Monday, January 9, 2012

An Insider’s Guide to Power Job Searching on the Internet

 If you have been searching for new career opportunities on one of the many job boards sites that are out there, you may want to try a search engine power search.  Searching for new opportunities using a search engine is not perfect, but it may help you to ferret out opportunities that you may have overlooked. The Google search engine has been used in the instructions that follow, but many other search engines work equally well.

Step One:
Go to Google.com

Step Two:
If you are looking for work in a particular city [recommended], type the following information in the search bar.
“Your City” + “Title of the job you seek” + “Job”, then click to search for your results. 

It is likely that you will have thousands of opportunities listed, so you will need to narrow down the number of results. 

Step Three:
The number of results can be narrowed down by clicking on the ‘Advanced Search’ link, which is located just below the Google Search button.

Step Four:
Look under the column on the left of the page.  Scroll down and click on the  “More Search Tools” button.  You will now see a button called “Anytime”.  Once you click on the ‘Anytime’ button, you will be able to narrow your search by the following increments, ‘Past Hour’, ‘Past 24 Hours’, ‘Past Week’, ‘Past Month’,  ‘Past Year’ or ‘Custom Range’

Step Five:
You can now click on the links that seem relevant. Remember, it is likely that you will get back some junk, but, after using this search method a few times you will probably find some new and relevant listings from local companies that have posted their jobs on their corporate websites.

Good Luck!

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