The Netflix of the Job Hunt: How to Customize Your Job Search for Better Results


I don’t know about you, but I love when products are tailored to fit my wants and needs. Lucky for me, the world seems to think that customized results are a necessity and more and more of my day is “made to fit.”

When listening to music, I can tell Pandora whether or not I enjoy that screamo song on my Lord of the Rings radio station. On Netflix I can binge-watch all 13 hours of a show because it suggested it based off of the last three shows I binge-watched. When I’m on Facebook, the advertisements are all pizza places and cat clothing (the only two things I want to buy). Though this is a little creepy, and I end up online shopping away too much of my paycheck, I kind of like that I don’t have to see any advertisements for things like Potty Putters (though I might actually want one).

Machine learning has made sure that my music, shows, and shopping are all what I want.

So why haven’t we applied the same technology to the job search?

Turns out we have.

Before landing my internship and then job as the Editorial Assistant at AfterCollege, I had used the site for my own job search. I tried out the Explore feature and entered in my College, Graduation Date, and Major to find jobs to match my academic background.

I had spent my college career in the Inland Empire and I wasn’t too keen on staying there after I graduated. Moving home and living in Hawaii may sound like a dream, but if you read my other post about moving to San Francisco, I explain that Hawaii can make you feel like you’re walking through tar—stuck. Besides knowing that I didn’t want to live in either of those two places, I didn’t have much of an idea about where I wanted to go. Sure, I wanted a city, but be that New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or Austin, I couldn’t tell you. Unfortunately I hadn’t seen this post on five great cities for new grads to help me form my opinion.

I also had NO idea what I should be typing into those other career sites’ search bars. I majored in Creative Writing… I was really good at writing short stories. Should I just search for “Creative Writing Jobs”?

Using Explore on AfterCollege enabled me to recognize opportunities I would never have considered on my own. I wouldn’t have known that I could apply to customer service jobs, sales positions, or recruiter positions. I definitely would not have found my Editorial/Social Media intern position without the “Jobs Based on Your Education” emails which alert you about new jobs posted that match your educational criteria.

The search bar creates too many variables that I (and most recent graduates) are unsure of.

Luckily, there’s Explore.

Your job is easy—you just enter your academic background, and then Explore does the work for you. Based on what others with the same or similar backgrounds have done on our site in the past, it pulls up results that it has matched to you. You are given a list of job categories, job titles, and locations.

Job Titles and Categories

This is where the fun part begins.

Just like with Pandora and Netflix, you get to tell the site what you like and what you don’t like.

City and State

Beside each category, job title, and location there is a smiley face and a frowny face. If you love the idea of working in Nowhere, Oklahoma, click that smiley face. If the thought of working in New York, NY makes you panic, click that frowny face. After you’ve done the same with job category and job titles, watch as your results change to fit your preferences.

Wanna check it out now? Try out Explore.

Wanna learn more? Read on!

If you don’t see any jobs you like, it’s not time to quit. Not only will the results continue to improve the more you interact with the site, but the jobs also work in a stream similar to Twitter. You don’t have to worry about getting stuck looking at the same positions every day because the list of jobs shown will continue to change.

Job Stream

It gets even better for students.

Because you’ve entered in your academic background, Explore will make sure that you are aware of on-campus events happening at your school. Right beside your job stream there will be little blurbs announcing events that can help you in your future job search. You’ll also get emailed with reminders and updates about these events.

Let’s not forget to talk about money!

Don’t worry, Explore won’t cost you anything. It’s totally FREE. I’m talking about GIVING you money, not taking it away from you.

Exploring on AfterCollege will help you to learn about upcoming scholarship deadlines. We have personally contributed over $800,000 to scholarships and student activities in various majors, and we also notify you of other scholarships you may qualify for. We have one deadline right around the corner on September 30. Find all the info on our Scholarships page.

Events and Scholarships

Seniors get extra support.

When you enter your graduation date, Explore will automatically realize that you are a senior and will enroll you in our Job Search Survival Kit. We know it’s super easy to procrastinate the job search senior year, and we want you to be as prepared as possible for the upcoming job search. Every Friday, you will receive an email that will link you to our blog for helpful tips on exploring jobs and companies, perfecting your résumé, prepping for interviews, and more.

If you’re not a senior, don’t worry, all of our helpful job search advice is available on our blog. It’s our job to make the transition from student to employee as easy as possible.

Why use complicated search bars that don’t understand that you are an individual?

The Explore option on AfterCollege is a better way for students and recent graduates to find careers. Don’t waste your time fumbling around, trying to understand what you’re supposed to be searching for. Tell us what you like and don’t like and we’ll do the work for you. Start Exploring now!


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