How To Find A Job On Indeed
Indeed bills itself as “the #1 job site in the world.” Indeed is more than a job search board. It’s a tool you can use in your job search. It can be especially valuable in a passive job search, delivering job opportunities to your email each day.
The first step is to create an Indeed account. It’s free, and setting it up will take just a few minutes.
On the Indeed.com home page, click the “Sign In” link.
That will take you to a login screen. On that page, click “New to Indeed? Create an account.”
You’ll be prompted to “Add a resume.” Don’t do it.
Do not upload your resume to your Indeed profile. Instead, customize your resume for the specific position you’re applying for. You can still use the “easy apply” option available on job postings by uploading a specific resume for a specific job. You’ll get a better match with applicant tracking systems if you tailor the resume for the job posting.
In addition, if you upload a resume, your resume is public by default and may be viewed by anyone accessing the website. Indeed’s terms and conditions page says “this includes users of Indeed’s Resume Search product, Employers whose Company Page you may be following, and anyone with access to the URL associated with your public resume, such as search engines and other third parties that may crawl our Site. We offer you this visibility to help you find a job.”
If you’re conducting a confidential job search, posting your resume may tip off your employer that you’re looking for a new role. That’s another good reason not to upload a resume.
After continuing on, you’ll be prompted to confirm your email account.
Click on the link and you’ll receive an email with a button you’ll need to click to complete the confirmation:
And once you click on the link, you’ll get a confirmation message:
You should also designate your account type:
Click the “Set account type” button.
Choose “Job seeker (looking for a job).”
Once your account is set up, you can save jobs that you want to apply for so you can come back to them later. Once you’ve applied, you can also track your status for positions you’ve applied for on the same page.
Use Indeed Search to Identify Possible Matches
Indeed’s search function is robust. You can search for possible job opportunities by location, distance, industry, job title, experience level, salary, and more.
You can use Indeed’s filters to refine your search parameters, adding or removing criteria until you find positions that are a good fit for your skills, education, and experience.
To get started using Indeed search, click on the “Find jobs” link in the menu bar.
The default search is “What” (job title, keywords, or company) and “Where” (city, state, zip code, or “remote”).
Indeed will identify job opportunities that match the criteria you’ve selected.
Click on the job title to expand the information about the posting.
Click on the “Easily apply” link or the “Apply Now” button to apply for the role.
A new window will open. Enter your information in the fields. You can also attach your resume and cover letter.
Or click on the “heart” button next to the “Apply Now” button to save the posting for later. (It will be saved to the “My Jobs” page.)
Here is the saved job dashboard:
Indeed Advanced Job Search
Indeed’s Advanced Job Search function makes it even easier to target job opportunities.
With the search function, you have the option to see jobs from job boards only, from the websites of employers only, or both. You can also include or leave out postings from staffing agencies. You can target specific salary ranges using the salary estimate field.
You can choose specific location and distance criteria, and choose to see jobs posted only within a specific number of days.
In addition to searching for job postings, you can set up job alerts to be emailed to you.
Setting Up Job Alerts on Indeed
Job alerts are emails listing new jobs posted on Indeed that meet the criteria you’ve established. Instead of visiting Indeed daily to see what opportunities are available, you can receive an email with postings. You can choose to have alerts sent to you daily or weekly.
Set up Job Alerts on this page:
Once you enter your information, you’ll see a confirmation screen:
You’ll also receive a confirmation email to the email address you entered, along with jobs that match the criteria you selected.
Indeed also offers plugins for Chrome, Firefox, and Google Toolbar. These apps provide notifications from within your Internet browser about new jobs and messages from prospective employers.
Use Indeed for Research
Indeed provides Company Pages, providing reviews of the workplace, photos, job openings, and salary data. On the job posting, click on the company name to access this information. If a Company Page is available, it will open when the company name is clicked on.
On the Company Page, you can see a Snapshot of the company. The company can populate a “Why Join Us” page and photos. You can read employee reviews of the company, and look at a list of all the jobs posted on Indeed. There is also salary and benefit information. Jobseekers can post questions that a company representative or other people can answer.
Some Company Pages are more complete than others. Salary and benefit information is user-submitted, so the more employees the company has, the more likely this information is to be populated on the page.
