Using Online Job Listings: Job Categories and Job Titles


READ ABOUT IT
Online job banks and job search engines organize jobs by categories or groups. When you look for jobs online, you can use these categories to look for jobs. For example, if you are looking for a job as a nurse, you can choose the category, Medical/Healthcare. If you are looking for a job as a waiter, choose the category, Restaurant/Food Service.

When you browse these websites you can search for jobs two ways. You can search by job category in a drop down menu or by keywords, for example, a job title or job duties.

Let's look at the first search method - using job categories. Here is an example of some categories.
Choose the job category and click.

SELECT JOB CATEGORY:



TALK ABOUT IT
Have you searched for jobs using online job listings? Can you remember any job categories you used?

NOTE: If you don't know the job category, you can click on it for a definition.

TRY IT
Look at the list of jobs below. Match the job titles with the correct category in the drop-down list.

office assistant:

bookkeeper:

cashier:

certified nurse assistant:

childcare worker:

cook:

custodian:

delivery driver:

dental assistant:

dishwasher:

dog walker:

gardener:

hairstylist:

lab assistant:

newspaper delivery:

salesperson:

security guard:

Answer Key


NOTE: Some search engines use abbreviations. Click here for more information.



READ ABOUT IT
The second way to search for job listings is to use keywords. Many jobs have more than one job title, so it's important for you to learn the keywords for the job you want. When you search for a job, try different job titles.

SELECT JOB CATEGORY:
TYPE IN A KEYWORD AND CLICK:


Here is an example of a search for a salesperson. The category is retail/wholesale jobs. You can see that there are many different job titles for similar jobs in this category.


s.f. bayarea craigslist > retail/wholesale jobs

Retail Salesperson

Women's Clothing.....No Retail Sales Exp Needed!

Retail Sales Position

Retail Sales Associate

Customer Service / Sales

AUTOMOTIVE SALES

Clerk (PT)

Store Associate

Sales Clerk

Retail Sales Team Member - Full Time

Cashier - Part time


TALK ABOUT IT
1.What other job titles for salesperson can you find in the craigslist search list above?

2. Think of a job you know. What are other titles for this job?

TRY IT

Activity A:

Read each group of job titles. In each group,
all of the titles are the same or similar except one.
Decide which job title is the most different and pass
your mouse over it to see if you're right.
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Activity B:

If you are interested in any of the jobs in Part 1, write the keywords for this job in your Job Search Notebook. Also, write the Job Category that matches the job you want.

If your job goal is not in Part 1, you can go to
online.onetcenter.org and find more job titles.
  1. Click Find Occupations.
  2. Type a job title in the box under Keyword or O*NET-SOC code search.
  3. Click on the job category you want.
  4. Look for Sample of reported job titles and read other job titles.


Activity C: Discuss with your classmates.

In which category will you find each of the job groups in Activity A?
Example: server/waiter/wait staff = Restaurant/Food Service/Hospitality


HAVE FUN: Play BINGO with your class.
  1. Make a grid like the one below on a piece of paper.
  2. Write one job title in each box. Check your spelling.
  3. Your instructor will say a job title. or a job category.
  4. If you have this job title or a job title with the same meaning, put an X on it.
    When you have 4 X's in a row, say BINGO!
  5. Say the job titles that you put an X on. Your instructor will tell you if you are a winner.
 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


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