Find Tech Candidates Fast with Search Agents


Some of the greatest time savers are so simple that we fail to think about them. How many automatic bill payments do you have setup?

In technology recruiting, Search Agents are often those just-out-of-mind time savers. We’ve made it so our Dice Search Agents can be setup in four or fewer steps. For the record, we often set them up in less time than it takes to make a cup of coffee, including the time to review our search strings.

Search Agents can do more than save you time though. They can also help you improve the quality of the candidates you source. Here are some examples of how to use Search Agents creatively to improve your hiring process:

  • The “Ahead of the Game” Search Agent – Craft a string for a hot skill that you feel you need to become better educated on. Write down some of the common skills and experiences for the candidates that come into your inbox and prepare questions for when a hiring manager has a need. These questions will allow you to better ascertain.
  • The “First to the Party” Recruiter – Set a reminder in your calendar for 15 minutes in the morning to review the candidates identified through the Search Agent. This habit will help you develop relationships with new candidates before others.
  • Review with a “Type A” Personality – These Search Agents, like your coffee, should be refreshed on a regular basis. On a monthly basis, align your Search Agents with your priorities. These reviews will help you determine which search strings are most effective for your specific needs.

Here are the simple steps to set up an effective Search Agent.

Search Agents: Step by Step

  • Log into Dice
  • Select “Post Jobs & Find Candidates” from the top menu and click “Search”
  • Enter your search criteria and click the “Search Candidates” button
  • On the upper right side of the Search Results page, click the “Save Search” button
  • Name your Search Agent, click “Save” and you’re ready to go

Build Better Booleans
Use this handy reference guide to build better Boolean search strings, so it’s even easier to zero in on your perfect candidate.

Need help?
Contact us at 1.888.321.3423(DICE). We’ll set up your Search Agents and refine your Booleans so you can use that time to enjoy your morning brew.


Build Better Boolean Search Strings

You don’t have to be a master sourcer to be great at finding top tech candidates on Dice. Just use this handy guide to build better Boolean search strings, based on common keywords and job titles.

Have questions or suggestions? Contact the Dice support team at 1.888.321.DICE(3423), option or

Download a PDF of these sample Boolean search strings.


Boolean Strings by Keyword

Below are common search strings organized by keyword. Copy and paste each one as a stand-alone, or use them in conjunction with other skills/requirements.

(admin OR administrator OR administration)

(app OR apps OR application)

(“ba” OR “business analyst” OR “business analysis”)

(“bi” OR “business intelligence”)

(“business analyst” OR “business analysis” OR “bus analyst” OR ba OR ccba OR cbap OR bi OR “business intelligence” OR bo OR “business objects” OR bsa OR “business systems analyst”)

(“developer” OR engineer OR architect OR programmer OR programming)

(ecommerce OR “e commerce” OR “online retail” OR sem OR “search engine marketing”)

(LAMP OR (linux AND apache AND mysql AND (perl OR php OR python)))

(linux OR unxi OR centos OR redhat OR ubuntu)

(mobile OR Android OR droid OR iphone OR ios OR blackberry)

(network OR system OR os OR nos OR “operating systems”)

(network OR networking OR system OR systems OR “operating systems” OR “information systems”)

(“oo” OR “object oriented” OR object-oriented OR “OOP”)

(test OR qa OR qc OR quality OR troubleshooting OR debug OR tuning OR solving OR solutions)

(“project manager” OR “project management” OR PMP)

(“ui” OR user-interface OR “user interface”)

(“ux” OR user-experience OR “user experience”)

(warehouse OR warehousing OR san OR nas OR storage)

(web OR internet OR portal OR portlet OR microsite OR website OR “web site” OR url)


Boolean Strings by Job Title

Below are search string examples sorted by job title. Copy and paste each one as-is, or edit to fit your search needs.

