This article has 5+ helpful tools and techniques to help you quickly find job postings online.
I’ll show how to find hidden posts by companies, scan social media sites for new openings, and how to expand your job search beyond Craigslist or industry job boards.
I once read that half of job postings are never officially advertised. I’ve also met a lot of people who work at big companies and governmental agencies. Usually, they tend to hire from within their own ranks.
But they are required to advertise the job posting, meaning that for a lot of the advertised positions out there, the employer already has an internal candidate in mind for the role.
I’ve collected a few less known places that you can find postings for jobs. All of the companies I’ve worked at have used these methods to find new employees.
- A tool to help you quickly scan Facebook, Twitter, and company blogs for new job openings.
- How to find hidden job opportunities using easy Google operators.
- Advanced tips for spotting new jobs on Twitter and LinkedIn.
If you have your own special trick for finding job postings, I’d love to hear it in the comments. Special prize for the first comment.
Use Advanced Search Operators to Find Hidden Job Postings
Lots of companies will post new job openings on their website. Some companies have a “we’re hiring” page or will write a short blog post with a job description.
The problem is that if you just search Google, it can be hard to find these job openings. A small company blog that writes a post about their new opening for a “junior marketing assistant in New York” isn’t going to outrank big job sites like Craigslist, Monster, or Indeed.com.
So often these job postings can be buried in the search results, especially if you’ve never heard of the company.
So here’s a helpful little trick to help you quickly narrow down search results and find ultra specific postings such as “Junior PR associate wanted in New York.”
The trick is to use a few advanced search operators to find specific pages on a company blog.
Search operators help you narrow down results and get really specific.
This saves you from a lot of noise and generic postings from sites like Indeed.com, Workopolis.com, and Monster.com which tend to dominate the results.
By the way, I’d start with a general Google search for a keyword phrase such as “Junior PR associate Seattle.”
After you have found the general results, stick your phrase into the boxes below.
This will help you discover hidden job postings and specific listings that you might have missed if you had just used Google’s generic search bar.
Also, because you are now searching for specific postings, if you don’t find anything try to go more general with your search or try a different search.
For example–I might start with “PR intern in New York.”
If that doesn’t turn up anything, try “PR jobs New York.”
Use these Google operators to find hidden job postings
This first one is called “allintitle” and it searches for documents that use your keywords in their titles.
For example, I used “allintitle” and searched for “PR Intern in New York.” I found a fantastic posting on the career section of the NBC News website. See below.
In total, there were four specific job postings from company websites.
But as I show below, a general Google search for “PR intern New York” turned up more generic results.
In the general Google search below for the same keyword only two actual job postings appeared.
The rest were career sites and generic job matching engines.
Give it a try!
I’ve embeded this for helpful Google trick for you.
Just type in your keywords. Leave the text “allintitle:” in there and replace “Google search” with your own keywords. Don’t delete the “:”and don’t put a space between the : and your keywords.
So a search would be: allintitle:PR intern New York
Next, try the same search in the box below. Did it turn up any other job postings? Remember to delete “Google search” and stick your keyword phrase after the “intitle:”
I’d also try the next box.
Now get really specific
The next two boxes let you search for URLs with your keywords.
For example, if a PR firm published a job posting with “smallPRfirm.com/Junior-PR-Associate-Wanted, the boxes below would help you find that posting.
This can be better than general Google searches as you can often find brand new blog posts before they are “ranked” by Google. In other words, if a company posts a blog post on Monday, it might be a few days before Google places it in the top 30 results.
Just because you publish something online, doesn’t mean it skyrockets to the top of Google.
Search for documents with all the words in their url. Remember to delete “Google search” and stick your keyword phrase after the “intitle:”
Now search for documents with the first word after the inurl operator in their url.
Use Topsy to Quickly Scan Social Media for Job Postings
Topsy lets you locate any jobs that companies might have posted on their social media.
It also scans web content. So if a company posted an article about the job on their blog, you’ll find that as well.
Just go to Topsy.com and enter a keyword. For example, I searched for “business development position Vancouver.” Topsy will then scrape recent results for you.
You’ll see on the left (above) that you can filter results. I recommend that you sort by the latest results and also check out the links filter.
Advanced Twitter Search by City and Role
Twitter search can help you quickly find new job postings.
Most companies these days have a Twitter account and will always tweet out their new posting. Avid Twitter users will know this trick–but I’ve realized that a lot of people don’t use Twitter.
I’ve personally retweeted about five great career postings in the last month alone. I’ve tweeted a job at a film studio, a content director job at an ad agency, a PPC job, a call for 100 new positions for various roles at HootSuite, and a job at a cool education start-up.
If I was searching for a new job, I would definitely check Twitter search three or four times a day.
Here’s how to find some great job postings on Twitter.
Open Twitter and look for the search bar. Type in (name of role + city). That usually is enough to find some results.
For example, I searched for “PR intern Vancouver” and got these postings. One post (see below) had an urgent need for a junior PR person to start. The tweet right below it was also looking for a junior associate.
Both great opportunities for a job seeker looking to break into PR and both posted within two days of each other.
The nice thing about Twitter search is that it automatically sorts by the newest results. If you know your city’s hashtag, try that search as well.
For example, Vancouver’s hashtag is #YVR. Chicago’s is #CHI. New York’s is #NY.
Also, industry hashtags can also help you find jobs. Both employers above also included the hashtag #PR–I’d do another search with #PR jobs #YVR and find more postings like these.
To find your city’s hashtag, go here and type in the name of your city.
Advanced Tips for Finding Job Postings on LinkedIn
You probably know that companies post different positions on LinkedIn and a basic way of finding these is just to search LinkedIn’s job section, communities, and such.
This is done by using LinkedIn’s search engine, entering a job title, and selecting different criteria such as required level of experience. This is basic stuff and you probably know this trick.
But LinkedIn will also suggest jobs based on the keywords you use in your profile. A common mistake is to not fill out your profile with lots of details and specific job titles.
The algorithm only sends you possible jobs based on the skills you choose to highlight in your profile, the professional communities you’ve joined, and the keywords you use in your work experience and such.
I recently filled out my profile with new details and very specific keywords and since then have started to get a lot more job postings recommendations. Some look very enticing.
For example, the person below has very specific job titles in her profile. This means LinkedIn will send her new notifications from relevant jobs.
If you are very vague and general with your job profile (” I am an out of work philosopher, writer or words, maker of things”) LinkedIn won’t know what to do with you.
Some of the job suggestions are really great and lots of amazing companies use LinkedIn as a recruiting tool.
For that reason, I really recommend that you either 1) create a profile filled with lots of information about your ideal job so that you get notifications about new job listings 2) beef up your existing profile.
Let’s say I was interested in market research.I wanted to receive notifications about entry level jobs to break into this field.
Here is what I would need to do to your LinkedIn profile to get notifications about new job postings in that field.
- Actually call yourself a market researcher in your job title. So, I’d call myself “Junior Market Researcher.”
- List about 10 skills relevant to market research. Just list a few and LinkedIn will recommend more to you. For example, I’d list “market research, qualitative data analysis, focus groups, research methods.”
- Join 5-10 professional groups. Just search for “market research groups” in LinkedIn and select the most popular ones.
- Fill out your profile with a bit more detail, adding a few more keywords and terms.
All of this detail will give LinkedIn’s job matching algorithm enough data to start sending you new relevant job postings.
OK, those are my job searching tips.
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