Practical Sourcing & Recruiting Tips and Tricks
The job boards all except standard or basic boolean although most have a few site specific functions that can be used to your advantage.
Monster – Taken from Monster’s help sheet
Wild Card Function – *
This feature allows you to search for all words in a CV that begin with the letters before the wildcard. For example, if you were looking for management candidates, you could use this wildcard to eliminate multiple keyword entry. Simply typing in manag* will return resumes containing the words manage, manager, managing, managed, management, etc.
Your sample Boolean string would be manag*
When used between keywords, NEAR allows you to search for terms situated within a specified distance of each other in any order. The closer they are, the higher the document appears in the results list. The search string software NEAR programmer returns those resumes that have software and programmer within 10 words of each other.
Reducing Search Term Length – Taken from BooleanBlackBelt
Simply put the boolean search term AND can be removed as it is implied between search terms. For example (C++ AND Python) is the same as (C++ Python) and will return the same results.
The OR function can be replaced with the | symbol (note this is not the letter i or L). For example (C++ OR Python) is the same as (C++ | Python)
It’s also worth noting that monster doesn’t require spaces between terms. “(C++ | Python) (Engineer | Developer)” will deliver the same results as “(C++|Python)(Engineer|Developer)”.
The reason why you might want this is because Monster does not allow search strings over 500 characters, which can be easily hit.
This job board allows for deep nested Parentheses ie (), this means you can use brackets within brackets, for example:
((C++ OR Python) AND ( Developer OR Engineer)) OR (Software AND Engineer)
This can be useful when setting up watchdogs and wanting to run two separate searches within one string.
JobServe – Taken from their help guide
The following three Math symbols can be used to help searches:
+ The following word is a must-have
+Java +HTML (must have Java, must have HTML)
. The following word is preferred
+London .Travel (must have London, preferably with Travel)
– The following word must be excluded
+Manager –Sales (must have Manager, without Sales)
JobSite – Taken from their details
Specific Field Searching allows you to target your search to either the job title or the skills field. For example;
This would return candidates who had included sales manager as a complete phrase in the job title field.
skills:(negotiation AND forecasting)
This would return candidates with both negotiation and forecasting listed in the skills field. Queries can also be combined using AND, NOT and OR for even more clarity.
This looks for the words in any order within a specified number of words.
“Java Architecture CMS Hibernate”~15
This will bring up all results containing “Java”, “Architecture”, “CMS” and “Hibernate” in any order within 15 words of each other.
Wild Card Function – *
As explained previously
CV Library – Taken from their website
Deep nested brackets can be used, as discussed previously
Note the usual * method of searching does not work, you need to put the single word on its own and the “expand phrases” box ticked. For example Manag* is the same as Manag as the board will expand it automatically