Advanced Google Searches to Find Work Opportunities

Advanced Google Searches to Find Work Opportunities

Learn Google-Fu, and the world is truly at your fingertips
Jérémy Chevallier
Jun 6, 2020 6:09 PM
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Finding clients with Google

Naturally, Google is one of the most powerful ways to find anything and anyone online—when you know how to use it. Here’s a quick primer on some basic Google-fu that you can use to narrow down your searches.

Searching for clients on specific sites

Google lets you search specific sites’ public content simply by typing SEARCH TERM. This is often a better way to find content or profiles than the site’s own search function, since Google has arguably the best search algorithms known to humankind.

You can repeat this kind of search inside of website subdirectories, too. Searching freelance will return every instance of the word “freelance” on our website, but freelance will return only the instances of “freelance” on URLs inside of, meaning our guides.

Excluding search terms

Googling the term marketing director phoenix is a good way to return pages that must contain both “marketing director” and “Phoenix,” but you’ll just find a bunch of job listings and salary data.


Add -job to the end of your search, and you’ll filter out the job stuff to leave only profiles or pages talking about marketing directors in the Phoenix area (below the paid job listings).


Requiring specific words or phrases

You can use quotes around terms to make sure those words are included. For example, the search some random search term returns a bunch of random results that sort of match the words “random” and “search” or “term.”


But if (for whatever reason) you were looking for webpages that exactly matched that query, you’d use “some random search term” in quotes, and get results that contain that exact phrase:


Searching with AND / OR operators

The AND operator is useful when you want to force-combine two terms that normally don’t go together. Google has gotten pretty smart at just figuring out that freelance cambodia is the same as freelance AND cambodia so it’s not so necessary anymore. Search either of these, and you get jobs and freelancers located in Cambodia.

The OR operator is still very useful—it returns any page that matches either “freelance” or “cambodia” in whichever order those pages would rank normally. Search freelance OR cambodia and you get Cambodia-specific websites, as well as at roughly result #5 at the time of this writing. These sites have nothing to do with each other, and this can be a useful trick when you want to compare search engine rankings of different pages that don’t normally go together.