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Boolean Strings for resume search on Google suggested by Contest Participants

The contest at http://booleanstrings.wordpress.com/boolean-contest/ asked all participants to fill out a Quiz. Most of the questions were multiple choice; here's one that was not. We got some pretty interesting responses to it!

"Please provide a string that will result in the maximum number of CV/Resumes amongst the first 100 results on Google when appended to a job title that the judges will pick at random from the top 100 job postings in Indeed.com."

I'd like to share some answers with you; see what you think of these. Comments are very welcome and will hopefully help us learn more!

• this brought back 100 out of 100 for me, but this is google.com.au filetype:pdf AND (inurl:~resume' OR ~intitle:~vitae OR ~cv OR ~resume) AND (network.engineer OR (network*=engineer AND cisco)) -site:cisco.com -jobs -you -catalog -courses -syllabus -benefits -class.description -inurl:php -inurl:asp -inurl:aspx -inurl:cfm -inurl:cgi
• String - in double codes - "resume + " Example - "resume + j2ee developer" Alterntively, (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) + "Job Title" eg. (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) + "j2ee developer"
• site:www.indeed.com java -inurl:directory "100"
• site:indeed.com Job Title ...it should sort by relevant date posted
• sharepoint (intitle:"resume for" | intitle:"resume of" | intitle:resume | inurl:resume | intitle:homepage | inurl:homepage | intitle:"curriculum vitae" | inurl:vitae | intitle:vitae) -(-jobs -apply -submit -required -wanted -template -write -sample -inurl:books -inurl:product)
• resume OR experience OR skills "education"
• references available
• KEYWORD (inurl:~(resume|cv|vitae) | intitle:~(resume|cv|vitae)) -~jobs
• java (inurl:resume | intitle:resume) 63000..63199 -jobs
• -inurl:(htm|html|php|pls) (doc|pdf|txt|rtf|chm) ~CV -you -submit -intitle:job -intitle:jobs -inurl:job -inurl:jobs
• fileype:doc
• engineer infiniband HPC ~resume -ext:htm -ext:html -~jobs
• construction.manager nuclear (resumé OR rèsumè OR résumé OR CV OR ~CV OR Vitae OR vitæ) -intitle:job -intitle:jobs -you –your
• ~cv keyword -benefits -candidate -careers -eoe -jobs -opening -post -preferred -reply -send -submit -your
• (resume | CV | Vitae) "Database Administrator" Oracle present -submit -benefits -please -culture -recruiter -job -your -we -us
• (Market* OR Communica*) Director OR Manager OR Associate -job -jobs -apply -CV
• (inurl:resume OR inurl:cv OR inurl:viate OR intitle:resume OR intitle:cv OR intitle:viate) AND sale* AND UK -job -jobs -submit -apply -sample
• (inurl:resume OR intitle:resume) (intext:skill OR skill OR title) (filetype:.doc OR .PDF OR .txt) (location OR location OR location OR location)
• (inurl:resume OR intitle:resume OR inurl:cv OR intitle:cv) (experience OR education) (filetype:doc OR filetype:pdf OR filetype:docx) -intext:resume -example -sample
• (inurl:resume | intitle:resume | ) (KEY words for the position) -job -jobs -reply -submit
• (intitle:resume|inurl:resume|intitle:CV|inurl:CV)(education|experience) -tips -job -jobs
• (intitle:resume OR inURL:resume) AND (sales or "account executive") NEAR computers
• (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) AND (filetype:doc OR filetype:wpd OR filetype:wps OR filetype:pdf OR filetype:rtf OR filetype:txt)
• (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) (java OR xml) “software engineer”
• (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume OR intitle:cv OR inurl:cv) filetype:doc
• (intitle:resume | inurl:resume) -Guide -Post -Writing -Create -Distribution
• (Intitle:resume | Inurl:resume) and "project manager" and PMP
• (intitle:resume | inurl:resume | inurl:cv | intitle:cv | inurl:vitae | intitle:vitae) -jobs
• (intitle:resume | inurl:resume | intitle:cv | inurl:cv) education –jobs –job –apply –sample Java programmer
