The following are search and discovery tools you can use to aid your search. Before getting into these sites, understanding how they work is crucial. Remember, it's not all about your resume.
Too often, time is spent on perfecting and laboring over your own resume, when it comes time to find an audience, we're caught flat-footed. Job search and engagement is more important that an amazing resume. Seriously. Your resume could be written in spray paint IF the right job search technique is applied AND you get a hold of the right person.
There are 2 different types of job posting. One is free and the other is paid. For sites that offer paid offerings, they will aggregate search results and scrape from other sites to make their site seem all inclusive. This doesn't mean they have "all" of the open job postings, this just means they're manually scraping the web for more postings to their site.
By have the most job postings, regardless of source, when they sell a "premium" posting, they can say, "you'll stand out against these other 1,000 job postings!"
There isn't anything good or bad about this approach, it's important, however, to understand how these sites operate. DO NOT limit your search to only one of these or you'll miss out on posted jobs you'd otherwise apply.
Job Search Tools
in no particular order
Um, Guru? That's it?
No. It's not. Let's say, you don't want to apply on these job boards OR the job you want isn't posted on one of these job boards. How could you find out about it? Read on...
Guru Technique #1 - LinkedIn X-Ray
For this technique, you want to find people who have recently left roles with titles you'd apply for. For example, if you were looking for a supply chain analyst job, you'd want to look for other people who previously held this title and are now some where else.
These filters may not publish in the right format. That is, unless you pay for a Premium LinkedIn, they won't give you access to the full suite of search filters. No problem. Try Google x-ray instead. Like this:
Now, you'll want to find people who recently changed companies or roles. This would leave a vacancy (assuming) and a spot for you to connect on a potential unposted job. To do this, add a date to your search string.
The exact string is this: site:linkedin.com/in "supply chain analyst" "san francisco bay area" ("*- July 2019" OR "*- August 2019")
We have 5 results with 5 potentially unposted jobs that you can reach out to. Refer to my How I Setup 30 Interviews in 7 days for more details on how to get in touch with a hiring manager or WHO to reach out to in general.
Guru Technique #2: Twitter X-Ray
Same concept here, different string. Exact text: site:twitter.com "hiring for*" "san francisco bay"
Guru Technique #3: Don't Need Your Stinkin' Job Boards
Remember when I talked about the job search websites scraping as many job postings as they can? At times, they end up just scraping each other's websites and have the same jobs posted between all of them. This isn't anything new and definitely doesn't help you find new jobs that are difficult to find.
Think about it this way: when a company wants to hire for a role, they post it on their website. Then, Google indexes the page and if attribution is setup, it will get sent to all of the major job search sites. BUT, it doesn't always work like that.
If you use the following search, it will allow you to find postings from individual company pages instead of going through an aggregator. This is an advantage because you're finding roles that are potentially not posted on these sites and there for not getting as much traction as some of the other roles that are posted online.
Use this to your advantage when searching for a new job.
Exact Google Search string (without outer quotation marks):
"(careers AND jobs) "san francisco" "supply chain analyst" -indeed.com -glassdoor.com -linkedin.com -simplyhired -careerbuilder -ziprecruiter -payscale -dice -zippia -salary -collegegrad.com -aftercollege.com -kelly-services.com -"kelly services" -monster.com"
A successful job search starts with just that: search. The time you spend looking for the right job will pay dividends, if conducted in the right way. The definition of insanity concept...if you're not getting the results you'd like, take inventory of your approach and know when to try something new.
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