How To Access Free Resumes On Google

In some prior articles we have focused on advanced Boolean techniques using Google and Bing and I thought it would be a good idea to bring it back a notch and cover some of the basics of using search engines to source resumes, as well as throw in a few tips and tricks I have learned along the way.

In this article, I am going to focus on using Google and will save Bing for another time, since it has its own nuances.  FeeTrader also has FT Searcher, an easy to use resume searching tool, within all Recruiter and Employer accounts.  After entering search keywords, FT Searcher expertly organizes your keywords utilizing advanced web search-string methodology to search Google, LinkedIn and Craigslist.

First of all, I think to fully utilize the capabilities of search engines, you first must understand the basic dynamics of web pages, how they are structured and how search engines like Google search within the structure of the website in order to bring up the most relevant search results.

Let’s use the Wall Street Journal’s home page as an example.  Below I have included a screenshot and have highlighted a couple important aspects of this site that is consistent with all sites.  We will use these features to make our Boolean search strings more targeted.

Website Structure

The two things I have pointed out in the image above are what is referred to as the Title Tag and URL of the website.  With most websites, these two things are usually pretty specific with regard to briefly describing the content of a particular page within a website.  When it comes to resumes, most people will add the word “resume” in either the title tag or URL, so that is what we want to focus on first in our search string so we can ensure that most of the results we see are resumes.  So now we just have to tell Google that we only want to see links to webpages that have the term “resume” in either the URL or the title tag.  To do this you will use the following Boolean search:

(inurl:resume OR intitle:resume)

You can also alternatively use CV or “curriculum vitae” in addition to the term resume.

One thing to note, is that a lot of job boards and other related websites also use the term “resume” in their title tags and URLs.  So how can we eliminate these false positive results?  We can do this by adding negative keywords to our search; words such as “free” or job or jobs might help eliminate unrelated search results.

Here’s an example of how I would begin a search for a SQL DBA in the Seattle area:

(inurl:resume OR intitle:resume) SQL (DBA OR “database administrator”) Seattle -free -job –jobs

This turned up 3,950 results and we still received a few false positives.  The next step would be to either add more job-specific terms such as “manage” or “SQL server”, etc.  or to narrow our search by location.  Since, using the term “Seattle” limits our result to only results that have the word Seattle in them.  We also want people in the surrounding areas such as Redmond, Bellevue and Issaquah.

To do this, I have found a couple of websites that can help us use zip codes and, if we wanted, area codes.  The only problem with area codes is the fact that a lot of people use their cell number and will often have a number with an area code that is not specific to our target location.

Here are links to those sites:

–          Area Codes

–          Zip Codes

Unfortunately, the page with the zip code radius does not include a link directly to this page so you have to click “Other Applications” and then, from the drop down, select “Zip Codes in a Circle.”

In my example, I want to find zip codes that are within a 20-mile radius of Redmond, WA.  I simply enter the zip code for Redmond (98053) and then 20 for the radius.  I will then be given the results in numerical order.  This is very important as we will use the smallest number and the largest number for our search string.  My results included 98004 to 98101.  Google uses “…” as an operator for a range of numbers, therefore, by adding 98004…98101 Google will now show results that have any number between the two I have provided.

Now, when I use the following search string I only have 6 results.  That’s not a lot, but at least it’s a better place to start than 3,950!

(inurl:resume OR intitle:resume) SQL (DBA OR “database administrator”) 98004…98101 -free -job –jobs

In summary, search engines are a great resource for sourcing candidates and there are a number of different techniques that can be used to extract different sets of results.  The key is knowing how to get the most targeted search results using a variety of tips and tricks that exist.

Happy hunting! Travis Scott

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