Resume databases provide an additional job/internship search resource for job seekers, allowing them to post their resumes. Often overlooked as a primary recruiting tool (since most companies tend to advertise first), a first-rate resume database can present employers with several qualified candidates in an instant.
The resume database is the ideal tool to uncover candidates with the exact skills needed. When contacting a potential great candidate, provide clear details about the company and the opportunity and do not be afraid to follow up a second time.
Boolean search in recruitment is defined as the structured process of using mathematical operators such as AND, OR, and NOT to broaden or limit your candidate search on databases such as Google, LinkedIn, job portals, applicant tracking systems (ATS), and candidate relationship management (CRM) solution.
Boolean Search Operators
You can perform a search with three basic operators:
The operator “AND” helps you broaden your search by adding multiple keywords to your search. For example, you can use this operator when looking for a content writer and creator. The search string would look like this:
Registered AND Nurse
This operator does not need to be specified when searching on Google and LinkedIn, or even on your regular job posting sites. The space works as the AND operator. Simply typing “content writer-creator” will give you the results you are looking for.
When you want to specify alternatives for the role or skill you are looking for, use the OR search string. For example, you could be looking for a content writer or creator or developer. In that case, your search query would look like
registered AND nurse OR Registered Nurse OR rn
This operator can also be used to identify candidates who spell certain words differently. For example
graphic design AND Adobe AND Photoshop OR Photo shop AND Lightroom OR Light Room
On Google, LinkedIn, Monster, and Bing, use the pipe character (|) instead of OR for more accurate results.
3. NOT or – (the hyphen)
The NOT operator is a great tool to limit your search to specific terms. For instance, if you want to look for a content writer/creator specifically but not an editor, then the results that show up will exclude the term “editor” from the search. Your search query will look like this:
content AND writer OR creator NOT editor