• (intitle:cv OR inurl:cv OR intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) AND “San Jose” OR “Washington, DC” OR “Milwaukee, WI” OR “Seattle, WA” OR Baltimore, MD” OR “Hartford, CT” OR “Denver, CO”
• (intitle:cv | inurl:cv | intitle:resume | inurl:resume | intitle:vitae | inurl:vitae) (education OR experience OR objective OR resume -~job -sample
• (intitle:cv | intitle:resume | intitle:vitae | inurl:cv | inurl:resume | inurl:vitae)
• (intitle:~resume | inurl:~resume) (objective | summary | experience) (filetype:doc | filetype:rtf | filetype:txt | filetype:html) ~java *@* -job -apply -sample -wizard -indeed.com -create -*edu* we can do a search on a specific location in google I would not put filetype:pdf in the first this will be the next search as this may pull up lot of internal documents. This search string is only for google search and will not apply in yahoo live and other sources as the search string has to be short in yahoo and live
• (intitle:~cv | inurl:~resume) AND (pdf OR rtf OR doc OR docx) -jobs -job
• (intitle:"curriculum vitae" | inurl:vitae | intitle:vitae | intitle:resume | inurl:resume) "JOB TITLE" -( -about -jobs -inanchor:apply -inanchor:submit)
• (filetype:doc OR filetype:wpd OR filetype:wps OR filetype:pdf OR filetype:rtf OR filetype:txt) AND (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) AND “word1” AND “word2"
• (filetype:doc OR filetype:wpd OR filetype:wps OR filetype:pdf OR filetype:rtf OR filetype:txt) AND (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume)
• (+~cv OR intitle:~cv OR inurl:cv OR inurl:Homepage) -job -sample -apply -send
• "software engineer" and windows and " @ibm.com" and resume, CA filetype:doc
• "PUT JOB TITLE HERE" (inurl:~resume | intitle:~resume | ext:pdf | ext:doc | ext:rtf | me | my) -~job -~jobs -apply -submit -eoe
• "Project Manager"
• "job title" AND "Location" inurl:CV OR inurl: Resume OR inurl:Profile intitle:CV OR intitle: Resume OR intitle:Profile
• "job title here" (inurl:~resume | intitle::~resume) (~resumé|~rèsumè|~résumé|~CV|~Vitae|~vitæ) -intitle:~job -intitle:~jobs (ext:pdf | ext:doc | ext:rtf) (me | my) ~JOB -EXT:HTM -EXT:HTML
• "Insert Job Title Here in Quotes" inurl:resume -job -jobs -submit -apply -sample
• "financial manager" (ext:pdf | ext:doc | ext:rtf) ~resume -~jobs
• "civil engineer" or "pe" (inurl:resume | intitle:resume) AND pdf
• "business analyst"
• "*"

Tags: Boolean, Strings, resume, search

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Replies to This Discussion

"(network.engineer OR (network*=engineer AND cisco))"

You can also try:
"(network.engineer OR (network.=engineer AND cisco))"

with "." replacing "*". The aggregate results are slightly different between the two, and the "*" and "." aren't treated identically depending on the way/context used in query
I'm curious. Were these tested and if so what were the results? Given the quirkiness of google searching (for example the position of some terms within a string may affect results), I'd really like to know how they panned out. Some of them seem pretty good.
Ken,

No, they were not tested. These strings would have been tested in case of a tie. But we had a clear top winner, Andrea Mitchell, so we didn't get there.

Looking at these strings I can say that some of them look very good but some show that their authors could use further learning of Google syntax and abilities.

Which string(s) look good to you?

-Irina

Ken Kimbrough said:
I'm curious. Were these tested and if so what were the results? Given the quirkiness of google searching (for example the position of some terms within a string may affect results), I'd really like to know how they panned out. Some of them seem pretty good.
I don't know yet. I copied them into my syntax library spreadsheet and will start running some of them to see what works. At this point "*" wins for brevitity and breadth.

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