Indeed also conducts surveys on work happiness. It evaluates several criteria:
The Work Happiness section will tell you how many people completed the work happiness survey, so you can see the sample size the scores are based on.
You can also click on the “Company reviews” tab in the menu bar and identify companies that are hiring. Simply enter your city or state and you can see the “popular companies” in that city and state. The listings also include links to reviews, salary information, and jobs.
Using Indeed for Salary Research
Indeed can also be a useful resource for salary information. In addition to company-specific salary data (found on the Company Page), you can use the “Find salaries” function on the menu to generate salary information.
While not as robust as information on a specialized salary research site like Salary.com, you can generate some ballpark numbers based on job titles and location.
Indeed is a robust tool for your job search toolbox. For active jobseekers, you can search the site for opportunities, drilling down your criteria to very specific parameters. For passive jobseekers, set up alerts and let Indeed serve up openings via email.
The Cost of Unemployment
Have you ever stopped to consider the cost of being unemployed? The longer you are out of work, the more costly it is. Here are some things you may — or may not — have considered as the “cost of unemployment.”
Loss of income is the most obvious cost of unemployment. Unemployment benefits – if you’re eligible for them — only cover a portion of your lost income. According to research by Newsweek, basic unemployment benefits average $300-$400 a week, typically covering 45 percent of a worker’s income. Severance pay, if offered, can help, but a long period of unemployment can outlast that as well.
Cost of Insurance
According to the 2019 Census, 55 percent of Americans have employer-paid health insurance. Research from the Kaiser Family Foundation found the average annual single premium per enrolled employee for employer-based health insurance was $6,972 per year in 2019, with the employee contributing $1,489 of that, and the employer paying $5,483.
While the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) health insurance program allows eligible employees and their dependents to continue their health insurance coverage for 18 to 36 months after a job loss, the entire cost of the premiums is the responsibility of the individual. Based on the average, that means you would be responsible for paying almost $600 a month in health insurance premiums to keep your existing coverage.
If COBRA coverage is not available, individuals can obtain insurance through the government’s Healthcare Marketplace, but that coverage can be expensive. A short-term health insurance policy may be more affordable, but may have a higher deductible and limited coverage. Going without healthcare insurance is risky financially. Medical bills are reported to be the number one cause of U.S. bankruptcies, and being uninsured can lead to significant out-of-pocket expenses.
Lost Retirement Contributions
If you were contributing to your company’s retirement plan — especially if your contributions were matched by your employer — consider the financial impact of missing out on adding to your retirement savings. Every $500 missed could be worth up to $1,300 (assuming 5 percent growth over a 20-year period). Missing out on six months’ worth of retirement contributions could equal almost $8,000 in lost retirement income.
Increased Stress and Anxiety
According to CNBC, 63 percent of households report living paycheck to paycheck, meaning the loss of even one month’s salary could cause severe financial insecurity. Eight in 10 people say they currently can’t cover a $500 emergency. Research also shows that unemployment is linked to anxiety and depression, among other negative outcomes.
Negative Impact on Future Salary
When you’re unemployed, you may take a lower-paying job while negotiating your salary, just to get back into the job market. However, don't forget to think about the day when you may need to have a conversation about getting the raise you deserve. Since future raises are based on your new (lower) starting salary, you may find yourself missing out on tens of thousands of dollars of future income.
For example, if your original salary was $50,000, and you received annual raises of 3 percent, after 5 years, your salary will be $56,275.
If you took a job that paid $45,000 and you received annual raises of 3 percent, after 5 years, your salary will be $50,647 — barely what you were making when you left your previous position. You would have also missed out on $26,544 in pay during those five years ($265,453 from the starting salary at $50,000 plus 3 percent raises minus $238,909 – five years of salary starting at $45,000 with a 3 percent annual increase).
You may also make poor financial decisions out of desperation. For example, you might cash out your 401(k) fund to free up some cash to cover your living expenses. However, with limited exceptions, if you withdraw money from your 401(k) retirement account before the age of 59-1/2, you will pay a 10% early withdrawal penalty, plus income tax, on the distribution.
