Job Search Site Testing Resume Uploads

Job search site Indeed confirmed it is beta testing resume uploads, but is otherwise mum about the details.

“We have been beta testing allowing users to upload their resume,” Indeed CEO Paul Forster said in an email. “That is all I can say at this point.”

Jason Davis of first tweeted the news this morning.

Until now, Forster’s site, like its competitor, has indexed job postings from corporate career sites and job boards, including all the majors. Many of them, in fact, provide a daily feed of their listings, finding the two sites a valuable — and free — source of traffic.

Indeed ranks 3rd in the U.S. in traffic; SimplyHired is 4th. The leaders are CareerBuilder and Monster. However, with 13.1 million unique visitors in January, according to comScore, Indeed had more than twice the traffic of HotJobs, which is now part of Monster.

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That makes it a formidable player, although both job search sites have scrupulously avoided head-on competition with traditional job boards. Until now, neither has accepted resumes. And both have stayed away from the usual job board pay-to-post business model, offering a pay-per-click premium service.

As a result, many job boards not only provide their listings to Indeed and SimplyHired, some of them are also among their better customers, buying positions on the sites for select ads to drive traffic.

In response to my question about whether this resume beta test changes the relationship with job boards, Forster commented:

I’m not aware of any feedback from job boards on this. We have always seen job boards as partners and don’t see that changing for any reason. We provide job boards with a lot of free, organic traffic and many of them are sponsoring their jobs with us to drive additional traffic. We also enable job boards to display our sponsored jobs as backfill to their own jobs, which improves the job search experience for their users and generates revenue for them.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

You can contact him here.


9 Comments on “Job Search Site Testing Resume Uploads

  1. Both and are not free anymore. My job board at was using as backfill and enjoying free listings on the board. That suddenly stopped when I was not willing to enroll in a cost per click program guaranteeing a minimum of $600.00 to them a month.
    A resent discussion with SimplyHired asked for a minimum of $1,000 per month on a cost per click basis.
    Quality counts and I have worked for two years to bring the most and the best “Nursing Only” jobs to my website.

    The quality I find nurses looking for is to click on an abbreviated ad and quickly get to the source ad that has the complete job offering and a simple click to apply or get further information. Candidates dislike being asked for their email and sometimes even their resume just to see an ad for the job they may have an interest in.

    I find less of these “forced” ads and less dead ads and less duplication of ads with my current backfill agent. I believe this agent may very well have the most timely and legitimate ads and overall quantity of aggregated ads – at least for the nursing community.

    The industry has many job boards offering “free postings” that force the candidate to upload their resume to see the postings. These resume gatherers have so cheapened an online resume to the point that they have no value to an employer.

    I believe the trend for employers is to only seek fresh candidates whenever an opening exists. The market for a clean site for any trade still exists and will win over the “Jack and Jill” of all trades sites. Especially a clean site versus the clutter many have. One site I just reviewed has nine tabs with an average of seven sub categories followed by seven tabs in the body of the first page.

    Clean is good – ask Google.

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