Large Free Resume Database Hidden In Plain Sight

Are you a Recruiter looking for talent online? It didn’t use to be some years ago, but now searching for online resumes on Google is a bit of a pain. We need to use advanced operators (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) and add keywords. Then, we need to exclude job posts (-job -jobs -careers …). Need to exclude resume samples and templates (-sample -example…). Even then, the results will be populated by partial resumes and search pages from the sites that will try to sell us access to their resume collections. We can narrow the search down by specifying the format (filetype:PDF OR filetype:Doc…), but if we do so, we’ll be missing the resumes shared in online document storage sites… Not easy!

Attention Recruiters: there’s a free resume database, easy to search, that few know about. It is quietly built and populated by hundreds of records daily.

Here’s (an amazing, unexpected) resume search example; before you read further, just go ahead and try it!

resume “risk management” consultant “”

Note that I didn’t use any advanced Boolean operators and didn’t need to exclude tons of “false positives” such as job posts and resume templates.

This search is very broad; to find target resumes we would need to narrow it down or filter the results. But the results are almost all resumes.

Here’s what the search screen looks like:

The secret of easily finding resumes is that I used Google Image Search instead of the Google web search.

Believe it or not, that’s all there is to it.

Here are a couple more examples, for your surprise and enjoyment:

For this type of sourcing to be more on target, we can narrow the results down… by color. Let’s look at the black-and-white results only:

resume SaaS B2B account executive

Here’s what this search looks like:

Narrow the search down to JPEG files only, for even better precision:

resume iOS SDK gmail 408

(408 is one of the San Francisco Bay Area phone codes).

So why does image search work so well to find resumes? The reason behind it is a top business network’s acquisition of a document storage site. The Social Network encourages its members to add resumes to their profiles using the storage site. While the Network doesn’t give Recruiters any way to search within those resumes (either free or paid) – Google does. We just need to switch to the Image search on Google vs. the general Web search. These documents are ranked quite high in Google search, so we’ll find many.

I would be glad to connect – please check out my profile on the Social Network.

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Comment by Dina Natale on October 2, 2015 at 2:17pm

Irena this is genius!!!

Comment by Nicholas Meyler on October 2, 2015 at 6:47pm


Comment by Nicholas Meyler on October 3, 2015 at 6:54pm

Although it isn't working well for me:

Your technique may work better on less technically-oriented searches than the ones I work...

Comment by Irina Shamaeva on October 4, 2015 at 1:19pm

@nicholas - narrow down to black-and-white, you will get much better results.

Comment by Nicholas Meyler on October 4, 2015 at 11:43pm

that definitely helps a little bit...  still not really fully functional for my needs, but I will definitely save this in my "bag of tricks"...

Comment by Eric Putkonen on October 6, 2015 at 9:45am

Very cool!  I will have to play with this and see what I can get out.

Comment by Ariane Mandel on October 8, 2015 at 12:27pm

has anyone had luck with this? I am getting varied results.  

how would you sort by most recent resumes posted?  I am finding people whose last job started in like 2004.  I'd like to see the most current resumes, obviously.

Comment by Deborah Falkoff on October 9, 2015 at 9:16am

Irina that you for the information.

Comment by Irina Shamaeva on October 9, 2015 at 10:51am

Ariane: press on "search tools" and narrow down the dates.

Nicolas: this is a Google search; you can find what Google has found and indexed. For your type of search, I would try to replace resume by cv and look if you find additional results. I would search on publications and patents (which you are probably already doing).

Comment by Irina Shamaeva on October 9, 2015 at 10:55am

You can also specify the image size, like this:

resume nanotube separation ""


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