For someone in the 24 percent tax bracket, an early withdrawal of $5,000 will cost $1,700 in taxes and penalties. In addition, you’ll lose out on the future growth of that $5,000. Invested for 20 years at 5 percent, that $5,000 would have grown to more than $13,000.
The best thing you can do if you find yourself unemployed is to get back to work quickly:
How To Prepare For Unemployment
First — and most important — keep your résumé up-to-date and ready to go. Not only is it easier to pay for résumé services when you’re employed, but you won’t lose valuable time getting started with your job search. It can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to create an interview-winning résumé and portfolio of career documents. The sooner you are able to start your job search, the closer you’ll be to going back to work. Also, the longer you are unemployed, the harder it is to find a new job.
Second, have an emergency fund. One of the biggest struggles with unemployment is losing your income. Unemployment benefits — if you’re eligible to receive them — can take weeks to get approved. In the meantime, having an emergency fund — even a small fund of 2-4 weeks of expenses — is better than nothing. Most experts recommend having 3-5 months of savings.
Third, the best offense is a good defense. If you think you’re in danger of losing your job, batten down the hatches. Make a list of your current expenses (review your checkbook register, credit card statements, or online banking profile) and see what you can cut out. You may have to prepare for a financial apocalypse. Determine which of your current monthly expenses must be maintained (mortgage and car payments, utilities, groceries) and which ones you can do without for now. Eliminate any unnecessary expenses.
Finally, it can be easier to find a job when you have a job, so don’t wait until you lose your job to start looking. And take the advice of author Harvey Mackay and “Dig Your Well Before You’re Thirsty” and cultivate your network while you’re still working. Learn how to use LinkedIn. Get a FREE LINKINEDIN SCORECARD. Review your professional and personal connections and try to revive your network .
After all, the cost of unemployment is high. Higher than you may have thought.
Applying for unemployment benefits
A guide to apply for unemployment insurance
If you recently lost your job, you could qualify for unemployment benefits. Keep in mind that you cannot apply for unemployment benefits if you quit your job or were fired for negligence or misconduct. If this is the case and you feel you were fired unfairly, your best option is to contact a wrongful termination attorney.
Unemployment is meant to be a temporary form of assistance that replaces a part of the salary you’re no longer earning. These benefits are managed at state levels, but federal guidelines exist. The complete name of this program is the Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program.
Since these benefits are funded through taxes paid by employers to states, the amount of the benefits, requirements, and duration vary from one state to another.
There are two main requirements you have to meet before filing:
1. You need to have worked for a specific time period. Most states require you to work for a full quarter before you become eligible for unemployment benefits.
2. You need to have lost the job through no fault of your own. These criteria vary from one state to another.
It’s important to start filing for unemployment as quickly as possible, since you’ll have to wait a few weeks before you start receiving benefits. Some states actually require you to wait an entire week after losing your job before beginning the filing process.
Follow these steps to apply for unemployment benefits:
Most states will grant you unemployment benefits for 26 weeks.
Your state can also provide you with valuable resources. You might be required to register through the State Employment Service to be matched with open positions in your area. If your state doesn’t require you to register through this service to receive benefits, it could help you to register anyway so you can be alerted about available positions.
Other resources include testing, counseling, and training programs. These are options you should explore if you have a hard time with finding work in your field. There is a variety of tutorials and training content available online. For example, Microsoft Office offers FREE and comprehensive tutorials on all is products online. There are courses available under Microsoft Office Help & Training as well as Microsoft Office 365 Training for those who may be interested. Your local Unemployment Insurance office can guide you on the availability and use of other resources.
Filing for unemployment benefits is a rather straightforward process. Keep in mind that these benefits are temporary and take advantage of this time when you’re receiving benefits to look for employment.
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Employment Law 101
When applying for a job, what most candidates say they want is a level playing field — the opportunity to be considered for employment because of their skills, experience, and education, without consideration of how they look, what they wear for religious reasons, or how old they are. In other words, they want a hiring environment free of discrimination.
Employment Law Guide
There are a number of local, state, and federal laws that employers must follow when hiring employees. Generally speaking, these laws prohibit discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, age, ethnicity/national origin, disability, or veteran status.
With so many government agencies involved in creating laws for hiring and employment, it’s no wonder companies get confused. In some instances, these may affect you, the job seeker, as you may face potential discrimination in the application and/or hiring process.
