How to Use Indeed’s Advanced Resume Search to Find Great Candidates

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If there was ever a time when recruiters could afford to sit back and wait for the perfect resume to land in their inboxes, then it is long gone. In today’s competitive hiring landscape, you’re not just at risk of losing valuable time—you’re also at risk of losing out to other employers who are more proactive in the battle for talent.

In short: It pays to take more control when you’re searching for the right candidate. But if you’re thinking that making the switch from reactive to proactive is too difficult or time-consuming, think again. Indeed Resume has a huge talent database with more than 150 million resumes*. Using this resource correctly can make it faster (and easier) to find candidates with the qualifications you need.

That’s where Indeed Resume advanced search comes in, helping you dig deeper into the specifics of each resume so you can quickly and easily access highly targeted search results.

Filtering and sorting

Let’s start with the basics of advanced searches. Accessing Indeed’s advanced search page allows you to run a more in-depth search by using various combinations of keywords, education qualifications, companies, job titles, locations and more.

Indeed Resume: Advanced Resume Search. Filter candidates using a variety of criteria including Education, Location

Once you have your list of filtered results, you can sort the resumes by relevance or by the date it was updated.

Pretty simple, right?

But that’s just the beginning. Let’s explore even more techniques you can use to get better results.

Using search operators

Another strategy for pulling up more targeted search results involves using search operators. “Search operator” may sound like an intimidating term, but it simply describes the terms you’ll use to look for phrases within specific parts of a candidate’s resume (like job titles, schools or skills). You can use these search operators in the “What” field of Indeed’s regular search or on the advanced search page.

Search operators are intuitive because they use real world terminology. For example, to pull up candidates with specific job titles you would type in the search operators “title” or “anytitle.” Similarly, you’d use the search terms “company” or “anycompany” to find candidates who’ve worked for certain organisations.

Example search operators and their results

Examples: Search operator: title Description: most recent job title Example: title:”account executive” Search operator: anytitle Description: Any job title on the resume Example: anytitle:”customer support” Search operator: company Description: Currently employed company Example: company:indeed


Let’s say you want to find someone who currently works as a project manager at Cisco. You would type title: “Program Manager” company: Cisco in the “What” field. Keep in mind that if you’re using a search term that’s more than one word, you’ll need to put it in quotation marks.

What’s the difference between “title” and “anytitle?” If you’re searching for a candidate’s most recent position, you’ll want to use “title.” If, on the other hand, you want candidates who have held that role at any point in their career, use “anytitle.”

For example, if you want to find candidates who are currently program managers and who have worked for IBM at some point, you would type title: “program manager” anycompany: IBM into the search field.

What about a program manager who has worked for IBM before and attended UNSW?

Title: “program manager” anycompany: IBM school: UNSW.

Not hard at all, right? So what are you waiting for? Pull up Indeed Resume and find your ideal candidate today.

Sources: *Indeed data (worldwide)

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