Why Boolean Search?• More tools than “advanced search”• Get higher quality, more accurate, search results• Can use the same string in other programs and not just LinkedIn
Boolean Works Almost Anywhere• Universal terms• Twitter • LinkedIn • TwitJobSearch & Others• Google
Search Concepts• A search is a process. Start with words or terms that have meaning to you.• Read the results of the search. Some jobs will be inappropriate to your needs. Alter the search.• For example, “IT Manager” search brings up Nurses. Remove them from the search and try again.
Search Concepts• Searches are meant to be revised, never done once• Think like the hiring company; job titles like “Controller” may be listed as “CPA”• Start with a broad search, narrow it down• The odds of you getting your first search correct are very low. Keep trying!
Boolean Terms• Operators – Always in capital letters – AND – narrows search results – OR – expands search results – NOT – removes terms
Boolean Symbols• Parentheses – ( ) – Around terms with Operators• Quotations – “ “ – Two or more words in phrase• Minus – “‐” – Used to delete term from search• Plus – “+” – Used to add term to search• Tilde – “~” – Searches for synonyms
TwitJobSearch• Great site for building and testing search strings• Cut and paste results into LinkedIn
Define Job TermsDefine the terms you want to use in your search. – Looking for an IT senior manager or director position – Interested in tech teams, business relationship manager, projects – Chicago or Milwaukee
Write String• Start with basics – i.e., IT Manager Director• Type string, search, alter, search• Goal is to get 70‐80% accurate string• Expand string with basic terms: – "IT" (manager OR director) AND (Chicago OR Milwaukee) ‐Sales ‐fitness ‐ merger ‐accountant ‐ chain ‐voice ‐developer
Unwanted Results• Review results• Identify unwanted results• Minus out term
Final Results• Final: – "IT" (manager OR director) AND (Chicago OR Milwaukee) ‐Sales ‐fitness ‐ merger ‐accountant ‐ chain ‐voice –developer• Ready for LinkedIn