Do you know what a TLD (top level domain) is? Wikipedia describes it like this…
A top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet. The top-level domain names are installed in the root zone of the name space. For all domains in lower levels, it is the last part of the domain name, that is, the last label of a fully qualified domain name.
That’s a bit verbose for my taste. I would simply say its the suffix of an internet address. For example… “.com,” “.net” or “.org.” Okay, now you know, so what does it matter? Well, it matters plenty if you are looking for work overseas.
Each country has its own TLD and as such, you can limit your Google searches for results that are only on that TLD. Umm… Okay, I’m losing you. Let me show you a few things.
Let’s say I wanted to find a Project Manager job in Australia. I would so a search like the one below. Just in case you are new to my jobsearch kungfu, this is what my search is asking Google to do.
site:au – Search for documents that are on the websites ending in “au” which is the top level domain for Australia.
intitle:jobs – Search for the word “jobs” in the title of a web document.
intitle:project.manager – Search for web documents that have “project manager” in its title
I want the words “submit” and “apply” in the results I find because on job descriptions I typically see “submit your resume” or “apply to this job.”
inurl:job – Finally, I am asking Google to restrict my search results to those documents that have “job” in its URL as well.
The advantage of this type of search is that Google indexes a lot of websites that you have never heard of and among them, job boards you’ve never heard of. So… Yeah, you get it. Search Google this way and you will find jobs in specific regions from job boards that you have never heard of. (Really cool!) Now this type of search will work with any TLD, so you can target any country you like. Here are a few more searches to spark your imagination.
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Another way to find jobs on Twitter (assuming that you read the earlier 2 parts of this series) is to search certain hashtags. Lots of times, people use them as a way to promote their open positions. Here are a few examples of jobs (or job leads) that have been posted using various job-related hashtags.
Here is a list of hashtags you may want to play around with in your searches:
Okay, in part 2 of this series, I am going to build on what I said in part 1. (But, you probably already knew that. Wow. You are so smart.)
I want to go a bit deeper into the Twitter search commands, actually the advanced search commands that you might not have been aware of. Twitter has a lot of search functionality already, you just have to know where to find it. Fortunately for all concerned, I do! Simply hop over to search.twitter.com/operators for a complete listing.
The first thing I noticed when I was experimenting was that the Twitter searchengine likes boolean commands. (Oh goody!) As such, here are a few examples I have put together for your use (with explanations).
“I need to hire” near:atlanta – I am asking Twitter to find real-time conversation of people who have said “I need to hire,” but only those people that are near Atlanta.
When I was brainstorming this series of posts, I thought about starting it off with a bit of info about Twitter and what it is and why its relevant. And then I thought, nah, if you don’t know why Twitter matters then you are probably not reading this anyway. But just on the off chance you are clueless on what Twitter is all about, here is a quickie video.
Okay, whether you are an expert Tweeter or a novice, by now you should get that Twitter is a whole bunch of conversations happening at the same time and in real-time. People are talking about everything and I do mean everything; what they had for lunch, celebrity gossip, a bazillion things that you care absolutely nothing about… and jobs. Now there are quite a few job boards out there that are powered by Twitter! I’m not talking about them in this series. Maybe next time. (Sowwy!) For now, I want to help you eavesdrop on Entrepreneurs, Senior Managers, Recruiters and people seeking Consultants. How? By performing a few searches.
If you like what you see, here are a few search suggestions to inspire you.
So once you have found a few interesting tweets, what do you do? Well, I can think of a few options…
Tweet them from your Twitter account and ask to be of service.
Follow them and (more than likely) they will follow you back. When they do, send them a message about your background. Or even better, a link to your resume on ResumeBear. Why? You will be able to track what happens.
Look at their bio. Is there a link to a company website? If so, go to it, find an email address or phone number, make the deal happen.
More on jobhunting with Twitter in the next post! (But you probably already knew that since this was part 1 and all. Um… yeah.)