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Job Hunting Tips: Job Boards

Job boards are both the best and the worst when it comes to job hunting. They provide the widest range of potential jobs for job-hunters, literally thousands of job adverts are on these sites, with hundreds added every day.

The problem with this, obviously, is how do you find the jobs your looking for in that ocean of stuff? Most of it isn’t going to be relevant to you, and because of this, using job boards can feel exhausting and pointless.

Fear not! Using a few tips from search engines, you can make online job boards work for you. Take Indeed:

Here we’ve done a pretty standard search for a building surveyor; you can see it has brought up 137 jobs – that’s quite a lot to sift through, and many aren’t going to be relevant. That’s because the search engine looks for everything with either of those two words in the entry.

However, if you add instructions rather than simple words, you can get more specific, for example:

Using AND, we’ve managed to narrow it down to 32 roles, all of which are for graduates, and are some kind of surveying role. The most useful instructions are:

AND (Must include this word and this word)

OR (Looks for this or that in every entry)

“ “ (Looks for a specific phrase, i.e. “Building Surveyor”)

( ) (Looks for all the words within the brackets, useful for complicated instructions e.g. (Sales OR Marketing OR “Business Development) AND Graduate

Putting all of this together, we can build wide and specific job searches at the same time, so you get the widest range of relevant roles on screen – you can even set up an alert to that specific search and get the jobs coming to you!

Experiment with this to find out what the best combination is for you, and you’ll make your job search a lot easier and more effective.

Examples of job boards – image credit to CrunchPoster

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