It is a well known fact that humans are an imperfect creation. Should you ever doubt it, consider the popularity of the crucial software function commonly known as spellcheck. Should you ever mistype a word or phrase, more often than not, that word will be underlined in red and suggestions will be given as to how to spell it correctly. I am used to seeing this in Microsoft Word, but its also common for me to view this in my browser as well. Be that as it is, I want to share a tactic that has worked well for me in the past. In a nutshell, I want to show you how to source passive candidates based on words that they have misspelled.
Now right away, someone may say that if a candidate misspells a word that automatically they are disqualified from their consideration. My response is that is people are imperfect. Sure, if their resume is riddled with errors, that may be a cause for concern. However, stuff happens and if you want to find a true needle in a haystack, this is the way to go. Case in point…
I was doing a resume search for a manager and misspelled the word manager by dropping the “e.” As I was doing my search on Google, Google jumps in with the default spellcheck by asking me “Did you mean…” and suggesting the correct spelling of the word. It even goes so far as to run my search with the correct spelling of the word.
More often than not, my reflex would be to continue my search based on Google’s suggestion. However, this time I did not. Being somewhat curious, I tried another misspelled variation of manager by adding in quotes – “managr.”
- intitle:resume software “enginer” education -your -apply -submit (51 results)
- intitle:resume “accountng” education -your -apply -submit (27 results)
- intitle:resume “biling” education -your -apply -submit (49 results)
There are so many ways to misspell a word, so making an exhaustive list of misspelled job titles to cite for examples would be counterproductive for me. However, I would suggest that you experiment, experiment, experiment with various job titles. Its quite possible that you might come across an acronym for a term that you might not have considered before. (For example, engg or engr when looking for Engineers.)
Finally, if you like the direction of this strategy, click here for alphabetized table of words that are commonly misspelled on resumes, cover letters, application forms, tests and various other documents.
How To Find Free Resumes and
Passive Candidates on Google
P.S. If you like this type of thing, you will love my book – Resume Forensics. Just sayin’…