Seven ways to make the most of CV search


CV search is a great way to gain access to the best candidates for your roles…

And with over 7.9 million searchable CVs on, using this feature well is the key to filtering out the ones who are most suitable for your position. But how can you make sure you’re searching effectively?

To help you maximise your efficiency and minimise your workload, here are seven ways to make the most of CV search:


1. Personalise your shortlist

Taking greater control of your CV search is absolutely essential.

Keyword searching (AKA Boolean searching) is a great way to ensure your results match up with the role you’re hiring for, and really help specify what attributes and experience you’re after.

By combining words and phrases with AND, OR, NOT, “speech marks” and (brackets), you can limit, widen or define your search more precisely, and instantly pinpoint the right candidate for you.

That way, you’ll only see the most suitable candidates.


2. Stop focusing on job title

Just because a candidate’s current job title doesn’t match the role you’re hiring for – that doesn’t mean they’re not qualified to do it.

In other words, searching for job title alone might mean missing out on your perfect hire. Instead, focus on the essential skills and attributes you’re looking for, to ensure you’re not limiting your candidate base.

And with millions of skills included in candidate profiles on (and more are added daily), concentrating your search on these terms could be the best way to find your ideal hire.


3. Narrow your search criteria

There are a number of ways to filter your CV search.

This includes selecting important variables such as salary range, preferred location, and industry. By making what you’re looking for clear, you’ll be able to filter out any unsuitable candidates – as well as reduce your time to hire.

This will also help to avoid any potential issues relating to desired salary and potential commute, which may come up further on in the recruitment process.


4. Use saved search alerts

Make your recruitment more time effective by using the saved search function.

Saved searches allow you to pick up where you left off last time you searched, whether it’s the following day or months later.

You’ll also be notified every time a new candidate who matches your criteria signs up. By bringing the right candidates straight to your inbox, you’ll save time on searching – not to mention stay ahead of the competition.


5. Compare candidates

Once you’ve shortlisted the best candidates, you can then filter even further.

By searching within your shortlist using specific skills or phrases, you can continue to trim away at your talent-pool days after starting the initial search.

Not only will you ensure you find the best prospect for a position available (whether active or passive), but also save valuable time doing it – enabling you to fit your recruitment around your busy schedule.


6. Get in touch

The best candidates are in high demand.

To ensure you’re getting to them first, it’s always best to get in touch as soon as possible. In fact, 57% of candidates state they want to be contacted every time there is a relevant opportunity, meaning that a proactive approach is bound to put you in good stead.

And the best time to contact them? According to over 60% of candidates, anytime – with 92% saying they’re happy for recruiters to get in touch on their days off.


7. Use the app

The recruiter app is a great way to search for CVs on-the-go.

In fact, with CV uploads at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to search. You can even contact candidates directly from the app, whether it’s via phone, SMS, or email.

And since 87% of jobseekers prefer to be contacted via email or phone – the app provides the perfect platform to stay connected.

Not only will you beat the competition by getting to the best candidates first – you’ll also benefit from a quicker and easier way of finding your perfect hire.

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