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iHire Built the Most Accurate Resume Database for Employers

Here’s How Our Industry-Focused Resume Search Saves Recruiters Time

Talent communities like iHire’s are valuable resources for job seekers and employers because they bring both parties together to find great opportunities and top talent. One of the ways iHire does this is through our database of over 3 million (and counting) resumes, where job seekers can get more exposure to potential employers and recruiters can proactively search resumes online. The unmatched accuracy and flexibility of iHire’s resume database allow recruiters to quickly and easily source professionals who have the skills they need.


How Resume Search Works

iHire’s Resume Search allows recruiters to search our resume database of unique active and passive candidates to find talent for their open or future positions. Employers may use advanced Boolean search terms and commands (or our user-friendly Custom Search tool) to filter resumes based on specific criteria – like job title, location, skills, education level, years of experience, willingness to relocate, and last activity on our platform. To save and organize talent found via Resume Search, recruiters can utilize our intuitive candidate management tools.


Why iHire Has the Most Accurate Resume Database

How can iHire claim to have the most accurate resume database for employers? Our key differentiator from other resume databases is this:

An industry-specific filter = better results, faster

iHire relies on a mix of open-source software and proprietary technology to power our resume database and provide a highly accurate search experience for our users. As a platform with 56 industry-focused communities, iHire adds an extra layer to resume searching that makes it quicker and easier to find the right types of candidates.

Simply put, when you search for a job title on most job boards, you’re searching for that title across all industries, so you’re more likely to get inaccurate results, or “false positives." By dividing our resume database into industry-specific categories, iHire eliminates the chances of a common search term delivering subpar results.


How This Solves a Common Recruiting Pain Point: General Job Titles

Providing the most accurate resume database for employers alleviates a common pain point for many recruiters who search resumes online – getting inaccurate search results when looking for common, vague job titles that span industries. Take this scenario for example.

Say you’re a hiring manager for a construction company looking for a project manager. Unfortunately, “project manager” is a job title used in a few different industries including construction, IT, healthcare, and finance (among others). Conducting a resume database search for “project manager” on a general job board without further terms or filters will return a hodgepodge of candidates with a range of experience and skills. You may end up with thousands of resumes, but only a small percentage will actually have construction experience.

No problem! I’ll just add “construction” as a skill. That should take care of it.

Adding “construction” as a skill will narrow the list significantly, but you’ll still get false positives, like the sales project manager who specializes in construction sales or maybe an IT project manager who worked for a construction company in college. Back to the drawing board.

Fine. I’ll include the industry along with the title and search for “construction project manager.”

This is a commonsense approach that many people use to search resumes online or on job boards. Unfortunately, it’s counterproductive and will drastically reduce the number of results without increasing quality. This is because project managers who work in construction do not call themselves “construction project managers.”

That’s exactly why we created 56 industry-specific sites: it enables iHire to provide a much more accurate resume database search tool.

Let’s look at the search experience on iHireConstruction:


iHireConstruction Search - Project Manager


As you can see from the search results above, a user who comes to iHireConstruction looking for project managers will find what they’re searching for without having to sort through tons of false positives. No IT project managers or professionals with a background in another field—just construction specialists. Mission accomplished.


How to Get the Most Out of Resume Search

Keep your search terms simple. The most important aspect to keep in mind when performing a resume database search is to utilize the same search terms as job seekers would use. If your company uses a non-traditional title like “sales guru” or “marketing ninja,” don’t feel confined to those terms. You’ll be better served relying on more common titles like “sales associate,” “sales executive,” “marketing manager,” or “marketing specialist.”

Save your searches. Saving your search will allow you to quickly reopen previous searches to save you time. Plus, when you save a search, we’ll email you new candidates that match your criteria every day, so you don’t miss out on any potential applicants.

Build advanced searches with ease. Use our Custom Search builder to perform Boolean searches – like including and excluding multiple search terms at once – to get more accurate search results without needing Boolean know-how.

Take advantage of your Resume Search dashboard. Your Resume Search dashboard makes it easy to search by job posting, access your saved searches, and discover what keywords employers in your industry are including in their searches.


With new resumes added daily and a candidate base that includes both active and passive job seekers, iHire offers the most accurate resume database and a wealth of industry-focused talent. For more hiring help, check out iHire’s job ad solutions or library of recruiting advice.

by: Freddie Rohner
October 23, 2020