Our Review of Two Job Search Sites: Indeed and Seek
Updated: May 7, 2022
Ten years ago, Seek was the dominant platform in the Australian online job board industry. Jobseekers approached Seek in droves to apply for jobs, and employers paid to advertise their jobs to get in front of thousands of people all over Australia.
Fast forward to today, and Seek is still very popular. However, there are now other rising online job boards that are gaining traction. One of these is Indeed.
Here in Australia, job seekers are presented with several job search websites to apply for work. See Suggested sites for job seekers. However, two of the biggest job search websites frequently visited by job seekers from all industries and backgrounds are Indeed and Seek.
Both sites are easy to use and provide job seekers with the facility to create an online profile, which they can use to attach their resumes and cover letters as they apply for jobs. There is no shortage of jobs advertised on both platforms. Some employers may choose to advertise on one or the other or both.
OUR REVIEW OF SEEK
We love Seek's comprehensiveness and ease of use. For example, the site allows you to sort jobs based on pay, location and industry. You can even refine your search by using keywords. Their website also looks great, and it is clean and sharp. Nothing is complicated to understand. Anyone can learn to use and take advantage of Seek's many functions and resources for job seekers and employers alike.
It's not just professional and high-level jobs advertised on Seek. You can also apply for more general positions, such as a dishwasher or cleaner. We think that's great because not everyone is after a $100K+ job. Seek is open to jobs that pay low to high.
OUR REVIEW OF INDEED
Indeed is easy to use, and you can refine your search right down to company. We really like this function because you can narrow your search down to the employers you want to work for. Indeed also allows you to narrow your search to education level. That's really handy, especially if you don't want to be applying for jobs that you are not qualified to do.
We especially like how Indeed allows you to search for jobs based on the radius of where you live. So, if you only want to work in a job that's within a 5km radius from your home, you have that option.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE FROM BOTH PLATFORMS?
What we think would be helpful to job seekers is to have the option to exclude recruitment agencies so that you can apply to employers advertising directly. Recruitment agents tend to have so many shortlisting stages that job seekers can find frustrating.
SHOULD YOU USE BOTH PLATFORMS OR STICK TO ONE?
We strongly suggest that job seekers use both platforms as part of their job search efforts. Seek and Indeed are powerful job search tools that people can use to help them explore and apply for jobs in their field.