There are laws to govern how many hours you can work (Fair Labor Standards Act), the type of work you can perform in certain industries (Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, for example), and even the types of benefits some types of companies can offer (Employee Retirement Income Security Act).
This guide, however, is designed to familiarize you specifically with laws relating to applying for jobs, interviewing, and getting hired. Note: The information in this guide is not intended to provide legal, medical, or financial advice. If legal, medical, or financial advice is needed, an appropriate professional should be consulted.
You are most likely to encounter these situations in smaller companies, where the owner or hiring managers handle applications, interviews, and job offers directly; however, discrimination occurs in companies of all sizes.
Here is an analysis of some of the most relevant laws for jobseekers.
Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) addresses employment eligibility, employment verification, and nondiscrimination in hiring. Under this law, employers may only hire candidates who are legally eligible to work in the U.S. (i.e., citizens and U.S. nationals) and aliens authorized to work in the U.S.
Employers must verify the identity and employment eligibility of anyone hired, including completing an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 form) for each applicant. These forms must be kept on file for at least three years, or one year after employment ends, whichever is longer. Newly-hired employees must complete and sign the top section of the form (which collects biographical data) no later than the first day of employment. However, Section 1 should never be completed before you accept a job offer.
Employers must complete Section 2 of the I-9 form within three business days of your first day of employment. Candidates will present documents to verify their identity, choosing from a list of acceptable documents outlined on the form. The identification establishes your identity and employment authorization.
The INA protects U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to accept employment in the U.S. from discrimination in hiring or discharge on the basis of national origin and citizenship status.
Another section of the act applies to employers seeking to hire nonimmigrant aliens as workers in specialty occupations, often referred to as “H1-B workers.” This is more common in the engineering, teaching, technology, and medical professions. The number of new H1-B visas that can be issued each year is subject to a cap.
Relevance to Job seekers:
You will be asked for documentation to complete an I-9 form at the time of hiring. You can review the I-9 form here: http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects applicants from discrimination in hiring. Protection is granted on the basis of the applicant’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), and national origin.
Religious discrimination includes an employer failing to provide reasonable accommodations for an employee’s religious practices if the accommodation does not create an undue hardship for the employer.
Age Discrimination in Employment Act
The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) protects jobseekers who are 40 years of age (or older) from age discrimination in hiring. However, it is not illegal for an employer to favor an older job applicant over a younger one, even if both workers are age 40 or older. The law also forbids harassment because of age; for example, offensive remarks or repeated jokes about a person’s age.
The ADEA applies to employers with 20 or more employees, including state and local government entities.
Relevance to Job seekers:
The ADEA generally makes it unlawful to include age preferences, limitations, or specifications in job notices or ads. A job notice or ad may specify an age limit only in the rare circumstances where age is shown to be a “bona fide occupational qualification” (BFOQ) — for example, airline pilots must retire at age 65 in the U.S.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), is very similar to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). It requires certain employers (including those with federal contracts or subcontracts) to take affirmative action to hire, retain, and promote qualified individuals with disabilities.
Covered disabilities include a wide range of mental and/or physical impairments that “substantially limit or restrict a major life activity,” such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning, or working. In addition, individuals who have recovered from their disabilities may not be discriminated against because of their past medical history.
Relevance to Job seekers:
The law only protects against discrimination for disabilities. You must possess the necessary education, skills, or other job-related requirements to be considered for the position. You must also be able to perform the essential functions of the job — the fundamental job duties of the position you desire — with or without reasonable accommodation (which require the employer to make adjustments or modifications in the work, job application process, work environment, job structure, equipment, employment practices, or the way that job duties are performed so that an individual can perform the essential functions of the job.)
Pregnancy Discrimination Act
In 1978, Congress amended Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to enact the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA). This law forbids discrimination based on pregnancy when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring. If a woman is temporarily unable to perform her job due to a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth, the employer or other covered organization must treat her the same way it treats any other temporarily disabled employee. For example, the employer may have to provide light duty assignments, disability leave, or unpaid leave to pregnant employees, if it does so for other temporarily disabled employees.
