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Searching with SeekOut

Learn how to use SeekOut to find the best candidates for your open roles.

Understanding SeekOut Profiles

  1. Understanding SeekOut's Unified Profiles

    SeekOut Unified Profiles bring together the most relevant data from dozens of sources, and allow you to easily search across more than 100 fields that include skillsets, background, and experience, education, diversity, and more.

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Candidate Pools

  1. Public Profiles

    SeekOut's Public profiles cover all roles including professional experience, education, skills, interests, and much more.

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  2. SeekOut for Healthcare

    SeekOut for Healthcare extends the candidate pool available to you by enriching millions of existing healthcare worker profiles with data from the National Provider Identifier Standard (NPI) database, as well as adding hundreds of thousands of new prospects to the talent pool.

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  3. Can I source candidates outside of the United States?

    Yes, SeekOut supports searching and creating messaging campaigns for candidates internationally.

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  4. Search: Other Networks tab

    SeekOut provides custom search engines, or CSEs, for finding candidate profiles and information on a wide variety of other social and professional networks. You'll find these CSEs under the Other Networks tab at the top of the SeekOut search page.

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  5. What industries are listed in SeekOut?

    See article for full list of industries and industry filters.

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  6. Find a Candidate Using a LinkedIn URL

    If you know the LinkedIn URL of a specific candidate, you can use part of the URL to look for their SeekOut profile.

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Keyword/Boolean Searches

  1. Advanced Boolean search with SeekOut

    SeekOut supports advanced search syntax. If you want to go beyond keywords and basic Boolean, try these advanced query functions. Many of these methods can be combined to form very specific candidate searches.

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  2. Boolean & Field-Based Search

    When you type words or phrases into the Keywords search box, we use the latest machine learning and search technology to bring relevant results to the top. If you want more control over your search, you can use SeekOut's advanced Boolean search syntax.

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  3. Creative Ways to Search with SeekOut

    Here are some real-life examples of searches from users of SeekOut using Boolean.

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SeekOut Search Filters

  1. Company Alumni Filter

    SeekOut's Company Alumni filter is a powerful and unique tool that allows you to quickly find people who have left a specific company and gain deep insights into who those people are and where they went.

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  2. An Overview of SeekOut's Filters

    An overview of all the available filters for public profiles, and how filters operate across multiple categories

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  3. How to request Custom Power Filters for your organization

    We know you don't want to spend time manually building searches that arise on a consistent basis. SeekOut can help by deploying Custom search filters in your UI so you have one-click access to desired talent pools.

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  4. Enhanced Clearance Filters

    Finding cleared talent is challenging for many enterprises. Since 2018, SeekOut customers have used our Security Clearance power filter to find candidates who likely have a US government security clearance.

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  5. Select and reorder candidate filters

    You can customize and re-order the filters that appear on the left side of your Search page by clicking View All Filters.

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  6. Identify Candidates Open to New Opportunities

    The filter Likely Open to New Roles uses a machine learning algorithm to predict which candidates are most likely to change jobs within the next 12 months.

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  7. How does the Years of Experience filter work?

    The Years of Experience filter is found in the Experience section, highlighted in blue below. 

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  8. Experience and Education Filters

    SeekOut's Experience and Education filters can be applied separately, or they can be combined to find candidates using specific criteria.

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  9. Time Zones: Time Differences and The Time Zone Filter

    When viewing a candidate's profile, you can see at-a-glance the time difference based on their time zone and your location.

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  10. Create your own Power Filters

    Power Filters give you access to complex searches with only a few clicks. SeekOut provides a number of power filters by default, and admins can save any public profile search as a custom power filter for their organization.

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  11. Power Filters

    Power Filters provide one-click access to a growing number of candidate attributes. Because you don't have to rely on long Boolean strings, power filters make complex sourcing tasks much easier.

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Automating Your Search with AI

  1. AI Matching in SeekOut

    AI Matching is available to Essentials, Professional, and Enterprise plans. AI Matching works by taking key requirements from your job description and returning a list of candidates who fit your criteria.

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  2. How do I Clone a Candidate or a Project?

    With SeekOut, it's possible to clone candidates and projects. When you clone a candidate, SeekOut will use machine learning to search for candidates with similar experience and skills.

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  1. Improving Diversity with SeekOut

    We know diverse teams do better work, are happier, and directly improve the bottom line. Diversity has never been more important, yet many organizations struggle to create diverse representation in enterprise, technology, and leadership roles.​

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  2. How SeekOut Diversity Classifiers Work

    SeekOut Diversity features are designed to help recruiting teams take action to improve organizational diversity by finding and including highly qualified, diverse candidates in the recruiting pipeline.

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  3. Bias Reducer

    The Bias Reducer (formerly known as blind hiring mode) helps you curb unconscious bias in your candidate evaluation by eliminating obvious indicators of race or gender.

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Searching GitHub

  1. Advanced Search Syntax with GitHub search

    As with Public Profile search, SeekOut supports a wide range of field-specific search capabilities in GitHub candidate search.

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  2. How is SeekOut's GitHub search different?

    GitHub is an amazing place to find code and an extremely popular site for deeply technical engineers. Even though it has millions of coder profiles, however, it's a tough place to find candidates because:

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  3. Sourcing GitHub candidates with SeekOut

    SeekOut's GitHub search lets you find software developer candidates in a completely new way.

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  4. What is Coder Score and how is it calculated?

    SeekOut analyzes code contributions from GitHub users to determine how well-accepted or influential their code is. Using that analysis, we assign each member a Coder Score of one to five stars based on their demonstrated contributions.

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Expert Searches

  1. Advanced Search Syntax with Expert search

    SeekOut Expert is a unique capability of some SeekOut subscriptions which give you access to nearly tens of millions of engineering, computer science, and life sciences experts.

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  2. SeekOut Recruit | Expert Talent Pool

    SeekOut Expert Search is the best way to find untapped talent who are subject matter experts in almost any technical field including engineering, machine learning, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, finance, and more.

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Best Practices

  1. X-Ray search vs. SeekOut search

    Some savvy recruiters use X-Ray search on Google or Bing to find profiles. It's a useful technique for bringing back only certain kinds of pages when searching on Google or Bing.

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  2. People Insights

    SeekOut's People Insights feature gives you a bird's eye view of any talent pool. From any search, you can zoom out to see the aggregate data about those candidates' location, employers, titles, skills, employment history, diversity and more.

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Frequently asked questions

Questions and answers we've heard a few times, and might be able to quickly help.

No worries! You can reset your password by clicking Forgot your password? at the bottom of the Sign In page. We have a full article for more questions, here.

Each SeekOut plan includes credits for finding candidate contact info and credits for exporting candidate information. To learn more about contact info credits, we have a full article here; and to learn more about exporting candidate information, we have another article here.

A SeekOut administrator can save any public profile search can as a power filter. You can learn how to create and access those filters here.

Upcoming trainings

Github Training

Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 4:30 PM UTC

Are you recruiting software engineers or developers? Come learn how you can leverage SeekOut's GitHub database and unique filtering options to make technical hiring a breeze!

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