A Guide To Making The Most Of Your Job Search
If you Google the word ‘jobs,’ you’ll receive almost 3.5 billion results. Now Google is my go-to search engine, but it’s bound to return a frustratingly long list of results if not used properly. In much the same way, if you search for ‘accounting’ jobs on even the most widely-used job search engine, you’ll be stuck sifting through thousands of listings. And you’ll probably want to slam your head into the desk.
I’m not sure I can live with myself knowing that, so I’m going to offer you a solution: a guide to making the most of Uvisor’s job search.
Upload your resume. I know you know where you went to school and how many years’ experience you have, but the search engine doesn’t. If you upload your resume, you’re able to search listings based on what internships and positions you previously held. It’s the only way to effectively search based on your degree(s) and certifications.
Include salary preferences. Everyone has loans and bills to pay for. Even if you claim you don’t have any salary requirement, you should practice for the real deal when an employer asks your salary range requirement. It’ll take the jobs with extremely low salaries (and unpaid or volunteer positions) out of the equation.
Include keywords to scan for. The more you know about what kind of job you want, the more likely you are to find it. Be picky and used the advanced search feature to search for an exact phrase, such as ‘financial analyst’ or ‘sales associate.’ You can also include the different tasks you know how to do when you’re searching so you know you’ll be a good fit for the job.
Eliminate certain words. If you’re looking for an entry-level position, the advanced search feature allows you the option of excluding listings with words like ‘senior’ or ‘executive’ in them. Or you can do the exact opposite search to find positions requiring more experience.
Search by position. If you know what position you’re looking for, include that in the advanced search ‘job title’ field to find only that position. You’ll save yourself a headache later and you’ll eliminate jobs you’re not interested in or not qualified for.
Sort results by date. You’re more likely to receive an inquiry from the company if you apply for a job soon after it’s posted. A position posted almost a month ago is (theoretically) well underway to being filled—if not already. Some employers don’t get around to removing a post right away, so make sure you’re jumping on newer opportunities.
Include a location. You’re willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S., right? As long as they’ll pay you and you can afford it. But do you really mean it? If not, add a metropolis or state to make your search easier to manage.
What other search techniques help you keep your results at a manageable level?