Saving Search Strings

You’ve created a powerful search string – one that you’ll want to use on a weekly basis to find candidates on Usenet or the Web. Is there any way to save that string so you don’t have to remember or re-enter it? There is – and it’s a handy little trick that even web-savvy searchers tend to overlook. Best of all, it works with every kind of search engine so you can apply the same technique whether you’re searching with HotBot or Infoseek or Deja News. Here’s what you do: First, define your search string by entering keywords and Selecting options on the search engine page. Don’t save this page – the settings you’ve entered aren’t stored there yet. All the fields will be reset to their default values when you try to return to this page. Next, run your search. This also lets you verify that the Search returns exactly what you want. Finally, save the results page as a bookmark or favorite place. As odd As that may sound, saving this page saves the search string – not the contents of the page itself. The URL of the page is a very complex string that has a lot Of ampersands and equal signs in it. Something like: http://www.dejanews.com/[ST_rn=ps]/dnquery.xp?ST=PS&QRY=as 400+chicago&defaultOp=AND&DBS=1&format=terse&showsort=score &maxhits=50&LNG=ALL&subjects=&groups=*.jobs.resumes&authors =&fromdate=&todate= That tells the search engine exactly what information you’re after and in what format you want it. The next time you return to that page, the search will be run again – this time against the search engine’s latest view of the Internet. You’ll probably also want to rename the page in your bookmarks or favorites list so it means something to you. A string like “search results” won’t mean much to you, but a string like “Weekly search for AS400 programmers in Chicago” will let you know exactly what the string does. Try it out…and save yourself some search effort.

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T.J. Ripley is a journalist and Web explorer who contributes to AIRS research and writing. The AIRS Search Guide acts as your personal trainer, guiding you through our Advanced Internet Recruitment Strategies (AIRS) in a highly illustrated offline magazine. Each issue is full of new sourcing strategies, search examples, step-by-step procedures, and AIRS latest research for finding high-value passive candidates on the Internet. Contact AIRS at info@airsdirectory.com

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