I spent some time talking with Indeed.com's co-founder and CEO, Paul Forster, about online job searching and how to get the best results when using a job search engine. Paul suggests that, "Job seekers narrow their search as much as possible in order to find jobs that fit their experience, skills, and desired location." He goes on to say that it makes sense to "Focus on finding exactly the right jobs, rather than taking a scattered approach to job searching."
Here are some suggestions to help you focus your job search to generate listings that match your criteria.
Save Time With a Job Search Engine
Using a job search engine saves time. Indeed.com, for example, searches jobs on job boards, newspapers, associations, and company web sites, including most of the Fortune 1000 companies. You can search for jobs all in one place, rather than having to visit all these sites independently.
Job Search by Salary
Indeed's job search by salary tool enables job seekers to find jobs that pay at least a certain salary. Enter an annual salary in the search box to find all jobs that Indeed estimates pay at least that much.
Job search by salary uses proprietary methodology based on an analysis of similar job listings that includes salary, job title, job description, and location. Indeed's algorithm extracts salaries from all job listings containing this information - about a fifth of the total - and then estimates salaries for the rest.
Paul says, "Job search by salary makes it easier for job seekers to find the job that is a right fit." It saves the job seeker time they may have spent applying for jobs they couldn't afford to accept, and it also helps companies, because it limits applications from candidates who aren't in the position's salary range.
The most effective way to search is to drill down so you are searching as narrowly as possible and getting to the right jobs. Paul suggests using skills, interests, and location, as well as salary requirements, when searching for jobs. That way you can narrow your search so the results include only the most relevant listings. Click on Advanced Search and search by:
- Phrase in the job title
- Type of employer
Use preferences to choose which jobs you want to show on your results list. You can select only jobs within a certain distance from a zip code and jobs that have been published within a certain period of time.
If there is a company you don't want to see job listings from you can block it, so you won't see jobs from that company in future searches. Click on the 'block' link beneath each job search result. You can then manage the settings in your preferences.
Use the More Actions link under the job posting to view all the listings from the same company, map the location of the job, research salary information, research the company on Google, email the listing, and get a permanent link to the post. You will also be able to find contacts at Facebook or LinkedIn who may be able to help you connect with the employer.
Job Search Tools
Indeed has job search tools you can use to help manage your job search and to ensure you get the job listings that match your interests. Job seekers can set up a my.indeed account to access saved jobs, searches, and alerts from any computer, and download job search plugins for Firefox and for Google Desktop, an application for Facebook, a button for your Google Toolbar, and other applications to help expedite your job search.
Read and participate in discussion forums, research companies and find people working for companies of interest through their online social networks.
Disclaimer: Indeed.com is an About.com partner and powers About.com's job search.