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Power Resume Search

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Power Resume Search gives you the results you need to make more informed, objective hiring decisions. Provide us with your candidate requirements, including skills needed, location, and experience, and we’ll do the rest. Monster’s advanced technology understands search context, concepts and terminology, and finds all variations of your requirements.

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Power Resume Search Webinar (30 mins)
Learn how to match qualified candidates to your open jobs with this powerful tool. We’ll show you how you can search for “real life” qualities such as skills, experience, education, tenure in positions, willingness to travel and more, all with unprecedented accuracy.

Power Resume Search Best Practices (3 mins)
See how you can get the most out of each Power Resume Search.

Search Fields in Power Resume Search (3 mins)
We’ll walk you through a few important search fields that can help you zero in on the perfect candidate.

Saved Searches (2 mins)
A great time saver for any busy recruiter! Save your searches to come back to later and get email updates as new candidate matches roll in.

Resume Actions (3 mins)
Save time and stay organized with the help of Resume Actions within Power Resume Search.

Power Resume Search & Boolean Search Strings (5 mins)
One amazing candidate database, two fantastic search tools.


We are continuously improving your resume search experience to help you find the right fit for your open positions. If you want to see the most recent enhancements, view the release notes. If you have additional questions, check out our Help page.

Yes, you can! Power Resume Search has two versatile search options. You can use our Semantic Search which intuitively searches for related terms and concepts, or you can switch to Classic Search to run a search using Boolean keywords. Either way, you can expect to find the best candidates for the job. For more information about Boolean Logic, check out our article.

Yes! You can save your search and receive an email notification when new candidate matches are found. It’s easy! On the left side of your search results page, click “Save this search” under your criteria and follow the onscreen prompts to complete your set up. Keep in mind that you can save up to 10 searches with Power Resume Search and up to 10 searches with Classic Search.

You can enter up to 20 but we recommend entering 3-5 for best results. Make sure to enter only one skill in each field and if you want to include more, click “Add another skill or keyword.” You can also define whether you want each skill to be “Required” or “Nice to Have.” If a skill is marked as “Required,” any candidates who do not have that skill will be eliminated from the search results. A “Nice to Have” skill will never limit your results, but it will prioritize candidates with that skill within your results list.

Yes, just leave the location field blank to search the entire country. This is a wonderful strategy to really extend you candidate pool for remote positions.

Your search criteria are on the left side of your search results. You can easily narrow down your candidate list by specifying more criteria and entering the most important skills, keywords, education, and experience. You can also adjust your location by narrowing your radius to really zero in on the right candidates closest to you.

You may have specified too many search options. Try starting with a broad search before narrowing them down. To find as many candidates as possible, use a broad, industry standard job title and avoid internal titles. Also, make sure you search for all resumes first. Even if a candidate hasn’t updated their resume recently, they could be open to the right opportunity.

Some candidates do not want to have their personal information (such as their name, address, phone number, or email address) displayed on Monster. These candidates usually do not want their current employer knowing that they are searching for a new job. Others are simply concerned about privacy. You can get in contact with a confidential candidate via the “Send Message” button.

Once you’ve viewed a resume, you will see the “Viewed” icon next to the candidate’s name, meaning that one credit has been deducted from your inventory. Once one unit of inventory is used for a particular candidate, any additional actions taken within 7 days do not impact inventory. So, if you view the original resume, forward it to a hiring manager, and add it to a folder, it would only be counted as 1 view. We recommend adding candidates to a folder to conserve your inventory. Any actions taken on candidates within folders on the My Candidates page will not impact inventory. For more information on how to manage your candidates, check out our article.

You can check your inventory at any time. Sign in to your account and click on “My Products” at the top of the page. The page will show you the inventory that is available company-wide. You will see the number of views purchased, used and remaining, as well as the start and expiration dates.