Setting up your search criteria

Located in

Search for candidates according to where they are based – down to the suburb.

For example:

  • Search for candidates within a city or suburb if you’re looking for candidates to work in-office or for candidates that can commute.

  • Search for candidates within a country, province or county if you’re looking for candidates to work in a hybrid-remote setup

  • Search for candidates within one or more countries if you’re looking for fully remote candidates or candidates for relocation

Wants to work in

Search for candidates according to where they would like to work. Select the cities in which you’re looking to hire candidates for in-office or hybrid remote work.

If you select 'remote', your search results will include candidates who are open to remote opportunities.

Work authorisation

Search for candidates based on their citizenship or work authorisation. Choose which countries and work authorisation statuses you’re looking for.

For example if you're looking for candidates who are authorised to work in the EU, you could search for citizens, permanent residents and work permit holders across all EU countries.

Roles
Use the primary areas of work to find and select the roles that are relevant to your hiring need.

Search results will include candidates that match any or all of the roles you specify.

Skills
List the skills you're looking for. Skills include languages, databases, frameworks, tools and methodologies.

Search results will include candidates that match any or all of the skills you specify.

Tip: Pair 'tech-specific' roles and their ‘generic’ counterparts with your required skills.

For example if you're looking for a Java developer, you could set up your search criteria as follows:

  • Roles: Java Engineer + Backend Engineer + Full Stack Engineer

  • Skills: Java + Spring

Experience
Set your experience range based on the overall years of experience you would like the candidate to have.

Salary

Set a salary range that best matches your budget.

Keywords

Use keywords to look for candidates that have unique or niche skills that are not available in the other search criteria.


The keyword search looks for matching terms across the entire candidate profile, except for the skills in candidates' work experience entries.

The keyword search will include candidates that match any or all of the keywords you enter.

Note: The search uses exact phrasing and is case sensitive so if you type "Agile Software Development" it will only find matches for the exact words "Agile Software Development".


Tip: You can use this to search for anything. Many of our customers use it to:

  • Search for people by name

  • Search for candidates that have worked at a particular company

  • Search for candidates with a specific degree or with qualifications from a particular institution

  • Search for candidates that are available immediately

  • Search for candidates with a specific work permit eg. spousal visa

  • Search for candidates with citizenship from a specific country

  • Search for candidates based in a specific location eg. Netherlands or Cape Town

Navigating the candidate list

Highlighting
Candidate profile information that matches your search criteria is highlighted in blue so that you can easily spot how candidates match your search. There are 2 ways in which highlighting works: ‘In-card’ highlights and Snippets and Matching terms.

‘In-card’ highlighting happens when the information that matches your search is visible in the standard card content. In this case, highlighting is applied directly to the information as it appears in the card. ‘In-card’ highlighting applies to:

  • Candidate’s name

  • Candidate’s current location

  • Citizenship and work authorisation countries

  • Logline

  • Roles

  • Company name in work experience

  • Skills in work experience

  • Job title in work experience

  • Name of university/school in education

  • Name of degree/diploma in education

Snippets and Matching terms happen when the information that matches your search is not visible in the standard card content. In this case, the matching information is pulled from the candidate’s profile and added to the card, below the candidate’s education.

For free-text sections of a candidate’s profile, Snippets of the matching content are extracted and labeled with the section they are extracted from. In the case that a section matches multiple terms of your search in different places, only the first matching snippet in that section is shown. Snippets apply to:

  • Description in citizenship and work authorisation

  • Ideal next job

  • Description in work experience

  • About

For structured information in a candidate’s profile, Matching terms are extracted and grouped under the label ‘More keyword matches in profile’. Matching terms apply to:

  • Work permits and visas

  • Skills in work experience

  • Education

  • Top skills

  • Desired roles

Best matches

The candidates who match all or at least one term in each of the search fields you enter into your search query will appear with a 'Best match' badge in the top right corner of their card.

All your best matches will appear at the top of the list when the list is sorted by 'Relevance'

Close matches

We don't want you to miss out on candidates that fall just outside of the criteria you set, so your search results will include candidates that match some but not all of your criteria.

This means that your search results will also include:

  • Candidates who are located in an area nearby the locations you’re searching in

  • Candidates whose years of experience fall into one bracket below and all brackets above the experience range you have specified

  • Candidates whose salary expectation is below the salary bracket you have specified, or up to R10K/ €10K above it

  • Candidates who have work authorisation statuses other than those which you’ve specified.

None of these candidates will have the ‘best match’ badge in the top right corner.

New this week
The newest candidates on OfferZen are marked with a green chip in the top right corner of their card that says "New this week".

Last week available
Candidates who only have one week left on the platform are marked with a grey chip in the top right corner of their card that says "Last week available".

Filtering & sorting the candidate list

Filtering by new this week
Select the 'New candidates only' filter to focus on the newest candidates on the platform each week.

Sorting the list
You can sort the list using the following options to make it easier for you to find the right candidate:

  • Relevance

  • Salary (high to low)

  • Salary (low to high)

  • Experience (most to least)

  • Experience (least to most)

By default the sort is set to 'Relevance' ensuring that candidates who best match your search criteria are at the top of the list.

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