Update your CV on Indeed? Here’s why your employer can be notified


Indeed is one of the most popular job search platforms available, with millions of users visiting it every month. But after reviewing some reports, it turns out that Indeed may accidentally notify your employer when you update your CV.

Here, we’ll see when Indeed can notify your employer about changes to your CV and why it happens.

To note: It is essential to stress that this is not an intentional Indeed feature, but rather a by-product of another feature and user error. This will also only happen under specific circumstances, as we will explain below.

How does Indeed notify employers of CV updates?

One of the features of Indeed for employers is the notification of candidates. This feature certainly seems completely harmless at first, but it can have unintended fallouts.

As part of Indeed’s notifications to employers about applicants for all open positions, the job search site updates companies hiring on applicants. like when they update their CV.


Screenshot of Indeed's employer dashboard

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If employers do not change the status of applicants to Hiring on the platform, they will continue to receive these notifications because the platform assumes the role is still open. Of course, whether or not an employer marks a candidate as Hiring after using them, it can vary – it is certainly the case that some do not.

As a result of these ongoing notifications, your current employer may receive notifications when you update your resume in your current position. Understandably, some people are good at administration and can update their CVs for their records, but this can lead to awkward conversations at work.

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Why does Indeed have this notification feature?

Right now, you might be wondering why Indeed would even have this feature with this accidental byproduct. The feature is handy and may even help you get roles in the future.

Employers want vacant positions filled as quickly as possible. And even more so when an employer spends money on recruiting and job postings. In addition, potential employees want to find a job as quickly as possible, whether it is to leave their current position or to re-enter the world of work.

Screenshot of Indeed's notification

Image credits: Indeed

Indeed’s notification feature can be very helpful in this recruitment process. For example, when an employer mistakenly neglects someone for the job, or a candidate obtains an additional qualification that will help them in the job for which they just applied.

In these cases, the notification that the candidate has updated their CV may prompt the employer to reconsider. This increases the chances of hiring for that person, which is beneficial for everyone involved.

Should employers be informed of CV changes?

So, while we’ve established why the notification feature can be useful for everyone involved, should Indeed notify employers of resume changes?

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The answer becomes a bit complicated. As we have seen, these notifications are not intended for your current employer, but rather for potential employers for the positions you have applied for. Unfortunately, Indeed only sends these notifications to current employers due to employer error – and Indeed can’t help it.

Contacting Indeed, the company explained that the feature is not designed to generate employee reports:

Indeed’s mission is to help people find jobs. We put job seekers first in everything we do, and protecting their privacy is of the utmost importance. Indeed does not provide information to an employer about the job search activity of its employees.

If a job seeker chooses to make their CV public on Indeed, an employer can access that person’s publicly available CV. When a job seeker applies for an employer’s vacant position, they can take advantage of Indeed’s recruiting solutions to manage the position of candidates in the employer’s recruitment process.

It’s pretty clear that Indeed doesn’t voluntarily report employees, but it can have career implications for you. Employers are certainly responsible for using Indeed properly, but perhaps the company and Indeed can do more to prevent this accidental problem.

Be careful when applying for new positions

Indeed remains a great option for your job search, so don’t let this accidental consequence stop you from using the powerful platform.

But just in case your employer isn’t using Indeed properly and receives these notifications, be careful when applying for new positions.

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