There are three ways to use the Text Search.
To make a selection, simply click the circle beside your preferred choice and enter a keyword, keywords or number into the text box and then click 'Search'.
If you need to use the following characters: &, |, #,@,$, %, (), please put them between quotation marks. Example: “$15”.
The 'All Text' option allows the job seeker to perform a keyword search that queries all of the text provided in a job advertisement. You can type a keyword or keywords into the text box provided and receive a list of search results based on the selected keyword or keywords.
At its simplest, an 'All Text' search can be just a word, a location or a phrase. However, with the tips on this page, you can expand the focus of your job search to give you more complete results. These tips will get you started with basic query language and acquaint you with the full power of the Job Bank Job Search. Furthermore, it gives you the opportunity to search the entire content of a job offer such as the order number, the date and the job title. This will allow you to find information about jobs in Canada quickly!
If you wish to view jobs advertisements for a specific city or town, we suggest you choose the 'Search All Text' option using the city or town's name as the search criteria and then click 'Search'. If you are unable to find a job that matches your career objectives in your immediate area, you could try to search under a nearby community.
Look for words with the same prefix. For example, in the text box type car* to find caregiver, carpenter, care worker, etc...
Search for all forms of a word. For example, in the text box type man**to find manager, sales clerk-men's wear, service man-hydraulic, etc...
Search with the keyword NEAR, rather than AND, for words close to each other. For example, both of these queries, system and manager and system near manager, look for the words system and manager in the same posting. But with NEAR , the returned jobs are ranked in order of proximity: The closer together the words are, the higher the rank in your search results.
Refine your queries with the AND NOT keywords to
exclude certain text from your search. For example, if you want to find all
instances of manager but not office manager
entries, type the following query:
manager AND NOT office
Use the OR keyword to find all instances of either
one word or another. For example:
analyst OR programmer
This query finds all jobs that mention analyst or programmer. Put quotation
marks around keywords if you want the search to take you literally. For
"office near manager"
The search will literally look for the complete phrase office near manager. However, if you type the same query without the quotation marks:
office near manager
the Job Bank searches all documents for the words office and manager.
Certain words have been disabled as they are too common to be useful in a search. This is the case for words such as the, another, after, because. In a group of words, those words will be ignored. Using only those words in a query will return an error message.
Please note that you may leave the text box empty if you do not wish to refine your search using a keyword.
The 'Job Title' search works in two steps. You must first enter a keyword or keywords that most accurately represent the job title of your interest, then click the 'Search' button. The system will then provide a list of job title groupings that match your query. You must check the box next to each grouping that you wish to include in your search and click the 'Search' button a second time.
Note that this search operates in a similar way to the 'All Text' search. For example, if you search for a job title using the keyword "bake", you will not find the group of job titles that contain the title of "baker" because the system did not find an exact match for the word "bake" in any of the job titles. However, if you search with the keyword "bake*", the system will search for all job titles that contain as a first part the word "bake", thus locating job groupings that include titles such as "baker" or "bakery supervisor".
Below are some examples of job titles and associated keywords:
Cocktail Waiter / Waitress: waitress banquet
Community college teacher: college teacher
If you wish to find one specific job, you can use the 'Job Number' search. Job Bank assigns a unique 7-digit job number to each job. If the job is currently advertised, and all 7 digits are entered, you will find the job. If you use less than 7 digits, the system will not recognize your entry.
We suggest that you do not apply any other search filter (such as the location or job category) when doing a search by job number. This will ensure that you have searched the entire listing of currently advertised jobs.