.Net Developer
.Net AND (VS OR “Visual Studio”) AND (VB OR “Visual Basic” OR AND (ASP OR AND (C# OR ) AND “SQL Server”

Android Developer
Android AND SDK AND Java AND SQLite AND (SVN OR subversion)

Automation Tester
(“qa” OR “quality assurance” OR “quality analyst” OR “automation tester”) AND “sql” AND agile AND scrum AND rest AND soap AND “java” AND (cucumber OR “jet brains” OR gherkin OR “cmm” OR “cmmi” OR “cast” OR “cste” OR “cmst” OR certified OR certification)

Business Analyst with Business Objects Experience
(“ba” OR “business analyst” OR “project manager” OR “project analyst”) AND “etl” AND “business objects” AND informatica AND “sql” AND (“data warehouse” OR financial OR analysis OR analytics OR mappings OR “product roadmap”)

(cto OR “chief technical officer” OR “cio” OR “chief information officer” OR vp OR “vice president” OR svp OR “senior vice president”)

Database Administrator
(“database administration” OR “database administrator” OR “DB Admin” OR DBA) AND (SQL OR “SQL Server”)

Developer Evangelist
enterprise AND “java” AND “javascript” AND html AND “php” AND “rest” AND (“sso” OR video OR integration OR deploy OR implement OR prototyp OR “project manager” OR “project management”)

Drupal Expert / Webmaster
(“web developer” OR developer OR programmer OR engineer OR “web master” OR webmaster) AND drupal AND “google analytics” AND (“seo” OR websites OR microsites OR “landing pages” OR “cms” OR “crm” OR “relational database” OR “api” OR “ui” OR “ux” OR “social media” OR paradot OR requirements)

Email/Messaging System Administrator
(“systems administrator” OR “systems administration” OR “email systems administrator”) AND (“email delivery systems” OR powermta OR port25 OR “message systems” OR strongmail OR qmail OR sendmail OR ironport OR postfix) AND (“mta” OR “dns” OR “ptr” OR “mx records” OR “smtp protocols” OR “dkim” OR “spf” OR “dmarc” OR “fbl” OR “feedback loop”)

Help Desk Support
(helpdesk OR support OR technician OR “help desk” OR “service desk”) AND (OSX OR JDE OR iSeries OR virtual OR virtualization OR vmware) AND (“AD” OR “Active Directory”) AND DHCP AND DNS AND (network OR networking) AND (switches OR switching OR routers OR routing) AND (firewalls OR security)

Information Security Manager
“Information Security” AND (“Project Manager” OR “Project Management” OR Leadership OR Manager OR PMP) AND (forensic* OR Security+ OR CISSP OR “security Standards” OR “Certified Information Systems Security Professional” OR “Advanced Persistent Threats” OR “asset protection”)

Java Developer
Java AND SQL AND (“object oriented” OR object-oriented OR “OO” OR “OOP” OR “OOAD” OR EJB OR J2EE OR Linux OR Hibernate OR Jidesoft OR MySQL OR Subversion OR SVN)

Linux Sys Admin / DBA
(“dba” OR “database administrator” OR “database administration” OR “system administrator” OR “system administration” OR “sysadmin”) AND linux AND (mysql OR “my sql” OR “my-sql”) AND (“ksh” OR bash OR perl OR python) AND (nosql OR “no sql” OR “no-sql” OR mongo OR “disaster recovery” OR “meta data analysis” OR “data modeling” OR troubleshooting OR reporting OR backup)

Linux Systems Administrator
(Unix OR Linux) AND (RedHat OR “Red Hat” OR Centos OR Debian) AND (SMTP OR DHCP OR DNS OR LDAP OR NFS OR SMTP OR HTTP OR SNMP) AND (“Systems Administrator” OR “System Administrator” OR “Systems Administration” OR “System Administration”)

Microstrategy Consultant
(MicroStrategy OR “Business Objects” OR OBIEE OR Cognos) AND (Informatica OR “Ab Initio” OR SSIS OR Websphere OR “SQL Server Integration Services”) AND (RDBMS OR oracle OR “SQL Server” OR Teradata OR Netezza OR DB2) AND SQL AND (BI OR “business intelligence” OR “data warehousing” OR DW)

Mobile Applications Architect
(ios OR iphone OR ipad OR Android) AND (SDK OR SDKs) AND (Java OR objective-c OR “objective c” OR C++) AND (optimization OR “web services” OR UX OR user-experience OR “user experience” OR “Mobile Applications” OR “Mobile Developer”)

