Hello, everyone, and welcome to my blog, I will explain the X-RAY Google search, how to use it on Google, and its use in Recruitment.
If you are not aware of Google’s X-ray search, then you are missing a lot of information on Google. So this blog is not only for recruiters but for all internet surfers.
So I would like to stick here for a few minutes and discover the magic of “Google X-ray search,” and we can use operators to fetch the exact results from Google and save our precious time.
What is Google X-RAY Search?
We use X-Ray search, also known as Boolean search, to find highly relevant and precise results from websites by combining phrases, keywords, and symbols in the search bar. So, what exactly is Google X-Ray? To put it succinctly, it is the use of Boolean search strings on Google.
Uses Of Google X-ray Search for finding:
- Resumes and CVs
- Specific files like .pdf, docs
- Candidates from a specific location
- Contact details
Before I go deep into Google X-ray search, let’s understand what exactly it is. Google X-Ray Search is a technique that uses Google’s powerful search capabilities to explore LinkedIn profiles more comprehensively.
By leveraging Google’s extensive index of web pages, including LinkedIn profiles, you can access a treasure trove of data that might not be readily available through LinkedIn’s native search.
This method enables you to perform highly targeted and precise queries, giving you an X-ray vision of LinkedIn’s vast professional network.
You can dig out any information or data that you may not get with a normal Google search.
In an X-RAY search, you can collect candidate information from Google, such as a candidate profile and a candidate list. You can do this effectively by using Google.
When searching for “Java Developer” on Google, you will find various interpretations, articles, and job listings related to Java Developer.
However, it may be challenging to find a well-matched resume specifically tailored to this role. Now let’s see what useful boolean operators we’re going to learn today in this article.
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|AND||Results include all keywords linked with AND||developer AND android|
|OR||Results include either keywords or all of them||Java OR Python|
|NOR (-)||Excludes a keyword from your search (Mention without a space before the unwanted term)||-ReactJS|
|Bracket ()||Group multiple search strings and set priorities||Manager OR Director|
|Quotation Mark “”||Search for an exact phrase (Consider keywords in quotation marks as a whole word)||“Java Developer”|
|-site:||Exclude a website from the search||-site:LinkedIn.com|
Google X-Ray Search Examples
I have mentioned some advanced Google search tips that will help you gather information more precisely. You can fetch any hidden information you need.
Tip #1 Intitle:
You need to use additional codes, just like this. When you use a title after the `intitle:` command, Google will compare that title with the website titles and provide you with matching results.
Example: intitle:best apples in California
Tip #2 Inurl:
You can use the “inurl:” operator to search for websites with a specific word in their URL. Simply type “inurl:” followed by the word you want to search for, and the results will show websites whose URLs include that word.
Similarly can search for URLs if you want to see some results in URLs.
Tip #3 Filetype:
For example, if you’re looking for PDF files related to a specific topic, you can use the following search query:
- site:example.com filetype: pdf topic
Replace “example.com” with the specific website or domain you want to search within, “pdf” with the desired file extension, and “topic” with your specific search keywords.
This will instruct the search engine to only display results from the specified site and show PDF files related to the given topic.
It’s actually fairly straightforward. To get more relevant results, you go to Google and type in your keywords, as well as a few other words and symbols. The cornerstone of the Boolean search is made up of these additional words (called operators) and symbols (called modifiers).
You can use Flip Searches to identify pages that link to a domain name. To identify pages that link to your target domain, you’re essentially ‘flipping’ backward. If you’re looking for candidates from a specific educational institution, company, or social media platform, this search is ideal.
Boolean methods can be used on any search engine, like Google, LinkedIn, or even Facebook.