Updated on May 5, 2021
What is A Review Summary on Indeed.com?
First things first. Do not apply to any company at Indeed.com that hides their website or company information. See the graphic below. If the “Company Info ” field is blank, run away. That’s a sure sign of scammers and con artists and the lowest paying employers. Any good company will proudly describe itself.
If you try to find this missing company info on your own, you may find that no website exists and that the company posting may be operating for unknown and possibly scurrilous reasons. Some are linked to money launderers or thieves who may put you on their payroll temporarily just to get your banking information. Do not give them personal information like your resume. Don’t. And don’t expect Indeed.com to root out scammers. They don’t. They get paid by the employer, including bad employers and crooks.
Do Employers Look at Indeed Applications?
Indeed.com is a total fail. Since I was qualified for every job I applied for, it must be that I was overqualified or asking for too much money. I suspect the latter.
Indeed.com requires that you put down the hourly rate you are seeking in your profile. That rate or amount then gets put into all the applications you submit unless an employer asks otherwise. In my case, I wrote down what I started at with Infocus five years ago. I think that’s where most of my job applications ended.
Even when an employer says they pay $20 to $30 an hour (internal link), they are probably rejecting everyone who asks for, let’s use a number, $15.00 an hour or more. That would explain why and how an employer can reject applications without ever looking at them. Backing that up, my writing website traffic is near zero except for the unusual but consistent bot hits from China.
I was rejected for 17 jobs. I received only two notices which said I was not selected and only three notices that an employer had viewed my application. I asked customer support how I can be rejected when an employer never views my application. The answer was astounding.
Customer support says a viewed application notice gets sent only if an employer clicks a button on their dashboard. It’s not required by Indeed. You will never know whether an employer actually looked at your application unless you get that rare viewed application notice.
Do People Really Get Jobs Through Indeed?
Probably not. Indeed won’t say; they have never stated how many people get hired through them. They probably don’t care since it is the employer who pays them. Indeed thus requires little from the employer since the employer pays the bills.
As I have written before, Indeed leaves their site open to scam artists and to employers that pay writers as little as one cent a word. The applicant isn’t top of mind. Indeed does have excellent customer support for applicants but all of their answers dead end with the employer deciding the rules.
In The Old Days you’d send off dozens of resumes in the mail, never to hear back. Oh, you’d get a form letter rejection now and then but never a statistically significant amount. Back then, I kind of understood. To send rejection notices, an employer had to pay a secretary to stuff envelopes, label them up, and then pay postage.
Today, all an employer has to do is click a button to notify an applicant that the job seeker has been rejected. Yet they don’t bother.
To recap, Indeed’s main mission is to get more employers onboard and not to help find you a job. They don’t advertise to job applicants, they advertise to employers. Your success is not their success. You don’t pay them.
Why is Indeed So Bad?
I became so frustrated with Indeed that I went outside their system. I was rejected for a job through Indeed that matched the exact skill set I have. This was a content creation company for law firms, just like the company I worked for at the time.
I looked at that employers’ website and found a client of theirs listed as someone they had done work for. I then took a look at that client’s website. Good grief! I picked a page at random that had typos and misspellings and bad syntax. No SEO optimization apparent in the text or headings. There was absolutely no way I would permit one of my writers to turn in such garbage. I emailed my corrections and suggestions for that page to the person who supposedly ran this content creation website.
The owner responded quickly but he was mainly interested in how I found this client. He said his hiring team would contact me if they thought I was a good fit for their clients and of course they never did. I did see web traffic to my site immediately after contacting him so I know some people visited.
This is probably the best approach: use Indeed.com to see who is hiring and then hunt down the email of someone who owns or operates the company. Bypass the hiring team which is most likely two or three employees tasked with evaluating resumes. If you are good, really good, these people will probably be scared that you will eventually compete for their jobs. If they are an outside hiring agency you will stand a much better chance. They would be independent and not concerned with you as a competitor.
Is There Anything Else Going On?
Many companies are required to publicly post job openings, even if they already have someone picked for a job. This is typical. We want to give the job to Marvin who has worked with us for five years in another department, but our corporation demands we post the job opening to satisfy equal rights requirements. This is a huge part of hiring and employers will never admit to this. Posting to Indeed.com gives these companies a way to fulfill what corporate dicates. Yes, it’s a rigged game and it has been that way for forever.
How do I get Hired Through Indeed?
You’ll never get someone to review your application if they don’t want to pay a decent rate, even if they say they’ll pay twenty to thirty dollars an hour. Then again, you don’t want to work for a company like that. Keep looking at Indeed.com if desperation forces you. Or isolate hiring companies through them and then contact those companies directly. Better yet, use a different job board. Common among them all? None of them will ever say how many people get jobs through them. None of them. Again, Indeed.com is a total fail.
April 15, 2021 Update: I’m no longer tending my dedicated writing website as I have developed age related cataracts and can no longer tolerate screen time until eye surgery is carried out.
My writing website is here: https://thomasfarleywriting.com (external link)