Network Administrator
Server* AND (AD OR “Active Directory”) AND Exchange AND DNS AND (Linux OR Unix OR Centos OR RedHat) AND (Lan OR WAN) AND (VOIP OR SIP) AND (“power shell” OR scripts OR scripting) AND (routers OR routing OR switches OR switching OR bridges OR “Network Administrator”)

OBIEE Architect
(OBIEE OR “oracle Business Intelligence”) AND (“DW” OR “data warehouse” OR “data warehousing”) AND (IBOTS OR DAC OR RPD OR SME OR OOTM OR BIAPS OR OBI OR ETL OR informatica)

PHP Developer
PHP AND SQL AND (PostgreSQL OR “Pervasive SQL” OR Intranet OR Linux OR Apache OR Javascript OR HTML OR CSS)

Project Manager
(“project manager” OR “project management” OR PMP)

Python Developer
(programmer OR developer OR engineer) AND python AND (mysql OR “my sql” OR “my-sql” OR postgresql) AND (django OR flask OR pyramid OR bottle) AND (virtualenv OR chef OR puppet OR sentry OR raven OR “project management” OR “project manager” OR implement OR deploy OR design)

Quality Assurance Analyst
(“Quality Assurance” OR QA OR SQA) AND test* AND software AND (“test cases” OR Automated OR scripting) AND agile AND (ruby OR java OR javascript OR sql OR plsql OR pl-sql OR pl/sql OR selenium)

Senior Manager, IT Programs
(“program manager” OR “project manager” OR “it manager” OR “information technology manager”) AND (“ms certified” OR “ms certification” OR “microsoft certified” OR “microsoft certification”) AND “ms project” AND “c#” AND “sql server” AND “” AND “java” AND (“mvc” OR “big data” OR scope OR deliverables OR timelines OR budget OR “use case” OR design OR deploy OR supervise OR manage)

Senior PHP Developer
(programmer OR developer OR engineer) AND “php” AND “sql” AND lamp AND linux AND apache AND “javascript” AND (jquery OR memcache OR “apc cache” OR nosql OR “no sql” OR “no-sql” OR analytical OR analysis)

Senior Software Architect
“c#” AND “” AND “sql server” AND (java OR j2ee OR “jsp” OR servlet OR “ejb” OR “jms”) AND html AND xml AND “css” AND Oracle AND (unix OR linux) AND (“app development” OR “arch” OR design OR develop OR hadoop OR python OR rails OR “php” OR websphere OR tomcat OR “big data” OR spring OR hibernate OR eclipse OR log4j OR “ant” OR maven OR “ooad” OR “uml” OR mvc OR “jsf” OR velocity OR struts)

SharePoint Developer
(“SharePoint Designer” OR “SharePoint Developer”) AND (html OR css OR xsl OR xslt OR javascript OR jquery OR ajax) AND .net AND ( OR C# OR AND (Silverlight OR “SQL Server” OR SSRS OR SSAS OR “reporting services” OR “analysis services”)

SQL Data Analyst
(“dba” OR “data analyst” OR “database administrator”) AND “sql server” AND (“transact-sql” OR “t-sql” OR “tsql”) AND (“stored procedures” OR “ssis” OR “ssas” OR “ssrs” OR analy OR “data conversion” OR query OR queries OR “data mining” OR excel OR pivot OR vlookup OR “v-lookup” OR chart OR graph OR “ms office” OR audit)

SQL Data & Quality Assurance Analyst
(“dba” OR “data analyst” OR “database administrator” OR “qa” OR “quality assurance” OR “quality analyst”) AND “sql server” AND (“transactsql” OR “t-sql” OR “tsql”) AND (“stored procedures” OR “ssis” OR “ssas” OR “ssrs” OR test OR analy OR “data conversion” OR queries OR query OR “data mining” OR excel OR pivot OR vlookup OR “v-lookup” OR chart OR graph OR “ms office” OR audit)

