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Tips for Creating Effective Boolean Search Strings

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Tips for Creating Effective Boolean Search Strings

  1. 1. Tips for Creating Effective Boolean Search Strings Take advantage of our tips to help you create Boolean search strings to quickly and effectively source candidates. Visit ClearedJobs.Net | customerservice@clearedjobs.net | 703-871-0037, Option 3 ClearedJobs.Net Employer Services Resume Database Search Job Posting Packages Job Fairs Advertising and Brand Building We can combine these services to deliver a comprehensive solution to meet the goals of your security cleared talent acquisition strategy. Quickly Find Higher Quality Cleared Talent How We Attract Cleared Talent How We Are Different 2019 Services Rates Resume Database Searching: (price per user license) Job Posting Packages: Term and bundled discounts available For more information, please contact Sales 703.871.0037, Option 3 Sales@ClearedJobs.Net Easy to use search function gives you UNLIMITED Resume Views to thousands of cleared candidates. Flexible Job Posting packages let you refresh and replace your jobs with no additional cost. Face-to-Face hiring events introduce you to cleared professionals at Cleared Job Fairs® and cyber security professionals at Cyber Job Fairs. Banner Ads and Direct Email Messages give you direct exposure to cleared professionals in the defense and intelligence communities. Resume Search Agents Automatically deliver security-cleared candidates matched to your specific job requirements – every day! Resume Folders Help you conveniently organize saved candidates Digital Notes Keep your notes and comments with each resume OFCCP Compliant Resume search, job posting and record keeping tools Candidate Military Service Indicator Supports veteran hiring Direct Hire Cleared Facilities Employers Only Headhunters are not allowed to use our services, so you won’t receive resumes from perm placement firms that use your same database. Flexible and Accommodating to Our Customers’ Needs Tell us what you need and we work with you to provide the customized solution you need to find the right security cleared candidates. Customer Service Focused A dedicated Customer Service team is available to answer your questions and provide you with training and technical support. Contact them at 703.871.0037, Option 5, 8am to 6pm ET. Social Media & Networking ClearedJobs.Net has built a strong community of security cleared Job Seekers online through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social networks. Military Job Fairs & Military Transition Classes Our presence in the veteran community is strong. We take an active role in supporting our transitioning military moving to the private sector by attending military job fairs and teaching at transition classes. Advertising & Newsletters We advertise online via search engines, aggregators, media outlets, and more. We provide meaningful career content sent directly to candidates through social media, and videos to aid them in their career searches. New Hiring Employers, featured jobs, and important industry events are part of the regular flow of information presented. Industry Events & Conferences ClearedJobs.Net sponsors conferences and industry events to include providing speakers, professional resume reviewers, and career mentors. 3 Months................ 6 Months................. 12 Months.............. 1 Job Spot - 30 days....... 3 Job Spot - 30 days....... 5 Job Spot - 30 days....... Maximize Your Cleared Job Fair Return on Investment Before the Event Hiring events are an effective part of a successful cleared recruiting and brand building strategy. But you need to be sure your team is properly prepared to make the most of your investment. Get Prepared Be Successful Follow Up 1. Determine your goals Do you want to make on-the-spot offers? Schedule interviews for a later date? Whenever possible we provide a private interview room so in-depth interviews can take place on-the-spot and you can take advantage of the moment. That’s why we encourage you to bring hiring managers, and provide you with an electronic pre- registrant resume file one week before the event. 2. Organize your branding The materials and displays you send to the event need to fit in an 8’x 10’booth, along with your staff. Some employers over- banner their booth, and typically one is enough to meet your needs. Consider having a handout that conveys your unique selling proposition. Maybe you offer better benefits than your competition, a unique corporate culture, a broad range of contracts that allow for growth, etc. You want to be sure that whatever makes you better than your competition stays with candidates of interest. Giveaways seem to be a race for the next great thing. Just keep in mind usefulness and shelf life, which is the main purpose of a giveaway – to stick around long enough that your brand is imprinted in the job seeker’s mind. 3. Review the Details Email we send for Logistics ClearedJobs.Net sends you two Details Emails with event logistics 16 days prior, and then one week prior to the event. These emails contain comprehensive information about the event that you can share with your team. 4. Determine who will represent your company As you plan for your company’s presence, keep in mind some strategies for success. Always send at least two representatives so your attendees can eat, take a break, and take a moment to relax without leaving your booth unattended. A mix of recruiters and hiring managers is a good strategy, and you may want to have your reps work in shifts. Be sure not to have too many representatives staffing your booth at one time. Having more than 3-4 company reps in your booth at once leads to a wall of representatives that may be intimidating for candidates. And there’s just not that much room! 5. Prepare your staff to think beyond their specific needs Talented candidates may have interest in positions that are not directly handled by the company representatives at the event. You don’t want to lose those folks, so how will you make sure they have a good experience, receive pertinent details, and know whom to follow up with? Don’t miss the opportunity and turn talented candidates away because your representatives are not properly informed beyond their specific and immediate needs. Your results can vary greatly depending on the talent of the staff attending the event. 