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Make the most of your job search with these simple tips!
When you visit a job site you know how to search for a job. Enter a keyword and press search. Right? Wrong. Every website is different in how the search parameters are set for a normal search so it is kind of like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get.
The key to a winning job search begins with a click on the advanced search link, and if your keyword search is for more than one word like "journeyman machinist" or "cnc programmer" put quotes around both words to insure the exact phrase is returned or you will get any number of listings but not necessarily a combination of the two words.
The really interesting dynamic that can throw a monkey wrench into your job search is the check box where there is an industry listing, such as "manufacturing and production" or "information technology." Go to the top of the box and click the area so no industry is showing whenever you use a keyword search. In this day and age recruiting is outsourced to companies that have employees that are not necessarily trained in what every job skill consists of, and what you find in the mind of the Human Resources person entering the job information is if the employer that hired them is looking for "cnc programming skills" that pertain to their job in the machining industry they will enter the job under "internet technology" where most programmers are found. So you may be looking for the correct keyword but if the industry is wrong the job will not appear and you are left out in the cold, missing out on the perfect job for your skills because you are searching in "manufacturing and production." The only way to insure you get all the jobs that pertain to your keyword is to remove the industry tag all together.
It goes against everything you think you should do to perform a targeted, precise search, but if you don't remove as many parameters as possible you'll shoot yourself in the foot every time because recruiters and outsourced Human Resources employees do not necessarily understand what the perspective employees do or how to classify their skill sets. Help yourself by being aware of these little tricks and you will find jobs that others will miss. It works the same with every job site you visit. It may be all you need to gain the competitive edge in your job search.