Active and Passive Search & Job Postings

Active or Passive Search


The job search process can be an “Active” or a “Passive” process.

An active process involves you directly searching for a particular job by using online job boards, company websites, and career fairs. You are in control of what you want to search for by using the many different features that are available to you on these sites. This process is more for people who are actively looking for a job or a career change. This is the most effective way to find the job you want.

A passive process is simply being open to new opportunities. This involves creating an online profile on job boards, uploading your resume, and indicating what kind of job you are open to pursuing. If a company comes across your profile and likes what they see, they will reach out to you for an opportunity. This process is more for people who are not actively looking for a new job but would not mind getting contacted by recruiters to hear about a new opportunity.


HRCap TIP 07: Boolean Search

  • Familiarize yourself with using “Boolean operators” and keywords to conduct advanced searches to yield optimal search results.

  • Refer to Appendix: Boolean Operators for additional search tricks.


Job Postings


Living in a digital age, most companies post job openings either through their own corporate websites or online job boards.


Searching through Company Websites


Actively search through a company’s career portal to see positions that are currently open. Keep in mind that certain job positions will only be available through the company’s career portal.


Searching Using Online Job Boards


Each job board has its own unique interface and features. Take advantage of what each job board offers for your own benefit.

Below are the top job boards to use.





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