28 Apr WHY THE BOOLEAN SEARCH IS THE BOMB
What is Boolean Search?
No, its not a weird, indie-style of searching the internet. Its, in fact, a brilliant and quite simple way of searching for possible candidates.
By using a combination of a few main words (more on this later) and keywords, you can be assured of accurate results.
What are these main words?
Add to that these elements:
And, you have a powerful search method.
So, in practice, you choose the keywords, such as receptionist, DTP Operator, Car Salesman, and add in one or more of these main words and symbols, and there you go.
One can use these as often as you like and in various combos. This will save you a ton of time by literally filtering the results for you.
Say we take these two groups – RECRUITMENT / HR. We want to find people that have both of these words in their profile, and so using the Boolean string we type in:
RECRUITMENT AND HR
The system will now search for people who include the word “recruitment” and the word “HR” in their profile. This means we want to find candidates who are in the Venn diagram cross over, i.e. candidates who have both those keywords in their profile.
By using the word AND in our search along with other keywords, we narrow our search, so we effectively will elimanite options that don’t suit our search criteria.
Sometimes a potential candidate may use words that are similar, such as RECRUITMENT / RECRUITING. Very similar but now by creating the Boolean string:
RECRUITMENT OR RECRUITING
the system will search for all people who have either of these words in their profile or even if they have used the words in a row in their profile. We are still looking for candidates who fall into the Venn Diagram cross over section, but with a different angle. By using OR we are now broadening our search, in stead of narrowing it.
In order to eliminate a keyword, we would type in the Boolean string:
RECRUITMENT NOT HR
This way, the system will not look for HR. In effective, a candidate may have both words in their profile, but by using NOT in the search phrase, we eliminate that candidate, as we only want those with just RECRUITMENT in their profile. These are candidates who fall into the right wing side of the Venn Diagram. We are removing non-essential results and thereby narrow our search again.
Why () Brackets?
Computers are smart but we have to give them the correct instructions or the results will be warped and inaccurate. By using parentheses, we are then telling the computer what problem we want solved. Brackets play a big role here. Brackets give priority to a certain word or phrase.
We are to search for candidates that have the following words in their profile – TALENT – HR – RECRUITMENT
But, I want to narrow it down further to or the computer will not know which of those words is the important one. We would type our search out like this:
(talent OR hr) AND recruitment
talent OR (hr AND recruitment)
thereby putting the emphasis on the words in brackets.
Why “” Quotation Marks?
Say you are searching for a particular vocation, but it consists of two words, example: Recruitment Specialist. Typing just:
will render a search that will have separateed the words, wasting your time. But, by putting the two words like this:
you have narrowed your search down, and now the system will search for those two words always together.
Other examples would be: “INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY” or “ESTATE AGENT”.
“HR Director” and (health or hospital)
“Graphic Designer” and (DTP or cartoonist)
Give the Boolean Search a try – it truly does work!