Past IssuesMarch 26, 2012
How to Get the Most
from Job Search Engines
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Get the most from job search engines...
By One-Stop Career Center
Job search engines can maximize your job search if you know how to use them. Find out how to make the most of online job search engines - including the top job search sites.
While they are an integral part of any successful job search, job search engines also have the "potential" to take up all of your job search time if you don't use them wisely. So how can you get the most from online job search engines? Start here.
Three Main Uses for Job Search Engines: Research, Post and Search
Maximize your results on any career and job search engine by knowing exactly what to use them for: Research how companies are describing the type of work you're looking for to optimize your presentation, post your resume online and of course, search for open positions at companies you are interested in.
Use Online Job Search Engines for Research
Research is perhaps the most powerful way to use a job search engine. How do the types of companies that you're interested in describe the type of work that you are looking for? What are the job titles, key responsibilities and activities? Getting this right is the key to being successful at using job search engines.
Scour job descriptions for positions that look most appealing to you. Print them out and analyze them. Carefully pluck the keywords, skills, industry and industry terms that appear most often and highlight those in your resume as they apply to you. You may be the perfect match for a particular job, but if you don't describe it on your resume in a way that makes it easy to find you, no one will ever know you exist.
Post Your Resume Online
Once you have fine-tuned your resume to include the keywords that are most important to making you findable for the jobs you want - post it online! Identify a variety of job search engine sites that you will stick with. For example: CareerBuilder, Dice.com and Job.com. Then spend the time to create an online profile on each and post your resume that highlights your accomplishments and includes the keywords that you've identified in your research.
Once you've posted your resume online, consider refreshing it about every 30 days. Here's why: When an employer or recruiter is searching for the perfect match to their open job, they use keywords to find the right people. The list that comes back is typically organized chronologically - meaning that the person that matches those keywords and who updated their resume the most recently is at the top. With so many potential candidates online, employers often filter this way, by looking for resumes that have been posted (refreshed) in the last week. That's why it's important to stick with a few job search engine sites that you can keep up with on a regular basis.
But how do you choose the best job search engine and top job search sites? The potential list of job search engines is miles long and keeping up with all of them would require a small army.
Focus on the Top Job Search Engines for Your Particular Search
When choosing a job search engine, search for and commit to a handful of job search engine sites that you will focus on to make the most of your job search.
- Start with the broad job search engines such as Job.com and CareerBuilder. It's worthwhile to go ahead and post your resume on these sites because they are used so heavily by employers and recruiters.
- In addition to these broad job search engines, there are many, many smaller niche job sites to consider, but to save time, it's helpful to use a job aggregator such as Indeed or SimplyHired rather than look at each of them individually. Job search aggregators literally scour thousands of sites to bring you results from all of them at once -- so you don't have to! This is a tremendous time saver!
- If you're looking for work in a particular industry, be sure to use the industry-specific and geographic-specific sources that are appropriate for you. Local listings and jobs available in your area can typically be found online in industry journals or your local newspaper.
Searching for jobs that you may be interested in applying for is easy. You've done your research. Use the keywords and titles you've discovered during your research to discover opportunities you might be interested. Use a variety of keyword combinations to see if that helps you uncover more opportunities. Search by titles, search by skills.
Before you submit your resume and cover letter online, you may want to research the company. Once you know the job listing is legitimate, get ready to submit your cover letter and resume. But think through your options first. Being one of the hundreds or thousands of people who apply through the automated system may not be the best approach. Think of potential resources that might help you get a leg up on your competition.
For instance, do you have any contacts that are associated with the company? Can you find someone in your LinkedIn network that works at the targeted employer? Do you know the name of the hiring manager or can you find it? Can you talk with them?
If you find any leads that allow you to get your foot in the door more directly, follow that lead. If not, go ahead and apply online. Either way, make note that you applied and which resume you used. You'll need that information in your follow up!
Online job search engines are an integral part of any job search. They are powerful tools that, if used correctly, help you advance your career and find work that you love.
May your search for a career opportunity be fruitful! Good luck!
One-Stop Career Center provides career advice and job search tips to help you get noticed, take control of your career and find work you love. To learn more, visit One-Stop Career Center.