Best Practices for Using Job Search Engines

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Search engines are an excellent resource available to job seekers everywhere. With today’s modern technologies, finding open positions has never been easier. A single search can lead to thousands of opportunities, all delivered directly to you in a matter of seconds. But, in order to achieve real results (i.e. land a job), you have to learn a few strategies to make the most of these tools. Here are some of our best practice recommendations:     

  • Have a targeted strategy – Don’t simply apply to every job that pops up in your search. Target your responses, and tailor your resumes to each specific position for best results.

  • Be proactive – Landing a job isn’t as simple as posting your resume and leaving it. Don’t just assume job offers will find you. You must be proactive, and get in the habit of regularly checking job postings and applying.

  • Include keywords – Companies search for potential employees using narrowly-defined keywords. This means that you need to make sure your resume uses current, targeted terminology. Otherwise, you may be looked over for a great opportunity.

  • Check the format – Sometimes, uploaded documents don’t fully translate when converted to various digital formats. So, make sure that all uploads and attachments appear correctly formatted when clicked. Check everything from spacing, to bullet points, to graphics, to links, etc.

  • Stay organized – As you’re likely going to be sending out multiple applications at a time, make sure you keep track of each application. All of those positions and companies can get confusing, so track everything in a spreadsheet with dates sent. This will not only help you keep incoming responses and potential interviews straight but help you track appropriate follow-up times as well.   

Job search engines bring opportunities right to your fingertips, anywhere, anytime. They’re a wonderful resource and asset for those who know how to employ best practices.