We have preached the benefits of understanding how to create Boolean search strings forever. I really want to make sure and stress I think it is important to learn how to use Boolean because if all of your recruiting tools fail, Boolean is your only hope.

A Quick Boolean Tutorial 

* – The asterisk truncates a word, meaning your search results will include any iteration of the root word.

“” – Quotation marks tell the database to search for an entire phrase or series of words.
AND – AND narrows your search by returning results that include all of the keywords it connects.
OR – OR widens a search by allowing you to link similar concepts. A database search will return results that include at least one of the terms connected by OR.
NOT – the NOT operator will cut a term out of your search results.


Boolean logic and search statements can make your searches much more powerful because you are telling the database exactly what to look for. If you have not been able to learn out your own yet, I have something that can help. And as an added bonus, it can also help you find email addresses.
This Chrome Extension is called BooleanAssistant, and it is 100% free. Click here to try for yourself. Here is my video showing you how I use BooleanAssistant.


dean_dacostaAbout the Author: Dean Da Costa is a highly experienced and decorated recruiter, sourcer, and manager with deep skills and experience in HR, project management, training & process improvement.

Dean is best known for his work in the highly specialized secured clearance and mobile arenas, where he has been a top performing recruiter and sourcer.  Connect with Dean at LinkedIn or follow @DeanDaCosta on Twitter.



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"