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Semantic Search: A Recruiter’s guide
The idea of Semantic search is not new in the world of data base and search engines but it’s only recently the Job Boards and Recruitment Software companies have started to build tools for candidate search Powered by Semantic Search.
Now the question is what Semantic Search is and what is the use of it in context to Sourcing and Recruitment?Semantic search is most often used to describe searching beyond the literal lexical (exact word for word) match and into the meaning of words and phrases at the conceptual and contextual level, and sentences at the grammatical level.When sourcing candidates, semantic search can be achieved at the conceptual level when a search for a specific term (e.g., Java) also yields matches on related terms (e.g., J2EE, EJB, servlets, etc). – words that are related conceptually.
The power of Semantic Search becomes clear when you imagine trying to fill a position for a Programmer working on mobile phone games, using the OpenGL programming language. The likelihood of a Sourcer knowing which keywords to search with to find all likely candidates is extremely unlikely. However, with Semantic Search, it is unnecessary for the sourcer to know which keywords to search on, because the search engine automatically finds the words needed, making the recruiter a subject area expert on every search s/he does.
Semantic Search for Recruiting: Benefits:Semantic search solutions for sourcing candidates can provide many benefits, including:Reducing the time to find relevant matchesLessening or eliminating the need for recruiters to have deep and specialized knowledge within an industry or skill setReducing and even eliminating time spent on initial researchThe ability to go beyond literal, identical lexical matchingLeveling the playing field for those with less sourcing experience or abilityWorking well for organizations with a high volume of unchanging hiring needsMonster has built a Semantic Search based solution for Recruitment and Sourcing, it’s called 6Sense.Monster’s 6Sense semantic search technology enables employers to find the best candidates significantly quicker by analyzing resumes as a hiring manager would.
Through Power Resume Search, resumes are read and skills evaluated to provide understanding of an individual’s experience in seconds instead of hours. Semantic search technology goes far beyond traditional keyword search, saving time and increasing productivity, allowing recruiters to see relevant resumes in less time creating unprecedented hiring efficiency by providing faster access to better qualified candidates.