The last entry was a side track. I was side tracked by Shally’s comment. What I had on my mind to say was related to internet search fundamentals. I spend a lot of time training and developing training materials on sourcing. It is my belief that keyword development is the area that most sourcers/recruiters have the hardest time with, even though they may not realize. What I mean is that we just start keying in the keywords that are in the job description without understanding how the search engine syntax is going to interpret it.
The idea is “we just put keywords in an out comes the perfect candidate” but it is not that easy. The key to effective queries is understanding how a search engine treats your search terms. This basic knowledge will help you devise more robust queries and revise ineffective ones.
Try running this simple query in google: resume java beans (by the way this is a quick search string for finding Java Developers/designers.
Notice that it produced 938,000 results, before you try the next simple search scan thru the result summaries.
Next try running this query: beans java resume
(notice that the only thing that has changed is the order of the keywords, otherwise we are using the same keywords.)
I ran the both of them a few minutes ago and this second search string brought 859,000 results. Not only was the number of results significantly different but the order totally changed too.
Keyword location is important, order key terms with main subject first, search engines tend to rank documents that match first terms or phrases higher. Remember, the order in which you enter you terms affect both the order and pages that appear in your search results.
Before I log off, I want to briefly point out some keyword strategies. Formulate the scope of the keyword terms within the job description, identify the important concepts, identify search terms to describe those concepts (don’t rely on the keywords given), consider synonyms and variations of those terms, prepare your search logic. I’ll expand on some of these concepts later but if you stick to this you should be well on your way to writing robust effective queries.