Should You Upload Your Resume on Sites like Indeed? (+ Privacy Tips)

Dec 30, 2019

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Written by Caitlin Proctor

Career Expert, ZipJob

An average of 250 resumes are sent for a single opening. See how Zipjob uses professional writers and technology to get your resume noticed.

Many online job boards like Indeed allow you to upload your resume online. This allows recruiters and hiring managers browsing resumes on these job boards to reach out to you directly. Many of these sites also allow you to simply apply for a job with one click as long as you have a resume uploaded. So should you be uploading your resume to online job boards?

We’ll tell you everything you need to know when it comes to posting your resume online including how to keep your personal information safe.

Should I upload my resume to job boards? 

Yes!

You should be uploading your resume to online job boards as many hiring managers and recruiters search these sites for qualified candidates.

Most job search sites allow you to upload your resume. You would typically do this when registering for an account.

Should you upload your resume to job boards

Sites like Indeed charge employers a fee to browse through their pool of resumes. They also allow you to quickly apply for jobs with one click once your resume is uploaded.

Note: you should be careful using a resume builder tools like the Indeed resume builder. They are not optimized for ATS systems and the formats aren’t eye catching.

Is my information safe? 

Most sites will allow to choose whether you want your resume to be public. If you don’t want your resume to be viewed by just anyone, do your research to see exactly who will be able to access it.

Most sites (like Indeed) will block out your street address along with your email and phone number which will be visible only to employers you apply or respond to.

Let’s go into more detail about uploading your resume to Indeed.

Once you upload your resume to Indeed, you will have the option of making your resume either public or private.

Remember that if you do make your resume private, it won’t be visible to employers. Unless you don’t want anyone to know you’re searching for a job, we suggest making it public so hiring managers could reach out to you. Also remember that your information (address, email and phone) are not shared publicly.

You shouldn’t even be including your full address on a resume in the USA–only your city, state, and zip code.

How to make your resume private on Indeed:

If you go to the “resume” section in your Indeed account, there are two options:

How to Make your Resume Private on Indeed

You would simply select either public or private.

What the public and private options mean on Indeed:

Public Resume:

“Your resume will be visible to anyone, in accordance with our terms. Your phone number and email address are only provided to employers you apply or respond to. Your street address is visible only to you.”

Private Resume:

“Your resume is not visible. Employers cannot find your resume, but you can attach it when you apply to a job.”

3 tips for posting your resume to job boards

1. Only post your resume to reputable sites

Don’t just go around posting your resume to dozens of sites; you will run the risk of your information getting out to spammers. There are only a handful of sites you should be posting your resume to.

These include:

  • LinkedIn (here’s how)
  • Glassdoor
  • Monster
  • Indeed
  • Ziprecruiter
  • Careerbuilder

Read more: our list of the top sites to post your resume on.

2. Check the terms

Check to see exactly who will have access to your resume before you post it. You really don’t want to give millions of people access to your information. Check each site’s terms or FAQ page for details. You should contact support if you’re unable to locate the exact terms.

3. Don’t expect much

Don’t think that you should stop applying for jobs once your resume is posted. The chances of actually landing a job by simply posting your resume are slim. You should be actively applying to as many jobs as you’re qualified for.

Summary

Uploading your resume to online job boards could be effective–just make sure that your personal information is protected and only available to an employer you either apply or respond to. The last thing you want is hundreds of spam emails when you’re searching for a job. Only upload your resume to reputable sites that are actually used by hiring managers and recruiters.

An average of 250 resumes are sent for a single opening. See how Zipjob uses professional writers and technology to get your resume noticed.

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