Using Google For Your Dental Job Search
One of the most powerful tools for finding a job in a specific area is the world’s biggest search engine: Google. While Google does a good job of helping you find what you’re looking for, if you know how to use what’s known as “advanced search operators” you can really harness the power of Google, particularly for job searches. What are advanced search operators and how can they help in your job search? Search modifiers limit the results that Google shows you, which can be very handy whether you’re searching for a job with a specific company, in a specific area, or with a specific title. Here’s a quick rundown of some common modifiers and how you can use them:
If you use the site: operatorin search it will limit Google to searching only on that website. This can be helpful if you want to quickly find the available jobs on a giant corporate website. The site command limits a search to a specific website. For example, if you wanted to search for a job at a larger organization like Castle Dental, you could save yourself the time of navigating the site and just do a quick search on Google like this:
The search results will be Google’s ordered results of pages on that site for the term jobs. You can see this search result here.
The inurl: search operator forces Google results to contain the string of characters that immediately follow it. This doesn’t work with spaces, so it will only force the URL of a page to have everything you specify before using a space. This can be extremely useful if you want to do a broad search for an individual business careers page. Not every company uses a job board like Monster or Indeed, so the only way you’ll know they have a job available is by finding their website. If you’re looking for a dental assistant job, this might be a great search to try:
inurl:careers dental assistant
If that search offers results that are too general, you can just keep adding more specific keywords, like specific states or cities. Notice the difference in the above result (click on it to see the search results) and this search:
inurl:careers dental assistant chicago, il
You can try different variations like inurl:jobs or inurl:employment to expand your search results here as well.
Using parentheses forces Google to limit your results to pages that have whatever phrase or characters you have within the parentheses. If you want to find song lyrics, this is very handy, but it’s also useful in a job search if you want to search for a more specific job title or force Google’s hand to search only in a specific geography. For example, if you wanted to be more specific with the above search for dental assistant careers in Chicago, you could combine search operators which would force Google to not only limit results to pages with “careers” in the URL, it would also limit results to only pages that contain EXACTLY “chicago, il” and “dental assistant”. That search would look like this:
inurl:careers “dental assistant” “chicago, il”
around a phrase within a search tells google to search for a specific phrase. So if you were searching for a pharmacy job, you could do a search for “pharmacy job” and Google would base its search on that specific phrase as opposed to the words individually.
You may find as you begin working with search operators that certain sites or results keep showing up in your results. For example, if you keep seeing results from job sites like indeed, you can use the minus sign to exclude results for that site by adding this to your search:
So, to exclude indeed.com results from the previous search, you’d have a search that looks like this:
inurl:careers “dental assistant” “chicago, il” -site:indeed.com
Here are some additional resources to assist you on your job search, including a number of popular general and dentistry specific job aggregators.
National Dental Job Listings
- Dental Jobs – DentalPost, job search and listings for dental jobs
- Aspen Dental Jobs’
- Dental Assistant Jobs on Monster.com
- Dentist Jobs on Monster.com
- Dental Assistant Jobs at Dentalgrind.com
- Career Builder Dentist Jobs
- Government Medical/Dental Jobs at governmentjobs.com
- Dentistry Jobs – VA Careers
- ETS Dental Jobs – Job Openings for Dentists, Specialists, & Staff
- Jobs from the American Dental Education Association
- Dencom Homepage – Civilian Medical Jobs
- Dental Jobs on LinkedIn