When you type words or phrases into the SeekOut search box, we use machine learning and the latest search technology to bring relevant results to the top, but sometimes you may want more control over your search. If so, you can use SeekOut's advanced search syntax. 

Boolean

The Boolean operators OR, AND, and NOT allow you to control the fields which are required to be in your results. Booleans must always be entered in all caps (e.g., advertising OR marketing, instead of advertising or marketing). Use quotes to indicate a multi-word phrase. Use parentheses to control how the Boolean operators are grouped.

Examples:
     software AND java NOT recruiter
finds anyone whose profile contains the word software and java, but does not have the word recruiter.

     "product support" AND (automotive OR locomotive)
finds anyone whose profile contains the phrase product support and automotive or the phrase product support and locomotive.

Advanced Search Syntax

Beyond basic Boolean, SeekOut let's you restrict your search terms to specific fields. This can be much more powerful than using typical Boolean which looks for words anywhere in the profile.

Field Search

If you want to find words in a specific part of the candidate's profile, use the structure fieldname:searchterm.
Example:
     skills:java

finds anyone with Java in their skills list. 

Boolean operators can be used with these field searches.
Example:
     skills:java AND cur_title:("business analyst" OR engineer)
finds anyone who has Java as a skill and has a current title containing "business analyst" or "engineer.

You can also use wildcard operators in field searches.
Example:
     skills:java*

finds anyone who has a skill starting with "java" (e.g., java, javascript, etc.)

Here's this list of fields available for field search:

first_name
last_name
full_name
location
headline
projects
skills
industry
summary
publications
patents
cur_company
cur_title
cur_job_desc
past_companies
past_titles
past_job_desc
schools
majors
degrees
languages
certifications
volunteering
groups
courses
interests
honors_awards

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SeekOut's search supports even more powerful searches, including proximity/near searches, wildcards, and regular expressions. To learn more about these power features, see: Even More Advanced Searching with SeekOut

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