Website Review: Searchles.com

If you’re a client of Career Horizons, or have attended any of our job search training classes over the past few years, chances are you’re already well acquainted with the Indeed.com job hunting website.  In fact, you’ve probably had our help in developing an advanced “Boolean keyword search string” for Indeed that combs through the site’s massive pool of job listings on a daily basis and automatically e-mails you any opportunities that match your qualifications and interests.

But what if we’ve missed something in this search algorithm?  What if there are some other listings on the site that might be of interest to you, but which somehow aren’t getting picked up using the search parameters you have in place now?  Well, thanks to a new site we’ve come across called Searchles, there’s an easy way to explore this possibility.  This elegant little site is built upon the assumption that the more closely the words in a given job description match the words on your resume, the more likely the lead in question would be of interest to you.  So when you visit Searchles, all you have to do is paste a copy of your resume into the box provided and enter a target zip code.  At that point, the site will analyze all of your resume keywords and bring up a set of Indeed.com results ranked in order of how closely the language in each advertisement seems to match your resume terminology.  Pretty nifty, eh?

As for how well this keyword-matching technology actually works and how many relevant “new” leads this approach will turn up for any given job hunter who is already using Indeed.com, that’s pretty hard to say at this point.  We’d need to have a solid baseline to work with in terms of knowing the exact leads an individual job hunter has turned up through their own efforts, week after week, in comparison to what the Searchles site uncovers.  Our hope, however, is that some of you will test out this site in the near future and let us know how well you think it performs.  Does it add value to your efforts?  Or simply duplicate a bunch of stuff you’ve already seen?  Off the cuff, it seems likely that some of the hits that come up would be pretty random, since the site is firing blindly and not able (it doesn’t appear) to evaluate your resume keywords in any meaningful context.  But we also can’t rule out the possibility that this type of crude “more keywords = better lead” approach could be pretty powerful, too, and turn up some great leads one might miss otherwise.

So if you have a few minutes,  give this site a whirl.  I think you’ll find it pretty interesting.  For what it’s worth, too, this job search engine is just one small offshoot of the overall Searchles.com website — which is actually more of an Internet shopping destination, at heart — so remember to specifically bookmark the http://jobs.searchles.com web page, going forward, instead of focusing on the main http://www.searchles.com address.

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4 Responses to “Website Review: Searchles.com”

  1. For me, it was definitely helpful. I feel like I’m at a crossroads in my job search, and this was exactly what I needed!

    What was most helpful was having results that identified openings that were a combination of my work experience that I hadn’t thought of.

  2. I took the site for a spin and did see some new jobs that I’d missed in a more traditional search with Indeed.com. There were however a lot of jobs that were no where near close to relevant. We went from moderately appropriate to technician roles quite quickly (my satellite communications experience got translated into installer and technician roles early on). I wouldn’t rule the site out in the future but it would need some contextual search parameters to make this really work for me.

    Thanks!

    Kirsten

  3. Chris:

    Thanks much for your comment and the additional details about your Searchles technology! Always nice when the “inventor” of a given system is able to chime in and help explain the origins/purpose of a given tool — and I’m hoping, as well, that some of my readers DO end up commenting on the usefulness of the site and posting the results here for you and others to read. Keep up the good work…

  4. Thanks for the review Matt, I think you hit the nail on the head. Our discovery engine isn’t meant to supplant your traditional keyword searching, but I have found from experience that it turns up jobs that you might never think to search for. For example, I pasted my own resume into the engine and I saw several jobs for “web crawler engineer”, which is definitely right up my alley. I am a search engine expert, but jobs building search engines are actually rarer than you might think. Most of the search engines I have built have required building web crawlers of some sort, but I never would have thought to search for jobs like that. It also turned up a number of opportunities as co-founders of startups, which is also very interesting to me.

    I would definitely love to hear any feedback anyone has, please try it out and email me at info at searchles com.

    thanks!

    Chris Seline
    founder
    Searchles Inc.

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