Job Search

To search for jobs on ClearanceJobs, go to the job search page. Here, you can search for jobs by category, keyword, and access IntelliSearch.



IntelliSearch is a job search tool available to all candidates who have uploaded a resume. Rather than just relying on keywords, IntelliSearch uses a phrase, sentence or entire document as the query to find the most relevant information. IntelliSearch is powered by Content Analyst Analytical Technology (CAAT®), it’s a patented, award-winning product of Content Analyst Company.


Boolean Job Searches

Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using words like AND, OR, and NOT to limit, widen, or define your job search. To conduct a boolean search head to the job search results page, and select ‘boolean’ from the white drop-down menu to the left of the search box. employs the following standards:

Separate all keywords and keyword phrases with AND or OR. For example:

  • “java” and “oracle”
  • “java” and “oracle” or “unix”

Group sections of keywords or keyword phrases together with (parenthesis). For example:

  • (“java” or “c+”) and “windows”
  • (“armed guard” and “license”) or (“armed guard” and “certification”)

To exclude resumes from a search, use the AND NOT separator. For example:

  • (“java” and “oracle”) and not “javascript”
  • “apple” or “microsoft” and not (“unix” or “linux”)

For EXACT phrases, enclose the keywords in “quotes”. For example:

  • “unix” and “linux” and “windows nt”
  • “security guard” or “armed guard”

To search on partial keywords (sometimes called “wildcards”), insert an asterisk at the end of the partial keywords. For example:

  • “peoplesoft” and sap*
  • “peoplesoft” and sap* and eng*

Other search tips:

  • Search text is not case sensitive, so there is no need to CAPITALIZE text
  • Only the “quotes” character is recognized, so only create Boolean search text in or a text editor like MS Notepad

Begin with a general search
Start your search by selecting general criteria and then “drilling down” to meet your specific needs. Drill down by adding more keywords or selecting more criteria.

Consider alternate spellings and wordings
If you are searching for a job using only specific keywords, you may be excluding some opportunities from your results. When using keywords, there is usually more than one way to phrase or spell your keyword. For example, a “Database Administrator” may also be phrased as “DBA”, or “Database Admin”, or even “Database Guru”. Similarly, a “Software Developer” may also be listed as a “Software Programmer”, or “Software Engineer”, or “Software Coder”. A “Windows NT” expert may be “WinNT” or “Windows-NT” or “WindowsNT”.

When in doubt, browse!
Sometimes, simply browsing through the job database is an easy way to find interesting opportunities.



To search for OCONUS or overseas jobs, click the “Refine Results” option above the job search bar. Here, you can click which countries you would like to see job search results for.

There is also a link for overseas jobs to easily access posted jobs that are located overseas.



To save a job, simply click the blue “Save” button on the job preview seen on the job search results page. You can then access all of your saved jobs here. From this page, you can view your application status, as well as delete a job from your saved jobs list.



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