Setting up your search criteria

Select the cities where you are looking to hire candidates.

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

Citizenship status

Use this to target candidates that match your hiring requirements for citizenship status

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

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

The search 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

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


Set a salary range that best matches your budget.


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 but it doesn't include the skills tags in candidates' work history 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 for:

  • Search for people by name

  • Search for candidates that have worked at a particular company

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

  • 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

Navigating the candidate list

Roles and skills that match your search criteria are highlighted in blue so you can easily spot candidates that match these aspects of your search.

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.

Candidates whose years of experience fall into one bracket below and all brackets above the experience range you have specified will be included in your search result.

Candidates whose salary expectation is below or up to R10K/ €10K above the salary bracket you have specified will be included in your search result.

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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