The Perfect Job for Me (Part 1)

“In case you didn’t know,” he says to me. “I am open to new opportunities.”

I nod my head as I listen.

“I have applied for job after job after job, but not getting anywhere.”

I nod again and ask the kind of work he wants to do and as he tells me his story, my thoughts drift to myself. (Sorry, but they did.) I get approached for opportunities, but not for what I want to do, I mean really want to do. Instead, I get opportunities pitched to me that fit my background. I know that it only makes sense for that to be the case, but I keep hoping that a recruiter or entrepreneur can use some imagination and create a role that meets me where I am and where I would like to be. I only share this because after giving someone some job search advice, I am going to eat my own dogfood.

I am presently consulting for a few clients, so I figure if I am going to this, its better now than never. The advice I gave someone was to continue job searching as he has been and to read my blog for additional strategies. In addition to that, I suggested that he find jobs that are PERFECT for them. And when I say perfect, I mean that he could build a strong business case as to why he would be the ideal candidate for the position. When he find those roles, I suggested that he blog the job description and give a business case as to why he should be hired. I told him not to mention the company where he got the job description (so as to reduce his competition) and I said that I would do the same so as to serve as an example. So since I strive to keep my promises, in the next post (or maybe next few posts) I will do the same. Worst case, I help someone else get a gig. Best case, I get my dream job.

We’ll see what happens…

How to Search Job Boards You Never Heard Of

Do you know how many job boards there are online? What are you thinking? 20… 40…? 100…? There is an organization called “International Association of Employment Web Sites” and according to them there are more than 40,000 employment sites that serve job seekers, employers and recruiters worldwide. (See for yourself at: )

That being said, how likely is it for you to search everyone? Pretty unlikely? Well, don’t be so sure. Eventhough there are 40,000+ job boards out there, Yahoo has done a pretty good job of indexing their content. As such, if you search Yahoo a certain way, you will be able to search most (if not all) of those employment sites. In doing so, you not only find jobs that your jobseeker competitors might know about, but you will also discover niche job boards that focus on your particular skillset. For example, let’s say that you are an accountant looking for an Accounts Receivables position. This is how I would look for that job with Yahoo.

  • intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

At this writing, there are 217,000 results! Not bad and since… what? (My spider sense is telling me that you have no idea what I just did.) Hmm… Let me explain to you what I just did with that search.

  • intitle:accounting – Yahoo look for web documents that have accounting in their title
  • (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) – Hey Yahoo, while you’re at it, look for the words job or jobs or careers in the title of web documents as well.
  • (apply OR submit OR eoe) – Just before you show me anything, check those webpages for the words apply or submit or eoe. Why? Job descriptions typically say “apply for this job” or “submit your resume” or have eoe on it somewhere. (Equal Opportunity Employer)

Just in case the lightbulb is flickering in your mind (but not quite fully lit), here are a few more examples to spark your online curiosity.

This is how I would find an accounting job in Atlanta:

  • (404 OR 678 OR 770 OR 912) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

This is how I would find an accounting job with great benefits:

  • “excellent benefits” intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

This is how I would find an accounting job where I could work from home:

  • (intitle:”work from home” OR intitle:virtual) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

Although I am using Yahoo as the searchengine of choice, since their results are being powered by Bing, you can run the same searches there as well. In doing so, you may stumble across additional results? Why? Although the same search technology is powering both websites, they still have different indexes. Sure there will be some overlap, but there will always be some results unique to each engine. Hmm… for that matter, let’s take it a bit deeper and try this search on the metasearchengine – Dogpile. (What? What’s a metasearchengine? Oh, that’s a searchengine that searches other searchengines. Can you dig it?)

Hmm… Check out what I found when I used this search string:

  • intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

Dogpile not only searches Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask at the same time, but it also shows you where the results came from and which results are exclusive to that search engine. Case in point, (1) Dogpile points out a job vacancy from Robert Half that was indexed on Bing and Yahoo, but was not listed in Google or Ask and also (2) a job posting from that was indexed by Google, but not Yahoo, Bing or Ask. Very interesting! By searching on Dogpile, I can not only save time by searching four searchengines at once, but I can also save some time by looking at exclusive results. Cool! At least, I think its cool. (Smile) Look me up and let me know what you think.

Happy Hunting!

Jim Stroud

Is this how you find a job on Linkedin?

I really like Linkedin as a networking tool. I know many recruiters swear by it and I can see why. Its easy to use and full of good data that recruiters love. Anyways, I was playing around on it today and noticed a few things. It seems to me that a lot of people are seeking work on Linkedin and are announcing it in their profiles. Case in point, go to Linkedin Search and do a search using “unemployed” as the current job title.

Click on one of the profiles that are returned (as shown in the picture below) and check out the most recent position.

You get similar results with quite a few searches:

* At this writing, searching “unemployed” in the current job title returned 4,739 results.
* At this writing, searching “looking for work” in the current job title returned 652 results
* At this writing, searching “seeking new role” in the current job title returned 17 results

Is this a good thing? Honestly, I am split on what I think of this. On one hand, I like it because it makes it easy for recruiters to find you and suggests that you will most likely return their queries when they reach out to you. On the other hand, many recruiters (or rather hiring managers) have an asinine inclination to believe that unemployed people are not as qualified as those currently working. (I will never, never, never understand that rationale. But hey, maybe that’s just me.)

So, I want to ask jobseekers and recruiters for their feedback. Is it a good thing or a bad thing to say that you are looking for work on Linkedin? Do tell…