Step-by-step guide to CV searching

New to CV search?

If you haven’t used for CV searching before, you might not be aware of all of its features – not to mention how to utilise them for your business effectively.

To help you make your searches mean more, here’s a quick step-by-step guide:



Step one: Navigate to the page

First thing’s first: you need to find the right page.

If navigating from the homepage, click on the CV search tab within your recruiter account.



Step two: Start your search

Next up, enter your criteria in the search box provided. All available text on a candidate’s CV is scanned, including previous positions, as well as their most recent job title.


Alternatively, you could choose to search by a particular qualification, skill or any other matching term you’d like to see in their CV.

You may also decide to combine the two, by searching for a job title, as well as a relevant skill.

Additionally, Boolean Searching will help narrow down your results. In this example, we’ve used ‘AND’ to add phrases together and “ “ to use the exact term each time.

For more information about how to narrow your search results, read our guide to Boolean searching.


Step three: Download CV

If you’re happy with your search results, and you’re ready to see their CV, simply click on the candidate’s name or choose the ‘Download CV’ option at the top right of each result.

Alternatively, you could choose to send a message to ask more questions around the role, or add them to a list to view later.

You may also wish to go straight the candidate’s profile without downloading their CV. To do this, simply click on their name. This is a great way to compare CVs in your search results, without having to take time to download their CV.


Step four: Filtering your search results

If your search results aren’t being displayed accurately enough, you can change the listings using the ‘Order by’ button on the top right of the page.

All results are initially returned based on relevancy by default, but other options include sorting by when the candidate registered, when they last signed in, or their minimum salary demands.

Filters can also be used to narrow down your results. Filters are located on the left of the screen, and can include:


1. Salary and Sectors

Salary can be sorted per annum or per hour, and sectors correspond to the sectors we use on the site.


2. Candidates looking for/Last sign in date

You can also choose to filter by the type of role, using the ‘Candidates looking for’ option.

Additionally, the ‘Candidates who’ box will allow you to filter jobseekers based on when they registered, ranging from anyone who has signed up to the site in the last day, right up to within the last 24 months, and even all time.

This option is especially helpful if you’re looking for people who are actively looking for work right now, or if you just want to broaden your search.


3. Qualifications and Languages:

Other parameters to help you find the perfect match include qualifications you see as a minimum (from GCSE and up) and up to five different languages.

Finally, if transport is important to the role, you can also search by ability to drive and whether a candidate owns their own vehicle.


Step five: Saving your searches

To save your search, simply click on the option at the top of the page (just above the search box).

This is especially useful for those who frequently recruit for similar roles, as it saves you having to enter your preferences every time you search.

Step six: Your download limit

The number on the top right of the page shows the number of candidates you’ve viewed, as well as your daily download limit.

The following four things count as a view:

  • viewing a candidate’s profile
  • downloading their CV
  • adding them to a list
  • sending them a message


Step seven: Asking for help

If you’re having trouble using the service, our Customer Experience team is on-hand to help out. Simply click the ‘Chat now’ box on the top left of the page within office hours to speak to a member of the team.

Alternatively, try using our list of CV search FAQs.


Step eight: Making the most of CV search

Once you’ve learnt the basics, it’s important to make sure you’re making the most of your CV searches.

Try reading our five key steps to successful CV searching or if you’re still not sure if it’s the right option for you, here are some reasons why CV searching could be the key to your next hire.


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