The Hidden Job Report for 5.2.11

I am experimenting a bit with how I distribute my Hidden Job Report. If you would, do let me know your thoughts? Thanks! – Jim




How To Use Search Engines to Find Your Next Boss

You ever have one of those moments when you realize the obvious? I had one of those today. I was helping someone look for a gig in the manufacturing industry.

I suggested to them that they connect with people via Linkedin and network and they were like, “No, Jim, I’d rather not.” (Long story short, it’s not a good idea to spam in general, and especially on Linkedin.)

So, okay, they were kind of stuck, and looking at me for advice, of which I had… none. So I decided to stall.

“So who do you want to network with?” I asked.

“Facilities Managers,” they replied.

So, I thought about it, and scratched my head. And thought about it some more, and scratched… Then, I finally came up with a solution. Certain companies hire Facilities Managers (in this case, manufacturing companies), and what do these companies have in common?

Well, among them, they all have “about us” pages in their websites. Such being the case, if I searched “About Us” pages for job titles, would I strike paydirt, and find the people my client wanted to network with? The short answer? Yes!

Check out these examples:

First, Google:

Then, Bing:

And, last but not least, Yahoo!:

The best thing about this technique is that it will work in any industry, and the company contact information is (almost) always posted. So, at the very least, you have a phone number you can use to reach out to that manager and (if you have a gift for gab, like my client had) talk your way into an opportunity.

Don’t believe me? Here are a few more samples for your review (new browser window will open)…

The only thing that is negative, and I really can’t say its terribly negative, but this technique works best with senior management types and sales personnel because they tend to be the ones featured on company websites. Get it? Got it! Good.

Happy hunting,

Jim Stroud

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…


Prospecting the Hidden Job Market with Google Buzz

Google has Facebook-envy. Its not a secret, as they have (in so many words) admitted to plans of developing a social network and/or integrating social networking elements into its services. If you want to do the research so you can speculate how groundbreaking (or ho-hum) it will be, click here to read a slew of articles on the matter. As I considered the possibilities, I looked at one of Google’s cool, but lesser known tools – Google Buzz.

“Hey Jim,” you say, “What’s a Google Buzz?”

“I figured you would ask that,” I reply.

According to Wikipedia: “Google Buzz is a social networking and messaging tool from Google, designed to integrate into the company’s web-based email program, Gmail. Users can share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments organized in “conversations” and visible in the user’s inbox.”

According to Me: Its Google’s version of Twitter.

“Okay Jim,” you say, “Um… so what?”

“This is a good thing,” I tell you. “And this is why…”

I did a bit of nosing around on Google Buzz to see just how many people were active on it. I already knew that millions of people had access to it by the simple fact that Google Buzz is integrated with Gmail which is among the most popular free email providers. (In case you are curious, click here for a list of the most-popular free email providers.)

At this writing, I found that 328,000 people were active on Google Buzz and… hmm… that’s not true. What I was able to find out for sure was how many Google Buzz pages were being indexed. Yes, that is a much more accurate statement. This is (of course) a much smaller population than Twitter, but that’s cool because it does not restrict our using it for job hunting purposes.

How to find a job with Google Buzz (1)

Google Buzz (like Twitter, Plurk and other microblogging sites like them) have people talking about all sorts of things like… oh… hiring people. Don’t believe me? Let me share with you a few examples I found in a search I performed. Click here to see my search in action. (Please keep in mind that since this is a real-time search, results will vary depending on when you do a search on the same thing.)

How to find a job with Google Buzz (2)

Here are some links to Buzz comments and quotes for your review as well:

  • Sony’s looking to hire a senior developer to join their PlayStation team, and you already know which rumor we’re about to entertain.
  • RT @AllanCavanagh: RT @emagine_media: We are looking to hire a web developer if anyone fancies living in Waterford, Ireland
  • @nathansmith: Meebo is looking to hire a JavaScript engineer:
  • @ditojim: Dito @ditoweb is looking to hire a talented individual with a love for Google Apps and a knack for Lotus Notes administration. DM me.
  • Will be looking to hire a handyman in the very near future because there’s some stuff that Hubby just doesn’t know how to do & I’m just physically unable …
  • Friends, we are looking to hire two B.E/B.Tech grads of 2009/2010 batch at Headrun Technologies for working on various projects. Linux exposure is preferred …
  • cforbesoklahoma: RT @DrAngelaSchmidt: We are looking to hire for one part-time (10-15 hours/week) marketing/public relations position. Candidates must.

Are these formal job opportunities with job descriptions and compensation already planned out? Sure, in some cases. However, some of these (and certainly some not listed above) are Entrepreneurs who want to hire consultants or temporary help and want to avoid paying recruiter fees or job board fees if they can.  Why pay somebody to find someone when they can do a quick buzz and crowdsource someone from their own network. Money saved. Time saved. The big question is, are you using Google Buzz to find these hidden job opportunities? If not, and even if you are, here are a few more searches you may want to try.

Happy Hunting!

Jim Stroud