Boolean 101: Five Easy Steps to Finding More Candidates

We’ll cover the following boolean 101:

  • The right way to write a boolean 101 search string for candidates based on your job description
  • How to quickly mine through any database to find the résumés you’re looking for
  • The trick to sifting through billions of profiles to pinpoint only relevant candidates

The Boolean 101 search method is the foundation of any smart recruiter’s skillset.

But although we’re beginning to move from creating overly complex Boolean strings with multiple modifiers and operators to having a platform build them for us with the push of a button (with at least a 50% sourcing success rate, in most cases), and because machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming affordable and accessible talent acquisition solutions, none of these things are are actually a sustainable, scaleable strategy for recruiting success.

It’s probably a bit premature to start penning that obituary for recruiters just yet. Because as cool as using a Chrome extension to find out how a candidate stacks up against the competition or what their contact information might be, this whole concept of “algorithmic sourcing” – which is, programmatically capturing and converting leads online – may already be here, but it misses the point.

By Noel Cocca

CEO/Founder RecruitingDaily and avid skier, coach and avid father of two trying to keep up with my altruistic wife. Producing at the sweet spot talent acquisition to create great content for the living breathing human beings in recruiting and hiring. I try to ease the biggest to smallest problems from start-ups to enterprise. Founder of RecruitingDaily and our merry band of rabble-rousers.