Author: Halley Harrelson Published: October 2022
How to Use Boolean Search for Recruiting?
All recruiters should know how to use Boolean search. This will help them source better candidates faster.
What is a Boolean search?
Boolean search is an advanced method of online search. This search method helps recruiters find better candidates in a shorter amount of time. Boolean search can be used to:
• Source candidates on search engines such as Google or Yahoo.
• Source candidates on social networks such as LinkedIn or Facebook.
• Search resume databases and professional directories
• Retrieve forgotten resumes
All of these sources contain a vast collection of potential candidates. Boolean search can help you filter out suitable candidates quickly.
How to perform a Boolean search?
This process is straightforward. Go to Google, type in your keywords, and add a few additional words and symbols to get more relevant results. The different terms and characters make up the foundation of the Boolean search.
Three basic Boolean search operators
1. AND. If you add AND operator between the two keywords, the search results will only show results that include both.
2. NOT. If you add NOT operator between your two words, the search results will only show results containing the first word. It won’t show results that contain the second word.
3. OR. If you add OR operator between your two words, the search results will show results that include either of the two keywords or both.
A Boolean search is a helpful tool. It helps you narrow down the options in terms of potential candidates.