2/18/2011 5:34:17 PM

Improve your job search: Job searching tips for ARM.co.uk

This is a short guide to getting the best search results from the ARM job search and also how to ensure you are notified of relevant opportunities as soon as they become available.

 

1. Using the Boolean search

Our keyword search is a full Boolean search, meaning you can combine words using AND, OR and NOT e.g.

 

  • software AND engineer
  • sap OR oracle
  • manager NOT project
  • web AND development NOT design

 

and group terms using brackets, e.g. (oil OR gas) AND (engineer OR consultant)

 

If you wish to return results that match an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotes, e.g. “project manager”.

 

To search on variations of a word, use an asterisk after the stem of the word, e.g. manage* will return results for manage, manager, managed, management, etc.

 

2. Start wide, narrow it down

Begin your search with a wide search criteria which will hopefully return a lot of jobs. Then, depending on the number of jobs you are presented with, begin narrowing the search further until you are left with only the most relevant results. For instance, say I was looking for a job as a Web Designer. I’d perhaps first do a search for web and design in the keywords box. I got 57 results, too many to look through. So now I’ll add some location criteria and specify the job must be in Hampshire or “West Sussex”. I got 7 results. But I also will only consider a permanent role, so I change the Job Type dropdown list to permanent and now get 5 results. A nice number to read through and hopefully apply for.

 

The Location, Job Type and Industry Sector fields are perfect for narrowing your search. Don’t be afraid to tweak the search to get exactly the results you want – if you get no results with your current criteria, widen the search.

 

 

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3. Check back regularly

The ARM job search updates in real time. So as soon as a new job is taken on by one of our consultants, or another job is filled, ARM.co.uk is updated immediately to reflect this. We add, on average, 95 jobs to our website every week. Therefore it’s important you come back regularly to check for the latest jobs, or use one the facilities described below to be informed of our latest opportunities. Also you can limit your keyword search to only show recently posted jobs, so you know you won’t be looking at the same jobs you’ve seen before.

 

4. Use the right search terms

This might sound a little patronising – it’s not meant to. You’d be surprised by some of the terms people search for in looking for a job and wonder why they get little to no results. I recently noticed someone had searched on our website for Keyword: Live bands, Location: Japan!

 

Using the right words is key to finding the right job. If you are looking for a very specific job title, bear in mind the company with the perfect role for you may have a slightly different name for it, so be more general or wide-ranging in your search terms. For instance, if you’re a VB.net developer, roles that interest you might be advertised as VB Developer, .Net Developer, Software Developer, Software Engineer etc. So a search for (VB or .net) and (developer or engineer) should ensure all bases are covered.

 

5. Let the jobs come to you

All the jobs you see on ARM.co.uk are available through a number of social media channels and via various notification methods. As a registered member of arm.co.uk, you can sign up for our jobs-by-email service, where jobs matching your search criteria (which you have perfected, following the above) are emailed to you either daily or weekly.

 

If that’s not your thing, why not join the ARM Social Network and follow our job channels on Twitter, search our vacancies on our Facebook page or consume our job RSS feeds, which are available by sector and job type.

 

Christian Staunton

Senior Design & Web Development Executive

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