Just a quick note on a way to leverage Google for your job search using a couple of Google’s cool, but less well-known, functions, combined with the dot-jobs top level domain.
Dot-Jobs Top Level Domain?
The primary “top level domain” (“TLD”) we’re all most familiar with is the famous .com (dot-com). A new TLD category was created specifically for job postings in 2005, named (not surprisingly) .jobs (dot-jobs).
Registration of dot-jobs domain names has been limited to employers for use posting jobs. This TLD should be a treasure trove of jobs that are relatively easy to find with Google.
Dot-jobs sites should also be relatively scam-free. Should be! No guarantees, unfortunately.
I haven’t been able to find any numbers on how many dot-jobs domains have been registered in the last 5 years, and how many of those registered are actually in use. Testing it today, using Google’s site search delimiter as described below, proved that many employers are using the dot-jobs TLD, and job seekers can find job postings with it.
This query will pull the jobs with the appropriate job title from ALL the dot-jobs Websites.
The format for this query is simple: [job title] site:.jobs
Note that there is NO space after the colon! But, a space does separate the job title from the word “site” so be careful.
For example, suppose you are an accountant looking for a job, type the following query into Google:
If the job title you want contains more than one word, enclose the words in double quotation marks. So, if you are looking for an IT Asset Manager position, your query would look like this:
“IT asset manager” site:.jobs
Say you want to work in Chicago, add ” +chicago” to your query. Do NOT put a space after the “+” sign or Google will be confused. But do include a space in front of the “+” sign.
accountant site:.jobs +chicago
Search a Single Employer Site
You can, of course, limit the search to a single .jobs site, AT&T, for example by adding the specific domain name you want, if you know that they are using a .jobs site for their recruiting.
Not every employer has implemented this specific domain name and site, but many have. So, this search trick is well worth trying.
For 10 more tips on leveraging Google for your job search, read Google-ize Your Job Search.
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About the author…
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.