Relevance to Job seekers:
You do not have to disclose your pregnancy to a prospective employer when applying for a position. However, you may not want to change jobs during pregnancy if your health care coverage would be affected by a new position. If the new employer offers health care coverage, there may be a waiting period before coverage begins. However, insurance coverage for a pregnancy generally cannot be denied within a group insurance plan. The Health Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) ensures that group health insurance plans cover pregnancy, in most cases. However, if your new employer does not offer a health insurance benefit, you may find it difficult to obtain an individual policy that covers your pregnancy-related claims.
Immigration Reform and Control Act
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, discrimination on the basis of national origin involves treating applicants unfavorably because they are from a particular country or part of the world, because of ethnicity or accent, or because they appear to be of a certain ethnic background (even if they are not). National origin discrimination can also extend to treating candidates unfavorably because they are married to (or associated with) a person of a certain national origin, or because of their connection with an ethnic organization or group.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate with respect to recruitment and hiring based on an individual’s citizenship or immigration status. The law prohibits employers from hiring only U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents unless required to do so by law, regulation, or government contract.
Employers may not refuse to accept lawful documentation that establishes the employment eligibility of an employee, or demand additional documentation beyond what is legally required, when verifying employment eligibility, based on the employee’s national origin or citizen status.
Relevance to Job seekers:
Discrimination on the basis of national origin may begin with your initial application to the company. An employer may be reluctant to call an applicant whose name he or she cannot pronounce, so providing a nickname on the résumé or job application may help.
For example, if you wear a hijab for religious or cultural reasons, an employer may be worried about how the company’s customers would react to it. However, customer preference is never a justification for a discriminatory practice.
The employer is not likely to articulate that as the reason why you were not selected for the position. Even though you might feel that was the reason you were not hired, a fuller explanation of the employer’s business reasons would be needed to determine whether or not discrimination was involved.
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990
Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) protects qualified individuals from discrimination in hiring on the basis of disability. Covered employers must make reasonable accommodations for known physical and/or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual (unless it creates an “undue hardship” on the employer).
The term “qualified” means that you have the skills, experience, education, and other job-related requirements of the position being sought, and can perform the essential job functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation.
Not all employers are required to comply with the ADA. Covered organizations include private employers with 15 or more employees, employment agencies, and labor organizations. State and local government employers must also comply with the ADA.
Accommodations are considered “any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job.” It also includes alterations to ensure a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.
Relevance to Job seekers:
When applying for a position, the prospective employer may not ask you to answer medical questions or take a medical exam before extending a job offer. You may not be asked if you have a disability (or about the nature of an obvious disability). You can be asked, however, whether you can perform the job and how you would perform the job, with or without a reasonable accommodation. (After you are offered the job, an employer can make the job offer contingent on passing a required medical examination, but only if all candidates for that job category have to take the examination.)
From a practical standpoint, you should not request an accommodation during the application process unless there is a workplace barrier that prevents you, due to a disability, from competing for a job or performing the job. Likewise, you should not reference your medical history when applying for a position (for example, to account for a gap on your résumé or explain a job change on your cover letter) unless absolutely necessary — or if it is relevant to the position you are seeking.
The only limitation on an employer’s obligation to provide reasonable accommodations is that no change or modification is required if it would cause “undue hardship” to the employer — meaning significant expense or difficulty in making the accommodation (for example, if the modification would be disruptive, or if it would fundamentally alter the nature or operation of the business).
One of the newer candidate protection regulations is the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), which protects applicants from discrimination in hiring based on genetic information. GINA restricts employers’ acquisition of genetic information and strictly limits disclosure of genetic information, including information about genetic tests the applicant may have received, the manifestation of diseases or disorders in applicant’s family members, and requests for receipt of genetic services.
GINA was enacted, in large part, because of developments in the field of genetics, the decoding of the human genome, and advances in the field of genomic medicine. Genetic tests now exist that can determine whether individuals are at risk for specific diseases or disorders. The law addresses the concerns of individuals who fear the loss of health coverage or employment because of their genetic information.
Relevance to Job seekers:
Special Consideration for Veterans in Hiring
Certain companies with federal government contracts or subcontracts are required to provide affirmative action to employ
For more information, visit http://www.dol.gov/vets/.
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