Sr. Data Warehouse Architect & Developer
(architect OR develop* OR program* OR engineer) AND “sql server” AND “data warehousing” AND perl AND (microstrategy OR profiler OR “data hygiene” OR “etl” OR computations OR aggregations OR analy* OR quer* OR index OR design OR deploy OR test)

Sr. Linux Administrator
(“dba” OR “database administrator” OR “linux administrator”) AND linux AND apache AND (redhat OR fedora OR centos) AND vmware AND (tomcat OR mysql OR “my sql” OR “my-sql” OR postgre OR zimbra OR “ssh” OR “nfs” OR “bind” OR djbdns OR qmail OR openldap OR openssl OR “lvs” OR perl OR python OR ruby OR bash OR firewall)

Sr. Programmer – C++, Linux
(programmer OR engineer OR developer) AND (linux OR unix) AND (redhat OR centos OR fedora) AND (“c” OR “c++”) AND sql AND (perl OR “php” OR shell) AND (postgre OR analy OR test OR design OR deploy OR execute)

Systems Engineer
Windows AND Exchange AND Cisco AND switch* AND rout* AND IIS AND (Voip OR Citrix OR AIX OR Linux OR MCSE OR CCNA OR CCNP OR CNNA OR “Systems Engineer”) AND TCP/IP AND “Active Directory” AND DNS

Technical Account Manager
(“account manager” OR “project manager” OR “program manager”) AND software AND develop* AND “sql server” AND “data warehousing” AND technical AND marketing

Telecommunications Specialist
(Telecommunications OR Telecom) AND (network OR networking) AND IP AND telephony AND PBX AND (voicemail OR voice-mail OR “voice mail”) AND Cisco AND Avaya

User Experience Designer
(“User Experience” OR User-Experience OR UX OR “Human-Computer Interaction” OR “Human Computer Interaction” OR HCI) AND CSS AND HTML AND JavaScript AND (jQuery OR user-centered OR “graphic design” OR “visual design”)

Web Designer
html AND javascript AND css AND (photoshop OR illustrator OR adobe) AND (flash OR actionscript OR macromedia) AND (“Java Server Pages” OR JSP OR Java OR “Active Server Pages” OR ASP OR “Google Web Toolkit” OR XML OR oracle OR IIS) AND SQL

Web Developer
(html OR html5) AND (css3 OR css) AND javascript AND (“Web Developer” OR “Web Design” OR xml OR jquery OR ajax)

A Snapshot of Tech Hiring Trends for Q3 2014

Tech employment data from Q3 shows that candidates with cloud skills are going to be the real winners in the second half of the year.

The unemployment rate for tech professionals averaged just 2.7% in the third quarter of 2014. That compares favorably to the overall U.S. labor market which had a 6.1% unemployment rate, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Demand for cloud professionals, including network and systems administrators, remains high as they only have a 1.8% unemployment rate.

While the addition of 11,900 jobs in tech consulting in Q3 marks a decrease from the previous quarter, it’s still a dramatic increase over Q3 last year. Data processing, hosting and related services is on the upswing, too, with 5,600 new jobs added last quarter.

Examine all the latest tech hiring trends in Dice’s Q3 2014 Tech Employment Snapshot.


October 2014 Dice Report: Why Location Matters in Recruiting

Tech professionals are mobile, which is great news for recruiters. Last year 300,000 tech candidates on Dice expressed a willingness to move for the right job. So widening your talent search based on skill set rather than emphasizing zip code can increase your odds of finding the perfect candidate.

Factors including salary, advancement and sheer job volume are driving the tech migration bus. Dice examined the impact of geography to provide a quick snapshot of the states most attractive to candidates who want to relocate.

We learned that all states are not created equal. California, New York and Texas lead the way in enticing tech pros to pack up the U-Haul and hit the road to success. See which states round out the top 10 in the October 2014 Dice Report.

September 2014 Dice Report: Fastest Growing Tech Skills

The employment outlook continues to be promising for technology professionals across the board. But in the ever-expanding world of tech, which skillsets are experiencing the greatest increase demand? An examination of the nearly 80,000 jobs posted on Dice reveals some interesting findings.

