Aggregated CV search - Tips and Tricks

We understand the pressure you feel when searching for candidates for a particular vacancy, especially when you are up against a deadline or competitor. 

Our aggregated search feature saves you time and energy when searching your job boards. However, it's important to ensure that you're using all aspects of the tool correctly.

In this article we offer some tips and tricks for getting the most out of the aggregated search feature:

  1. Search against a vacancy
  2. Reduce the number of results returned
  3. Utilise Boolean searching effectively
  4. Use the unique job board options to run a more accurate search
  5. Use our search history tools
  6. In summary

Whether you are using idibu from inside your CRM or stand alone as shown below, we'd recommend searching from inside your vacancy. 

Doing so makes it easier to find your previous searches, and gives you a stronger record of your activity.

Reduce the number of results returned

If your search terms are too broad, you may get a far higher number of results than you expected or can manage. 

For example, let's say you were looking for a Support Manager. Entering  'Support, manager' (in the format shown below) or "Support" AND "Manager" in the search keywords field will return results that contain both "Support" and "Manager" anywhere in the CV.

To get more refined results where someone has written that exact phrase in their CV, you need to use the correct Boolean phrasing - in this case “Support Manager”. This will return results where these two words are found together, and in the same order.

Postcode and radial searching:

Search using a postcode, and consider reducing the radius of your search. This is another way to quickly refine those results to a more accurate and manageable number. 

When it comes to radial searching, a good rule to follow is to start narrow, then broaden out if required. 

Utilise Boolean searching effectively

Narrowing the search:

  • Use AND to narrow and refine your search. i.e. (“Developer” AND “London” AND “Java”)
  • Use AND NOT to narrow and refine your search i.e. (“Project Manager AND NOT Construction”)
  • Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase: i.e. "Java Developer"

Broadening the search:

  • Use OR to broaden your search. This searches for at least one of the terms in the statement and is best used to search for different terms that mean similar things. i.e. (“Customer Support” OR “Client Services” OR “Customer service executive”)
  • Use an asterisk* (or Stemming) to search for words with the same root: i.e. admin* will return admin, administrator, administration etc (where supported by the board being searched).
  • Use parentheses to enclose an 'OR' statement i.e. Project Manager AND (PMP OR PMI OR "Project Management Professional")
  • For Monster only: use NEAR to search for words and phrases that are mentioned within 10 words of each other in either direction. i.e. "JAVA Developer" NEAR (jboss OR Websphere)


A common reason some sites may provide slightly different results when running searches directly is that there are over 1000 boards in the UK alone - some search using boolean rules, others not. Some may require '+word +word', or include any phrase with gaps as a complete phrase as a whole, or take individual words.

Our Aggregated Search service unifies that query, to create the most suitable version for all the boards it's searching.

So there may well be a slight variation on results in comparison to searching directly on the job board, but this is balanced by the ease and convenience of searching all your boards with one query, run from one system. This is a small percentage trade-off allowing you to perform multiple, technically accurate searches in a fraction of the time that it would take to search multiple boards manually.

Idibu simply drops the criteria you enter into the corresponding fields on each job CV database. So, if you experience any issues in this sense, try modifying the Boolean terms and run another search

Use the unique job board 'options' to run a more accurate search

Check all the available filters for each board by clicking 'Options' below the board icon on the main search page. 

If the specific board options are not selected, then by default idibu will only use the generic search criteria on the main page (postcode radius, job type etc), thus limiting the opportunity to create a like-for like search. 

Use our search history tools

Another reason we suggest searching against a vacancy is so you can make the most of your search history. You can view your search history at the bottom of your search page. 

When you open your search from a vacancy, this naturally filters to the specific searches you ran against that vacancy.

Using the 'Action' button you can quickly access the results of your previous searches by clicking 'View'...

...or save time when running a new search by simply editing a previous search.

In summary

To get the most out of idibu’s aggregated search, always consider the following:

  1. Search against a vacancy
  2. Use correct Boolean terminology
  3. Utlise all the board specific filters
  4. For the most accurate location based results, search using an exact postcode and locations radius (not just 10 mile from ‘Manchester’ for example)
  5. Setting salary expectations *may* decrease the total number of results. If the candidate's CV doesn’t contain any actual salary information, it could be filtered out.
  6. Use our search history tools to save time with future searching
  7. Remember CV searching (just like searching Google) is not an exact science. Try different options and combination to maximise your results.

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