How To Search Google More Efficiently
by: Jim Stroud
In case you did not know, when you use a tilde ( ~ ) in your Google search, it searches for the keyword you use as well as the synonym of the keyword you are looking for. This is a good thing as it will save you time, so long as you understand what Google considers to be synonymous with your keyword. Let’s do a quick example by searching for the term “CV.”
At this writing, I get 885,000,000 search results describing what a CV is, pictures of CVs, articles on how you can write a CV and links to people who can write a CV for you.
Now let’s repeat that search with a tilde in front of the keyword.
I get 883,000,000 search results, but I notice a curious thing. In the search results certain words are bolded: resume, CV, curriculum and curriculum vitae. As far as Google is concerned, searching for ~cv is the same as searching for the keywords resume, curriculum and curriculum vitae at the same time. Interesting? If not, it will be in a moment.Check out the synonyms for the word “job” by doing a search on ” ~job. “ These are the terms that I notice: job, jobs, salary, career, employment, recruitment and vacancy.
Now let’s combine these two terms in a search string for umm… say a “verification engineer.” The search string I use would look like this:
At this writing, I get 1,520,000 results. In the first 10 results, only 2 were NOT resumes (or links to pages containing resumes)!!! Pretty cool, huh? ( smile) In case you are scratching you head, this is what my search string was asking Google to do (step by step).
This asks Google to search for the exact phrase “Verification Engineer.” I could have used quotes, but placing a period in between the words has the same effect. (So it’s a personal choice. Either way works.)
This asks Google to not return search results that have the words: job, jobs, salary, career, employment, recruitment or vacancy in them.
This asks Google to return search results that have the words resume, cv, curriculum or curriculum vitae somewhere in the web document.
Get it? Got it? Good.
Here are a few other Tilde words that may be of interest to you.
~staff = staff, personnel, staffing
~members = members, countries, member, login, membership
~team = baseball, basketball
~personnel = jobs, employment, staff, human resources, employee
~alumni = school, Reunion, high, highschool
~directory = yellow pages, white pages, white page listings, numbers
~openings = jobs, opportunities, employment, vacancies
~software = software, freeware, shareware, driver
~qa = quality assurance, testing, software quality assurance
~gui = gnome, swing, interface, graphical user interface, gui
~program = software, program software, exe, program, programme
~os = linux, operating system, unix
~windows = windows, microsoft windows, win, win 32
~sales = sales, store, auction, retail store, prices, dealers
~marketing = marketing, media, market, communications
~hr = hr, human resources, jobs, management, human resources management, personnel management
And here are a couple more search strings to get you thinking more about the tilde.
- intitle:resume education -~job -~openings quality.assurance inurl:resume -intitle:sample
- site:ibm.com he | she ~staff | ~personnel java serves | experience
ABOUT THE WRITER
Over the past decade, Jim Stroud has built an expertise in lead generation strategies, social media recruiting, video production, podcasting, online research, competitive intelligence, community management and training. He has consulted for such companies as Microsoft, Google, MCI, Siemens and a host of startup companies. Recently, Jim Stroud joined Bernard Hodes Group as a Director of Sourcing and Social Strategy.
Prior to Hodes, Jim Stroud has created and sold three online properties, managed an award-winning blog, published a weekly newsletter for jobseekers, a recruiter training magazine and co-hosted a popular technology podcast. Jim Stroud has also produced multiple web series devoted to such topics as: job search, recruiting, technology and language learning. Jim Stroud has been quoted by such publications as Globe and Mail, US News and World Report, Wall Street Journal and The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Monster.com, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise and The HR Examiner have all cited Jim Stroud for his digital influence. Jim Stroud also served as the EmCee of SourceCon, the premier global conference on sourcing for three consecutive years.
When not online, Jim Stroud suffers from withdrawal symptoms that can only be soothed by chocolate chip cookies and family time.