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Help Topic: Using the Skills Profile for Semantic Search

This lesson explains how to use the Skills Profile for Semantic Search.


Searching for the right Candidate is only half the challenge.  Knowing what and how to search is every bit as important.

That's where the power of Tracker's Semantics comes in.  Whether you are a proficient recruiter or a junior just starting out, the phrases, qualifications, skills and terminology in nearly all industries are ever changing and so a little help at the point of searching is always welcome.

Semantics' works but looking at the words and phrases you are using to find Candidates and makes suggestions as to other possible words and phrase that you might also want to include in order to provide a more comprehensive search result.

For example, in the IT industry there are literally thousands of acronyms covering languages, roles, databases, platforms, concepts and so on.  Searching for...

Java AND Developer

...will produce results but if you could be helped in looking at other means for Developer and other variations of Java, this may just find you the right candidate quicker.  Semantics offers you alternatives that may or may not be relevant, allowing you to pick from a simple list and enhance your search.

In this example, both Java and Developer have alternatives that may be relevant to the search.  Selecting the semantics for Java provides a list for you to review and tick any other variations that may be relevant to this search.

Ticking the option that are relevant shows clearly what is now being search as in the example below.

In addition to the suggestions you will see that each of the 3 variations of Java we require are still contained in the same block as Java was.  This is because we still want the search to treat these as a single required word, however the word for Java could be one of 3 variations.

What's more, our clients have full control over the configuration of these Semantics allowing you to customise these to your industry, the relevance to the positions you recruit for and to best assist your recruiter in understanding the field they are searching in.

Weighted Search

And with the option of weighted search, you can enhance your search results even further!

Weighted search allows you to treat the priority of search terms based on the order in which they are entered.  For eaxmple, search for...

This AND That and "The Other"

...will assume that This is the most important word, then That, and then "The Other".  The focus of the ranked results is therefore primarily focused on Candidates with This in their resume, then rank any with That and so on.  So searching for...

"The Other" AND That AND This

...would return the same results but ranked differently as the primary focus will be on those Candidates with "The Other" primarily, then That and so on through each subsequent search term.