- Determine the most effective mix for you. Weddle recommends regular use of two general-purpose job boards and three niche sites — one in your career field, one in the location in which you want to live and work, and one in the industry in which you have experience.
- Set up systems that push job postings to you. You can also take advantage of the extra features of the major job boards. Many job boards, for example have a “search agent” feature that enables you to enter your job criteria and have lists of jobs (or links to lists of jobs) e-mailed to you regularly. Our readers’ and our own experience with these agents have yielded mixed reviews. One reader said that the agents that work best use Boolean search terms. Named after British mathematician George Boole, Boolean refers to the logical relationship among search terms, a relationship usually characterized by the words AND, OR, and NOT. In Boolean searching, an “and” operator between two words or other values (for example, “pear AND apple”) means one is searching for documents containing both of the words or values, , not just one of them. An “or” operator between two words or other values (for example, “pear OR apple”) means one is searching for documents containing either of the words. You can find search tips (especially on Google) in a terrific article.
A newer twist on that technique is to set up an RSS feed. If you search for jobs on Indeed.com, for example, you have the option once you get the search results of setting up either an e-mail alert or RSS feed for those search terms. Look also for blogs that carry job listings and subscribe to their feeds. Examples include TechCrunch, Guy Kawasaki’s blog, How to Change the World, JobsProBlogger, GigaOM Jobs, and Mashable Jobs.