The job board Indeed is one of the most well-known job boards for finding online applications. But there are things about it that should leave job seekers wanting to use other job boards. We explain the reasons to avoid Indeed and the reasons why you should use other job boards.
Indeed should be avoided for 5 simple reasons
- Employers do not have to pay to use it. Anyone can post anything.
- Job seekers use the site for free, too. Anyone can apply to anything.
- Fake or expired job applications.
- Spam invites to apply for jobs that do not match resumes.
- Sponsored jobs that only appear higher in searches due to the amount paid by the employer.
Ultimately, as a job seeker, you are using website with very low accountability, screening, or quality control. Since Indeed is absolutely free to post jobs, hiring managers often post 2, 3, even 5 of the same job while testing out different titles and job descriptions to entice the applicants. Even though this job site may have “more jobs posted than any other job board in the world”, the numbers do not make it easier to get hired. In fact, it makes it more difficult. You will spend countless hours applying to duplicate jobs only to become discouraged with your efforts.
Use these job boards instead
Why are these job boards better?
LinkedIn, Glassdoor, and ZipRecruiter all cost the employer money to post job opportunities. This cuts down on the amount of fake, expired, and duplicate job listings. “Fake” job listings come in forms of advertisements for other job listing sites or jobs posted simply to advertise a new startup.
Websites like the TheLadders cost money for both the job seeker and employer. If you are an executive or manager, TheLadders is a great website. You do not deal with hundreds of competing applications. You do not see entry-level, low paying work. The website cuts out the not-so-serious users by having them pay. And in the process, provides a higher quality service.
At the end of the day, it comes down to “quality assurance” caused by asking people to show how serious they are about their openings by asking them to pay. Some may not agree with that business model but in the end, it makes finding work much easier.