'Tis the season for corporate recruitment eventsWikimedia Commons You know the scene in Harry Potter where Hogwarts Express is infiltrated by Death Eaters? Well, that’s how I feel about Cambridge every autumn when invitations to corporate recruitment events hit my inbox. Year after year, I watch friends abandon their dreams of becoming the next Chomsky/Sylvia Plath/Hugh Grant Notting Hill and switch poetry evenings for drinks with Deloitte.
St. John's CollegeWikimedia Commons I’ll be honest with you, I’m a bit of a snob (and that was even before I ended up at John’s). Typing up my UCAS application, I thought I’d save time and let the system pick a college for me. It would all be oak panels and Harry Potter halls, right? But then I came across a photo of Churchill, and physical pain set in as beauty drained out of my brain at the sight of the concrete jungle.
You might’ve spent your school years swanning about at fancy dinners, maybe an academic gown is your idea of trackies, and maybe duck paté canapés are your Dorritos, but that definitely wasn’t the case for me. And unless all the university access schemes have gone awry big time, it won’t be the case for most of this year’s fresher intake either. This guide is your 1.01 to formals, from nailing matriculation dinner to telling your truffles from terrine.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".