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.

Federal Contractors &

- Thanks to guest bloggers DJ Bingler and Carolyn Moore for this post.

Attention Federal Contractors!! Are you aware that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently published its Final Rule on VEVRAA (Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974) and its Final Rule on Chapter 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 , both with an effective date of March 24, 2014?  As a federal contractor, these regulations apply to you.

For Federal Contractors, the good news is that helps you meet your mandatory job listing compliance requirements.

  •  Hiring-Official Contact Information:
    • Employer account self-registration: with your Federal and State Tax Account Number, you can create an employer account in that includes the hiring manager’s business address.
    • User account:  when self-registering an employer account, you are creating a User Account which serves as the contact information for your company’s designated hiring official.
  • Federal Contractor Status: when creating a new job posting or copying an existing job posting, the “Federal Contractor Job Listing” field should be checked ‘Yes’ to designate the status of your open job posting as a federal contractor job. You will find this field on the first page of the job entry process: page name is “Job Posting – General Details.”    
  • Priority Referrals: assists employers with providing priority of service to all military veterans by briefly limiting the ability to match with new job postings to VETERAN job seekers only. After the brief hold, job postings are released to all qualified job seekers.

The “Veterans Only” feature on our job postings offers veterans the opportunity to find new jobs and take advantage of priority referrals. This feature also benefits federal contractors by facilitating priority referrals of protected veterans as soon as job postings are opened.   

There’s one item in the ‘Final Rule on VEVRAA’ that may need your attention since this is not an automated feature in Please review and consider how you will include the requirement for specific verbiage in your job listings that indicates you are a “VEVRAA Federal Contractor” along with your Equal Opportunity clause stating that you are an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans (Reference OFCCP Frequently Asked Questions: Overview of the Final Rule Questions 8-11)    

Like most federal contractors, we’re still trying to interpret all the nuances and implications of the Final Rule on VEVRAA. But, be assured that as your Employment Service Delivery System (ESDS), will continue to ensure we are doing everything we can to help you meet your compliance requirements. Analytics

It’s been a while since our last post but time has not passed without activity. We’ve been working on some very big things recently while also undergoing some organizational changes that should help better support the big things we’re working on. We’ll detail some of those big things in future posts on this blog, but for now some interesting data.

A couple of weeks ago we were asked about customer access, specifically how many people hit the site per month, what do they do, how do they access it, how long do they stick around, etc. We’ve always tracked this type of web-trend info but never posted it; for no particular reason other than we don’t have a good way to do it and it’s really tracked to help us better understand customer behavior. But since I have it and it is interesting, thought I’d share. Full Site Visitors

1)      What are the access points for users on Desktops, tablets, and smartphones.

  • Desktop -  75%
  • Smartphone – 17%
  • Tablet – 8%

2)      What browsers are being used by users to access

  • We officially support (meaning we routinely test the site to make sure it works with) Internet Explorer 7.0 and higher, and Firefox 2.x and higher. However, it generally works on other browsers too like Chrome, Safari and Opera.

3)      What pages are users visiting the most?

  • gets about 5.5M unique URL (web address) hits per month, with about 2M of those hitting the ‘Browse Jobs by Text’ search function, easily the most used/preferred way for people to search for jobs in Mobile-Friendly Mobile Site Visitors

1)      Total mobile users per month – 400k

2)      Average unique visit time – 13 mins, 9 secs

3)      Tablet or smartphone – 25% of access is via mobile devices

  • 280K tablets, 120K phones
    • 150K were Apple devices
      • 85K were iPhones
      • 65K were iPads

2013 Blog-Year In Review

If a concert were held at the Sydney Opera House for all the people who read our blog last year, it would take 18 sold-out performances to accommodate everyone. Not too bad for a grass-roots blog.

We had 32 new posts, Facebook was our top referring site, we were read in 62 different countries, and our most popular posts were on resumes, job search techniques, unemployment, going mobile, and (unfortunately) tips to avoid job posting scams.

We have a lot planned for 2014 and as the year goes we’ll detail many of those plans. Most notably we’re going to revisit the way in which we connect (i.e. “match”) employers and job seekers. We believe we can do it better. And while we don’t know exactly what that will look like yet, we are excited about the opportunities.

If you have things you’d like to see done, please let us know.

Thanks for your support. 

2013 Grades

Happy Holidays!

As 2013 comes to a close, we’d love to hear your thoughts on what we did right this past year and what we can improve on for the new year. Your time and input is invaluable and greatly appreciated. 

Thanks for being a part of

Workplace Trends In 2014

Wondering what the workforce world might look like next year? Related to jobs in Texas we already know a lot. Manufacturing is coming back (though your parents might not recognize it), oil & gas is booming more than ever before, even aerospace has found a voice and is screaming to be heard.

But what of the workplace itself – what trends might we see in the coming year. Many think 2014 will be a slower economic period nationally where a lot of major workplace issues will surface. Dan Schwabel of Millennial Branding took a shot at the top 10 trends for 2014 and had some interesting thoughts. We’ve summarized the high points below but the full article can be found here.

1. Healthcare’s impact on the workplace - found that 9 out of 14 economists say that businesses are putting off hiring because of health care reform next year.

2. Freelancing becomes a normal way of life - One third of Americans are freelancers (17 million people), contractors and consultants right now and there will be more of them than full-time employees in six years.

3. Gender pay gap starts to close - If you break down the gender pay issue by generation there is only a 2-3% difference between male and female pay across all 3 generations (X, Y, Boomers), with Gen Y having the smallest gap. And this will continue to shrink per #5.

4. The economy delays career growth - The Congressional Budget Office expects unemployment to remain near 8% in 2014, and degrees and internships don’t guarantee jobs anymore. And most workers now turn 30 before earning $42,000/year, up from 26 back in 1980.

5. Boomers retiring/changing demographics in the workplace - 18% of boomers will retire within five years and that will have a major impact on the workforce and workplace demographics.  That creates lots of opportunity, but also lots of challenges.

6. Employers create new ways of filtering candidates – reports that 94% of employers are using social networks for recruiting and candidate evaluation, and more companies will start using tests to close the skills gap.

7. More companies provide wellness programs - Employers will be able to use financial rewards and penalties to encourage healthier behaviors.

8. The continuous job search - People are continuously searching for a job these days, even while they have one. And the internet creates an even larger marketplace, making the search that much easier.

9. ROI of college is looked at closer - “Traditional” colleges continue to increase tuition, but with more and more “new” colleges offering online courses, traditional models will have to prove their worth.

10. Reputation becomes more important for both professionals and companies – Candidates will be hired and promoted based on a positive reputation (it’s safe to hire someone who already has a solid reputation/track record), but those candidates will also seek out only companies that have a positive one themselves (a recent study by CareerBuilder shows that 75% of job seekers will take a lower salary for a good brand).

Red, White & You v2.0

Helping our US Military Veterans successfully transition from their military careers is very important to us. We work hand in hand with the Texas Veterans Commission to ensure that all veterans and their families get all the public workforce system assistance they want and need.

You may remember last year around Veterans Day that the Texas workforce system, in partnership with the Governor’s office and Dr. “Red” Duke, hosted 27 simultaneous job fairs across the state; a first-of-its-kind event known as “Hiring Red, White & You.”

Last year’s event saw 1,400 employers and 12,000 job seekers statewide, and was so well received that we’re doing it again this year. The job fairs will take place across the state on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013.

  • If you’re an employer interested in participating, please contact your nearest Workforce Solutions Office.
  • If you’re a veteran interested in attending you can find a list of the times and locations here.
  • If you just want more information about the event, you can find that here.

Hiring Red, White & You!


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