When you enter keywords into your backfill under Job Board --> Backfill Jobs in your Job-a-matic account, you may find that jobs that aren’t necessarily what you had in mind pop up in your results. This is because when you enter keywords into these backfill fields, your job site will display jobs with those keywords anywhere in your listing. So setting your backfill for “software engineer” without quotes will return results that include the terms “software” and “engineer”, and also might include jobs such as an electrical engineer or for a job that requires familiarity with software sales.
Setting your backfill by O*NET code is a way to make sure the jobs on your search site are the types of jobs that you are looking to include. The O*NET program is the primary source of occupational information in the US. Within the program, there is a system of job classification called the O*NET-SOC taxonomy (SOC standing for Standard Occupational Classification - a system created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) which categorizes all occupations into 23 major groups, 97 minor groups, and 461 broad occupations.
For example, if you want to set your backfill to dental assistant jobs, you can type “onet:(31-9091)” into the “with all the words” search field, with 31-9091 being the O*NET code for dental assistants. Your results will return all jobs that are classified as dental assistants.
Not sure what the O*NET code is for the kind of work you’re looking for? Just got to the O*NET site and search by keyword. For a Simply Hired search, you must type in “onet:” followed by the six digit O*NET code in parentheses “(##-####)”. You may also shorten the code and add an asterisk to the end (example: “onet:(21*)” or “onet:(35-2*)”) to set your backfill as a broader search within that job category.
O*NET codes are considered singular search terms in the Simply Hired system, so you can use them in combination with one another using the OR function. So to set your backfill to civil engineer jobs (onet:17-2051) and electrical engineer jobs (onet:17-2071), enter the following into the backfill search field titled: onet:17-2051 OR onet:17-2071
With O*NET codes, you will be able to set much more specific backfill by job category!