Keyword Searching

VetJobs.com uses Boolean search which makes it easier for you find the job you are seeking using keywords. When using Boolean, if you have more than one word, enclose your words with quote marks (").

Keywords are words, phrases or terms that are used to describe the type of job for which you are searching. Examples of single key word searches would be sales, programmer, manager, teacher, healthcare, nurse, policeman, engineer, etc.

By typing in the keyword in the Keyword box and then clicking on Search Jobs, your keyword will retrieve those jobs from the Jobs Database that contain your keyword. When the jobs are retrieved, you will be able to conduct a sub-search to narrow the job. This can be performed by typing in another key word in the Sub-search box at the top of the screen when your jobs are retrieved.

To actually see the jobs that have been returned, double click on the job you want to view and it will be retrieved. To go back to the list of jobs, click on "Back" in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

To get the best results from your keyword search it is important to remember to search for jobs using keywords that describe specific skills or areas of interest. The use of job titles in a keyword search is less effective because titles can vary from company to company. When typing in your keywords, you can either type in just one word or you can use multiple words to better narrow your search.


Here are some basic rules when using keyword searches:

Boolean and Proximity Operators

Use To Search For

Example

Results
and Both terms on the same page next to each other sales and manager
--or--
sales & manager
Pages with both the words "sales" and "manager"
or
Either term on the same page C++ or Java
Pages with the word "c++" or the word "Java"
and not
The first term without the second term C++ and not HTML
Pages with the word "C++" but not "HTML"
near
Both terms on the same page, close together pilot near jet Pages with the word "pilot" near the word "jet"

Wildcards

Use

To Search For

Example

Results

*
(one asterisk)

Words with the same prefix

account*

Pages with words that have the prefix "account," such as "accountant," "accounting," and so on

**
(two asterisks)

Words based on the same stem word

fly**

Pages with words based on the same stem as "fly," such as "flying," "flown," "flew," and so on

To better understand how to use these rules, here are some search examples:

Complex Searches
For a specific search, try these combinations to help you identify suitable positions.

  • HR and manager and director - returns jobs that contain all three of the words "HR", "manager", and "director"
  • HR or manager or director - returns jobs that contain any of the three words "HR", "manager", or "director"
  • HR and manager or director - returns jobs that contain the words "HR" and "manager", or jobs that contain the word "director"
  • HR and manager and not director - returns jobs that contain both the word "HR" and the word "manager", but do not contain the word "director"

Parts of an expression may be parenthesized in order to change the meaning of the expression. Searches are done according to the standard rules of Boolean logic. For example:

  • PA and purchasing or Manager returns jobs that contain the words "PA" and "purchasing" or jobs than contain the word "manager"
  • PA and (purchasing or manager) returns jobs that contain the word "PA" and either the word "purchasing" or "manager"
  • (purchasing agent or manager) and director returns jobs that contain the phrase "purchasing agent" or "manager" and the word "director"
  • purchasing and (manager or director) returns jobs that contain the phrase "purchasing manager" or "purchasing director"
  • purchasing agent and not (manager or director) - returns jobs that contain the phrase "purchasing agent" without the words "manager" or "director" in the job description
Follow these basic rules when conducting your search and you will better be able to call up the type of job you are seeking.

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