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Search By Keyword

Enter key words to help minimize the number of jobs that are retrieved from the database. To help minimize the relevant jobs to those specifically to your skills try using words such as:

developer designer c++ java webmaster

Try entering some of your unique skills, languages, education level or any other term that you feel would apply specifically to your talents to help retrieve more personal results.

Single Character Search. Single digit or single character searches ie: 'Series 7' will not be recognized by the search engine. You will want to search for other terms that are related to your search.

Case Sensitivity. The 'keyword' field is case insensitive. Entering "Senior Compliance Consultant" will return the same results as "senior compliance consultant"

Phrases. You can enter exact phrases by putting double quotes around the phrase. To search for a financial manager vacancy you should enter "Financial Manager".

Thesaurus. The search has a list of common synonyms that are automatically applied. For example, the search "CEO" will also find jobs containing "Chief Executive Officer" or "Chief Officer". A search for "marketing" will also find jobs containing "advertising". We are constantly updating our synonyms and welcome your input in this.

All Text vs. Job Title Only

You may elect to either search the full text of the job listing or you may elect to search only the job titles. If you are looking for a very specific position or job title, enter the desired keyword(s), select 'Job Title Only', and run your search. If you wish your search to be more expansive, enter the desired keyword(s), choose 'all text', and then run your search.

All Words vs. Any Words

You may elect to either search for 'any of the words' or 'all of the words' within the keyword field. 'Any Words', will make your search query an 'or' value. 'All Words' will make your search query an 'and' value. Some search forms require the use of "+" between search terms. This is not required as multiple search terms are assumed to be associated together unless a "-" is used.

Removing Items from a Search
One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of jobs that are returned, is by removing keywords from a search. This can be done by using the "-" function in the keyword field.
To use the "-" function, type in your keyword followed by a "-" and then the keywords you would like to exclude.

marketing -research
sales -telemarketing
software -developer
journalist -New York Times
Note: The "-" function cannot be used by itself as a keyword, it must include a keyword to search for, prior to removing any items. For instance, you cannot type into the keyword box:
This will not work because the search will be too broad.

Sort By: Date vs. Relevance
There are two methods of sorting the search results, by date and by relevance.
Relevance. By selecting 'relevance', the results will appear in descending order based on the accuracy of the search. The jobs at the top of the list are the closest matches to the search criteria.
Date. By selecting 'date', the results will appear in reverse chronological order (those that are the most recent will appear at the top). This is useful when searching for new jobs that have been posted since the last time you logged in.

Searching by Category
Searching by category narrows your job to a specific job category or field.
Tips. If you're looking for a marketing position in the telecommunications field, for instance, try selecting telecommunications as your category, while entering 'marketing' as the keyword.
NOTE: Some search forms allow you to select multiple categories. This is not the case with this specific query form. You may only select one category at a time per search. If you'd like to conduct a multi-category search, select a primary category and use the other categories as keywords.
Multiple Categories: To select more than one category, hold down the Ctrl key (PCs) or Command key (Macs).

Searching by Location
You can search for jobs based on city/state and distance from that location.
City/State: Using the City and State fields, you can limit your search to jobs in a specific geographic area. For instance, if you are looking for a job based in San Diego, simply enter "San Diego" and select "CA" from the State menu. If you want to search for jobs nationwide, leave the City and State fields blank. See the section on International areas for more detail on international locations.
Radius: With the radius option, you can limit the search to a specified radius from the city/state selection you have made. This is extremely useful for users who are limited to public transportation or must remain inside a city's limits. Distance will not be considered unless you have indicated a city or zip code.
International Locations: If your site allows searching for jobs outside the United States, you may see an option for 'Country'. Use this option to narrow your search to jobs located within a specific country. You may use the city/state field for entering a non-US city/province.

Searching by Company/Employer
If you are interested in a particular company or employer, type the company name in the keywords field or select the company/employer from the dropdown (if applicable - if this field appears on your Job Search page). The search will return all jobs listed by that company or employer.

Direct Employers and Staffing Firms
Jobs may have been posted directly by an employer/company or they may have been posted by a staffing firm or recruiting firm. If you see this option, choose which types of job listings you would like to include in the search.

Posted Within
The 'Posted Within' field allows you to limit your search to jobs that have been posted since a particular timeframe. You should choose the desired timeframe from the dropdown or choose ALL when you don't want to limit your search by the date posted.

Refining vs. Resetting a Search
After conducting a search, whether from the main page or through the search section, you have two options: refine your search or conduct a new search.
Refining a search. (Doing a search within search results). After you have conducted a preliminary search, you can narrow down your search results by keyword using the keyword box above the search results. This option searches inside the results returned for the items in the search box. You can either remove words from list, or single out items that contain a specific keyword.
Resetting a search. To conduct a new search, scroll down to the bottom of the search results to the "advanced search" form. Enter in your specific search criteria, and the results returned will have queried the entire job database, thus conducting a new search.

Search Results
Why are the Search Results separated into different sections?
The Job Search results are divided into sections to help you find the most relevant search results. A Spotlight Search Results section will appear when there are Job Postings relevant to your search criteria that have also paid to be placed in this section of the search results. The Search Results section will display the most relevant Job Postings found in response to your search.

Why are some of the Job Postings in the Search Results bold or highlighted?
Some Employers will pay to have their Job Posting highlighted in some manner in the Search Results. They have paid for this service in order to bring their job to your attention.
Spotlight Search Results: These are paid job postings that meet your search criteria. The results displayed in this area are relevant to your search and are highlighted because the advertiser paid to have this job appear in this section of the Job Search Results. Spotlight Search Results may appear at the top of the page or on the right-hand side of the page. You will only see Spotlight Search Results when there are Job Postings that are both relevant to your search have paid for this display. If you do not see this section, it simply means no Job Postings have met these requirements.

Saving a Search
After conducting a search, you can save your search by selecting the 'Save' button, at the bottom of the search form on the Search Results page. If you are already logged in to your Job Seeker account, the search will automatically be saved and you will be taken to the Saved Searches page. This page gives you a view of all your saved searches. Saved searches are an easy way of running searches of the same criteria on an on-demand basis.
If you wish for this search to be run as an Alert and have jobs emailed to you, you could also create a Job Alert.
If you are not yet logged in or do not have an account, when you select the 'Save' button, you will be prompted to log in or 'Create an Account' ( ). Creating an account gives you several advantages in your online job search.


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