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5 Common Job Agent Mistakes
If you’re looking for a new job – either actively or passively – a Job Agent or Job Alert can be one of your most efficient job search tools. A Job Agent emails you daily job opportunities based on your selection criteria. That saves you time to spend on other aspects of your job search.
The trick is to make your Job Agents as effective as possible. And there are “tricks” to creating these searches. If an agent is not set up properly, you may have a false sense of security thinking that your agents are behind the scenes doing the work for you. Instead you might be missing out on jobs that could be a good fit.
Don’t Set Up A Job Agent the Way You Search
If you are doing a keyword search, you have the option to refine the results by choosing options that appear to the left of your search results on the Search tab. That means you can do a broad search and then refine to target your priorities more closely. It’s that refined search that you want to use to create a Job Agent.
Unfortunately most of the Job Agents we see on our site are too broad to be effective. Job Agent emails are limited to 25 search results per day. That could mean that terrific opportunities are not hitting your inbox. Be sure you have refined your agents using targeted keywords and geography. If you are looking across multiple locations, you may consider creating several Job Agents based on desired geography.
5 Common Job Agent Mistakes
Based on our review of job seeker Job Agents, these are the most common mistakes:
Mistaking the Job Agent name for the keyword field. Giving your Job Agent a name doesn’t mean you have selected keywords for the Agent to search. If you name your Job Agent Security Analyst, you still need to enter Security Analyst as a keyword for the search.
Job Agents with keywords, but no geographic overlay. Depending on the keywords this is probably going to bring search results that aren’t relevant. Choosing a geographic overlay is a good practice, unless you really are willing to work just about anywhere. And optimally choose a centrally-located Zip Code with a mileage radius vs. choosing an entire state.
Not using quotation marks with a search phrase. A common error is searching on a phrase such as “Penetration Tester” without using quotation marks. The problem is you get back search results that aren’t relevant.
Using commas or other punctuation to separate keywords. Don’t use punctuation in Job Agents, other than quotation marks to indicate search phrases such as “Java Developer” or parentheses to create a series of options such as “Java Developer” AND (Unix OR Linux).
Not considering alternative spellings or meanings. Some companies spell “cyber security” as two words and some spell cybersecurity as one word. You’ll need both options for an effective Job Agent. Depending on the employer, “information security” is synonymous with “cyber security”.
You Still Need to Log In Regularly
When recruiters search a job seeker database their search results come back in reverse chronological order. So if you haven’t logged in to your job seeker account in 6 months you may be way back in their search results.
To be top of mind with recruiters and at the top of their search results, log in on a regular basis such as weekly or monthly. That updates the date associated with your job seeker account, and let’s recruiters know you’re actively seeking a new position.
We Can Help You
Don’t struggle with whether you’ve set up your Job Agent properly or not. Send your Job Agent to us and we’ll make sure it’s optimized for the results you seek.This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:02 am