When you’re searching for resumes on an online database, you’d assume it’s pretty cut and dry. Log on, enter what you’re looking for and voila, right? Sure, it’s pretty cut and dry, but you’re going to find yourself doing more work than you’d need to. There’s a few tips and tricks to making navigating resume databases a little bit easier. Here are our tips to search resume databases.
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Any first-rate resume database can show you heaps of qualified candidates in seconds, but how do you make sure the list isn’t full of false positives? A false positive is a resume that involves some of the keywords you used. Unfortunately, just not in the way that you’re looking for. Maybe you are looking for a Project Manager and could find resumes in your list that mention the word project in their hobbies. Those are more frustrating than most. So, you’ll be reading through a resume, confused as to why it’s been sent at all and find that it’s just a poor keyword grab.
Knowing the exact keywords for what you’re looking for is best. If you’re filling the position of a Foreman, just typing in Foreman will send your head spinning. Therefore, knowing that you’re looking for a Union-backed Electrical Foreman will certainly reap better rewards. Most solid resume databases will have a professional title slot and field/industry specific slot for your keywords. When you search resume databases, use these to your advantage, and don’t be afraid to mix things up.
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Another handy trick to search resume databases is to use logic; cheat codes to the database, so to speak. Hence, when you search a resume database slip any of these handfuls of words into the search to tailor what the database presents.
This allows you to combine keywords so that if they’re found anywhere in the resume, it’ll be retrieved. Using this like “Doctor or Pediatrician” will flood your list with resumes involving, one, the other.
“AND” is also used to combine words, similar to OR. However, this cheat code makes it so that the resumes that are retrieved have both of the keywords in the same place. Typing in something to the effect of “Lifeguard and CPR Certified” will bring you resumes that both those keywords.
“NOT” is a very handy add-in that it prevents a specified word from popping up in your search. This is super helpful when you’re using keywords that have multiple meanings. Keywords like “engineer” can give you handfuls of different kinds of engineers and if you know a kind you don’t need? Something like “Engineer not mechanical,” will exclude mechanical engineers entirely, and make your life a lot easier. It’s important to note that this only works for most resume databases. Places like Google won’t recognize that style of keyword cheat code.
There’s nothing too extra or fancy with this one, just in that a few databases you’ll run into aren’t familiar with the “NOT” cheat code. If you find that one not working for you, the negative sign placed before the words you’re looking to exclude will work just fine.
“NEAR” is an odd one in that it allows you to look for words that appear next to or close to each other. When you use this code, the results are resumes where your keywords are only one to twenty words apart! So if you are looking for a certain type of verbiage or a string of specific technical terms in a resume, this will get you there.
These little things are shooter's best friend. Adding quotation marks to a keyword or phrase allow you to find resumes that have those exact words, in that exact order. If you’re looking for an “Algebra Professor adept at graphing,” only resumes with those words as written will appear at your fingertips.
Remember that it’s not just all about the cheat codes to get you the candidates you’re looking for. There are simple things that can slip through the cracks and throw off your whole search. Keep in mind the location of your business and search area. It’s easy to get a flooded inbox of delightful qualified candidates, only to find out they’re miles and miles away. Also, keep in mind that most databases use an ATS (Automated Tracking System) and that will provide you with a calculated type of candidate. Check to see if your chosen database is using one, and find out what you can expect it to filter through.
These tricks will make it a breeze to navigate and master resume searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Once you’ve figured out what keywords and cheat codes you need to employ, it’ll be smooth sailing. You can set job search alerts to notify you when new resumes are posted that fit what you’re looking for.
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