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Boolean Search 101
by Chris Cruz
Thursday, September 5, 2013
What is Boolean?
Algebraic logic named after George Boole,
English Mathematician
Values are based on variables of True or
...
Why does it matter
More efficient way to search through
databases
Cross-platform compatibility
Assists with Job Req underst...
Where do we use it
Job boards (Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, etc)
ATS (Bullhorn, Maxhire, Job Science)
Social Networking s...
Search Operators
General Boolean operates on true or false
Boolean in sourcing run on a variety of
operators
Most basic: A...
AND
AND joins different features
It works across all platforms
Thursday, September 5, 2013
OR
OR connects joins different ways to describe
a concept (“objective c” OR cocoa)
OR can also be used to connect two
diff...
NOT/-
NOT determines what should not be in
results
Searching for LAMP Devs, but not include
recruiters “lamp developer” NO...
Find a Tennis Ball
Ball
(ball OR orb OR sphere OR circle OR
round)
Green
(green OR “light green” OR lime OR forest)
NOT se...
Real World
Java engineer with framework experience,
who has not worked for company ZYX
(java OR j2ee) AND (spring OR hiber...
Best practices
Keep every string in one place (1 document,
cloud stored)
Write strings in simple word editors ie
Notepad (...
Why Not Word
Word has a feature call Smart Quotes “”
Job boards and other platforms sometimes
malfunction when Smart Quote...
The Perfect Boolean
String
No such thing
A string is perfect when the person you
found using it is hired
Always re-evaluat...
Bad Boolean Strings
java OR android developer
java OR “android developer”
php OR python AND lamp
(php OR python) AND lamp
...
Next Steps
Search, Evaluate, Adjust, Repeat
Join the Boolean Strings Linkedin Group
Join the Boolean Strings Ning Group
Th...
Next Workshop
Early October
Topic: Better Linkedin Sourcing
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Thank you!
Find/Follow
@ChrisCrvz
www.linkedin.com/in/christopherjcruz
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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  1. 1. Boolean Search 101 by Chris Cruz Thursday, September 5, 2013
  2. 2. What is Boolean? Algebraic logic named after George Boole, English Mathematician Values are based on variables of True or False Thursday, September 5, 2013
  3. 3. Why does it matter More efficient way to search through databases Cross-platform compatibility Assists with Job Req understanding Thursday, September 5, 2013
  4. 4. Where do we use it Job boards (Monster, Careerbuilder, Dice, etc) ATS (Bullhorn, Maxhire, Job Science) Social Networking sites (Linkedin, FB, etc) Internet sourcing (Google, Bing, etc) Thursday, September 5, 2013
  5. 5. Search Operators General Boolean operates on true or false Boolean in sourcing run on a variety of operators Most basic: AND, OR, & NOT Thursday, September 5, 2013
  6. 6. AND AND joins different features It works across all platforms Thursday, September 5, 2013
  7. 7. OR OR connects joins different ways to describe a concept (“objective c” OR cocoa) OR can also be used to connect two different concepts (mysql OR tsql) Typically OR statements enclosed in parenthesis ( A OR Z) Thursday, September 5, 2013
  8. 8. NOT/- NOT determines what should not be in results Searching for LAMP Devs, but not include recruiters “lamp developer” NOT recruiter Some platforms either recognize NOT or - Thursday, September 5, 2013
  9. 9. Find a Tennis Ball Ball (ball OR orb OR sphere OR circle OR round) Green (green OR “light green” OR lime OR forest) NOT seed Thursday, September 5, 2013
  10. 10. Real World Java engineer with framework experience, who has not worked for company ZYX (java OR j2ee) AND (spring OR hibernate) NOT zyx Thursday, September 5, 2013
  11. 11. Best practices Keep every string in one place (1 document, cloud stored) Write strings in simple word editors ie Notepad (PC) or Text Editor (Mac) Don’t write strings in Word Thursday, September 5, 2013
  12. 12. Why Not Word Word has a feature call Smart Quotes “” Job boards and other platforms sometimes malfunction when Smart Quotes are in a query Simple text files can be read every where and work everywhere Thursday, September 5, 2013
  13. 13. The Perfect Boolean String No such thing A string is perfect when the person you found using it is hired Always re-evaluate strings in a search Thursday, September 5, 2013
  14. 14. Bad Boolean Strings java OR android developer java OR “android developer” php OR python AND lamp (php OR python) AND lamp lamp java net iphone Thursday, September 5, 2013
  15. 15. Next Steps Search, Evaluate, Adjust, Repeat Join the Boolean Strings Linkedin Group Join the Boolean Strings Ning Group Thursday, September 5, 2013
  16. 16. Next Workshop Early October Topic: Better Linkedin Sourcing Thursday, September 5, 2013
  17. 17. Thank you! Find/Follow @ChrisCrvz www.linkedin.com/in/christopherjcruz Thursday, September 5, 2013
  18. 18. ? Thursday, September 5, 2013

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