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Using certain words, characters and symbols when searching can help narrow search results.

Obtaining Relevant Search Results
Use keywords, special characters and Boolean operators to obtain more relevant search results. Boolean operators are words and symbols (AND, OR, *) that tell the search engine what to search for.
  • Exact Matches
    To obtain results matching all of the words in a phrase in exactly the same order, place the phrase between double quotation marks or parentheses. Eg. "Process Engineer" or (Process Engineer)

  • Similar Matches with All Keywords
    To obtain results matching all of the words in a phrase, but not necessarily in the same order, place the word "AND" between the words in the phrase. Eg. Process AND Engineer

  • Similar Matches with At Least One Keyword
    To obtain results matching at least one of the words in a phrase, place the word "OR" between the words in the phrase. Eg. Process OR Engineer

    Using phrases without special characters or Boolean operators has the same effect as using the boolean operator "OR." In such cases, the search results are based on the number of occurences of the words and their proximity to each other.

  • Multiple Forms of One Word
    To obtain results matching multiple forms of one word, use * at the beginning or end of the word. Eg. Use "Facili*" to obtain results with the words "Facility," "Facilities," "Facilitate" and "Facilitation."
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