The process of job searching has changed drastically in the last couple of years. Most job seekers will use job boards like; Indeed, CareerBuilder, Monster, LinkedIn or one of the other 100’s of websites. Feedback from these individuals is they get minimal replies or get replies from their on-line profile that are not a good fit.
A common source of anything on-line, including jobs searching is Google. This search article is written based on Google as your browser. I personally used this process in my own search. Here is what we will be doing. Companies that have job openings will place it in their job/career section of their website. Many will wait before posting the job on any job board. The result is when you search using job board websites you are missing these positions.
I will be explaining how to use Boolean search technique with Google to find these positions. It is a longer process you will improve with practice and speed. I am confident you will be amazed by the results.
First the explanation of what we are using.
AND is the simplest function to apply. Any search terms that follow an AND command must appear in the result. For example engineer AND “senior developer.”
OR provides options into a search. Usage of the OR command allows you to create a list of possibilities for which only one match is important. For example, the following search phrase would give you results that contain one or more of the stated words: hospitality OR catering.
(-) is the command of exclusion. If there are closely related terms that mean very different things, then usage of the – command is extremely valuable. An example could be as follows: architect – “software architect”. We will also be using – to exclude job board websites. An example of this is – CareerBuilder – Indeed – Monster.
“” quotation marks are used to capture a phrase that is to be kept intact, in the precise word order stated. Not using “” around a phrase will mean that each word is treated separately, usually with an assumed AND in between each one. For example, store manager would give results that contain ‘store‘ and ‘manager, but not necessarily in the same sentence or paragraph!
“store manager” would give results that only contain the phrase ‘store manager‘
( ) brackets is essential for complex search strings, and it can be their application that causes the most confusion. Essentially, a clause within brackets is given priority over other elements around it. The most common place that brackets are applied in the use of OR strings. Perhaps a good example would be company names. You have a list of target companies from where you wish to find your talent, and a candidate can have worked at any one (or ideally several) of them. You might initially construct a command like this: IBM OR Oracle OR “Red Hat” OR Microsoft.
If you wanted to find just jobs titles Manager or Director, then you might use the following command: “Manager” OR “Director”
To combine both commands into one search, we use brackets to tell the search engine that these are separate conditions. In order to tell the search engine that we want to see results containing either Manager or Director and also one of IBM, Oracle, Red Hat or Microsoft, we group them like this: (“Manager” OR “Director”) AND (IBM OR Oracle OR “Red Hat” OR Microsoft). It makes no difference which order the two bracketed sections go; the same results will result either way.
Just as we will now be putting in practice Boolean job searching you can see here http://booleanblackbelt.com/ recruiters use it to find talent.
In this example we will be searching for a store manager position in the Tulsa, Oklahoma metro market. Your search may look like this when you type it into your google search bar:
(Tulsa) “store manager“ or assistant manager” -indeed -careerbuilder -monster -glassdoor linkedin –snagajob
In the above search I was looking in Tulsa for a Assistant or Store Manager job excluding the listed job boards. You can add as many as you wish. Couple of examples that took be directly to the company website from the above search are:
To see new or current jobs use the tools section of Google and you can select results from a specific date range. In the example below I selected last month.
It took me about a ½ a day playing with Boolean searches. Practice will improve your results learning the sites to exclude, what to input and more. What we are doing is using the power of Google to search any site. Try adding the words (career or job) in the bar to get even more specific.
In my search result above David’s Bridal or Leslie Pools may not have their open position on a job board, or if they did it may not be a job board I use. This new way of searching eliminates missing opportunities and you filter by date giving you current positions.
Happy career searching.