What is Boolean Search?
Searching has evolved from Boolean to Social to Knowledge Graph search. Hiretual has the most advanced level, the Graph Search in recruiting, but also supports the Boolean Search as a supplementary alternative. Boolean search allows users to add operators/modifiers, 'NOT', 'AND', 'OR' to extend more relevant search results. It is a powerful sourcing tool in the recruiting industry.
Basic Boolean Syntax
Operators must be written in All-caps. (NOT, OR, AND)
Quotation marks are used to indicate a phrase containing over one word. ("business analyst")
Parentheses are used to group an operator.
Wild Card: Asterisk mark (*) and question mark (?) can generate variations of a word (pro*: product, program, etc; b2?: b2b, b2c, etc.), not including generation of prefixes. (*gram: program, monogram, telegram, etc.).
(engineer AND C++) AND NOT "business"
Search results will contain engineer and C++ without business.
"software developer" AND (game OR app)
Search results will contain Software Developer with either game or app as an additional keyword.
Search results will contain Product Manager, Program Manager, or any word initialized by 'pro' plus manager.
**Space is not considered an operator. If the query string is empty or only contains spaces the query will yield an empty result set.
Fuzzy search is achieved by the tilde symbol (~). It can be used to associate words with similar spellings by being put at the end of a single word.
Search results will include THU1, TUH1, THU2, etc.
A proximity search allows the specified words to be further apart or in a different order. In the same way that fuzzy queries can specify a maximum edit distance for characters in a word, a proximity search specifies a maximum edit distance of words in a phrase.
This is also achieved by the tilde symbol (~) at the end of the phrase with a maximum number of interval words between the words following.
Results include Customer Success Manager, Customer Relationship Manager, Customer Service Manager, etc.
Results include Customer Success and Relationship Manager, Customer Service and Training Manager, Customer Resource and Relationship Manager, etc.
"customer training manager"~2
Results include Customer Training and Success Manager, Customer Resource and Training Manager, Customer Training and Service Manager, etc.