hall of officesSearch engines are tools that enable one to find potential employers and the jobs that they offer. In today’s ever changing and challenging job market it is imperative to make the most of these power houses of information. Understanding the basic nuts and bolt of the engines is tantamount to maximizing the results and getting the most out of your job search. So you have a good resume, now utilize the search engine that will get you to your new career.

How do you use top search employment engines?

Search employment engines are wonderful tools. However without understanding what top search employment engine job sites do, how certain companies, like IT job postings, end up on those specific sites, and how to use a job search site’s components to your advantage, after clicking, applying and waiting, you may only end up becoming frustrated in the end.

Search engines key organizational components are “key word” based.

The tools allow you to pool jobs by location. Tools allow you to limit the location to within five miles of a location which is defined by region, state, county, city or zip code. However that only brings those jobs that are like by location into your parameters that you have determined.

‘Key words’ will help you find a job.

Those ‘key words’ can be any combination of company, type of industry, job title, job category, task, skill, benefit, job parameters of full, part or temporary or seasonal. If you try changing words in the search box you will find many possibilities. It will open the door to specific job position openings and to their particular details.

Job postings for job openings are ‘key word’ sensitive

You can expand or contract your job search by using those ‘key words’ to your advantage. Knowing the structure of a job posting will give you knowledge that works like a map to find work. They usually consist of a job title-how the employer refers to a position; job details– what duties and skills are required to do the job, preferably or what they will consider; the original source – whether it came directly from an employer or if it came from another website; details re: the post itself– how long it has been posted, how many views it has garnered in that time

Job postings are based on some point of origin

Some of the points of origin will link right to an employer’s website and allow you to log in and apply directly to the employer. Some use outside links and websites that take your details and retain them so that you can apply to many sources merely making your base application and it will stay on file. [If you do this or post your information online either leaving your resume out there for posterity, you should detail and keep those sites that you are using along with the login password and PIN for every site in a safe location so that it can be removed or updated. Keep this information in a safe place or file that you can recover quickly.]

Job postings, talk about specifics

Specifics for a job that may or may not be a good fit for you. There are many questions to ask yourself in order to narrow the search. Knowing your field will set the parameters. Finding positions that are placed online will tell you what the market has imposed and is demanding for a specific position. There are qualifiers that each job offered will list. It’s good to look at these to see what they seek, measuring what you bring to the table against their parameters. There are specifics that are non-negotiable and some that are, such as experience and education. Some appear to be but will accept hands on experience in lieu of education. Just getting them to look and listen to you is the hardest thing to overcome. This is where a good strong resume is vital. In many cases you will need a cover letter to accompany a resume.

A cover letter in some cases it is not always required.

Most companies will solicit a letter if they are including it as part of the process. If they don’t ask for a cover letter and you send one to them, they could consider that a lack of following instructions and it may cause them to reject your application. The cover letter is a form of introduction and can include more than what is necessary. If you are using it as a means of conveying that you were inquiring because you would like to know about careers with a certain firm then it is much more acceptable. To do so, you would find out if they have a recruiter or an HR director. Some firms have directories with the name of their recruiters and HR directors listed. When you send a cover letter remember to only give enough to whet the appetite of the company that you wish to be interviewed by and only mention information that makes the argument that you are a good fit for their company. Avoid being redundant with information already there on the resume. Knowing the balance is an art.

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