How To Find a Job On Google (And Bing)

How To Find a Job On Google (And Bing)

 Hey job seeker! Let me see if I can challenge your thinking a bit. Do you know how many employment web sites there are online? Take a guess. If you said ten, fifty or even a hundred, you would be wrong. Actually, you would be very wrong. According to the International Association ofEmployment Web Sites, there are 40,000 employment sites that serve job seekers, employers and recruiters worldwide. If you would like a list of most (if not all) of them, click here to see a list organized by industry and area served.

With so many employment sites out there, do you think it’s possible to search them all? Pretty unlikely? Well, not so fast. Even though there are 40,000+ job boards out there, Google has done a pretty good job of indexing their jobs content. As such, if you search Google a certain way, you will be able to search a lot of those employment sites.  For example, let’s say that you are looking for an accounting position. This is how you could look for that job on Google.

intitle:accountant (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)

At this writing, there are 1,230,000 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 by breaking down the search bit by bit.

intitle:accountant – Google look for web documents that have accountant in their title

(intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) – Hey, Google, 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 (Equal Opportunity Employer). Why? Job descriptions typically say “apply for this job” or “submit your resume” or have EOE on it somewhere.

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

I would find an accounting job in Atlanta by adding the area codes for 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 Google on these searches, these same searches can be run on Bing. I wonder how well Bing has done indexing jobs from various online job boards. For giggles, let me do a bit of a comparison to see which ones give the most results. Bing it on! Wait… have you heard of that? Hmm… I better explain that.

Microsoft has been running this commercial promoting “Bing It On,” which is a blind search engine taste test (of sorts). A user enters their searches and is presented with two sets of results; one from Google and the other from Bing. However, you don’t know which search engine is giving you which set of results. You choose which set of results is superior and after five tries, you discover which search engine you chose. Supposedly, it will be Bing.

We’ll see.

These are the searches I am testing.

  • intitle:accountant (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)
  • (404 OR 678 OR 770 OR 912) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)
  • “excellent benefits” intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)
  • (intitle:”work from home” OR intitle:virtual) intitle:accounting (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers) (apply OR submit OR eoe)
  • intitle:sales (“submit your resume” OR “to apply”)  (intitle:job OR intitle:jobs OR intitle:careers)

Bing it on!

Unfortunately, my searches could not be compared due to technical issues with the Bing it On website. (Bummer) I tried it multiple times, but no luck there or on BlindSearch.net, which lets you do comparisons between search engines as well. There was also a site I considered called “Bing vs Google,” which did work for me. However, it was not a blind comparison, so I could not judge.  Oh well.

I would be interested in learning these results. Maybe you can do the comparison for me and leave your findings in the comments? I would appreciate it.

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