How to: Use Google Alerts to Find Jobs

This is a great article on online job search tips by Donna Svei of AvidCareerist.com.  Donna provides excellent information on job search for professionals so I suggest you visit her website.

Here’s Donna’s article:

“My job search clients and I use Google Alerts, in addition to job boards, to find job openings on-line. Alerts pull more openings than the major boards, they pick up openings from Craigslist, and they help my clients find niche job boards for additional feeds.

“What’s a Google Alert and how do I set one up?” you ask.  See here.

In a recent week, search results for openings for the job title Contract Recruiter were as follows: Google Alerts, 38 openings; Simply Hired, 25; Indeed, 24; Juju, 6; and LinkUp, 5. The Juju results were unique. Google Alerts and the other job boards found both unique and duplicate openings.

The first take-away lesson? There isn’t a silver bullet for finding all of the on-line openings for a particular job title. It’s good to set up both alerts and job board feeds to find as many openings as possible.

The second take-away lesson? Alerts and the job boards together found 76 unique openings in one week for the job title Contract Recruiter. That’s not very many openings. In fact, it’s meager for the entire U.S. Thus, looking for job openings on-line should be one tiny part of a job search strategy designed to find the maximum number of job openings possible.

The job board searches were all done using the boards’ advanced search features on the exact phrase “contract recruiter.”

Alerts were set up for three different search terms. Note that results will vary if you use different search terms. It’s a good idea to experiment with search terms. The possibilities are endless. These will get you off to a good start:

The first search term {“contract recruiter”} is the job title that I wanted to find. Use the job title(s) you are seeking.

The second search term {sourcing AND recruiting} describes key activities that a contract recruiter does. The word AND is a Google operator that tells Google to look for both of those words. Use key activities for the job you want.

The third search term {intitle: “contract recruiter” AND (apply OR submit OR eoe)} tells Google to look for web pages with the term “contract recruiter” in the title along with one or more of three terms that commonly appear in job postings: apply, submit, and EOE. Use the job title(s) you are seeking. You could also try {“contract recruiter” AND (apply OR submit OR EOE)}.

The second and third search terms used Google operators. You can find basic Google Search operators here and more advanced operators here. Experiment. Have fun building your alerts.

However, put a strict limit on the amount of time you spend using alerts and feeds to find and respond to job openings. Why? First, as mentioned above, you will only find a tiny portion of the available openings using these tactics. Second, these are the easiest openings to find. Thus, you will have a lot of competition from other job seekers. I suggest that you spend no more than 30 minutes a day building feeds and alerts and responding to postings. How do you that? Only respond to postings that you are well qualified for.”

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