SearchMonster uses precision search technology to find the exact talent you need. Plus, you can manage and contact candidates via email and text message — all from the same interface.
No more toggling from one platform to another. SearchMonster lets you do it all. Find and reach the top-quality talent you need, when you need it.
Take a look at the materials below to get up and running with SearchMonster in no time.
Free Training Resources
SearchMonster Training Course
Learn how to find and connect with candidates by taking this 45-minute interactive course!
Live Webinar Training
Our product experts will walk your through a live demo and answer any questions.
SearchMonster Demo (6 mins)
Get a quick overview of everything SearchMonster has to offer – search features, messaging via email and text, links to public social profiles and more.
SearchMonster Webinar (28 mins)
This recorded webinar will show you how to source the skills you need and find top talent fast. Plus, see new ways to research candidates and connect.
SearchMonster for Power Resume & Classic Search Users (3 mins)
This video will make the transition to SearchMonster effortless. Check out all the features you’ll have access to.
How many searches can I perform?
As many as you want! All the searches you run will be conveniently saved on your Dashboard page for easy access in the future. SearchMonster also allows you clone a search (to copy the search criteria), archive the searches you want to hide from view and delete them permanently.
Can I be notified about new candidates?
Yes! To receive an email notification when new candidates who match your search are found, turn on the Enable Notifications switch at the bottom of your search criteria from the search results page. You can set the frequency for these notifications on the Settings page from the left panel.
Can I do a Boolean search in SearchMonster?
Yes, you can! SearchMonster has two versatile search options. You can use our Semantic Search which intuitively searches for related terms and concepts, or you can select the Boolean option and enter a keyword search string. Either way, you can expect to find the best candidates for the job. Check out Boolean tab in this article for more information.
Is there a way to perform a nationwide search?
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.
Who are Private candidates?
You should always include Private candidates in your search. They have a Monster account but do not want to be visible in searches. Even though you won’t see them in your results list, they did opt-in to receive auto message campaigns from recruiters. So, private candidates who match your criteria will receive your auto messages. If they respond, they are giving you access to their resume which will be viewable in your message center – always located at the top of the page in your Monster Account.
Who are Confidential candidates?
Some job seekers are concerned about keeping their personal information private or don’t want their current employer to know they are looking. If you come across a confidential candidate, you’ll notice that the name, address, phone number, and email is not displayed but you still have access to their Monster profile and resume information and can connect with them through Monster.
I have too many candidates in my results. What should I do?
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.
I have too few candidates in my results. What should I do?
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.
How can I message candidates in SearchMonster?
You can send emails or text messages. Email candidates right from your search results page or set up an Auto Message Campaign and let SearchMonster send the emails (and follow up messages) for you.
If you’re more interested in a faster response time you might want to try our text message feature. This is a great way to reach out to candidates who have opted in to receive SMS. Check out our Messaging Candidates article to learn more.
Where are my text messages?
The text messages that you send and receive (even when you are away) are stored in the text messaging page which can be accesses from the left panel.
How can I view the most recently updated resumes?
Although we recommend casting a wide net and searching all resumes, you can certainly narrow your results with the Resume Updated filter in your search criteria options. Choose from a variety of timeframes from updated “today” to “within 1 week,” to “within 9 months” and more. Just remember that candidates who haven’t updated their resumes recently may still be open to your opportunity. The ability to sort by resume updated is something we are looking into for a future release.
What do the numbers by the candidate’s name mean?
Your candidates are rated and ranked according to how well they match your search criteria. Candidates with 100% Match (or close to it) are the top candidates returned in your search results. With this functionality, it is easy to identify and focus on your frontrunners from the start.
Why do all of the candidate resumes have the same format?
81% of US employers told us that a standardized application would make their workflow easier and more efficient1. So, we transformed each of our candidate resumes into a standard format to make finding the skills, education and experience easier than ever.
1Monster Research, October 2020
How can I tell how much inventory I have left?
Look for your inventory counter. It’s located on the right side of your screen from the SearchMonster dashboard and search results page. It tells you how many candidate views you have remaining compared to the number your account originally started with. When the green icon changes to yellow or red, that’s when it’s time to reach out to your sales representative to replenish your inventory. For more information, check out our article on Inventory Management.
Things look a little different in my account, should I be concerned?
Not at all! we are continuously improving your experience in SearchMonster to help you find the right fit for your open positions. If you want to see the most recent enhancements, view the SearchMonster release notes.
I’m not getting any candidates in my search. Why?
If your using Boolean to search for candidates, check for any typos in your search string that could throw off the search. If you are using our Sematic search engine, try removing some criteria to widen your search or adjust your radius to deepen your candidate pool.
Have more questions?
We have a lot more answers for you on the Help page. Just type your question in the search bar to get started.