The Ultimate Job Searching Technique

Whether you’re starting to look for jobs for the first time or you’ve already been through the process a couple of times, you know that looking for a job can take time. With all the resources at our fingertips on the internet these days, it is so much easier to find all the jobs available, but it’s hard to sort through them all without losing a whole day. I’m going to share with you all what I consider to be the ultimate techniques for job searching that I’ve picked up along the road to help you get the best results out of your searching – and to use less time doing it!

Where to Search

The first thing you will need to know (besides a general idea of what type of job you are looking for) is where you are going to be doing your searches. There are so many common job search engines out there, so should you use all of them or just one or two? And what about the less common job sites that will be more specifically tailored to your interests – how do you find those and should you use them? What about Craigslist and other classifieds?

I’ve been around the block with the main job search websites – CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, SimplyHired, SnagaJob… – and I’ve really narrowed it down to using two of these: CareerBuilder and Indeed. You’ll find that with CareerBuilder, you can be really specific if need be about the types of jobs you are looking for and it is also really easy to use. The navigation is very clear and the fonts/colors are not as tiring to your eyes as other websites can be. Indeed is a great tool as well because it searches through search sites like CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, SimplyHired, etc. to pull up the jobs in your interest categories.  I would definitely recommend to not just use Indeed even though it does search CareerBuilder’s postings to ensure that you don’t miss anything – Indeed does let you narrow down your searching, but it’s not as easy as CareerBuilder and can eat up more of your time.

There are also specific job sites out there for specific types of jobs or interests. For example, TalentZoo is a job site for creative professionals, Jobs For Change is the leading site for non-profit jobs and ChurchStaffing is a great job site for those looking for available ministry positions of all types. These sites are fantastic additions to your job searching itinerary because their focus is on a specific type of job – they are looking for specific types of job candidates. This will encourage companies to post their positions because they are less likely to get responses from people with no experience. You can find job sites like this for whatever type of job you are looking for by typing “_____________ jobs” in a Google search and checking out a few of the results to find one that will work for you.

While many people view Craigslist as a “less professional job-searching tool”, the reality is that people use it often. Potential job candidates may be on there even daily just browsing apartments or for sale items, so why not post a job to a place where they will see it? Plus, posting to Craigslist or a classifieds website can be a lot easier and less expensive than other job sites. I actually found my current job through a Craigslist ad. So, I would say there is absolutely a benefit to using Craigslist in your job search. On that same note, many cities/towns, counties and states will have their newspapers online. Back in ye olden days, job postings were made solely through the shop windows or the classifieds in the newspaper, so you could even add in the local paper’s website to your searching list.

Last but not least, don’t forget about local job websites – most states will have their own “JobsIn____” website. For example, New Hampshire has JobsInNH and NHJobs. You can do a Google search for these websites as well by typing “jobs in __________” and hitting search. If you are interested in any type of government work, you can also check your city, town or state’s website for available government-related jobs.

Starting the Search: Day 1

After hunting through the different types of job sites out there, you should have a decent list of websites to search through. Everyone’s will be a bit different but should be at least 3 websites (I would recommend 5-6). Mine is a bit more extensive and generally looks something like this (I have a wide variety of career categories that interest me):

With list in hand, go ahead and open up your web browser to go to job site #1. I actually search job sites in the order listed above, starting with what I find to be the best job sites and working my way down to the more general, less specific searches.

So, say you’re starting with CareerBuilder. As this is day 1 of using this searching technique, we’re going to search a little different than every day afterward – this first day will take more time. Before typing in anything you will notice next to the Find Jobs orange button at the top a text link that says “Advanced Search”. Go ahead and click the link for the ability to specify your search a bit more. Looking at all the options for job searching, go ahead and fill out the things that are most important to you – mainly Keywords (separated by comas), Location(s), Job Radius (Include Jobs Within x miles), Degree, Employment Type and Salary Range. I suggest not putting in Job Categories or Industries as different people classify certain jobs under different categories/industries, so you might want to just look at everything first off. For your first search, the “Include Jobs Posted Within” section you’re going to want to keep on the higher side – 7 days would be my suggestion, but if you are looking in a smaller area with less postings, 30 days will be fine. Typically in larger populated areas, if a posting is older than 7 days a majority of the candidates have already applied and you want to be in the first few – if there was a 15 day option, I would have chosen that one, but the 7 is still fine. With all these fields updated, go ahead and click Find Jobs.

