SeekOut supports advanced information retrieval syntax. If you want to go beyond keywords and Boolean, try these advanced query functions.

Proximity/Near search

Proximity searches are used to find terms that are near each other in a document. 

Insert a tilde ~ symbol at the end of a quoted phrase followed by the maximum number of words that separate those two terms. (If you don't specify a number, the words must be directly next to one another in the profile.)

Some examples:
    "senior engineer"~1 will find profiles with terms including
        senior software engineer
        senior electrical engineer
        senior operations engineer
, etc. 

    "clinical scientist"~2 will find profiles with terms including
        clinical retinal research scientist
        clinical biological scientist
        clinical developmental psychological scientist
, etc. 

    "customer training manager"~2 will find profiles with terms including
        customer support and training manager
        customer training success manager
        customer service training and success manager
, etc. 

Wildcard Search

Wildcards are placeholders for any value. You use * or ? to indicate the wildcards. 

    * can be filled with multiple characters
can be filled with a single character

For example,
will return engineer, engineering, English, engine, and more.
    stor? Will return store, story, stork, etc.


  • Wildcards only operate on single terms, not phrases.
  • You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.

Regular expression search

A regular expression search finds a match based on the contents between forward slashes /.

Regular expression searches are matched against single words.

For example,  
will find profiles containing motel or hotel

This is just a simple example. Regular expressions can be incredibly complex. See this guide to regular expression syntax to learn more.

Fuzzy search

A fuzzy search finds matches in terms that have letters in common. 

To run a fuzzy search, use the tilde ~ symbol at the end of a single word. SeekOut will return profiles which have similar spellings. 

For example,
will return profiles with SDE2, STE2, SDE3, etc. 

Note: Fuzzy search can only be applied to terms, not phrases.

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