Spring has sprung - refresh your job search with Indeed.com

Posted: May 6, 2011

Indeed is a job search site I was recently introduced to by a student. Much like DirectEmployers, the opening page has simple search criteria: “What” and “Where” followed by the “Find Jobs” button to launch the search. There’s also an “Advanced Job Search” link which allows you to refine your search with keywords, job type, geographical preference, etc. If you have specific geographical interests, this section lets you to search jobs within a chosen radius of particular city. For example, you can search for jobs within a 50-mile radius of Columbus. (Note: If you use the advanced search--“Show jobs of type”--section to look for full-time or internship positions, be sure to try the basic search agent as well to make sure you’re seeing all relevant results.)

Below are a few suggestions of search terms and “key words” (yes, try your search terms in quotation marks to narrow results):


  • mechanical engineering intern

  • “chemical engineering” + co-op

  • civil engineer – or – “civil engineer”


Tips on search terms:

  • “Engineer” will likely turn up results for full-time job positions for those who’ve earned their degrees

  • Do not limit search terms to only your major name. For example, a Civil Engineering major with an interest in Structural Engineering should also try using “structural” as a search term. Those with specific interests (i.e. “energy systems”) should also test those terms for potential search results


At the bottom of the results page, there might be a “Related Searches” link for other search suggestions to expand your application options. For example, a search for civil engineering intern brought up results for structural positions in this section.

When looking through the search results, note that some jobs may be posted on the employer’s actual website or may be pulled from other online job boards. Please see the prior ECS Job Blog topic “Avoid Job Search Scams” for tips on avoiding application issues on commercial job boards.

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
-John Ruskin


Authored by Jena Pugh.