Jobjet supports the full suite of Boolean operands to power your candidate searches: AND, OR, NOT, Round brackets, Wildcard, and Quotation notation can all be used when creating search query strings using Jobjet's search bar.

Below are some basics on how to build your request.

AND Operand

AND allows you to search for candidates to whom both queries apply. Here is an example:

"Senior Engineer" AND "Java" AND "Los Angeles"

You can search by more than two queries separated by AND (including locations), and the results will have ALL the features listed under the candidates’ profiles in the results.  

OR Operand

This operand allows you to bring up results that have any or either of the defined features. For example:

NOT Operand

Operand NOT excludes candidates with a certain term in their resume from search results or produces a search based on exclusion, i.e. all candidates but. For example:

"Product Manager" AND NOT "Product Designer"

In the search results, we have candidates who have experience as a Product Manager and simultaneously do NOT have experience as Product Designer.

Using the operand NOT will bring up a list of candidates, who are anything but the search query:

NOT "Brand Manager"

Note: The NOT operand can only be applied to a specific search term and not to a whole phrase in brackets. This phrase will not work:

NOT("Product Manager" OR "Project Manager")

Quotation Marks ""

Quotation marks denote the beginning and the end of a search phrase and are not required for a single word query. For example:

java AND "New York"

Wildcard *

The wildcard operand *  is used in a search term to replace any number of any symbols.

It is currently not supported in Candidate Cloud searches, so you can only use it when searching in your own database.

For example:

Search for "Mi" will only produce results with candidates whose names are "Mi" and not "Mike", "Michael", "Michelle", etc, whereas search for  Mi* will bring up results with candidates whose names are "Mi", "Mike", "Michael", "Michelle", etc.

Note: Please make sure not to put the query with wildcard symbol in quotation marks. Such search queries, for instance, “Mi*” won’t work.

Round Brackets ()

Round brackets allow you to define the priority of operations. By default, the priorities are as follows:

  • First priority - NOT
  • Second priority - brackets
  • Third priority - AND
  • Fourth priority - OR

Let's go over an example now so you learn how brackets can help you out with your searches:

(“Product Manager” OR “Project Manager”) AND “Los Angeles”

Step 1: The engine will bring up all candidates that match the parameters in brackets, i.e. all those who have “Product Manager” or "Project Manager" mentioned in their profiles.

Step 2: The engine will search further for “Los Angeles” among those selected at Step 1 and present you the final results.

Now let's see what happens if there are no brackets:

“Product Manager” OR “Project Manager” AND “Los Angeles”

“Project Manager” AND "Los Angeles" will be calculated first and the results of the search for "Product Manager" will be added to the list of candidates.

The following query provides absolutely the same result as above:

“Product Manager” OR (“Project Manager” AND “Los Angeles”)

Might seem complicated at first, so reading it again may help, if you are still unsure how this works.


Search keywords are case-insensitive, so it doesn’t matter whether you enter your query in upper or lower case - the results will be exactly the same.

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