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I am attempting to search jobs by tag on Careers 2.0. On SO, this is done using square brackets, but that is simply doing a keyword search, and I still get results that don't have the tag I am looking for.

For example, when I search for the keyword "android", I get this:

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs?searchTerm=android&location=&range=20&distanceUnits=Miles

which is the same as when I search for the keyword "[android]":

http://careers.stackoverflow.com/jobs?searchTerm=%5Bandroid%5D&location=&range=20&distanceUnits=Miles

Is there a format I can use to search jobs by tag? If not, I believe this would be a nice feature (seems intuitive for the Stack Exchange invite-only job site).

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Yeah, the /jobs/tag/android route shows the same results, which include things that only have Android as a keyword and not a tag. My guess is that there's currently no way/it doesn't work correctly. –  Tim Stone Feb 25 '13 at 18:15
    
Should this be tagged as a bug, or is that way it should be? –  Phil Feb 25 '13 at 19:31
    
Admittedly I'm not sure. If this behaviour is intentional, it's not exactly intuitive, so it may be part bug, part feature request. –  Tim Stone Feb 25 '13 at 19:37
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There is not a format you can use to search jobs by tag.

The reasons a bit more interesting. First, tags are not a required field in a job listing. So over 20% of jobs do not include them. Second, we're still working with employers to be smarter about tagging. We continue to see some odd results when a non-technical HR manager fills in the tags.

We could implement the [ ] format for searching, I'm just not convinced that it would be helpful yet. We'll add this to our schedule because the SO power users may be able to derive some benefit out of it, but it won't be as helpful until we make job tags a stronger signal.

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