You know your favorite snapchat filter, but did you know that filters can help you on the job hunt? No, the flower crown and puppy dog filters aren’t going to land you your next job. But knowing how to sift through the millions (literally millions) of postings on job boards – like Indeed, ZipRecruiter or Glassdoor – definitely will.
Want the skinny on narrowing the playing field? Here are five different things you should filter for when looking for work.
You don’t want to find your dream job only to realize it has a two-hour commute. Most job boards let you set your location, as well as a radius. It’s the perfect way to find a great job that’s a convenient distance from your home. You can also use the location filter to scout out jobs in places you’d like to move to. If you’re not tied down or want to get out of your hometown, feel free to search for jobs in your dream city. You never know what you might find!
2. Money Matters
You’re looking for a job so you can get some money in the bank! You’ve got rent, bills, and student loan repayments that are all clamoring for your hard-earned cash. Make sure you know your worth: use a salary calculator to determine your earning potential. Once you have an idea of what the going-rate is for someone in your field with your level of experience, you can use that information to weed out positions that don’t pay enough. Most job boards have a slider where you can enter your upper and lower salary expectations.
3. Experience Level
There’s few things more frustrating than a position masquerading as “entry-level” while requesting 5 years of in-field experience. To avoid this as much as possible, head into the advance search options and choose the level that’s right for you. Whether it’s 0-1 years of experience or 7+, this filter will help keep the positions you’re seeing appropriate for your background.
4. Company Rating
You can’t judge a book by it’s cover, but you should pay attention the reviews. The same goes for companies! Job boards like Glassdoor let you select your desired company ratings when viewing open positions. It’s always a good idea to start at high end (4+ stars) and see if you find something you like. If it’s a miss, cast your ratings net a little wider. Finding a company you like working for can make a huge impact on your job satisfaction and encourage you to stay at a job for longer.
5. Search Terms
Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for or you only have a rough idea, the words you enter in that search bar matter! Figure out synonymous job titles to help you find more openings. For example, if you’re looking for an admin assistant position, try using the terms “administrative specialist” or “office clerk” if you’re just seeing the same openings over and over.
If you can successfully use these five filters simultaneously, you’ll be able to seriously narrow down your options to some decent picks. While advanced search filtering takes a little more time and effort, you’ll be able to choose from some openings that you’re tailor-made to fill.