Welcome back, let’s go ahead and dive into
Part 2: How To Use Google Operators to Search for Jobs in Other Countries.
Instead of searching for company websites, like we did last time, we’ll look for blogs with some new search operators. After thinking about my last article, I thought that it may have been a little tech-heavy for the less techy of whoever might come across this, so we’ll keep the operators simple this time.
Just use the “~” symbol (which finds similar terms) in front of any search term so you don’t have to use multiple pipes to get variations of a word (though I’ve noticed that Google has started sneakily raking in similar terms to standard searches anyway).
What we’re going to do is keep running with the whole copywriting in Japan bit, and look for blogs as a source of ideas, jobs, company links…i.e., we’re looking for blogs that can be used as resources in a few ways we can think of and in ways we can’t think of yet.
blogs ~copywriting inurl:co.jp
blogs ~freelance ~writer inurl:co.jp
blogs ~english ~writing inurl:co.jp
blogs ~editor inurl:co.jp
Open all links of interest with ctrl+click. Then repeat the searches without the word “blogs,” opening all links of interest in new tabs (ctrl+click). And then repeat the searches again with “blogs,” and click on the “more” button, then click “blogs,” which will only bring up blogs in the search results. Ctrl+click links of interest. Repeat the search without “blogs” and then click the “more” and “blogs” buttons.
Massive results in just a couple minutes.
See how easy that was? While Google is still an utterly primitive database query system — utterly, utterly primitive and ridiculous — its crudity will still serve up mostly relevant results, some of the time.
The inability to save preferences or refine or interact with our search results in any meaningful way is just woeful beyond belief, and SEO monsters are still everywhere in the search results. Just see all the online psychology degree websites. Unbelievable. Google’s algorithm is so far in the ice ages and the company should really give users a preference interface so we have control over fine tuning our own results through sophisticated search parameters and criteria that appear as part of a GUI (Graphical User Interface).
But I digress.
The expat blogs I’ve mentioned elsewhere, for example, are a prime resource for someone looking for a job in a foreign country. Not because it lists jobs, but because it shows you what people actually do for work and how they live as expats in foreign countries. And some of them are specifically geared to help other expat wannabes who wanna make it work.
By adding the blog dimension to our Google research, we are adding a new avenue to our research method. There are other methods to pursue, and ways to keep updated on our research, which we’ll get into later. This type of job market research analysis helps profile an industry, and, in the long run, gives us information which will contribute to our authority in our chosen field.
That’s all for this week’s episode of How to Quit Your Life, Become an Expat, and Live the Life of Your Dreams. Next week, or whenever, maybe, I’ll get into things like designing your website’s architecture so Google crawls it properly, how to perform lateral keyword-stuffing, how to conceptualize your content marketing, and how to go clothes shopping on Kao San.