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How to Use Google to Land a Better Job

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The Internet is one of mankind’s greatest achievements. But since it’s grown to an unmanageable size, using it to hunt for jobs is incredibly daunting for any job seeker. A quick Google search for “jobs in pr” will give you 700,000 results in well under a second! Where do you even start?

Fortunately, there are a few little tricks and tools out there that can help you find the results you’re actually looking for on Google:

Search Operators

A search operator is essentially a set word, phrase or symbol that helps users increase the effectiveness of their search. Below are useful operators for job hunters:

  • Site: This operator specifies a keyword or phrase that must appear at least once on the page. You can also use it to search for particular words or phrases on a chosen website. For instance, “royal family”
  • Minus sign: Use a minus sign to remove particular phrases or websites from your search. If you keep getting generic job sites in your results, use the minus sign search operator as follows: “pr jobs –” This will eliminate any results from, or containing, that particular URL.
  • Inurl: This operator specifies that a particular keyword or phrase has to be found in the URL before it will appear in search results. So if you want to work for a digital company, you could try “digital agency inurl:careers.”
  • Asterisk: The asterisk is known as the Google wildcard and comes in handy if you’re not entirely sure what type of job you want. For example, to look for a wide range of entry level jobs in many sectors, search for “entry level * jobs.” Google will fill in the gap for you.

Here’s a full list of search operators.

Google Local

If you’re trying to limit your search to a specific area, go to and type the location where you want to search into the bar on the left.

Once you’ve done that, type in the kind of business you’re looking for (e.g. “restaurant” or “school”). Google will then populate the map with the names, addresses and websites of all local results. Pretty handy, eh?

Strategic Search

If you know what company you’d like to work for but aren’t sure whether they have jobs available, how do you give them your resume without sending it to a generic email address?

Just use a simple Google search with the company name and position of the person you’d ideally hand your resume to. For example, you could search for “coca cola uk recruitment manager.” More often than not, the first results will include either their company profile (saves you having to trawl through their website) or a LinkedIn profile. Both can be used to get in touch about possible vacancies.

This technique is simple (and pretty obvious), yet it is woefully underused by hopeful job hunters. It really helps to avoid the middleman.

Google Alerts

Another of Google’s handy tools for those who want to be one step ahead of their fellow applicants is Google Alerts.

Enter a specific term you’re interested in, such as “pr careers in london,” and set a couple of self-explanatory preferences. Whenever that phrase appears on the Internet and matches your set preferences, you’ll be sent an email — and there’s no limit to the number of alerts that can be set up. It’s that simple (and useful)!

What Google tricks do you use for your job search?

Josh Hansen writes for Workfish, a UK recruitment agency that helps people find their dream jobs in PR, communication, social media and events. Follow Workfish on Twitter to keep up with the latest jobs.

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I really increase my knowledge after read your post which will beneficial for me.

Thanks your information about google for job.

Elana Gross

When I was trying to get a job at Levo League I set Google Alerts for the company and the founders. I was able to demonstrate that I already knew a great deal about the company and the mission. I was also able to show my support by tweeting and blogging about recent articles. Now when I am interviewing candidates I always ask them what they know about the company - show that you are passionate and that you did your homework! In addition to Google Alerts, I recommend the tools Newsle & Mention!


Google alerts... for when you MUST know everything that's going on in the sports world or in Detroit, it's perfect! :)


Really helpful tips!


What helpful tips!


I consider myself a tech junkie but I had no idea about all these Google shortcuts! This was so helpful and I will definitely be using these tips in the future.


This is so useful. So many times I use Google, but don't take advantage of all of these features! Thanks for sharing!

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