Here are some tips for searching this site.
The instant search results (shown when you type more than a few characters in the search bar) will show results based on the title and content. This is often the quickest way to find content.
For a more targeted search use the options below and the search results page will provide listing of search results.
SFIA specific searches
Specific SFIA version
Include the term
SFIA7 in your search and content from that version of SFIA will be prioritised in the search results.
Searching for a SFIA skill
Use search terms that match a four-letter SFIA skill code such as
CNSL in your search and results for that skill will be prioritised in the search results.
Search results will show the SFIA version in the results listing and you can also filter search results by the major sections of this site's content, including by SFIA version.
Included in the About SFIA8 and About SFIA7 sections you will also find an alphabetical list of skills for that version of SFIA by skill name and skill code.
Default search behaviour
The default search will find content that contains any or all of the search terms. For example,
skill category development will list content that contains one or more of these three words, in any order, prioritising content by the number and relevance of search results.
Find multiple words
Use double quotes (") around each word to find content that contains all those words.
"skill" "category" "development" will list content that contains all three words, in any order. Make sure you put spaces between the search words, otherwise the search handles the text as one string.
You'll get hits if there is a stemmed version of a word (e.g. skills). You won't get results where content contains only the words skill and development, for example.
Note: If you use single quotes (') around a word, the single quotes are ignored. If you search for
'skill' 'category' 'development', you'll see results for all content that contains any of the words skill or category or development (exactly as if you had searched without the single quotes).
Find a phrase
Use double quotes (") around a phrase to find content that contains all the words in that phrase.
"skill development" retrieves all content that contains the words skill and development, together in that order. You'll also get hits if there is a stemmed version of the word (e.g. skills). You won't get results where content contains only the word skill, for example.
If you use single quotes (') around a phrase, the single quotes are ignored.
Exclude results containing certain words
Use the minus operator (-) in front of the search term to exclude content that matches that word or phrase.
skill development -programming returns content containing the words skill and development, but excludes content that contain the word programming from the result set.
Combine operands for advanced search
You can combine the operands above to find a very specific set of results.
"skill development" -programming returns results for content that contains the phrase skill development, but does not contain the word programming.
"skill development" -sfia7 returns results for content that contains the phrase skill development, but not results from SFIA7.