Candidates experienced in Puppet, cybersecurity and big data are seeing their stock soar in the ever-growing tech hiring market.

Get the full details in the Sept. 2014 Dice Report.

Dice Hiring Survey: The Heated Talent Competition Continues

As summer winds down, the competition for top technology talent remains hot.

In the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, tech unemployment remains at just 3 percent. And the unemployment figures for specific tech positions such as network architects (1.1%) and database administrators (1.2%) is even lower. These meager numbers will fan recruiting battles at a time when tech pros are getting pickier about the offers they will accept, according to Dice’s semi-annual survey of more than 700 recruiters and HR pros who deal primarily with tech professionals.

The majority (70%) of surveyed hiring managers intend to hire more technology professionals in the next six months, as compared to the first half of the year. That’s a slight dip from year-end, when 73 percent anticipated more hiring in the first half of the year, as compared to the number of hires to finish off 2013. A tight labor market combined with robust hiring plans suggest competition for top talent will remain heated for the foreseeable future.Hiring-Survey_CHART
Technology pros can afford to be patient in this environment, and often are holding out for exactly the right position. While one-third of corporate hiring managers said more technology professionals were leaving their current positions this year, that’s down from 42 percent who experienced increased turnover in 2013. In addition, 32 percent of hiring managers and recruiters said more tech candidates are rejecting offers as compared to six months ago.Hiring-Survey_COVER

As the pressure to hire mounts, so will the need to find and engage with tech talent. But with so much competition out there, how can any one organization beat out its rivals in sourcing the best possible talent? The answer is social recruiting – with tools that allow companies to surface all the online information they need to make an informed hiring decision.

Download the full report: Dice Hiring Survey: Mid Year 2014 – No End in Sight in Heated Competition for Talent.

August 2014 Dice Report: Don’t Mess with Tech

They do things up big in the state that now holds the title of fastest growing state for technology jobs. So big that after recent job gains, Texas also now has America’s second-largest workforce of tech professionals behind California.

The latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is in. Job growth in the technology sector continues to be robust with tech employers seeking an increasing number of mobile, big data and software developer professionals.

After a two-year run at the top, Missouri is no longer the nation’s fastest growing state in tech jobs. Find out who fills out the top 10 after Texas in the August 2014 Dice Report.

4 Tips for Finding Hidden Talent

No two candidates are exactly alike. Dice chatted with three top recruiters from Pier 1 Imports, HP and Blue Shield of California  about how they find those needles in the haystacks.

Their advice?

  • To remain competitive in a sea of active and passive tech candidates, you must move fast.
  • Get to know more  about candidates than just their skills.  Use social sourcing to find out where they hang out online and get a glimpse of their personality.
  • Tailor your pitch. Appeal to their interests and passions for richer engagement.
  • Master the web with a tool like Dice Open Web. It simplifies social sourcing and aggregates a candidate’s digital footprint into an easy-to-read profile.

Hear it in their own words in this short video.


Tech Employment Snapshot for Q2 2014

Tech unemployment was just 3% in Q2, which compares favorably to the 3.6% rate registered last year during the same time period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Tech consulting was up at swift clip, creating 27,500 new positions in Q2. And more tech professionals voluntarily quit their jobs than this same time last year, which equates to more confidence in the economy.

In fact, it appears to be a candidate’s market as tech pros are rejecting more jobs offers than they did six months ago.

Get all the details in Dice’s Q2 2014 Tech Trends Report.


July 2014 Dice Report: Help Wanted Signs = Dollar Signs for $oftware Developers

DiceReport_July2014_BonusMore employers, in more industries, are adopting targeted plans to provide unique bonus programs for software developers. Demand for top talent is increasing and this is evidenced by the low unemployment rate for software developers, which was just 2.3% in the second quarter of 2014 according to the BLS.

In Dice’s recent survey of 700 employers,  of those who have bonus plans, 11% have programs specifically tailored to software developers. And for many companies, these specialized performance plans were only recently put in place.

Read the full July 2014 Dice Report to see how employers are using bonuses as a retention tool for software developers.