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Q: Finding resumes ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Finding resumes
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: j2i-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 05 Nov 2002 15:34 PST
Expires: 05 Dec 2002 15:34 PST
Question ID: 99810
How to find a good summary of tricks to do very targeted searches for
resumes via Google... (I recruit engineers)

Request for Question Clarification by rico-ga on 06 Nov 2002 06:19 PST
Hi j2i,

A question for you, "How targeted or narrow?" All engineers?  Software
engineers? Even engineers with chicken pox? (sorry, it's early :-))
Let me know, and I'll see if I can provide a "very" targeted search
strategy for you.


Request for Question Clarification by josh_g-ga on 06 Nov 2002 06:22 PST
Do you want only methods to find resumes via Google, or are other
sources acceptable as well?
Subject: Re: Finding resumes
Answered By: hailstorm-ga on 06 Nov 2002 14:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Unfortunately, many of the resumes available are on the "deep web", or
database generated pages that are not indexed by Google, on sites such
as and Knowing that, would tips on finding the
pages that _are_ publicly available via Google suffice?

Clarification of Answer by hailstorm-ga on 06 Nov 2002 14:55 PST

I'm very sorry, I did not mean to post that as an answer! Please let
me know the answer to my above question, and if I cannot provide this
information, I will have the people at Google remove this answer as
soon as possible.

Clarification of Answer by hailstorm-ga on 06 Nov 2002 17:12 PST

Let me post what I have researched on this subject. The resumes you
will find with these techniques are those which are available for free
on the Internet, and not those which must be accessed through payment
such as on the Monster and Dice sites.  Even without those sources,
there are still many thousands of publicly available resumes online,
and Google is a powerful tool for finding the ones of interest.
However, as you may well be away, a simple search for "resume", like


Reveals many results that have nothing to do with people's individual
resumes. Our goal is to use the power of Google to hone our search to
see only the results we are looking for.

But before we narrow things down, first a note on how to increase the
scope of your search.  Because the roots of the word "resume" are
French, where the accented e character "é" is used, there is some
confusion as to how this word should be spelled.  So there are sites
that use the term "resume", "résume", "resumé", and "résumé".  To
maximize your search results, you will have to search for any of these
four terms.

Next, you should familiarize yourself with the basics of Google
searching, and the Advanced Operator commands available on Google, a
list of which is available here:


Two of the most powerful commands for resume searching are the "inurl"
and "intitle" commands. "Inurl" searches for text within a URL, while
"intitle" searches for text within a title.  Please note that neither
of these commands are available via the Google Advanced Searching
options, so you will have to enter them manually into the search box

To make their resumes stand out from other content, the vast majority
of people posting their resumes will put the word "resume" in both the
URL and the title of the page itself.  Because of the nature of URLs,
an accented e character should not appear in them, but may appear in
the title.  So we start with a Google query like this:

inurl:resume intitle:"résumé OR resumé OR résumé OR resume"

Which yields the following results:


From here, we simply need add on the skills we are looking for.
Unfortunately, if we try to narrow our search with this, we will run
into the Google query limit of 10 words due to its consideration of
"OR" as a word, so we will have to run the queries for variations of
the word "resume" from here on out.

For mandatory skills, skills that must appear somewhere in the
person's resume, they can be entered as is.  So if we are trying to
find someone with Java, SQL, Perl, Python, and Microsoft Office
skills, use the following Google query:

inurl:resume intitle:resume Java SQL Perl Python "Microsoft Office"

Yielding this list of resumes:

To receive the following results:

Replacing the word "resume" in the "intitle" command with other
variations of the word brings up additional resumes as follows:


This works best for HTML resumes, but there are also resumes posted in
other formats, such as PDF and simple text files. For these, it is
best to change the "intitle" tag we have been using from the word
"resume" to a "inurl" command for the filetype extension of the type
of file we are looking for. For example, to find text resumes, Adobe
Acrobat resumes, and Word document resumes, use the following queries:

inurl:resume inurl:txt Java SQL Perl Python "Microsoft Office"

inurl:resume inurl:pdf Java SQL Perl Python "Microsoft Office"

inurl:resume inurl:doc Java SQL Perl Python "Microsoft Office"

For more tips on finding resumes through Google, please see the
following sites:

Finding Free Resumes on Google

As a final note, if you are using a Windows PC, I have outlined how to
enter the "é" character in a previous answer, which you may reference

Good luck in your search!

Google search terms used:
"allinurl: resume"
j2i-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $10.00
EXACTLY what I was looking for... very comprehensive... to the
point... no doubt it will be helpful.

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