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Failed to create a text transform in Formatter by Zapier: The app returned "Unknown Function: SEARCH"

  • 14 April 2023
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I am looking for a solution to replicate this formula in Zap (Formatter > Text > Spreadsheet-Stype Formula): 
=IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH("VP",F1)),"Vice President")

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Best answer by Brem 14 April 2023, 20:33

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Hey there @Jirina,

Welcome to community! 🎉

Just wanted to double-check that I'm on the same page as you. Can you give me a bit more info about what you're trying to do with your Zap? What's your end goal here? If you can break it down into steps, that would be super helpful! I want to make sure I'm pointing you in the right direction.

Thanks! 😊

Hi @ken.a ,

Thank you for your quick response.

We need to qualify a Job Level for our leads based on their Job Title. So I need to search a partial text and convert it to a job level. For example:

  • if a job title contains VP/VP of xxx , then we need the result = Vice President
  • if a job title contains Chief/Chief of xxx/CEO/Owner/Owner of xxx, then we need the result = C Level 

In excel, there is the IF ISNUMBER SEARCH formula for partial matches (explained e.g. here:

I have found ISNUMBER in Zap examples here but I cannot find SEARCH there and if I tried to use it in Zap, it said Zap does not recognise it.

Do you think there is a solution for this?

Thanks a lot!

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Hi @Jirina 

I'm afraid the functionality you're looking to set up is a bit beyond what we're capable of helping you with, within our channels here at Zapier Community. Your best bet is probably going to be to hire an API developer or check in with a certified Zapier Certified Agency Partner to see if they can assist in one of two ways:

1. Search for a Zapier Agency Partner on your own:

2. Submit a project request via this form:

They might still use Zapier to do so, but it will likely require some custom code app steps within your Zap.