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How to find Graphic Designers with Boolean search strings

To find a Graphic Designer on Google, use Boolean logic for more targeted searches. Our examples of Boolean strings to find resumes and profiles provide a basis to build your own commands. Modify them with your criteria to hire a graphic designer who can create attractive visuals for a variety of media.


Generic search string to find a Graphic Designer

Build a generic search string around terms like:

  • -job -jobs -sample -examples, to exclude irrelevant results
  • (intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) to discover candidates’ online resumes or CVs
  • (“graphic designer” OR “visual designer”) to cover variations of the same job title

Here’s an example of a simple string to find resumes:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (“graphic designer” OR “visual designer”) -job -jobs -sample -templates

With this search string, the words “resume” or “CV” have to appear in the page title. Adding variations of designer job roles provides a larger number of relevant results. And, excluding more terms will reduce false positives.


Finding Graphic Designer profiles and portfolios

Search for profiles and portfolios on specific social networks using Boolean search in Google by including the site: operator and terms found exclusively on member profiles. For example:

  • “summary” “graphic designer”
  • “illustrator” “shots” -jobs
  • “graphic designer” “project views” chicago

Add more criteria in your Boolean search string for graphic designers to find profiles that better match your requirements.

When sourcing EU candidates, please refer to guidance on using social media for recruiting and collecting candidate information as per the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.

Sample string to search for resumes of Graphic Designers in various formats

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc OR filetype:txt) (“graphic designer” OR “illustrator”) -job -jobs -sample -templates

Example Boolean search strings to find a Graphic Designer by skills and experience

Boolean strings for graphic designers who:

Have experience with specific software

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” CorelDRAW -job -jobs -sample -templates

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (InDesign OR Illustrator) -job -jobs -sample -templates

Work (or have worked) in senior roles

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (“art director” OR “creative director” OR senior) -job -jobs -sample -templates

Have experience in print and editorial design

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (“print design” OR “editorial design”) -job -jobs -sample -templates

Are familiar with WordPress

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” WordPress -job -jobs -sample -templates

Can code

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (HTML OR CSS) -job -jobs -sample -templates

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” PHP -job -jobs -sample -templates

Example Boolean search strings to find a Graphic Designer by location

By state or city:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (Pennsylvania OR PA) -job -jobs -sample -templates

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (“graphic designer” OR “visual designer”) London (UK OR “United Kingdom”) -job -jobs -sample -templates


By area code:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” (Oregon OR OR) 541 -job -jobs -sample -templates

Find area codes here.

Within ranges of zip codes:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “graphic designer” Seattle 98039..98199 -job -jobs -sample -templates

Find the right zip code ranges here and here.

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