Advanced Search Syntax with GitHub search

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Nick Doumlele
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Just like with Public Profile search, SeekOut supports a wide range of field-specific search capabilities in GitHub candidate search.

Field Search

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


This finds anyone with architect somewhere in their title. 


Boolean operators can be used with these field searches.  

grad_year:2012 AND cur_title:("business analyst" OR engineer)

This finds anyone who graduated college in 2012 and has a current title containing "business analyst" or "engineer.


You can also use wildcard operators in field searches. 


This finds anyone whose current title includes a word starting with "arch" (e.g., architect, archer, etc.)

Field Name Operators

Here are the fields you can use to search within the keyword box in Github Search:

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

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