How to Upload a Resume on Indeed

how to upload your resume on indeed

Getting your resume written is only half the battle—the other half is getting your resume seen by employers. Sure, you can apply for individual positions, but one way to attract the attention of a potential employer is to upload your resume onto a job board such as Indeed. 

Read on as we discuss how job boards like Indeed work, what recruiters are looking for, and how to upload your resume. For those who need a little help writing resumes, you can always use one of the top resume-writing services, such as those from The Jub. Our professional help can supercharge your resume.

How Do Job Boards Work?

Most job websites work on the same business model. Job seekers get to post their resume for free and apply for as many jobs as they like; employers pay to list their jobs, and if they pay extra, they can boost their job listing to the top of the search results. 

Employers aren’t the only people paying to use sites like Indeed. Professional recruiters and recruiting service companies often pay to have unlimited access to the resume database. These databases can be searched in a variety of ways to make finding the right employee easier. 

This helps to speed up the process, rather than the company relying solely on possible employees seeing the job posting and applying. If you’ve ever had a recruiter call you unexpectedly and offer you a job you didn’t apply for, they most likely found your resume using the search functions of these databases.

What Are Hiring Managers and Recruiters Looking For?

According to well-established studies, recruiters look at a resume for an average of seven seconds before they move on to the next one. What are they looking for in those seven seconds? Keywords!

Keywords are your key to getting noticed. You should already know all the acronyms and job titles that are common knowledge in your industry—if you’re looking for a job in the same industry, make sure those keywords are listed several times throughout your resume. 

For those looking to make a career switch, when you go to Indeed and scan the job listings for positions, you’ll start to notice the same keywords and phrases over and over. Plug those into your resume, assuming you have at least a passing bit of knowledge about them, and watch the calls and emails pour in.

How to Upload Your Resume on Indeed

Uploading your resume on Indeed is a fairly straightforward affair:

  • Go to the Indeed website and click on the ‘Sign In’ button in the top right corner of the page.
  • Type in your name, email address, and password to create an account. You can also sign in using your Google, Apple, or Facebook account.
  • Now that you’ve made an account, you’ll be asked to upload your resume. If you aren’t asked, simply click on the person icon in the upper right corner and choose the ‘Profile’ option.
  • Click on the ‘Upload Resume’ button and select the file from your computer. 
  • While you can upload a .docx or other file type, it’s always recommended you upload your resume as a PDF, as PDF files can be opened by anyone and the formatting never changes
  • After your resume is uploaded, you can edit your information and preferences to make sure it’s correct and lists everything you want employers to see. You can even list certifications on your resume by clicking on ‘add qualifications.’
  • Once your profile is finished and your resume is uploaded, that’s it. Now, you can apply for jobs and make your resume searchable.

You should also make sure to click the three dots on the right hand side of your resume on the profile page. Then, click ‘Change Privacy’ and set your resume to be public or private. You can also put your address on your resume or leave it out. 

If your resume is set to private, only the jobs you apply for can see your resume. If you set it to public, anyone who has access to the resume database can see your resume–including your current employer. If you don’t want them to know you’re looking at other jobs, it’s best to make your resume private. 

Gone are the days of looking at job listings and applying one by one. On Indeed and similar websites, you can finetune your resume and wait for jobs to come to you.

Author: Becky is a contributor for theJub. She’s a writing and talent acquisition specialist who loves to apply her skills through creative writing and editing.

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