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Boolean From Julian!

Date Posted: 12.06.2017

Boolean Searches from Julian, That’s Me. Often I’ve been 'commented upon' for the effective Boolean searching that I use for hunting both vacancies and candidate searching. (I'll let you work out why a recruiter does both!).
So - A Boolean search, in basic terms, something I am well known for (Both that is...) is simply this...
Remember doing fractions, equations or algebra at school?
Well then, Boolean is a complex way to use maths to find things on the internet, which are expressed in words. So you use words in a mathematical sense, for finding either jobs or candidates, or in fact anything.

The keys to writing a Boolean search are:

  • keep the groupings structured / grouped
  • remember to account for language / spelling differences
  • Better to only include 'things' and ignore some of the results, than not to otherwise see some of the results
  • use your search engine to interrogate the site (does not result on all sites)
  • if you start simple then move onto more complex searches, and if you start complex remember to simplify
  • there are / is no single correct list returned, be intrepid, and make some changes, and verify / check the results

Boolean is a method and not a solution, and in reality is a means to get to view some results from a number of different angles. Let’s be honest, if you were looking for a new car or house or something on a sales web site, then would you give up after one search - you keep on looking.

Whilst complicated, I have laid out a few searches below, and hopefully you will get the hang of searching pretty quickly. 

These searches can be copies and pasted into pretty much any search engine, though remember to add in the country, county, town or location.

A pretty well known one to recruiters is the engineering search, so for candidates, this works too when looking for vacancies to apply to. Recruiters, if you don't know this one, then someone around you should be sharing some knowledge a lot more?

Multiskilled Engineer Jobs:
(("multiskilled" or "multi skilled" or "multi-skilled") and ("engineer" or "maintenance") and ("job"))
"this covers multiskilled (however we spell) engineering / maintenance jobs in one of 3 locations"

Sales / Business Development Jobs
(("sales" or "new business" or "national accounts" or "business development") and ("Chilled" or "frozen" or "ambient") and ("food") and ("job" or "vacancy"))
"this covers sales development / account management roles within the food industry for specific sectors, in 2-3 locations"

PA / Secretary Jobs:
(("administrator" or "personal assistant" or "pa" or "p a" or "secretary" or "receptionist") and ("job" or "vacancy" or "opportunity"))
"this returns vacancies for pa / secretary jobs in the listed locations"

The addition of the...... and ("job" or "vacancy" or "opportunity")...... string at the end will list you a number of vacancies. If you are looking for people, as a recruiter, then there are a number of people related strings that can be attached in place of these.

To Add In A Location:
Add this in the equation: 
("location1" or "location2" or"location3")
...which can be used for 1- as many locations as you want.

Here is a big tip, remember I mentioned that there are additional tips available. ... ...

Often sites change, and there are time spans as to how long those changes take to materialise on the internet. So, or so the called cache, is a 'backlog' that is still available. As a recruiter, or should I say head hunter, there are ways of getting things like phone numbers and email addresses, that have been 'listed for deletion'. In essence as the internet is quite big, things take time to catch up with themselves. So take advantage of searching the cached paged also.

To do this, you need to prefix the search with this structure...


What this does, so I am reliably informed, is search all the pages that 'are open to view' as opposed to 'prioritised to view' by web analytics, traffic mapping or call it what you want to.

So the multiskilled job search would then look like this:
site:linkedin.com (("multiskilled" or "multi skilled" or "multi-skilled") and ("engineer" or "maintenance") and ("job"))
site:google.co.uk (("multiskilled" or "multi skilled" or "multi-skilled") and ("engineer" or "maintenance") and ("job"))

Remember this can also be used in searching for candidates, be you a recruiter or a hiring manager.

Try and paste these into google now, and see what comes up?

Having trouble with Boolean searches - email me at moreinfo@myjobhelp.co.uk

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