In addition to Brainhunter’s advanced searching capabilities, you can also use special keyword and character searches to help narrow and tighten your results.
Brainhunter offers a number of special operators to construct keyword searches. The following operators can be used to include or exclude specific terms or phrases in your search.
Wildcard Searches (2 Types)
AND This operator is used to find jobs where both words exist. The symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.
> To find jobs that contain both the phase software developer and the
term java, use the search:
“software developer” AND java
Example > To find jobs that contain both sales and marketing, use the search:
sales && marketing
OR This is used to find jobs which contain either of the terms. The symbol || (shift and backslash), can be used in place of the word OR.
> To search for jobs that contain either developer or programmer,
use the search:
developer OR programmer
Example > To search for jobs that contain either sales or marketing, use the search:
sales || marketing
NOT This operator excludes jobs that contain the word after NOT. The symbol ! can be used in place of the word NOT.
> To search for jobs that contain the phrase software developer
and exclude jobs that contain the phrase software analyst, use the
“software developer” NOT “software analyst”
Example > To search for jobs that contain the phrase field sales and exclude jobs that contain the term engineer, use the search:
“field sales” ! engineer
NOTE: The NOT operator can not be used with just one term. Example > NOT developer
Parentheses can be used in a search to group like terms or synonyms.
> To search for jobs that must contain the term java and either
software or developer, use the search:
(software OR developer) AND java
Single Character The question mark (?) acts as a wild card for a single character within a word.
> To search for either bill, ball, bull or bell
you can use the search:
Multiple Character The asterisk (*), looks for 0 or more characters either within a word or at the end of a word.
> To search for bank, banks, banking or banker
you can use the search:
Example > To search for either labor or labour you can use the search:
NOTE: You cannot use either * or ? symbols as the first character of a search.
Proximity searches can be used to find jobs containing related terms or variations on phrases. Use the tilde “~” symbol at the end of a phrase to perform a proximity search.
> Use the following search to find jobs that contain director within
five words of sales:
This will retrieve jobs that contain any of the following phrases: Director of Sales, Sales Director, Director of Marketing and Sales or Director of Sales and Marketing