Whether you're searching for candidates on LinkedIn, XING, Monster, or another website, the terms you enter and the format in which you enter them can have a significant impact on the quality of the results you receive. When you use Boolean search to find candidates, you often get more targeted responses. Here you use Boolean operators, the words AND, OR, and NOT in capital letters, and quotation marks or parentheses.

If you haven't tried using Boolean operators in your candidate search, you should give it a quick try. Here are a few tips:

Put exact sentences in quotation marks

If you enter only ABAP programmers in Frankfurt in the search field, all web pages containing one of these four words are displayed - including irrelevant options, e.g. a website about tourism in Hesse or the definition of the word setting. However, words that appear between two quotation marks are treated as a single term. So, if you are looking for job seekers who have worked as programmers in Frankfurt, type "programmers in Frankfurt" in the search box.

Include the best Boolean operators

If you do NOT enter the word in capital letters before the rest of your search terms, e.g. "NOT project manager", hits containing this term will be excluded from your results. If you use the word OR, you can expand your results. When searching for "ABAP OR Developer", you will see links to websites that contain at least one of the terms.

Using another Boolean operator, the word AND, can help you get results that contain more than one specific defined condition. For example, if you type "ABAP AND programmer", you should get results that include both terms. However, for some Web pages, you may not need to add an AND. In this Guide LinkedIn publishes the exact application of Boolean search on their website.

Use brackets to set priorities

Google searches words in parentheses first. As in a CareerBuilder- Manual described on this topic, it is important to remember that Boolean logic is read from left to right - but like an algebra formula, the elements in parentheses are treated first. A search for an IT professional who has worked in the legal industry might look like this: ("legal" OR "law firm") AND ("IT administrator" or "information technology manager").



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