4 Tricks To Get Better Results From Job Search Engines

jobhunt   4 Tricks To Get Better Results From Job Search EnginesTrying to find a job is hard enough, but when you’re bombarded with a flurry of online listings from search engines, it can get pretty overwhelming. Going through pages and pages of job listings gets old quickly, so how do you take control of your search and get to the bottom of it all?

Look no further than this list to help you out. It’s easy to refine your search to make it more personal and specific to your skills or needs. Save time and energy by knowing exactly where to and what to search for so that you can finally find the job you’re looking for. Let’s try to make the search engine do its job and work for you this time.

Here are 4 tricks to get better results from job search engines.

Search By Industry

First off, it’s a good idea to start by broadening your search before narrowing down your results. To do so, the job search engine site CareerBuilder has a nifty Industry Search feature.

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Simply type in a keyword like a job title or category, enter in a location, and select an industry from the comprehensive list in the drop down menu. You can also feel free to browse all of the jobs in a particular industry manually.

Search By Company

You can also search for jobs by company. CareerBuilder’s Company Search provides a huge list of companies to browse through and see if there are any openings available. Just do a quick search by entering a company name. Feel free to choose from the alphabetical listings for companies that you would like to further research, too. Each company has its own page for you to review all of the job details and information.

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Over at Yahoo HotJobs, there’s also the useful option of searching for jobs by company. This time, you can specify the location, industry, and number of employees.

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Use Advanced Job Search Engine Options

Instead of just using a website’s quick search default of merely typing in a keyword and location, try to narrow your results further by taking advantage of the advanced search option.

Take the popular Indeed job search engine, for example. When you go advanced, you can search for multiple keywords, an exact phrase, disqualify certain words, and more. You can also specify which job type or commitment (full-time, part-time, contract, etc.) you’d like, if you want jobs from only employer websites or not, and enter in a minimum salary estimate per year. As for the location of the job, you can even pin down how far you’re willing to travel.

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All of these options are easy and effective ways to refine your search for better results. Most job search engines feature them, including Juju, LinkUp, Monster (just click on “More Search Options”), and CareerBuilder. For more, check out the Top 10 Most Effective Job Search Websites.

Use Search Engine Filters

To further narrow your results, pay attention to any of the job filters available as you search. On Simply Hired for instance, there’s a bunch of filters available to get rid of all the useless listings and get straight to the point. You can filter out any old listings and just display new ones, enter in your experience, education, and much more.

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Just about every job search engine has filter options, usually displayed to the side of the listings, so take advantage of them when you can.

Do you have any tricks of your own to get better results from job search engines? Let us know in the comments.

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Nat Jay

I usually search by industry and then use advanced filters to drill down to specific openings based on the required years of experience. I tend to find more relevant listings when I follow this method… though I’m also tinkering with Twitter as an “alternative” job search engine.

Aibek

I second using Twitter for job search. It’s very common these days for small and mid-sized businesses to announce jobs on Twitter.