How to get the most out of CV search

According to our latest research, 83.9% of UK hiring professionals are struggling to find the talent they need to fill their roles. As a result, competition for candidates is extremely fierce right now and recruiters are under a lot of pressure to source relevant candidates, with limited resources.

In fact, our survey found that despite nearly three-quarters (72.2%) stating that their level of recruitment is set to increase in 2019, 54.2% also said that their hiring budgets are set to stay the same.

As such, making the most of the tools you have is extremely important right now, especially if you have access to a CV Database.

So, if you want to successfully target passive candidates and attract, recruit and retain the very best workers, read on for our advice on how to get the most out of CV search.

Get to grips with Boolean searching

In order to get the best CV search results, the Boolean method can be extremely beneficial. Essentially, using Boolean search strings helps you to achieve more specific search results, saving you a massive amount of time in the long run.

By combining keywords and phrases with key Boolean operators, including AND, OR, NOT, “speech marks” and (brackets), you can define your search and ensure that you’re only presented with the most relevant candidates.

Make use of precision filters

To ensure you get the best results, another factor to consider is the use of filters in your CV search. There’s a number of ways to filter your results and improve the candidate matches you’re receiving.

For example, adjusting the salary range, setting a preferred location and radius and picking a key industry can ensure that you’ll access relevant CVs that match your set criteria.

Alongside this, altering the ‘Submitted since’ field ensures you’ll be presented with the most up-to-date CVs, as well as candidates that are more open to being approached about a new job.

Don’t focus solely on job title

One of the biggest mistakes that recruiters make when using CV search is focussing solely on the job title of the position. But again, this will only limit your talent pool and could mean that you miss out on potentially great candidates.

Instead, make sure you include a few variations of the job title in your search, as well as any key skills that you’d like them to be proficient in. Remember, just because their current job title isn’t a direct match, they might still be qualified for the role and have the skills and attributes you’re after.

As well as this, if you’re looking for someone with a certain amount of experience, or with a specific degree, you can include this in your search too.

Save your searches for future reference

Want to save even more time when hiring? Save your searches so you can pick up where you left off the next time you log-in. You can return to your searches days, weeks, or months later, which is particularly useful if you’re always hiring for the same sorts of roles.

What’s more, you can use your saved searches to set up Watchdog alerts, which automatically email you candidates that match your criteria, as soon as they register or update their CV.

Get the most out of your CV search

In the current market, being proactive in your hiring efforts is extremely important. CV search is a great tool for this, so make the most out of it to ensure you connect with the very best candidates.


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