You will soon have hundreds of free resumes at your fingertips. The first step is to utilize multiple search engines since they will each offer different sites. The top 10 search engines suggested are: http://www.google.com, http://www.yahoo.com, http://www.altavista.com, http://www.excite.com, http://www.hotbot.com, http://www.alltheweb.com, http://www.galaxy.com, http://www.search.aol.com, http://www.msn.com, http://www.lycos.com.
The search engines offer their own search features and they vary slightly. Therefore, it’s important to always read the search tips and check out the advanced search tool for each search engine. The common search symbols used across most search engines are called Boolean phrases.
Using Boolean Phrases
The first step is to choose one of the search engines from the above list and type the address in your Internet browser. Then decide what key words would be effective for finding the type of resource you want. Once you have a list of key words, use the following Boolean techniques to run the most efficient search.
- If searching for a phrase on a webpage, place the statement between quotation marks. Example: “free resume database”
- If searching for multiple words use the word AND between each word. Make sure to capitalize all 3 letters. Example: free AND resumes AND java
- If interested in finding one or more words, use the term OR between your key words. Example: “free resumes” AND java OR oracle OR php
- If looking for resumes that have a specific word with multiple possible endings such as: manager, management, managed, use an asterisk at the end of the base word. Example: manage* This will pull websites with all of the words that start with that base word.
- If searching for specific titles, type the word title: and then fill in the title of choice. Example: title: free resumes. This will pull websites with the words Free Resumes in the html title.
- If looking for URLs that have the word resume in the URL address, type the command URL: resume.
- If looking for a website with specific text such as: free resume search, type the command text: free resume search.
Free Resume Databases (These sites allow you to search through a database of resumes)
- “free resume database”
- “search for free” AND resumes
- “free resume search”
- text: free resumes
- free AND resume*
- “member resumes” AND association OR organization
- url: memberresumes
- text: search member resumes
- member AND resumes
- title: association AND resumes
- “alumni resumes”
- url: edu AND resumes
- alumni OR student AND resumes
- text: alumni resumes
- university AND resumes OR cv
- “free resumes” AND newsgroups
- newgroup* AND resumes
- url: newsgroup
- text: newsgroup
- “resume distribution”
- “blast your resume”
- url: resume AND 2005
- url: resume AND java AND oracle AND php
- resume AND experience AND education AND java OR oracle
- title: resume AND manage*
by Kim Proulx
Kim Proulx is a professional Internet researcher that has done extensive research projects for staffing agencies, Universities, Job Boards and more.