How to run advanced Google search to discover great companies

Did you know you can discover hidden opportunities at exciting companies with a simple Google Search? You just need to know how to use it. Ramp up your research skills with these 5 tips.

Naturally, Google is one of the most powerful ways to discover great companies — when you know how to use it. Here’s a quick primer on some basic Google-fu that you can use to narrow down your search for your next dream job.

Searching for jobs on specific sites

Google lets you search specific sites’ public content simply by typing SEARCH TERM. This is often a better way to find content or profiles than the site’s own search function, since Google has arguably the best search algorithms known to humankind.

You can repeat this kind of search inside of website subdirectories, too. Searching #noresume will return every instance of the term “#noresume” on our website, as well as anything that uses the words “no resume.”

You can narrow down with something like #noresume, which will return only the instances of “no resume” on URLs inside of, meaning our blog posts.

Excluding search terms

This is a good way to find the hiring manager at a company!

Googling the term marketing director phoenix is a good way to return pages that must contain both “marketing director” and “Phoenix,” but you’ll just find a bunch of job listings and salary data.

Add -job to the end of your search, and you’ll filter out the job stuff to leave only profiles or pages talking about marketing directors in the Phoenix area (below the paid job listings).

Requiring specific words or phrases

You can use “ ” quotes around terms to tell Google to make sure those words are included. For example, the search we’re hiring product designers returns a bunch of random results that match the words “we’re” and “hiring” and “product” and “designers.”

But if you want better results, use “we’re hiring product designers” in quotes, and get results that contain that exact phrase:

Recent results

You can further narrow this by including only search results that have been updated within a certain period of time, rather than seeing old content. Do this under Tools > Any time. Change it to the past week, then past month, then past year. Play with custom ranges too.

Discover great companies with AND / OR operators

The AND operator is useful when you want to force-combine two terms that normally don’t go together. Google has gotten pretty smart at just figuring out that fintech startups hiring is the same as "fintech startups" AND hiring.

However, AND becomes useful when you need to combine longer strings of specific terms. For example, “entry level jobs at startups” AND “Fortune 500 internships” would be an effective way to return all results for both terms that the AND operator combines. You’re essentially doing two Google searches at the same time.

The OR operator is perhaps even more useful depending what you’re looking for—it returns any page that matches either “fintech startups” OR “hiring.”

Search "fintech startups" OR hiring and you’ll see websites about FinTech companies, and websites about hiring. Again, a useful trick for doing two searches in one, and for getting past “you don’t know what you don’t know.”

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