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Jobs are posted across the Internet, especially on job boards and company websites, where they attract intense interest and competition. Look for jobs in less obvious places. Here are several examples of where you may find more elbow room in job hunting:

  • Association websites. Hundreds of thousands of professional and industry associations exist to unite and inform people who work in the same occupation or industry. The associations offer excellent connections for networking. Usually these organizations have websites, and the websites frequently have job postings.

    When you know of a relevant association for your target job or employers, visit it and look for a “career center” or “job board.”

    Can’t find job postings in an association career center or job board? Before assuming that you’ve struck out on association sites, try the Google single-site search. In this search, pretend that the name of the association you’re digging into is Example.org. Write it like this:

    (~job OR ~career) site:example.org

  • Domain name categories of websites. Internet domain names are always a part of any website address. They have names like Amazon.com, Yahoo.com, Harvard.edu, and Senate.gov.

    Domain names are divided into large categories called top-level domains. The names of top-level domains always have a period placed in front of them. Dot-com (.com) is the largest top-level domain category.

    Among thousands of top-level domain names (their numbers keep rising), in addition to the most common .com, the three names .edu, .gov, and .org are likely to be used most often.

    The following two examples spell out how to do job tracking by domain name categories.

    Higher education job: Say that you’re scouting for employment as an administrative assistant in a college or university, but you don’t have a particular school in mind. Your search includes only college and university websites. Write it like this:

    “administrative assistant job”(atlanta OR savannah) site:.edu.

    Don’t forget the DOT in .edu.

    Federal government job: Say that you want an administrative assistant’s civil service job with the U.S. federal government. Start at the feds’ official website, but don’t stop there.

    A domain category search may reveal jobs that the official government website may not mention, for some reason. Write it like this:

    “administrative assistant job”(atlanta OR savannah) site:.gov.

    Don’t forget the DOT in .gov.

Unless you specify otherwise, Google assumes that you don’t need only the newest information available in your search results when older information remains accurate and relevant. When you want to see only jobs posted in the past 24 hours or so, activate the Search Tools feature on the Google search results page and choose the time frame you prefer from the “time” options.

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