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Make the most out of our search function

Jonas Brusman avatar
Written by Jonas Brusman
Updated over a week ago

Chances are that you probably use the Candidate filters for the majority of your search in your talent pool. But, you also have the option to use a search feature to find the candidates you’re after. You’ll find this under the small magnifying glass when looking in your candidate bank.

When you add a search query, the system will look at the following fields in the candidate’s profile:

  • First and last name

  • Email address

  • Pitch

  • LinkedIn profile

  • Referring url

  • Tags

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • Notes

  • Review comment

  • Phone number

Search within specific fields

You can search in specific fields of the candidate by using our advanced search syntax. To search for a specific field, just type the field name followed by a colon and the text you're searching for (without any spaces).

💡 For example: to search for all candidates named Anders you just type first_name: Anders in the search field.

The following fields are searchable:

  • first_name The candidate's first name.

  • last_name The candidate's last name.

  • email The candidate's email address.

  • pitch The candidate's pitch text.

  • notes All notes written on a candidate.

  • linkedin_profile The candidate's LinkedIn profile, if applied via LinkedIn.

  • cover_letters The candidate's cover letters for every job application.

  • reviews All written reviews on the candidate.

  • resume_text The text in an uploaded CV.

Filter candidates based on the presence of a field

You can filter candidates based on whether a field has any value or not by using the _exists_:email syntax where email is the field name.

💡 For example: to find all candidates without any email you would type !_exists_:email in the search field.

Use boolean search to specify your search

The candidate search feature will allow some basic boolean search strings. Under the table here, you see which search attributes that work:

The AND operator

word1 AND word2

The AND attribute means the system looks for candidates with both keywords present in the profile.

The OR operator

word1 OR word2

The OR attribute will return candidates with either one of the search words present in the profile

The NOT operator

word1 NOT word2

The NOT attribute will return candidates that don't have the search word present in the profile, in this case, no candidates matching word2.

Quotations " "

"word1 word2"

If the keywords added need to be considered as a whole, you can use quotations to enclose the search word/phrase. The quotation marks will return candidates with the defined search phrase only.

❕ If you don’t use "quotations”, the database will view the space between the two words as an AND, resulting in a larger search that covers both words.

Parentheses ( )

Ruby AND (Brusman OR Nordstrand)

Use parentheses to group keywords, in this example, it will find all candidates matching "Ruby" while also matching either "Brusman" or "Nordstrand".

Happy searching!

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