Candidate’s resumes database is great place to start the search for these “hidden” potential hires, but you have to know how to get the most out of them. There are the few basic Boolean search practices that can help you find those quality candidates in a resume database.
How to use AND, OR and NOT
Use Multiple Keywords
AND, OR and NOT: are primary commands that you can use alongside search terms to get results that better match your intent. To search for profiles which include two terms, you can separate those terms with the command “AND.” For instance, if you wanted to find a candidate that has both candidate marketing and social media experience, you might type in the following:
To broaden your search to find profiles that include one or more terms, separate those terms with the command “OR.” Notice below how resume database results go up by almost 4x when the candidate only needs experience in social media OR content marketing.
To do a search but eliminate results that include a particular term, use the command “NOT.” In the example below, the recruiter can see results that include content marketing but NOT social media. This can be a useful technique when you want someone with one skillset but not another.
Use Multiple Keywords: Using multiple keywords in the same search can help you find candidates who have more of your required qualifications. Types of terms to consider basing your inquiry on are job title, company, years of experience, school name, degree, field of study and general resume keywords. Let’s dive into a couple of tangible examples of how to use multiple keywords.
If you are looking for someone who has a diverse set of skills, using an AND string can very effectively get you a shortlist. For example, if you are looking for someone who has experience social media marketing on specific platforms and managing the actual blogging platform, a search such as “twitter AND facebook AND WordPress” can yield great results:
Quotation Marks : Much like searching Google by using specific terminology, the use of quotations is important to get the most out of resume database searches(www.BlastYourResume.com). By keeping a precise word order intact, you can reach a more specific skillset; i.e. if you search email marketing without quotations, resumes that have the word “email” or “marketing” will show up.
If you search for “email marketing”, only people with “email marketing” listed on their resume will show, which is very useful if you are looking for someone to run your “email marketing” campaigns.
Location: Nearby candidates will have a higher response rate to your outreach. Remember to specify the location of the candidate you’re searching for by city, state or zip code. You can also filter by search radius (within 10, 50, or 100 miles of the job’s location) in some resume databases depending on how near the candidate needs to be for the job. As some candidates list zip codes on resumes and others list cities, remember to conduct multiple searches using the variations.
Wildcard!: Every list needs a good wildcard, and this one is quite literally the Wildcard Symbol *(or as it is more commonly known, the asterisk). Google treats the * as a placeholder for a different ending to a root word or phrase, i.e. the “*” can replace one or more letters at the end of a word or phrase. This might help you search for a job title or skill that can be phrased differently.
For example, if you are looking for all types of C developers (such as C++, C–, C#) you can search a resume database with “C* developer: