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indeed usa I have never received a job offer through any social job sites. Moreover, I don’t think I have ever received an interview through Indeed, Dice, Monster, indeed usa Careerbuilder, etc. I have come close through LinkedIn and at the very least referred a friend to an opportunity that was posted which she, fortunately, was able to land. But in my experience, which has been close to 20 years, indeed usa (Cybersecurity, IS/IT) social job sites are dead-end resume collectors.

Talent Acquisition managers and internal recruiters usually use these job search engines as a way to test out the local market and get a feel for candidates. As someone mentioned, there are no filters or restrictions for submitting a resume to a job posting on a job site. Indeed and LinkedIn does not screen a candidate although they now have begun to add criteria questions that help weed out a good chunk of the demographic. But for most, it’s a generic entry to submitting a resume. And anyone can do it. Indeed and LinkedIn also have ‘easy apply’ which functionally makes it simpler for the candidate to submit. You basically pre-load your resume and send with a click of the button. But on the flip, it’s shooting darts in the dark. A candidate can send endless resumes for a position, hoping to find one which sticks but usually doesn’t.

In my opinion, the best approach to finding a new role that has worked for me consistently is three-fold:

  1. External Recruiters—no matter how much you may think a middle man or woman representing you is not fairly reflective of your work experience they are your ticket for a potential opportunity. Many mid-sized to large companies have expenses allocated towards external (third party) recruiter fees. They realize that a lot of the work has to be done with regards to screening new and potential candidates on the front end and can provide the recruiters with a list of prerequisites, requirements, and preferences. That saves them a lot of time, hassle, and work as they now get to deal with candidates who more than likely will be qualified. Depending on your industry, find a handful of placement agencies/staff consulting services and network. Let them know you’re searching for new roles. Even if it’s entry-level, a recruiter is going to know about roles at a company before it hits the job sites. They usually have relationships with them which give them the edge. The best thing is if you build a connection with them, they will be constantly scouring new roles for you even if you’re not looking, which ironically seems to be the best time to land a new role.
  2. Apply directly on the company’s website—if you find a job opening that matches your interest and qualifications on any one of the social job sites, go directly to the company’s website and apply. This bypasses a lot of the hurdles that you would get from a site like Monster and places your resume with the appropriate personnel, or internal recruiters. It’s much more direct and effective.
  3. Email internal recruiters directly—this is a bit more difficult but has become a lot more prevalent. If you’ll notice on LinkedIn, there are many jobs which are posted—but some are actually posted by Internal recruiters such as HR. Their name, email address, sometimes phone numbers are all provided for you. That is your best opening as you can be assured that your resume is going directly to the person who is working to fill a role. Provide a cover letter, be personal by addressing them by name and send. 9 out of 10 times the HR recruiter will thank you for submitting which helps significantly.

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