As you look through the list of jobs that your search pulled up, you may find that you want to modify it some more and play around with the search terms, so feel free to go back and add or take out more in the Advanced Search. Once you see a job that catches your interest do not click on the job title for more information. Sound crazy? Don’t worry – what you’re going to do is actually either right click (PC) or Ctrl + click (Mac) and select Open in New Tab (another shortcut on Macs – try Cmnd + click – this automatically opens the link in a new tab). This may seem strange, but don’t look at the job yet. Keep searching through the results that came up from your search and open each one that interests you in a new tab without looking at it just yet. This will save you loads of time in the long run even though it will open a lot of tabs for you in your browser.

Once you have exhausted the results in CareerBuilder, move on to your next website in the same tab that you had CareerBuilder open (all your potential jobs from CareerBuilder should still be open in tabs). Repeat the searching criteria process in each of your sites (which are all a bit different from CareerBuilder, but some still allow for advanced searching criteria) while continuing to open any job posting that interests you in a new tab. Again, don’t worry about looking at all those jobs in detail just yet. You’re saving yourself time by opening them in a new tab and continuing through the list to get all your potential job options open.

Narrowing Down the Results

Now that you’ve gone through all of the websites on your job search list and have a pretty large amount of tabs open with potential job possibilities, it’s time to go through all those tabs and start narrowing things down. Read through each tab you have open briefly enough to get an idea of the educational/experience requirements, job responsibilities and pay. If you find that you do not meet the requirements by a long shot or they don’t interest you as much as they did when you first saw the title, go ahead and close that tab. If the job interests you enough to look further keep it open but don’t apply just yet. This is another time saver. Keep that tab open and move on to the next tab.

After going through the initial readthrough of your open tabs narrowing down the ones you do not qualify for, aren’t what you thought they were or aren’t what you are looking for, revisit the tabs you left open and read each job description in detail, maybe even visit the company website (if there is one). If you find that after more detailed reading that the job still isn’t for you, go ahead and close those tabs as well. Eventually you will get down to only the jobs that you plan to apply for, getting you ready for the next phase.

Filter: Bulk Apply

I find this to be a huge time saver – by waiting until you’ve narrowed down your results to all the jobs you want to apply for, you can apply all at once to each of them. You’ll be focusing on the whole “applying” aspect and not the whole “searching” aspect. Go through each of your tabs and follow the procedures to apply for each, closing each tab when your application has been submitted so that you know you are finished. Then, badabing, badaboom, what do you know? You’re finished! The first day using this technique absolutely takes a bit longer than every other day as you’re just starting using these procedures, but the rest of your days will be much easier and faster.

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: Day 2-Job Success

Now that you’ve laid out a very solid searching foundation, you want to keep up with your searching daily to decrease the amount of time you will spend searching overall. Don’t be scared – you’re not going to go through as long a list as you did on Day 1!

Daily job searches on your job site list will now take less time. The biggest change will be in your search terms. Instead of searching for all jobs posted within 7 or 30 days, you can now put “Since Yesterday” or “In Last 24 Hours”. I also recommend not putting in any Keywords for your daily search (maybe putting in some not included keywords if available – for instance, if you do not want a job with Sales in the title). Your list will be much shorter and will take far less time (and tabs) to go through. Keep this process up until you land the job that suits you!

This process will easily save you time in your job search – that’s a promise. I’ve tried various methods, but if you’re going the job site and web searching route, this is a great “starting point” for your search. Don’t be afraid to add in other types of searching (newspapers, specific company websites, LinkedIn & other social media, headhunters…) or to be more specific in your search (adding in keywords, categories or industries). There are plenty of ways to find a job – this is just the best way I have found that I’ve shared with friends and family and has been proven to be a tremendous help. I wish you the best of luck in your job hunt and am so excited for the job that is waiting for you!

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One Comment to “The Ultimate Job Searching Technique”

  1. Wow! This is fantastic advice! I will definitely go about it this way to start with. I’ve only done a little research so far and ‘applied’ to 4 jobs the other day, but, this would probably help me get a lot more done in one day.

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