Boolean Search, though highly debated as a dead trade is still a very popular means of search online. Regardless if you are a Boolean Superstar or you still need to learn the basics of Boolean search there is a place in this game for both schools of thought.

After you watch the videos below you can check out 6 short search tutorials here to see some searches in action.

The challenge most recruiters face is the ability to create meaningful searches that return strong results.

Here are 4 Tools to help with building your Boolean searches:

The LinkedIn Custom Search Engine

The search engine is based on refinements, so your initial search should be simple. Once you run your simple search you will have the option to use the refinements listed at the top of the search engine. This is a great tool and really helps you to dig deep into LinkedIn if you are not comfortable searching on LinkedIn itself or if you need to target specific categories.

100% worth the download.

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Jobvention Boolean builder

Jobvention is a nice Boolean search tool that is easy to use with a simple interface. It’s no cost tool that is worth the view.

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Colleague Boolean Builder

I’ve been using colleage for a short while now and I like it. It’s not perfect but I certainly like the interface, the builder and the control that I have over my search.

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Social Talent Boolean Builder

Most people already have heard of Social Talent. It’s a great tool, with a very clean interface, lots of control and it returns strong results. I like this tool over most because it allows you to copy and paste your searches for later use.

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More Boolean Search Resources

The Recruiters Guide To Basic Boolean Search

Free LinkedIn Custom Search Engine and 8 Power Boolean Search Refinements

Boolean Search Strings and Life

Recruit Like It’s 2009: 6 Sourcing Tips Videos from 2009

By Dean Da Costa

Dean Da Costa is a highly experienced and decorated staffing professional, recruiter, sourcer and manager, who also boasts outstanding experience and skills in Human Resources, Project Management, Training, and Process Improvement. He is best known for his work in the highly difficult security and mobile arena's, and the gold star winning numbers he produced. His keen insight and creation of ground breaking tools and processes, to enhance and change staffing as we know it, have proven he is a true "Staffing Thought Leader". Despite all this he remains first and foremost one of the top sourcers, staffing managers and full cycle recruiters in the industry and a true "Search Authority"