Are you using boolean strings in your recruiting and sourcing? Why Not!? What a great way to find the professional you are looking for. You save money because it’s FREE and you do not have to post the expensive job ads that produce tons of resumes of unqualified candidates. Boolean Strings will help your search so you can get the results you are looking for.
This post will focus on searching LinkedIn and narrowing down your search. There are three main search engines to use: Google, Yahoo and Bing. I would suggest using all three of them. Each search engine has a different indexing system and will produce some different responses.
Next we want to start narrowing the Boolean String so that it only does a Deep Dive into LinkedIn. We start with a site command.
If you notice there are no spaces so far in this command. Next, let’s say you are looking for a Mechanical Engineer, with a BSME, to work in Columbus, OH and they must have PLC and Lean Manufacturing Experience. Do you know what to write next? Try this:
- site:linkedin.com “Mechanical Engineer” Columbus (OH OR Ohio) Lean PLC BSME
This is a good basic Boolean String. If you notice above, you do not have to type the word AND anymore if you are searching for different criteria and multiple keywords. A simple space in-between your keywords will work. If you look at the string above it says, we are looking in LinkedIn only, for the phrase “Mechanical Engineer” who lives in Columbus OH (we added an OR so it will look for the abbr. OH or spelled out OHIO) and key words lean, BSME and PLC.
Hope this helps – this is pretty basic so far. You can play with it and see if you can narrow it down, if you want. Try it and see.