a marketing manager in the retail industry”.
Join groups – Search for groups on indeed.comt hat are related to your industry, job role and career interests, and once a member, take part in the groups’ discussion boards. Not only will it help establish connections, it also brings insight over the latest buzz and trends in your sector.
Informational interviews – Under the Peoples tab, you can find contacts – industry stalwarts or current employees of firms you are keen to work with. You might even get a chance for an informational interview.
Preparatory information prior to interview – The ‘company profiles’ feature shows the career history of people currently and previously associated with a firm. As someone aspiring for a position in the same company, use this information to gauge the recruiter’s expectations from candidates.
Look out for who’s hiring
indeed. com its own job board, and though it works in a manner similar to other job portals, what distinguishes this board is the listing of the recruiter’s name along with the opening, giving a chance for job seekers to establish a direct communication with the former.
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