SeekOut supports advanced information retrieval syntax. If you want to go beyond keywords and Boolean, try these advanced query functions.
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.)
"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.
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
eng* 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.
/[mh]otel/ 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.
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.
SDE2~ will return profiles with SDE2, STE2, SDE3, etc.
Note: Fuzzy search can only be applied to terms, not phrases.