Using Filetype Search Commands to Find People

Finding someone online can be a challenge if you can’t remember their full name or where to look. However, using a simple boolean filetype search string can help you locate people. You’ll be using specific file types to filter through search results, vastly narrowing down your search. In this article, we’ll explore how you can use boolean filetype commands to find people and information online.

Finding Resumes with Standard File Types

When searching for resumes, standard file types like PDF, DOC, and RTF are often used. However, if you’re looking for someone specific and can’t seem to find them using these standard file types, you can try using a boolean filetype command to expand your search. For example, you can use “filetype:PDF resume ‘John Doe'” to find PDF resumes of people named John Doe.

When it comes down to it, the purpose of using a boolean filetype search is to pull up resume information. If you really want to get the bread and butter information about a particular person, this might be the quickest way to do it.  You’ll be filtering through all the overlapping name information, social media profiles, and other less targeted info to get to the good stuff.

Let us know if you have any other uses for the boolean filetype: command in the context of sourcing and recruiting. Its uses are many and varied, and we’d love to hear about alternative ways to take advantage of Boolean strings. We’re all nerds here, for better or for worse.

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