6. Share the word about your event participation Use your communication and social media channels to publicize that you’ll be at the event and ready to talk to qualified talent. Help us amplify the message and the event will be a greater success for you. We promote the event on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, so if you or your team are active on those platforms please spread the word. 7. Contact Job Seekers before the event After we send the pre-registrant file one week prior to the event, we encourage you to contact job seekers of interest and encourage them to attend. That extra touch from you can help determine whether or not they decide to brave the traffic, rain, heat, cold or other obstacles that may make them decide not to come the day of the event. 8. Take advantage of our offer to set up candidate interviews for you We also encourage you to take advantage of our offer to preschedule interviews for your on-site team. Send us up to 5 potential candidates and we’ll do the legwork to try to set up interviews for you. 9. Send us your job titles Be sure to send your job titles for positions you want to publicize at the event to our Customer Service team, and they will upload them for you. The sooner you share those with us, the more visibility they receive. Some employers prefer job or skill categories vs specific positions if the number of positions you have to fill is numerous. That’s okay too. Our advanced resume search allows you to filter candidates by security clearance, location, salary, education, military experience, and more. However, with thousands of resumes to sift through on ClearedJob.Net, you’ll benefit from taking your search to the next level. Incorporate Boolean search strings in the keywords box to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Quotation marks are one of the most simple and useful Boolean searches used to obtain precise results. For example, searching for Project Manager will provide results with the words project or manager. But if you enter the phrase “Project Manager” inside quotation marks, your search will only provide results that include those two words, in that exact order. When crafting your search strings, think about how different job seekers may use spelling, spacing, and punctuation in their resume. To maximize the effectiveness of you search, create a search string using the Boolean Operator, OR, to capture the variety of ways job seekers describe their experience: “sec +”or“sec+”or“security+”or“security +” “system engineer”or“systems engineer”
  2. 2. Don’t use commas or dashes between words.• When long searches come back with zero• results, check to make sure all parentheses and quotes are balanced. When long strings with multiple• AND statements come back with very few results, run some searches for each keyword individually to determine which word is causing trouble. When searching for really hard to find talent,• use fewer filters. Better to see someone you don’t need rather than miss out on the person you do. Run some searches without using the location• filter. Someone with a diverse list of desired work locations may be willing to relocate, especially if one of those locations is in the general region. Visit ClearedJobs.Net | customerservice@clearedjobs.net | 703-871-0037, Option 3 It’s useful to include unique acronyms like CISSP and PMP, but also spell out some of the key words if possible. For example: MCSA or MCSE or MCSD or MCTS or“microsoft certified” Avoid strict job titles to broaden your results. Try breaking titles out by using keywords. Instead of “software developer”try the following. You’ll notice AND will give you results that contain Software and at least one of the words in parentheses: Software and (design or develop or test or engineer) Also use OR to broaden your results. At the end of basic searches, add a second parenthetical with as many of the unique words you can find in the job description. For example, instead of“Java developer”try: Software and (design or develop or engineer or test) and (java or python or tomcat) You can even use parentheses inside parentheses to pull highly specific results. For example: ((“system engineer”or“systems engineer”) and (“program manager”or“project manager”or pmp or pmi)) and (linux and unix) Other Useful Boolean Search Tips Need help with a specific position? Contact your Account Manager for assistance. ClearedJobs.Net Employer Services Resume Database Search Job Posting Packages Job Fairs Advertising and Brand Building We can combine these services to deliver a comprehensive solution to meet the goals of your security cleared talent acquisition strategy. Quickly Find Higher Quality Cleared Talent How We Attract Cleared Talent How We Are Different 2019 Services Rates Resume Database Searching: (price per user license) Job Posting Packages: Term and bundled discounts available For more information, please contact Sales 703.871.0037, Option 3 Sales@ClearedJobs.Net Easy to use search function gives you UNLIMITED Resume Views to thousands of cleared candidates. Flexible Job Posting packages let you refresh and replace your jobs with no additional cost. Face-to-Face hiring events introduce you to cleared professionals at Cleared Job Fairs® and cyber security professionals at Cyber Job Fairs. Banner Ads and Direct Email Messages give you direct exposure to cleared professionals in the defense and intelligence communities. Resume Search Agents Automatically deliver security-cleared candidates matched to your specific job requirements – every day! Resume Folders Help you conveniently organize saved candidates Digital Notes Keep your notes and comments with each resume OFCCP Compliant Resume search, job posting and record keeping tools Candidate Military Service Indicator Supports