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SearchMonster Best Practices

Ready to take your search to the next level? Check out the following tips to make every search a success.

Tip #1: Review Your Search Settings

At the bottom of your Search Settings, you will see Search Defaults. Check the boxes next to the candidates you would like to include in this search. They are defined below:

Limit results to job seekers who are willing to relocate Provides candidates outside the area you search, but are willing to relocate.

Tip #2: Use Boolean Logic

Boolean logic is a series of commands and operators that we use to combine keywords into meaningful phrases for our search engines to filter our results. Instead of searching for only one keyword you can search wide, narrow down and/or exclude keywords in one search string.

Learn Boolean Logic here (article)

Tip #3: Find relevant keywords for your search

When you first begin searching for a new position that you’ve never recruited for, it will be helpful to find a model candidate to help develop your search criteria. Start with a nationwide search first to find a candidate with an ideal skill set that you can leverage for your own search. To do this, only enter the Job Title and one Keyword and then click the search button.

  • Once you find a standout candidate, scan the CV and identify the skills/keywords that are important to the position.
  • To include them in your search criteria, click the edit icon next to Keyword, then update your Boolean string; if you’re doing a single keyword search click Add another Keyword to build your search using the AND principle.
  • To add your location, as well as additional search fields, use the Manage Fields link above your entries.
  • Once all of your criteria is entered, click Update to refresh your results on the page.
Keep track of your search criteria:
Always update your search after every change to see the outcome. In case you add a keyword that is rarely used by candidates you can identify it straight away and change it before continuing to refine/narrow down your string.

Tip #4: Use a Broad Job Title

Candidates can use different title variations for the same role. To find as many candidates as possible in one search use a broad/industry standard job title. For example, if you are looking for a Software Project Manager, write “Project Manager” AND “Software” in the search box instead of “Software Project Manager”.

The results will be ranked by candidate relevance to your search strings, with CVs containing the most repetitions shown at the top.

Other Job Title Tips:

  • Titles should be industry standard. Avoid internal titles.
  • Search for a title that candidates would put in their CV.
  • Try searching different titles and see which one shows you the most relevant candidates.

Tip #5: Consider Using Skills and Experience Instead of Job Title

Sometimes there might be too many variations of a job title and including them all in one search string can make it look too overwhelming. Or perhaps you’re recruiting for a junior position and want to consider relevant skills instead of previous job titles.

For example in the IT sector when searching for Software Engineers you might not care about their previous job title but want to find candidates who know specific programming languages like Java or C# or Frameworks like AngularJs. You can search for these with the required proficiency level by terms like “proficient” or “working knowledge”

Or customer services where there’s lots of variety in job titles – ranging from “customer service agent” to “client experience specialist” – you can focus on relevant skills or knowledge of processes, instead of entering every variation of the job title on top of the required skills.

Other Search Tips:

  • Looking for languages? Try the language NEAR the required level (e.g. German NEAR fluent)
  • Avoid soft skills such as efficient and go-getter as these are less likely to appear in a CV.
  • Try searching with different skill sets and see which one gives you the best candidate pool.

Tip #6: Search for All CVs First

In the CV Updated field, the search engine will default to searching All CVs as it is best practice to start with all the candidates before narrowing this filter. Here are a few reasons searching all CVs is the best place to start:

  • Your ideal candidate could be currently employed, not actively looking, but open to considering an appealing offer.
  • With a low unemployment rate, potential candidates may be in a more “passive” state. Even though their CVs haven’t been updated, they could be open to the right opportunity.
Messaging candidates who have not updated their CV recently require a compelling message. Sell them on your opportunity. You might be surprised how many responses you receive.

Tip #7: Narrow Your Results

We strongly recommend narrowing down your search with additional criteria until your results are in the 100-200 range. Then, you’ll know the candidates that you choose to contact will meet your specific qualifications.

Tip #8: Set up Search Notifications

To receive an email notification when new candidates who match your search are found, turn on the Enable Notifications switch at the bottom of your search criteria.

You can set the frequency for these notifications on the Settings page from the left menu.

Bonus Tip: Access Your Saved Searches

All of the searches you perform will be available to you in the My Saved Searches section of your SearchMonster Dashboard. Click on the name to review your results.

  • Under your search bar, you will see My Saved Searches. This is a record of all of the searches you’ve completed, conveniently saved for easy access in the future.
  • Click on the name to return to your search page, review candidates, and adjust criteria or settings.
  • If an email campaign is activated within your search, this is where you will be able to view the performance metrics at-a-glance. You can see the number of emails sent as well as the number and percentage of Opens and Clicks.