Howdy folks. Almost the end of August here. Let’s wrap it up with a nice little partial text match in Excel challenge, inspired from my recent consulting gig. Say you are looking at few job titles that look similar and want to match them to correct title. Like below:
The assumptions are,
- Extra words or characters will be always at end
- The job list may not be in alphabetical order
How would you match? Obviously VLOOKUP won’t cut it. I know over the week Microsoft released XLOOKUP to the beta testers out in wild, but that probably won’t cut it either. So what next? How would you solve this problem?
Well, that is your homework.
To participate, simply download job title matching problem worksheet and use either formulas, Power Query or VBA to match the jobs. Post your solution formulas, M scripts, macros or haiku in the comments.
Can’t solve or won’t bother? Here is the solution…
Oh well, I guess your job titles are far cleaner than what I am used to. If you are just impatient, the download problem file has hidden worksheet with formula solution and Power Query connection.
I made a video explaining the partial text match Excel problem, my solutions (both formula and PQ). Check it out below or on my YouTube Channel.
Bored at work or home, need a challenge? Solve these Excel problems…
Solving hard problems is a good way to learn new things. So if you are up for a challenge, check out below Homework problems.
- How many calls we got out outside office hours?
- How many people used up their sick leave allotment?
- When is next Monday?
- Find-out if a number has repetitive digits?
- More Excel Homework problems, challenges & Easter Egg hunts
Good luck and don’t forget to post your answers in comments.