Boolean Search Tips: On the Hunt for IT Candidates
Let’s face it – recruiting is not the same as it was 10 years ago. Realistically, it’s not even the same as it was 5 years ago. Long gone are the days where you would find candidates by collecting a drawer of resumes, scouring job boards and/or running a few simplistic Boolean searches. In today’s market, IT jobs are plentiful and the top IT candidates aren’t waiting around for you to call.
The Best Candidates are Hiding Out
Remember your grade school days, playing a game of hide and seek? It wasn’t any fun finding the kid hiding behind the pole. However, when you finally found little Susie hiding 3 feet up the inside of a tree trunk – you felt pretty accomplished, didn’t you? The same goes for recruiting. The best candidates aren’t easily found and it is most rewarding when you find those great ones who are hiding out.
Searching Untapped Resources
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog discussing the value of e-sourcing, in particular, Google Site Searches. Here I discussed the value of online searching and networking. Forget job boards, forget your personal database – we are searching websites, databases, user groups and all kinds of online content that is going untapped.
How Site Searches Can Help Recruiters Find Hidden Candidates
In my last blog, I gave you a brief introduction to e-sourcing by explaining how SITE searches can help target information and candidates hidden and blocked on specific websites. Now that you have had some time to master the Google Site Search – I would like to share with you some other highly beneficial Google Search Strings in a series of blogs.
How to Become an Internet Recruiting Master
This week I will be discussing a new search string that will help aid you in becoming an e-sourcing/internet recruiting master. If you can use these tips in your daily searches, there won’t be a candidate you can’t find.
Boolean Search Tips:
inurl: tells Google to only return pages with a particular word in them.
Example: If I type inurl:resume into Google, it tells Google to look for web addresses with the word “resume” in them. Most often, when people post their resumes online the web address will contain the word resume in it. We are directing Google to look at websites with resumes. This syntax is useful whether or not we are combining it with a site search or doing an open search.
If I am doing a SITE search on Twitter and find that my site search is producing Java Developers from Toronto but I can’t find their resume, I could combine my SITE search and INURL search and write:
site:twitter.com inurl:resume (java OR J2EE) (developer OR programmer) Toronto
Or if I don’t want to limit my search to a particular site, I could write
inurl:resume (java OR J2EE) (developer OR programmer) Toronto
What other keywords do you think would be helpful to search for in websites URL’s?
Come back next Tuesday for new Boolean search tips!