Local salary data? Compliance advice? HR professionals are constantly trawling the web to dredge up answers. To improve your chances of finding exactly what you need, follow these search tips:
1. Either/or. If you want pages that have one term or another, type in “or” or use the “|” symbol, called the pipe symbol. Example: affordable | green | office supplies.
2. Quotes. If you want to search for an exact phrase, use quotes. Example: “Affordable green office supplies” will only return pages with that exact phrase.
3. Not. If you don’t want a word, use the “-” symbol next to it. Example: virus-computer.
4. Similar terms. Use the “~” symbol to search for similar terms. Example: A search “~green office supplies” uncovers pages with terms like "environmental," "sustainable" or "earth-friendly."
5. Definitions. Use “define:” to get a quick definition. Example: “define: sustainable” turns up definitions, along with links.
6. Vertical search. Search specifically within blogs, news, books and more. Enter your search term, then click on “more” for a drop-down menu. Then choose “Blog Search,” “Book Search,” etc.
7. File types. If you just want to search for Word documents, for example, type “filetype:doc” as part of your search query. This will restrict your results to files ending in “.doc” (or “.xls”, “.pdf”, etc.) and show you only files created with the corresponding program.