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Tips for Creating Effective Boolean Search Strings from ClearedJobs.Net
tips for creating effective boolean search strings

Take advantage of our tips to help you create Boolean search strings to quickly and effectively source candidates.

Our advanced resume search allows you to filter candidates by security clearance, location, salary, education, military experience, and more. However, with thousands of resumes to sift through on ClearedJob.Net, you’ll benefit from taking your search to the next level. Incorporate Boolean search strings in the keywords box to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Quotation marks are one of the most simple and useful Boolean searches used to obtain precise results. For example, searching for Project Manager will provide results with the words project or manager. But if you enter the phrase “Project Manager” inside quotation marks, your search will only provide results that include those two words, in that exact order.

When crafting your search strings, think about how different job seekers may use spelling, spacing, and punctuation in their resume. To maximize the effectiveness of you search, create a search string using the Boolean Operator, OR, to capture the variety of ways job seekers describe their experience:

          "sec +" or "sec+" or “security+” or "security +"

          "system engineer" or "systems engineer"

It’s useful to include unique acronyms like CISSP and PMP, but also spell out some of the key words if possible. For example:

MCSA or MCSE or MCSD or MCTS or "microsoft certified"

Avoid strict job titles to broaden your results. Try breaking titles out by using keywords. Instead of “software developer” try the following. You’ll notice AND will give you results that contain Software and at least one of the words in parentheses:

Software and (design or develop or test or engineer)

Also use OR to broaden your results. At the end of basic searches, add a second parenthetical with as many of the unique words you can find in the job description. For example, instead of “Java developer” try:

Software and (design or develop or engineer or test) and (java or python or tomcat)

You can even use parentheses inside parentheses to pull highly specific results. For example:

          (("system engineer" or "systems engineer") and ("program manager" or "project manager" or pmp or pmi)) and (linux and unix)

Other Useful Boolean Search Tips

  • Don’t use commas or dashes between words.
  • When long searches come back with zero results – check to make sure all parentheses and quotes are balanced.
  • When long strings with multiple AND statements come back with very few results, run some searches for each keyword individually to determine which word is causing trouble.
  • When searching for really hard to find talent, use fewer filters. Better to see someone you don’t need rather than miss out on the person you do.
  • Run some searches without using the location filter. Someone with a diverse list of desired work locations may be willing to relocate, especially if one of those locations is in the general region.