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The keyword search makeover

Makeover1Any recruiter that aims to succeed in this tough sourcing environment must first resolve a basic problem: success in recruitment increasingly depends on the ability to search both  search engines and databases. Yet, many of  those recruiter that many assume to be the best at searching are, in fact, not very good at it. I am talking about the well-educated, highly-committed recruiting professionals.

These recruiters have tremendous difficulty addressing this problem. That is because they aren’t even aware that it exists. The reason: they misunderstand what searching is about and how to bring about the right results through it. As a result, they tend to make two mistakes in their efforts.

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The key to unraveling your search results

Proper understanding of keyword elements is the key to unraveling search results.

Proper understanding of keyword elements is the key to unraveling search results.

Many recruiters seem to think that keywords are individual words that describe the skills of candidates. While that may be true for them, to a database keywords are quite different. Databases don’t recognize them as either abilities nor do they match them to the specific skills you ascribe to them.

Databases update, modify, and retrieve keywords amazingly fast but they have their limits.  Keywords are neither seen nor read by databases and search engines in the same that way we see or read them. To databases a keyword is just a string of characters. Databases can’t distinguish between a string of symbols, numbers, or actual letters. To a search engine a keyword is just a string of characters. Using something like “@#$#&)”, or “7364639”, or “keyword” are all the same to it. A database doesn’t recognize that when you enter a word like “kids” that a good result might also be “children”. To a database “kids” is just a string of characters. It only matches each character in your keyword to bring only those results that include the letters “k”, “i”, “d”, “s”.

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The rules have changed

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The searching rules have changed.

Any recruiter can attest to the fact that searching for candidates and finding the right candidates are two very different things. Keyword searching at its core requires a reshuffling of the sourcing mindset. It requires a certain way of looking at keywords.

The information age has awoken to find us with the largest of indexes being searched with the tiniest of devices. Today, we live in a world of data, huge numbers of files go into our applicant tracking databases and search engines. The more information that goes into them the level of skill required to find information also goes up. In spite of the increased skill required, the way recruiters search database has not changed at all in years.

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