The tilde key on the keyboard

The tilde operator symbol is located in the top left corner of my keyboard, under the esc key.

Google stopped supporting the tilde search function about 5 years ago. Great news, it’s back!

The tilde is a handy little search operator that helps recruiters uncover synonyms for keywords so they can find even more of those difficult-to-find technology specialists.

What is the tilde operator?

You can use the tilde operator (~) to get Google to expand the search with related keywords.

When you place the tilde operator in front of a keyword, it will also search for words that are synonyms of that keyword. This is helpful when you you don’t know all of the keywords to add.

Here’s a search string with the tilde operator (~)

~CV “Software Developer” -Jobs -Template

Here’s a more advanced search string you can use to find Java developers on Linkedin:

~ "Java Developer" OR "J2EE developer" "Toronto" -intitle:"profiles" -inurl:"dir/ " OR

Let me know if you have any questions about this technique and feel free to share your strings as well!

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