Indeed is one of the largest online job boards. It’s better than other job boards like ZipRecruiter and LinkedIn Jobs for current and aspiring remote workers because it tags positions as either Remote or Work at Home. Other major job boards do not.
Here’s how remote positions appear on Indeed:
Each tag means the same thing: that you don’t have to go into an office to work.
Sometimes, the companies will let you work in other time zones, even in other continents. For instance, I’ve had some remote jobs that allowed me to work from anywhere in the world and others that said I had to be located in the United States.
Both opportunities exist on Indeed and, during your interviews, you should ask for details about what “remote” exactly means. But before you get those interviews, you need to get your Indeed account set up and optimized.
In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to do that, and how to find and apply to remote jobs on Indeed.
Setting up your Indeed Account
Before finding and applying to remote jobs on Indeed, first you need to create and/or optimize your account on Indeed.
If you already have an account, log in, click your username in the top-right corner of Indeed, and select Resume. Then, skip to the next section of this post.
If you don’t already have an account, click the Upload Your Resume link in the top-right corner of Indeed.
Two options will come up. You can either upload your resume or build your resume. Select the latter option.
To create an Indeed resume, you’ll have to create an account by entering your email address.
After you enter your email address, you’ll arrive on a page that says you need to confirm your email.
Open your email inbox and click on the email you received from Indeed.
Click the button that says Verify email address.
After confirming your email address, you’ll arrive on an Indeed page asking you to create a password.
After you create your password, you’ll arrive on a page that says Create an Indeed Resume.
Fill out all of the information and, at the bottom of the page, select Public under the section about privacy settings. This will allow hiring managers to easily find and contact you on Indeed.
Click Next at the bottom of the page and continue working through the steps, adding your education and work experience.
For each position you add under Work Experience, add a one-sentence description of the company, followed by your major accomplishments in bullet point form.
You should start each accomplishment with a verb and try to supplement each accomplishment with a number.
Here’s what mine looks like:
When you’re finished adding jobs to the Work Experience section, click Next.
Select Contract and Full Time under the Desired Job Types section.
Note: Some full-time remote jobs are listed as contract. The last full-time remote job I had was technically a contract position. Many companies do this for tax purposes. It also lets them hire people from all around the world.
Check the box that says I am willing to relocate and then click the button that says Anywhere.
Fill out the rest of the information on the page as you see fit.
Click Next when you’re done.
You should arrive on this page where you can add new information to your Indeed resume and edit existing information.
Optimizing Your Indeed Resume
The reason you need a resume specifically for Indeed is because you can apply directly through Indeed for some remote positions.
Positions you can apply for directly will say Apply with your Indeed Resume under them.
Applying directly through Indeed makes the application process very easy, but, in order to make the process effective, your Indeed resume has to be filled out completely with the right information.
At this point, you should have already filled in important information like work experience.
As I mentioned before, for each position you should have one sentence describing the company you worked at and a few bullet points listing major accomplishments. That is all.
In my experience, this is what hiring managers want. Hard facts, no fluff, to the point. (You can see how I fill out job descriptions on my LinkedIn profile.)
When you’re confident that the Work Experience section is filled out appropriately, click the edit button in the Profile box on your resume page.
Create a headline that says what you do for companies. Then create a one-sentence summary that elaborates on your headline and mentions that you work — or want to work — remotely. Make it similar to mine, but relevant to what you do.
Fill in the other boxes with your personal information, then click Save Profile.
Now make sure the information in the Desired Job, Work Experience, and Education boxes are accurate.
For the Skills box, add 5 to 10 skills that are relevant to your profession. Select your experience level (in years) for each skill.
In the Additional Information box, write a paragraph about what makes you original. Be sure to include the name of your desired position in the paragraph to help hiring managers find you.
(In the screenshot below, notice how I include the term “content marketer” in my Additional Information paragraph, which is the position I’m seeking.)
If you have any online presence that relates to your profession like a portfolio, professional website, blog, or online projects, click +Links in the Add Section box.
Add any other sections if you can. For instance, if you published a cool article online, click Publications, and if you served in the military, click Military Service. This information will be featured toward the bottom of your Indeed resume.
Here’s what the bottom of my resume looks like:
Note: When applying to jobs through Indeed, you’ll be asked to include a cover letter. If your cover letter is weak, all this work is for nothing. If you’re not confident in your cover letter, I show you how to create one that works on Day 2 of this 7-day email course that shows you how to get a full-time remote job. It’s based on the same approach I used to land three remote jobs in my career.
Finding Remote Jobs on Indeed
Finding remote jobs on Indeed is simple.
In the search bar at the top of Indeed, enter your desired position in the what field and remote in the where field.
This is what my search bar looked like when I was applying to content marketer positions:
When you have that filled out, click Find Jobs.
Now, before going any further, click the envelope link in the right sidebar to set up daily email alerts for new remote jobs in your field.
You should see a message appear that says Job alerts active. (You can click on that message to edit your email notification settings.)
Now, go through all of the search results on Indeed and, for all the positions that sound interesting and relevant to your profession, click the save job link.
For now, don’t apply. Just click that save job link.
Perform searches for other job titles related to your profession, not forgetting to add alerts for each job title / keyword.
Try to find and save at least 10 jobs related to your profession before you begin applying.
Applying to Remote Jobs on Indeed
In the top-right corner of Indeed, click your email address, and in the dropdown menu select My Jobs.
You’ll see a list of all the jobs you saved.
The positions you can apply to with your Indeed resume are marked with Easily Apply in orange. Apply to these positions first.
After you apply to all of them, apply to the other positions. When you click the Apply Now button, you’ll be directed to the company’s site that’s hiring.
When you return to Indeed after applying, you’ll see this:
If you applied, click Yes and the job will be moved to the Applied folder that you can access in the left-hand sidebar.
If you didn’t apply but are still interested, click Maybe Later and the position will stay in your Saved folder.
If you aren’t interested in the job anymore after visiting the company’s site, click Not Interested.
Note: Indeed has an awesome funnel system for keeping track of your remote job hunt, but if you want to create your own job tracking sheet, you can use this Google Sheet template. It helps to organize your remote job search across many different job boards.
And that’s about all there is to it.
If you apply to a job through Indeed and attract the interest of the hiring manager, you’ll receive an email and a message in your Indeed mailbox.
Continue to repeat the job search process detailed above, check the job alerts you get from Indeed, and fine tune your cover letter. If you do this, you’ll get an interview soon.
To discover some more ways to find and apply to remote jobs after you’re done scouring Indeed, check out the 7-day remote job course I created.