Where to Search for a Job in Scout
If there is a specific job, company, or req ID that you are interested in working you can go to the ‘Job, Req ID, Company’ search box and enter the information there.
Scout will then display all of the job postings that match your search results.
Types of Search in Scout
In order to improve the search results, Scout provides different types of searches. This, in turn, enables you to receive a list of better-matched job postings.
Boolean Operators for Keyword Search
When searching for a type of job listing or a specific one, all terms used in the search are an option, as long as one term matches. For example, if you search for the job electrical systems engineer, Scout will display any job listing that contains one or more instances of electrical or systems or engineer. To find listings that contain all three words in the same order (a phrase), use quotation marks: “electrical systems engineer”.
Additionally, by default, all searches use “stemming.” This means that a search for manager will find listings with manage, management, managing, and manager.
There are also boolean operators that can provide more control over the results. The preferred operators are:
+ (this term must be present)
- (this term must not be present).
All other terms are optional. For example, this query: electrical systems +engineer -senior
- engineer must be present
- senior must not be present
- electrical and systems are optional — their presence only increases the relevance of each listing
The familiar boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT (also written &&, || and !) are also supported but beware that they do not honor the usual precedence rules, so parentheses should be used whenever multiple operators are used in a single search.
For instance, the above query, electrical systems +engineer -senior, could also be rewritten as ((electrical AND engineer) OR (systems AND engineer) OR engineer) AND NOT senior
Multiple terms or clauses can be grouped together with parentheses, to form sub-queries. For example (electrical OR systems) AND engineer would return listings containing engineer and containing either (or both) electrical or systems.
Wildcard searches can be run on individual terms, using ? to replace a single character, and * to replace zero or more characters.
Searching for engin?er would show listings with either engineer or enginner [by far, the most commonly misspelled word on popular job boards].
The asterisk (*) wildcard could be used, for example, to find listings containing either engineer or engineering by searching for engineer*. Or nurs* would find listings with either nurse or nursing.