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October 16, 2017

Full text search limitations

Human Resources Uncategorized

We have introduced a limitation on the number of results presented by the platform when running a full text query on the database. This is a necessary change to improveplatform performance for those customers who have very large databases.

Full text queries are performed using keywords that look for matches in attachments or text fields. These queries are run by entering keywords in the Quick Search box or in the Advanced Search form fields labelled with Contains (full text)..

From now on full text queries will return at most 50,000 results.

What impact does this limitation have?

In normal use of the platform there will be no impact. For very large databases, such as the CV database of a large company or staffing agency, a full text query with very generic search terms could return less results than are actually present.

Let’s look at a practical example.

If you are looking for an sales representative in Milan and have a CV database of 500,000 candidates, a search with the keyword “Milan” could return 250,000 results. With the newly introduced limitation only the first 50,000 results will be displayed and the platform will display a warning label that the full text queries limit has been reached. If you combine this search with other parameters, such as CVs less than three months old having a study title of Bachelor’s degree, you will see fewer results than those actually in the database.

The workaround is simple: make the full text search more specific. In the previous example you could add the keywords “sales representative” to the query. This will also improve the quality of the CVs found.

Our software engineers and technology partners are working to raise the hard limit on full text queries as much as possible and we hope that in future we will be able to return more results when generic queries are run.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact our customer services through the usual channels.