Metasearch Engines: Efficient Searching in a Centralized Location

Metasearch engines or aggregators are great tools used to search other search engines’ data with results from the internet. Metasearch engines have many advantages over singe-search engines, as they can retrieve more results with the same amount of exertion.

Yippy (formerly Clusty

Yippy (formerly Clusty) is a search engine, which uses Boolean operators (OR, -, +), filetype and language restricted search. I did a basic search for resumes of data scientist in PDF format using Boolean string: resume -jobs -sample -examples -template “data scientist” pdf

It yielded quite a few results, but note on the left-hand side, a preview of the top 49 results.

Dogpile

The main features of Dogpile are “search suggestions” (related terms) and “recent searches.” Search engines used include Google, Yahoo, Ask and others. It combines the power of multiple search engines into one. Advanced search abilities for Dogpile include Boolean operators, “ “ and – (not).

I wanted to find a Java Developer in San Antonio who might have a resume on Slideshare. Deciding to do an X-ray search into Slideshare, I created the following string: site:slideshare.net Java Developer 210 gmail.com resume -sample -samples -example -templates

One could check the section, “Are you looking for?” to see if that yields potential leads.

Creafy

Another site which I found useful is Creafy. Like other search tools, I use keywords and a basic Boolean to find Mechanical Engineers for a search in California who have Gmail accounts.

I entered mechanical engineer” California gmail.com in Creafy and received numerous results, as seen highlighted below.

StartPage

StartPage is great because it offers you web search results from Google, combined with Ixquick, a private search engine. What is advantageous bout StartPages is that you can surf pages safely and anonymously. I would use this site similarly as I have other metasearch engines. I wanted to find engineers and results were achieved using Boolean intitle:resume engineers -examples -sample gmail.com

MetaCrawler

Another great metasearch engine is MetaCrawler. It searches the top search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, About, MIVA, Looksmart and more, with the ability to refine searches.

Example: (intitle:resume | inurl:resume) engineer gmail.com -example -sample -builder

Taking a look at my results, I came across resumes that could be potential leads for positions I might be trying to fill. Resumes are a bonus to me with email and phone number on them, allowing for an increased chance of contacting a lead regarding an opportunity.

Next, I wanted to see if I could find more resumes on WordPress (taken from one of my results above) and see if I could run a generic search for resumes.

Example: (intitle:resume | inurl:resume) “*.wordpress.com/about/resume” -example -sample -bulider

Numerous results returned. I could enter keywords needed for a more targeted search, depending on what kind of leads I am seeking.

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Draze

Draze’s site crawls various search engines and allows for the user to compare search results. Wanting to find a Java Developer, I choose the engine option “Documents.” I could have selected web, images, videos, news, and more.

Example: intitle:resume “JAVA Developer” -example

I noted that by choosing the “document” option, my results were resumes I could review. Many of the results were personal websites for the developers.

I find my efforts of sending multiple queries to multiple search engines extends my search coverage and increases my chances of finding potential leads for opportunities. Another bonus of using metasearch engines is, you can reduce your work in a much more efficient manner and get your results quicker.

 

Trish is a Research Associate (Sourcer) for Fidelis Companies specializing in executive search and contingency staffing for the semiconductor engineering, biopharmaceutical, ERP and EMR industries. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area. She currently holds an associates degree in Culinary Arts with certifications in baking. Additionally, she is pursuing degrees in Computer Systems Database Development and Business Administration. Prior to joining Fidelis Companies in 2011 Trish spent eight (8) years in the Air Force, serving state-side and international, and has prior experience in the aviation, mortgage and medical practice management industries. During her free time Trish is an independent resume writer/career counselor and enjoys watching movies with her two cats, Paprika Jane and Patches McGee.

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