How do recruiters find your resume on the job boards? Most job candidates have no idea how this process works, yet it’s a crucial aspect of creating visibility online when trying to find your next position. If you know how recruiters can find your resume on the job boards, you can perform a few simple tricks that will dramatically increase the number of qualified job opportunities that you receive! Yes, it’s that easy, a few easy adjustments after learning the process of how recruiters navigate the job boards will produce you with rapid results. Let’s get started.
Recruiter Research Basics – Boolean Search Strings
Boolean Search is the preferred method of high performing recruiters to find resumes on both the job boards and LinkedIn (I’ll show you how recruiters find your LinkedIn profile in another post in the near future!). If you’re unfamiliar with Boolean search, it’s a pretty simple concept, defined below by Webopedia.
Boolean search: A type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be “hotel” AND “New York”. This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords.
As you can see, Boolean is simply a way to search databases, in this case the job boards, by using keywords together with “AND”, “NOT”, “OR”. By putting together keywords into a Boolean search string, you are able to more effectively pull the most relevant information from the databases. Typically, a Boolean search string is used in combination to a zip code radius to find specific job candidates that match a search string, in the desired geographical area.
Why does Boolean Search matter to job candidates?
It’s simple, Boolean search strings are used by recruiters to find the most relevant resumes in a specific job board. When a recruiter receives a new position to attempt to fill, the first place he might look for job candidates is Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com, Dice.com, etc. This is often because job boards give you the ability to find job candidates who are actively on the job market and have recently posted their resumes, typically the “freshest candidates”. Below we’ll go over the exact process I would take to find a candidate for a new software development job opening.
Exactly how recruiters find you on the job board
So let’s pretend for a minute that I’m working to help Facebook fill an open position at their Menlo Park, CA headquarters. The position details are included below, to which I will create a Boolean search string based off of.
Expert knowledge of web technologies (HTML/CSS)
Ability to write high-performance, reusable code for UI components
Experience developing rich applications with HTML/CSS/JS
Passion for performance debugging and benchmarking
3+ years of experience building web applications
BS or MS degree in Computer Science or a related technical field
As you can see above, I took a few keywords from the job requirements that I deemed important and placed them directly into the Boolean search. Once entered I enter this search into a job board, it will bring up the most relevant resumes that fulfill the criteria of this search string. Each job board has it’s own algorith, but generaly speaking, the job candidates with the highest number of relevant keywords in their resume will show up at the top of the list in the specific job board. And similar to Google, the closer you are to the top of the search results, the more likely you are to have your resume clicked, receive additional opportunities, etc.
How do I use Boolean Search to my advantage?
As a job candidate and someone who is putting their resume on the popular job boards, you should know how recruiters go about trying to find your in the process that they do above. By understand the process, you can insert the keywords into your resume that are more relevant to the types of positions that you are looking for. If you’re looking for an entry level advertising sales position, make sure your resume places an emphasis on “sales”, “advertising” and perhaps even says “entry level” or “recent graduate” in your resume summary. Recruiters have their own ways of developing Boolean searches to provide them with relevant information, so make sure to cater your resume to appear at the top of the job boards for the type of positions that you want!