Search Technique

Do your searches still produce myriad unwanted results? Read the suggestions put out by the University of California at Berkeley. In this easy-to-understand article, there is a superb table that categorizes the types of searches you might want to do and how best to go about them. They break your type of search into the features that you might be looking for. For instance, are you looking for a proper name or phrase? Or are you looking for information “about” something, such as an industry? Perhaps you’re looking for a rather common phrase that has so many contexts, your search results become a new search on their own. Or are there numerous words to describe the type of person you’re looking for and you’re not sure which is best? UCB gives you suggestions for how to conduct your search in each of the above trying situations. There is a dandy little chart that explains how best to incorporate search operators and phrases to help you get better results. Read it-it can save you an amazing amount of time in your future searches. If you’re not a fan of reading tables, and find tables hard to follow, there’s also a text version that includes details and very specific search instructions.

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Jennifer Hicks, a seasoned Internet researcher who writes extensively on the use of the Internet for job hunters and recruiters, is a contributor to AIRS research. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at