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Using GMail to search inside CVs / resumes

It looks like Google has added a feature to its GMAIL service that could be very useful for smaller recruiters. You can now search within email attachments. This means, with a bit of clever organising, you could use GMAIL as a basic CV parser.

Assuming you have candidate CVs in GMAIL and labelled up, simply adding “has:attachment ” as a prefix to your search includes the attachments too.

Note that it only works on certain document types, but it seems to work ok with pdf, doc, & ppt. Also if you want to restrict your search to specific document types, try this format “has:attachment filename:pdf”.

So a typical search might be  : has:attachment filename:doc “clinical research”

Taking it a step further, you can create a filter. Using GMails “create filter with this search”  you can forward the emails automatically elsewhere, flag them as important, and even keep an active filter on a label. So, for example you can set up a filter that searches all your CVs for some selected keywords and then attach that search to a label.

The downside is that I’m not aware of anyway of ranking or sorting the results, you can only get them in date order.

Of course, it will take some experimentation, and some organising, but it might be worth a shot if you are setting up a new recruiting business or are a small employer – as its Free!


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