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Lesson 2: Creating Your Indeed Resume

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Creating your Indeed resume

Even if you already have a resume that you really like, you should consider creating an Indeed resume as well. Indeed resumes are automatically formatted, easy to edit, and allow potential employers to find you, instead of the other way around. Plus, when you apply for a job, you will always have the option to submit your Indeed resume or any other resume that you choose. 

In this lesson, you'll learn how to create an Indeed resume that will get noticed by potential employers. To learn more about resume writing in general, look at our lessons on resume writing.

Watch the video below to learn how to create an Indeed resume.

Getting started with your Indeed resume

To start working on your Indeed resume, click the profile icon in the top-right, and choose Resume.

clicking resume

Depending where you are in the sign-up process, you might be walked through the process step by step, or you might be sent to the resume page shown below. Either way, you will always be able to edit your resume from this page. 

the resume page


If you are using the Indeed mobile app instead of a computer, the screen is going to look different, but you should still have all of the same options.

Personal information

The first section is personal information. This is where you can add your contact information and say a little bit about who you are. Click the pencil icon to open the editor.

clicking to edit personal info

The Headline and Summary sections are optional, but they can be a good way to quickly introduce yourself to employers. Both fields should be specific to the job you are applying for, so you might want to update these fields every time you apply for a job.

Think of the Headline as a way to show your qualifications in as short a space as possible.

typing a headline

The Summary can be a bulleted list, or a short paragraph that highlights more of your relevant skills and experiences.

typing a summary

Take your time filling out the rest of the form. Be sure to read every question carefully, answer them truthfully, and double-check your responses for any typos.

filling out the rest of the form

It's a good idea to add a phone number if you have one.

adding a phone number

When you're done, click Save

clicking save

Work experience

The next section is work experience. To add a new job, click the plus sign (+) icon.

clicking to add work experience

Indeed doesn't require that you fill out every field, but it is best practice to do so.

filling out work fields

The Description field is where you get to sell yourself to potential employers, so don't miss this opportunity! Be specific and focus on your achievements. Use lists to make it easier for hiring managers to read your resume. Always proofread your writing. Remember, employers have a lot of resumes to look at, so even small typos might give them a reason to say no!

typing a description

When you've finished adding a job, click Save.

clicking save

Click the pencil icon next to any existing job to make edits. 

clicking the pencil to edit work experiences

Click the plus sign icon to add another job. You don't have to list every job you've ever had, but Indeed recommends including at least two if you can. 

adding second work experience

Education

The next section asks about your educational background. Click the plus sign icon to add an entry.

adding educational experience

From the first drop-down menu, select the education level that you have completed. You can choose Custom to add GED, apprenticeship, or other educational experience.

selecting education level

Take your time to fill in the rest of the fields, as a more complete resume will attract more attention.

filling out the rest of the education fields

When you're done, click Save.

clicking save

Skills

Based on your resume, Indeed might recommend some skills to add. If it does, you can click a skill to add it. It's important to be honest, and only add skills that you actually have.

clicking on a skill

Once a skill is added, click the pencil icon next to it to add your experience level.

clicking to edit skill level

To add more skills, click the plus sign icon.

clicking to add a new skill

Type the name of the skill and enter your experience level. When you're done, click Save.

clicking save

Additional Fields

The sections above cover the heart of your Indeed resume, but you can add additional content if it's relevant to the job that you are seeking. 

  • Certifications or Licenses: Depending on the type of job that you are seeking, this field might or might not be important. For example, some jobs might require you to have a driver's license.
    certifications
  • Additional Information: This is a great place to add pieces that don't fit anywhere else, such as volunteer experience.
    additional information
  • Assessments: You can take tests to prove your skill in certain areas. Learn more in our lesson on Indeed Assessments.
    indeed assessments
  • Add more sections: Indeed lets you add even more fields to your resume, such as links, military service, and more. 
    add more sections

Additional options and features

Resume Privacy Settings

The Resume Privacy Settings let you choose whether you want your resume to be searchable by employers.

making resume private

If you decide to make your resume private, employers won’t be able to find you, but you will still be able to submit your resume with your applications.

Downloading your resume

Downloading your resume makes it easier to proofread your work, and it allows you to share your Indeed resume with employers who don't use the Indeed platform.

To download your resume, click Download resume.

clicking download resume

Next, choose the template that you like.

choosing a template

Then, click Download resume.

clicking to confirm download

The About me tab

You can enter even more information about yourself by clicking the About me tab near the top of the screen.

clicking the about me tab

From this tab you can add information about yourself and what kind of job you are looking for. Indeed says that filling out this information helps them match you with job opportunities. For example, indicating that you are Ready to work lets employers know that you can start immediately.

clicking ready to work

Creating a resume is hard, so take your time and don't be afraid to ask for help from friends or professionals. For more guidance, take a look at our Resume Writing tutorial.

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