Finding the right job is about more than picking a career and making some money. It has a huge impact on our individual happiness and family lives. And for businesses, placing the right candidates in the right roles can mean the difference between success and failure.

In short, job search and recruitment are just too important to get wrong. So who do job seekers and employers trust most to get it right?

According to the latest Top Sources of Hire report from SilkRoad, the talent activation technology provider, the answer is clear, and it’s the same as it’s been for the past six years: Indeed.

Indeed gets jobs for more people than all other sites combined

Once, a wanted ad in the back of the newspaper was the cutting edge of recruitment tech. Then, online job boards were all the rage. Those days are long gone.

A graph showing the majority of hires made from online sources in the U.S. came from Indeed, rather than four other online job sites.
This graph (reflecting SilkRoad data) shows what percentage of external hires from online sources come from Indeed from 2012 to 2017, as compared to four other job sites: CareerBuilder, Monster, Craigslist and LinkedIn. According to the data, 65% of all U.S. hires made from online sources in 2017 could be attributed to Indeed, with percentages for each of the other four competitors hovering below 15%.  The gap has widened significantly over the course of five years — Indeed started with a 35% share in 2012, and steadily increased its lead.

According to SilkRoad, Indeed delivered 65% of all hires made in the United States from online sources in 2016, which represents a further widening of an already commanding lead.

SilkRoad bases its report on data gathered from 14 million applications, 655,000 interviews and 329,000 hires. It's the only report based on quantitative data versus qualitative surveys, so the report removes the bias associated with individual surveys. That's a huge amount of information, so let’s break the numbers down and take a closer look at what they tell us about hiring today, and how Indeed compares to other job sites in particular.

Two circle charts reflecting SilkRoad data showing that Indeed delivers significantly more hires, and significantly more interviews, than other top branded online job sources in the U.S. in 2017.
One of the two circle charts shows that 65% of hires in the U.S. from online job sources came from Indeed, as compared to all other top branded online job sources — more than two times all the other sources combined, including CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Craigslist, Monster, Glassdoor and other unspecified job boards. The other circle chart shows that 72% — nearly three-quarters — of interviews in the U.S. from online job sources came from Indeed, as compared to the same other sources. The data reflected in these charts comes from a 2017 SilkRoad report.

First, we see that Indeed is responsible for 65% of all hires from job sites: effectively twice as many as all other online sources combined, and almost six times as many as second place Careerbuilder. It’s also an increase of seven percentage points over last year’s result of 58%.

When it comes to interviews, the numbers are even more striking. In 2016, Indeed delivered nearly three quarters of all interviews from job sites in the United States — 72% in total.

That’s 2.6 times as many as all other online sources combined and more than seven times as many as LinkedIn, our closest competitor in this category. But that’s not all: These numbers are up a massive 20 percentage points from last year’s 52%.

To put these numbers in context, SilkRoad also reports that today 86% of all interviews and 72% of all hires come from online sources. Indeed has consolidated its position as the primary resource of external hires for job seekers and employers.

Thirteen years of putting job seekers first

These numbers are no accident. They are the direct result of Indeed’s philosophy of putting the job seeker first.

As Indeed SVP Paul D’Arcy puts it: “Our laser focus on job seekers and our mission of helping people get jobs delivers results for employers. Work is such an important part of people’s lives around the world, and our entire business is built around understanding this importance and matching the right employee to the right opportunity.”

For thirteen years, we at Indeed have dedicated ourselves to placing the best of human skill and advanced technology in service of that aim by meticulously gathering and organizing massive amounts of data specific to driving positive hiring outcomes.

The search engine and beyond

Data is the fuel that powers machine learning — the science of getting computers to learn without being explicitly programmed — and Indeed has the most relevant data to help job seekers find the right opportunities that ultimately lead to hires. That’s how we became the largest job search engine in the world, a place where more than 200 million people search for jobs each month and where 9.8 new ones are added every second.

Today, employers can proactively seek out candidates through our 90 million-strong resume database, while job seekers can research their next place of work on our Company Pages, which are home to 15 million reviews. Meanwhile, we continue to innovate and develop new products to fit the entire hiring cycle.

The truth is, we’re just getting started.

Now — back to work.