Googling For Jobs
February 20, 2018
Today, searching for jobs is almost exclusively done online. There is no company more synonymous with online search than Google -and for good reason. Google is by FAR the go-to search engine to find what you're seeking on the web. But with so many job sites available, most people don't think to use it as a job search tool. Some job sites may have hundreds of job listings, while some may have hundreds of thousands. Google indexes BILLIONS of web pages, so why not tap into that pool of information during your search.
Google For Jobs
In 2017, Google rolled out it's very own job search functionality to harness its search power and index relevant job listings in a nice, organized display. To use this feature, simply search for a job title in the Google search field and a blue box will appear with job listings. If your job title is unique and Google doesn't interpret it as a job search, start by typing in 'job' to get access to the job search feature and then begin your search. The Google For Jobs feature is very powerful. It aggregates and delivers relevant job postings from many online sources based on your search query.
Have you ever searched for something online (Googled) only to see page after page of results that aren't relevant? Google is always refining its search algorithm to improve this, but there is a way to control the results on your own. Boolean search queries are those that use search 'operators' to provide very specific instructions to the search engine so that the results are filtered accordingly.
Let's say you're searching for Account Manager positions, in the finance industry, that allow you to work from home. You know how to explain that logically, but your search string will need to include multiple types of operators to make the search specific.
Quotation marks: If you place quotation marks around a phrase, it tells the search engine only to return results that include that phrase ,rather than results with either word or in any order. Examples: "Account Manager" "financial services". Placed within quotations, the results will only include the phrases "Account Manager" and "financial services" The results may not necessarily be job listings though, so let's keep filtering...
AND/OR: You want to indicate that you are searching for job listings, so including phrases that would typically be in a job posting can help refine the search: "currently seeking" OR "requirements include" OR "apply online" OR "submit your resume". Notice the capital OR between the phrases? This tells the search engine that the results can include any of the phrases - not necessarily all of the phrases. Be sure to capitalize AND/OR to distinguish them as search operators.
Perhaps you want to continue to filter the search results with additional terms or phrases. "Work from home" OR "remote" OR "telecommute" OR "virtual position". Adding another layer of search phrases will refine the results even further.
So, now you're seeing some relevant results but many look outdated. Simply click on Google's 'Tools' button, located under the search field, and change the results date from 'any time' to 'past month' or 'past week'.
Minus sign (-): Okay, now you want to eliminate results that are throwing off the search. Perhaps you are seeing listings from Indeed.com. You're already using Indeed.com separately, so you want to remove those results from the Google search. Just add a minus sign directly before the search term (no space) to eliminate any results that include that word. Example: -indeed.com. The minus sign is equivalent to NOT.
This example is just one demonstration to show you how you can control and refine the search results in Google to expand your online job search. A best practice is to start broad and apply filters as necessary based on the results that you're seeing.
Boolean search operators can be used on some job search websites as well, such as Indeed.com. It can be time consuming and its not for everyone, but hopefully it will help you refine searches and find hidden job postings or more obscure employment opportunities.