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Finding a job can be difficult. While looking through newspapers and asking’ highly placed family members for referrals did the ‘magic’ easily in the past, it is has become harder today with more people competing to land the jobs available.

 

Unlike the past when classified sections of newspapers were the primary means of finding job openings, online search today plays a more crucial role in helping to connect people to jobs. The Internet stretches your connections across local, state, and even national borders and gives you access to sites, resources, and possibilities you may not have considered. It isn’t necessarily easy, but it is an enhancement you cannot afford to skip.

 

So how does Google Search make it easier for you to find jobs?

 

Search is at the heart of our business. It’s what we do. Google helps people find things – whether it’s a rare African book, a blog for breast cancer survivors, an image of Tafawa Balewa, a Spoon video, or a map and driving directions to Obudu in Calabar. We believe that more information means more choice, more freedom and ultimately more power for people.

 

Google Search crawls through trillions of web pages and sorts them by content (what is on different websites), and other factors such as how many people go to those sites. Although the process is easy, the trick to getting a great answer lies in the right search title entry in Google Search.

 

For instance, typing “Job” in the search box will most likely provide a list of results that will be too broad. You will therefore need to include other keywords and operators that will streamline and help you focus your search a little more. Your keywords could include Manager, Accountant, Doctor, Lawyer, Lagos, Abuja, etc, pretty much anything that aligns with what you are looking for.

 

Operators are words or symbols that perform special actions. These operators allow you to find what you are looking for quickly and accurately. One operator that has been really useful for job searchers is [site:].This helps to restrict your result within a particular site. For example, if you are looking for all mentions of “jobs” on the Jobberman website, your search query will be like this:

 

Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, is the Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa at Google

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