The Truth About Indeed And Online Applications

The Truth About Indeed And Online Applications

The truth about Indeed, is that it is some country located in New York, or Los Angeles, feeding me great high quality leads all of the time, right?

Well, no. It is based in rural Ireland. Perhaps stolen off a creator for almost nothing, or perhaps originally started in rural Ireland, the workings of the most used job site in the world, is still just in rural Ireland.

I mean rural Ireland is shady, to say the least. One can imagine anyone in that area lying, edging on breaking the rules… just to get by. And there is an employment company, making moves to balance a large budget, while our lives do depend on them.

Perhaps that is just the site of their communications and customer service teams, as Indeed was bought by Recruit Holdings, a company in Japan, years ago. This Non-US, Asian company, is exactly like other Asian companies that have no interest in North Americans as people, but only as spenders. They care about the business, and the numbers, nothing else. Ireland would be probably the cheapest place to obtain English-speaking labour, and they have no special knowledge of this marketplace.

As you might expect, Recruit lists hundred of offices for Indeed. So while you may be doing business in a U.S. city, the labor to present that product, like a clothing company, came from a much poorer, and more much more disinterested  country.

While it is certainly not a fiduciary relationship, the amount of bills Indeed has, like employees, web development, advertising, are obviously astonishing. Given most companies, from start-ups, to mid-range companies, do not make a profit, there is no way Indeed is not a company that needs to make tough decision from an economic standpoint, and not an egalitarian one.

One time I received almost ten emails a day from ‘recruiters’ on Indeed. Hi, the email said, I saw your profile on Indeed and you would be perfect for this job. And here is the list of a decent job, very similar to something you applied for, and maybe it is that job you wanted to apply to, but seemed a little out of the range of your experience.

Though if you look into it, it was really indeed themselves, frantically encouraging you to apply to more and more postings. It was not an outside recruiter, it was not someone that noticed you. IT was someone working in their office. What does it mean for someone to see you on Indeed? That does mean the opposite of someone working there going through user profiles.

And you may think, I noticed something about that, I had turned off making my profile searchable. You may have thought there was something about employees of Indeed being able to view it, and contact you with recommendations. Then all of the sudden, you noticed that’s switched on, and they’re contacting you over and over. There has been random strangers going over your resume, and your personal information, and they haven’t really been able to say to you you will get this job.

Do you at all see what I am getting at? When a company is using aggressive email marketing, you are one of a million targets. So… when you go to apply to a job, you may not have the heads up a lot of people have seen it and even been recommended to it. They’ve even applied to it. You’re results are not going to be what you expected at all. 

The result is that you find, when you applied to the local drugstore, you were one of one thousand applicants. You were sure to be screened out, just by way of no one getting to your application. And just remember if you step in the store, you’ll still have to apply, and it turns out there are already one thousand applicants who went through the application process. They had probably written a careful cover letter, and provided references in order to secure employment. The experience is similar other places. You may have applied to be an administrative assistant, or an accountant at a nice-sounding firm, and found yourself to be one of three hundred to four hundred applications.

Do you all get the feeling you didn’t know what you were doing reading this? Perhaps you had. So why use Indeed, when there are other well-known job sites?

One problem is cross referencing. Job sites will pay people to notice jobs on other sites that they don’t have available and get them on their site. So, you may have already applied to almost every job.

Further indeed has one of the most thorough lists of job opportunities, and other sites have thinner numbers. They rely on AI recommendations to select jobs right for you, and show those to you instead. Although these companies are as rich as Indeed, they have had fewer opportunities. And although you may feel recommended to this job, it is likely you were just one of ten thousand applicants.

What we go up against outside of the companies is online fraud. One other jobs sites list nearly as many as Indeed, and that is LinkedIn. In fact, you can just submit your LinkedIn profile as an application. You could apply to ten in ten minutes. But there are too many people out there with more connections with you, and more credentials than you. IN fact, the ease with which you can add credentials to your LinkedIn profile, that do not need to be verified, is nearly ludicrous. There will be no verification process whatsoever. It happens every single day that people with fake credentials are building fake verification through making connections on the web page. After using the program a while, and searching through it, you can find five or six profiles, of people with different names, that say they work as a manager at the same Walmart, in some instances.

So what do you do? You could just keep applying. Though the other option is to go with the way of old, it is to get a favor from someone you know. To get a job, you have to know somebody. Connections. There may be flaws to this method as well, but hey, get off your computer. Stop being a zombie. Go reconnect with a friend. You may find a job out of that, long before you have applied to thousands of positions online.

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