veteran hiring Direct Hire Cleared Facilities Employers Only Headhunters are not allowed to use our services, so you won’t receive resumes from perm placement firms that use your same database. Flexible and Accommodating to Our Customers’ Needs Tell us what you need and we work with you to provide the customized solution you need to find the right security cleared candidates. Customer Service Focused A dedicated Customer Service team is available to answer your questions and provide you with training and technical support. Contact them at 703.871.0037, Option 5, 8am to 6pm ET. Social Media & Networking ClearedJobs.Net has built a strong community of security cleared Job Seekers online through LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and many other social networks. Military Job Fairs & Military Transition Classes Our presence in the veteran community is strong. We take an active role in supporting our transitioning military moving to the private sector by attending military job fairs and teaching at transition classes. Advertising & Newsletters We advertise online via search engines, aggregators, media outlets, and more. We provide meaningful career content sent directly to candidates through social media, and videos to aid them in their career searches. New Hiring Employers, featured jobs, and important industry events are part of the regular flow of information presented. Industry Events & Conferences ClearedJobs.Net sponsors conferences and industry events to include providing speakers, professional resume reviewers, and career mentors. 3 Months................ 6 Months................. 12 Months.............. 1 Job Spot - 30 days....... 3 Job Spot - 30 days....... 5 Job Spot - 30 days....... Maximize Your Cleared Job Fair Return on Investment Before the Event Hiring events are an effective part of a successful cleared recruiting and brand building strategy. But you need to be sure your team is properly prepared to make the most of your investment. Get Prepared Be Successful Follow Up 1. Determine your goals Do you want to make on-the-spot offers? Schedule interviews for a later date? Whenever possible we provide a private interview room so in-depth interviews can take place on-the-spot and you can take advantage of the moment. That’s why we encourage you to bring hiring managers, and provide you with an electronic pre- registrant resume file one week before the event. 2. Organize your branding The materials and displays you send to the event need to fit in an 8’x 10’booth, along with your staff. Some employers over- banner their booth, and typically one is enough to meet your needs. Consider having a handout that conveys your unique selling proposition. Maybe you offer better benefits than your competition, a unique corporate culture, a broad range of contracts that allow for growth, etc. You want to be sure that whatever makes you better than your competition stays with candidates of interest. Giveaways seem to be a race for the next great thing. Just keep in mind usefulness and shelf life, which is the main purpose of a giveaway – to stick around long enough that your brand is imprinted in the job seeker’s mind. 3. Review the Details Email we send for Logistics ClearedJobs.Net sends you two Details Emails with event logistics 16 days prior, and then one week prior to the event. These emails contain comprehensive information about the event that you can share with your team. 4. Determine who will represent your company As you plan for your company’s presence, keep in mind some strategies for success. Always send at least two representatives so your attendees can eat, take a break, and take a moment to relax without leaving your booth unattended. A mix of recruiters and hiring managers is a good strategy, and you may want to have your reps work in shifts. Be sure not to have too many representatives staffing your booth at one time. Having more than 3-4 company reps in your booth at once leads to a wall of representatives that may be intimidating for candidates. And there’s just not that much room! 5. Prepare your staff to think beyond their specific needs Talented candidates may have interest in positions that are not directly handled by the company representatives at the event. You don’t want to lose those folks, so how will you make sure they have a good experience, receive pertinent details, and know whom to follow up with? Don’t miss the opportunity and turn talented candidates away because your representatives are not properly informed beyond their specific and immediate needs. Your results can vary greatly depending on the talent of the staff attending the event. 6. Share the word about your event participation Use your communication and social media channels to publicize that you’ll be at the event and ready to talk to qualified talent. Help us amplify the message and the event will be a greater success for you. We promote the event on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram, so if you or your team are active on those platforms please spread the word. 7. Contact Job Seekers before the event After we send the pre-registrant file one week prior to the event, we encourage you to contact job seekers of interest and encourage them to attend. That extra touch from you can help determine whether or not they decide to brave the traffic, rain, heat, cold or other obstacles that may make them decide not to come the day of the event. 8. Take advantage of our offer to set up candidate interviews for you We also encourage you to take advantage of our offer to preschedule interviews for your on-site team. Send us up to 5 potential candidates and we’ll do the legwork to try to set up interviews for you. 9. Send us your job titles Be sure to send your job titles for positions you want to publicize at the event to our Customer Service team, and they will upload them for you. The sooner you share those with us, the more visibility they receive. Some employers prefer job or skill categories vs specific positions if the number of positions you have to fill is numerous. That’s okay too.

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