How To “Search”

In addition to being a globally recognized and respected brand, Google has become synonymous with conducting an internet search in much the same way that Kleenex has become synonymous with facial tissue. Need to find something on the web, just google it. So with that in mind please understand the following references are to google, not Google.

You don’t often hear people talk about knowing how to search the internet as an important skill, but in today’s world it might be one of THE most important skills you can have. Whether you’re looking for news, cheap hotels, that research paper on the Supercollider, knowing how to search is very important and can be incredibly time and sanity-saving.

And better yet, search skills apply across all boundaries, even to searching for a potential employee or a job. So as you figure out how to make Google really work for you, you can us that same knowledge to make really work for you too.

Start with just a few basics.

  • Put your search terms in quotes (“search text”) to find exact words or phrases.
    • Ex. A search for “big dog” would return all results where big and dog were both found, and found together.
  • Use the word “AND” between terms to find exact words or phrases, but only if you don’t care if those words or phrases are together (yes, the word “AND” must be in upper case).
    • Ex. A search for big AND dog would return all results where big and dog were both found, but not necessarily together.
  • Use the word OR between terms to find one or more words or phrases.
    • Ex. A search for big OR dog would return all results where either big or dog was found, but not necessarily both, or together.

Now a real world example: you’re hiring a computer programmer in Austin to work on an Oracle-based application called PeopleSoft.You could use the text search feature to search for “programmer,” but you’ll likely be overwhelmed with 500+ matches. Or, you could use that search feature to look for “programmer AND austin AND peoplesoft,” which will give you a much more manageable list of about 20 matches.

There’s no perfect search string, it all depends on what you’re looking for.  But with just a little knowledge and time, you can probably significantly improve your results.

For more easy to use and understand information on internet searches, check out this article.

3 thoughts on “How To “Search”

  1. Anonymous April 16, 2014 / 6:45 pm

    Scott, your article on “HOW TO SEARCH” was very helpful and info of this kind is also enlightening. Thanx a bunch for sharing…GPP


  2. Anonymous May 7, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    Thanks Scott! Is there a way to search for ‘texas state jobs’ in a specific location ?


  3. Sharon Fuhrmann May 23, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    You can search for State Jobs in a specific location a few different ways.

    First, after viewing results of a State Agency/University browse, simply sort the results page by location (select the linked column name to sort). This option limits you to one agency/university at a time but is probably the best option because your results will include only agency/university job postings.

    Second, conduct a Text browse using something like “state government agency university austin texas department” (See “More examples” on the By Text search page to customize your search). The results will include non-state agency/university results. Sort by Employer name (hint: if there are over 500 results, you might not want to sort by Employer name). Look through the list of results for state agency/university names. This option forces you to wade through a list of employers but most results although not all will include the city you selected in your search. Results will also include job postings from the national labor exchange,


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