How to Find Your Dream Job Online Using Google Search Operators 2021

In the last post about Google search tips and tricks, we learned about how you can use Google search tips to quickly find the information you want. We would use the same Google search tricks to search for jobs that you can apply for. Keep reading for advanced googling tricks for searching jobs.

How to Find Your Dream Job Online Using Google Search Operators

Why use Google to find jobs?

If the firms you're interested in are regularly posting vacancies on LinkedIn and Glassdoor, these are terrific sites to look for work. But what about organizations who just advertise job openings only on their websites or use less well-known job boards?

Google also has its own platform - Google for jobs, where it aggregates job listings posted on various sites across the internet. Google for jobs would have been an ideal solution to the problem but it does not show you all the jobs. 

To feature the jobs on Google for jobs, the employers are required to create a structured mark-up for their job listings. If the structured markup is created, then it's great!. Otherwise, the job listing would not even be seen by anyone.

Google for Jobs

There is only one way to find jobs advertised anywhere on the internet, and that is to use Google Search Operators. You'll spend more time combing through results if you only search for a job title than if you scan every job board that exists.

What to do instead is to learn how to use Google search operators to get exactly what you're looking for—the ideal job openings. Yes, and who knows it might be the dream job you were looking for. So let's start with googling tips for searching for jobs.

How to use Google search operators to find your dream job?

Normally, when you search for any job, what would you type in Google search? You might type 'Online jobs'.

Google Search Operators

Because Google can't tell which online jobs you're looking for, it offers a mix of results that it thinks will satisfy the entire term.

When you type that query into Google, it recognizes that you're seeking results that contain the phrases "online" and "jobs." Other aspects are taken into account as well, such as location, previous search activity, and what other people are looking for when they search for the same phrase, and all of this information is combined to provide relevant results.

Although it is a smart and excellent system, it does have limitations. It can't be flawless because the term 'online jobs' can refer to a variety of requirements such as: 

  • Show me all of the outcomes for all of the online jobs.
  • Show me results for online jobs in my area.
  • Show me, job boards, where I can look for online jobs.
  • Show me jobs that involve online marketing
You might be required to add a few more words to your search query to describe your requirements but the results obtained may not be an exact match for your requirement. 

To exactly find out what you want, you will have to use Google search operators.

Before you use Google search operators, we need to understand our query and exactly what we are looking for.

There are many search operators. Out of these all, we will use a few ones which will specifically help us to look for jobs.

Enclose our query within the quotation marks

Since our search query will at least have two words and we do not want Google to search each word individually, we will enclose our query within the quotation marks. This will tell Google to look for an exact phrase in web pages. Our search query would look like below.

Google Search Operators

Include or exclude words using plus and minus operator

Let's say your previous job search yielded a slew of technical online job openings. By adding a minus sign to your search, you may instruct Google to ignore any results that contain the word technical.

Google Search Operators

Use OR to search for multiple queries at once

To search for one thing or the other, use the OR operator. Assume you're looking for a job as an online marketing job or an online copywriting job. To notify Google that you want to view results for either of those terms, use the OR operator.

Google Search Operators

Group terms using parenthesis

Some companies use the terms "writer," "copywriter," and "content-writer" to mean the same thing. So to cover all these variations we can use parenthesis. By putting them in parenthesis, you may tell Google to look for any of the three. The following example instructs Google to search for a marketing writer, marketing content writer, and/or marketing copywriter. You can combine multiple searches into one this way with OR Operator.

Google Search Operators

Only show results with search phrases in the page title by using the intitle: operator. 

The page title for most job postings will be the title of the individual job. Limit the search to pages that only utilize search terms in the title—not in the body text—by using the intitle: operator. Also, keep in mind that the intitle: operator only affects the first word after it. Include multiple intitle: operators to search for multiple terms.

Google Search Operators

To search for numerous terms in a page title, use the allintitle: operator

Instead of using the intitle: operator before each word, use the allintitle: operator to tell Google to search for numerous terms in the title. When using multiple search operators in a single query, keep in mind that the allintitle: operator will pull everything that appears behind it.

