Resume Search

Resume Search provides a quick method of finding a candidate based on keywords the candidate used in his or her resume. ClearanceJobs offers two ways of searching: IntelliSearch or Boolean Search.



IntelliSearch uses deep machine learning to find relevant candidates based on keywords and concepts.

Learn how IntelliSearch can simplify your cleared recruiting.

Performing an IntelliSearch from the Resume Search Page

Select the IntelliSearch tab at the top. Copy and paste your job description or an ideal resume into the Job Description box (no need to remove formatting or special characters). Select any additional filters as needed and click View Results.

Once you’ve viewed your results, you may add keywords to further drill down your search results.

The candidates returned will have a score to the left of their name. This is a relevancy score based on the similarity of their profile to the job posting or ideal resume you searched for. The higher the score, the more likely the candidate will be a match to what you’re looking for.

Performing an IntelliSearch from your Job Postings

After posting a job, you may go to your Job Post page, click on the actions icon to the right, and select IntelliSearch. This automatically pulls in the clearance level you’ve selected for your job, as well as include matches that are within a 50-mile radius and perform the IntelliSearch for you.


Boolean Search

Boolean searches allow you to combine words and phrases using words like AND, OR, and NOT to limit, widen, or define your resume search.

Performing a Boolean Search

From the Resume Search page, select the Boolean tab at the top. Enter your keywords and phrases into the Basic Parameters box using 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 ClearanceJobs.com or a text editor like MS Notepad

Once you’ve configured your Boolean search in the Basic Parameters field, you may select a location and minimum clearance level. You may also drill down using any of our eleven Additional Filters (Polygraph, Candidate Name, Job Category, Career Level, Degree Earned, Desired Salary, Employment Type, States, Willing to Relocate and Desired Location.)

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”.


Saving Resume Search Results / Resume Retrievers

Saving a certain resume search allows you to receive updated search results emailed daily, weekly or monthly, if you wish. Alternatively, you can save your results to revisit at a later time, without receiving any emailed updates. By doing either, you’ll be creating a Resume Retriever.

Creating a resume retriever from search results
After running your IntelliSearch or Boolean Search, click “Save Search” at the top of your search results. From there, choose a Search Name and how frequently you’d like the search results emailed to you. Finally, click “Save.”

Creating a resume retriever from scratch
From the Main Menu, select Resume Search, followed by Resume Retrievers. Alternatively, visit https://www.clearancejobs.com/resumes/retrievers. Click “New Retriever,” choose a Retriever Name and how frequently you’d like the search results emailed to you. You may also choose to email these results to two additional email addresses.

Next, perform either an IntelliSearch or Boolean Search as described above. You can either save this Resume Retriever or save and perform the search at this time.

Locate your saved Resume Retrievers by visiting https://www.clearancejobs.com/resumes/retrievers.

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