Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using words like AND, OR, and NOT to limit, widen, or define your resume search. ClearanceJobs.com employs the following standards:
Separate all keywords and keyword phrases with AND or OR.
- "java" and "oracle"
- "java" and "oracle" or "unix"
Group sections of keywords or keyword phrases together with (parenthesis).
- ("java" or "c+") and "windows"
- ("armed guard" and "license") or ("armed guard" and "certification")
To exclude resumes from a search, use the AND NOT separator.
- "apple" or "microsoft" and not ("unix" or "linux")
For EXACT phrases, enclose the keywords in "quotes".
- "unix" and "linux" and "windows nt"
- "security guard" or "armed guard"
To search on partial keywords (sometimes called "wildcards"), insert an asterisk at the end of the partial keywords.
- "peoplesoft" and sap*
- "peoplesoft" and sap* and eng*
Other search tips:
- Search text is not case sensitive, so there is no need to CAPITALIZE text
- Only the "quotes" character is recognized, so only create Boolean search text in ClearanceJobs.com or a text editor like MS Notepad
Begin with a general search
Start your search by selecting general criteria and then "drilling down" to meet your specific needs. Drill down by adding more keywords or selecting more criteria.
Consider alternate spellings and wordings
If you are searching for a job using only specific keywords, you may be excluding some opportunities from your results. When using keywords, there is usually more than one way to phrase or spell your keyword. For example, a "Database Administrator" may also be phrased as "DBA", or "Database Admin", or even "Database Guru". Similarly, a "Software Developer" may also be listed as a "Software Programmer", or "Software Engineer", or "Software Coder". A "Windows NT" expert may be "WinNT" or "Windows-NT" or "WindowsNT".
When in doubt, browse!
Sometimes, simply browsing through the ClearanceJobs.com resume database is an easy way to find interesting opportunities. To browse the resume database, click the Search button without entering in any search criteria.
Last update: 04:58 PM Wednesday, July 25, 2012