Google Search Operators

To find a single word in a post's body content, use the intext: operator

A responsibilities or requirements header appears on many job postings. Use the intext: operator to limit your search to results that contain one of those words in the body of the content. Search for online marketing with intext:requirements to see just results that contain the terms online and marketing anywhere in the body text, as well as requirements.

Google Search Operators

To search for multiple terms in a page's body text, use the allintext: operator

The allintitle: operator instructs Google to only display results with body text that includes all of the search terms listed. To discover results for online marketing with job requirements in the body text, do the search online marketing with allintext:job requirements.

Google Search Operators

To find results only on a specific website, use the site: operator

This is helpful when looking for work on websites with hundreds or thousands of job postings. If you prefer to use Google's search functionality on jobs that are on LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Freelancer, or any other major job board, you can use the site: operator to look for posts on those specific sites.

Google Search Operators

Other techniques for narrowing your searches

Remember that the formatting of each search operator is critical. Google recognizes the OR command only when both letters are capitalized. When it comes to site: operator, it only recognizes it if there is no space between the operator and what comes after it.

You might also use the OR operator in conjunction with the site operator. This query instructs Google to only return results from LinkedIn and Glassdoor. Add extra OR and site: operators for each additional job board you wish to examine, then repeat the process for as many sites as you want to check.

Google Search Operators

Instead of scanning the entire web, you may browse for jobs in the industry. If you're not sure what firms you want to work for, use the related: operator to find companies that are similar to the ones you already like.

Google Search Operators

You can also use a site operator when searching for government jobs. For this purpose, you should enter search query then a space followed by site:*.gov operator. The asterisk tells Google to autofill that portion with its own words.

Google Search Operators

This search would only return results from any sites with .gov TLDs, which makes finding employment on government websites much easier.

Build a single line search query

Let us now combine the operator and build a powerful single-line search query to get all the results that we are looking for.

Begin with a broad search—whatever term you would normally use to look for jobs on Google. The results you get will tell you which operators you need to make your query more specific when searching for a job on Google. Let's look up the same term "copywriter jobs" as an example. This will give us all the results where it has the "copywriter jobs" phrase mentioned.

Search Query

After you've completed your initial search, use the Tools menu to narrow down your results to only those that have been published recently. Select the arrow next to Any time and choose the most relevant timeframe by clicking Tools. Past 24 hours or Past week is relevant for this purpose.

Search Query

Now if we want to exclude freelancer jobs, assuming we're seeking full-time work. To tell Google not to show search results from which has mainly freelance work, we may use the exclude (-) and site: operator or we may use exclude (-) with freelance keyword.

Search Query


Search Query

Now we no longer see freelance jobs as the top result. But we may want to have the job title mentioned in the title. We may further refine the results by using the intitle: operator and utilizing quote marks to force an exact match.

Search Query

The displayed results are now exactly what we're looking for. In addition, our initial search yielded approximately millions of search results, whereas our last yielded less than 10 pages of results.

However, because our final search was somewhat limited, we might want to add a bit more flexibility to the query to extend the search and view more results

It's a really tough criterion to force an identical match for a copywriter. Instead, we can group some relevant terms with parentheses and extend the search to include vacancies that don't utilize that same phrase.

Search Query

This instructs Google to show results with the words "online" or "digital" and "copywriter" in the title.

This search yields a lot of results, most of which are for jobs that a copywriter could be interested in. Probably we should be experimenting with different search operator combinations to get the exact results as per personal requirements.

Finally, because most people don't search this way, Google might think you're a robot while you're playing with operators. If it does, proceed with your search after completing the CAPTCHA exercise to show you're human.

Save the exact search term used and repeat your search every day/week once you've found a combination of search operators that produces the best results.

Remember to filter results by date to see only things that have been published since the last time you looked, and you'll find brand new jobs that are extremely relevant to your aims and interests every time you look.

Hope this information helps you in your job search. All the best.

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