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How to find Web Developers with Boolean search strings

When looking for Web Developers, use Boolean logic on Google to find resumes and profiles by skills, coding languages and more. Modify our search strings examples to create commands that match your criteria.


Generic search string to find Web Developers

Build searches according to your needs:

  • -job -jobs -sample -examples, to avoid irrelevant results
  • (intitle:resume OR intitle:CV), to discover candidates’ online resumes or CVs

Here’s an example of a generic search string that you can modify to find resumes:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” -job -jobs -sample -examples

When running this command using Google, you will get results that include the words “resume” or “CV” in the page title. Adding variations of titles will provide a larger number of relevant results. And, excluding more terms reduces false positives.


Searching for profiles of Web Developers

Use Boolean search on Google to uncover social profiles of Web Developers on Github, Meetup or StackOverflow. Include the site: operator and terms found exclusively on member profiles. For example:

  • inurl:resume “web developer”
  • “web developer” “member since”
  • inurl:profile “web developer”

If you get the same type of irrelevant results with each search, use the NOT (“-”) operator to exclude those results. Add more criteria in your search 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.

Examples of Boolean search strings to find Web Developers by coding skills and experience

Find Web Developers who:

Are familiar with Django

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” Django -job -jobs -sample -examples

Specialize in JavaScript

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (“web developer” OR “front end developer”) JavaScript -job -jobs -sample -examples

Have used a particular database

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” (MongoDB OR MySQL) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Can code in Ruby and/or PHP

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” (Ruby OR Rails OR PHP) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Know Perl

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (“web developer” OR “perl developer”) Perl -job -jobs -sample -examples

Have experience with various content management systems (CMS)

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” (WordPress OR Joomla OR Drupal) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Sample string to search for resumes of Web Developers in various formats

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc OR filetype:txt) “web developer” -job -jobs -sample -templates

Examples of Boolean search strings to find Web Developers by location

By state or city:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” (Massachusetts OR MA) -job -jobs -sample -examples

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” “Washington DC” -job -jobs -sample -examples


By area codes:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web developer” “San Jose” (408 OR 669) -job -jobs -sample -templates

Find area codes here.

Within ranges of zip codes:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “web designer” “San Francisco” 94102..94188 -job -jobs -sample -templates

Find the right zip code ranges here and here.

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