Recruiters and Sourcers have been arguing as to the value of Boolean Search for the last century, or though it seems. I personally cannot hang my hat on one argument vs. the other but I will say that there are many effective methods to uncovering leads in this job.

You can grab your 8 Power Boolean Searches below. I’ve used in the past that work extremely well. I’ve built these to work with LinkedIn via site searching but you can use these refinements to target any search engine or open network that you’d like.

The searches are listed below for you to try. It’s based on a Google Custom Search Engine, so nothing fancy. It works and give great results.

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How to use the LinkedIn CSE:

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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 engine.

Step 1:  

Enter basic search terms:

“Software Engineer” (Philadelphia OR “New Jersey”)

“Research Scientist” “Large Molecule” (“New York” OR NY)


Step 2:

Review the returned profiles and use the refinements (highlighted in red below) to filter your search


How to use your 8 Power Boolean Searches:

To use these power searches simply add your resume calls to the search and add your site search parameters:

Some examples may be:

  • (intitle:resume)
  • (Inurl:resume)

Here are your 8 Power Boolean Searches:

(Remember: To use these power searches simply add your resume calls to the search and add your site search parameters. Examples listed directly above)

Search by Candidate Interest:

“interested in” OR hobby OR “I like to” OR “find interesting” OR “I want to” OR “My interest is”

Search by 5-10 Years of Experience:

5 OR 6 OR 7 OR 8 OR 9 OR 10 (years OR “years of experience”) -10+

Search by Goals:

(“I am ready” OR “I expect to” OR “my goal is” OR “in my next”)

Search by < 5 years of experience:

1 OR 2 OR 3 OR 4 OR 5 (years OR “years of experience” -5+

Search by Award Winner:

“won * award” OR “received * recognition” OR “received recognition” OR “exceeded quota” OR attained

Search by 10+ years of experience:

10+ OR 11 OR 12 OR 13 OR 14 OR 15 OR 15+ OR 20+ (years OR “years of experience”)

Search by Email in profile:

@ OR email OR “at * com” OR “email me at” OR “email me” OR “send me an email”

Search by Management Experience:

(“responsible for” OR “managed OR oversaw OR “management of”) * (people OR personnel OR employees OR workers OR “team members”)

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Ryan Leary helps create the processes, ideas and innovation that drives RecruitingDaily. He’s our in-house expert for anything related to sourcing, tools or technology. A lead generation and brand buzz building machine, he has built superior funnel systems for some of the industries top HR Tech and Recruitment brands. He is a veteran to the online community and a partner here at RecruitingDaily.