It is important to understand Boolean modifiers, as they can help you perform more powerful searches inside of the Recruiter platform. Using Boolean modifiers such as quotations, parentheses, AND, NOT, and OR, can help you pinpoint the best candidates for your position.
- [Instructor] LinkedIn Recruiter allows you to use Boolean modifiers in order to filter and narrow down your searches. In this video let's take a quick look at what Boolean modifiers are and how you can use them to improve your search for candidates. Now on LinkedIn Recruiter, the main Boolean modifiers that you're going to use include quotation marks, parentheses, and the words And, Not, and Or. And notice that And, Not, and Or are all capitalized. Now let's go over to our recruiter page and take a look at how we can use these to improve our searches.
So what I'm going to do first is go up to the search bar and do a search. Now in the previous video we did a guided search, but you don't have to do a guided search. You can use the search bar as a simple search bar. So in here I'm going to put in graphic designer. Now what this is telling the search engine is to search for anyone who has the word graphic or the word designer in their profile. I'll click Go and notice that it gives us 2.2 million candidates. Now let's do a different search. So remembering that that was 2.2 million, I'm going to change this one and put quotation marks around graphic designer.
Now what this does is it tells the search engine that I want specifically people who have the word graphic designer together in their profile so it keeps these together. Now because I'm limiting this, I would expect it to be less than 2.2 million. And when I run the search, you'll notice here that we get 1.39 million. So it did narrow that down and made sure that we were searching for anybody who has specifically graphic designer together. Now let's take a look at how to use AND, OR, and NOT.
And here I'm going to go in and search for a project manager so I'm going to delete this search. We'll start a new one and I'm going to put in project manager in quotations and I'll click search. And notice I get 7.4 million candidates. So now I'm going to do a new search and we're going to put in project manager, however now I want to find people who have project manager in their profile or on their account but also I want them to have the word budgeting in there.
In order to do this, I'm going to use AND, all capitalized and then put budgeting. So I'm telling the search engine that I want to find people who have project manager in their account and the word budgeting. I'll click Go and this returns 426,000 so I really narrowed the search by finding project managers who have budgeting in their account. Now I'll erase this and let's take a look at how we can use OR. OR is a great modifier to use if you want to include multiple words.
In other words, if I'm looking for a project manager, but I want to make sure that I don't have anyone who used the abbreviation PM or PMP instead of project manager in their account. So I'm going to put project manager OR PM OR PMP. So what this is telling the search engine is that I want to find someone who has project manager or PM or PMP. If I do this and hit Go, it will give me the results for that search.
Now you can see that that's more than just what it was for project manager because there are apparently people who do not have the words project manager but have that abbreviated version. Finally, let's take a look at NOT. So now let's say I want to do a search again for a project manager. But this time I want to make sure that I don't have anyone who's been a CEO. So I just don't want someone in a CEO position or that has already been in a CEO position. So here in all caps I put NOT.
I'm now telling the search engine that I want anyone who has project manager in their account but does not have CEO. And when I go ahead and search this, I get 7.0 million candidates that show up that have project manager but do not have CEO. Now Boolean modifiers can be used in that main search bar as well as in several areas in the filters in Recruiter. So on the left hand side there are several filters that you can use Boolean modifiers in. One of them you'll see here is for Job titles, and this is a great place to have ones like project manager or PM or PMP.
Also if we scroll down for companies, you can use Boolean, and this is a great place to use NOT. If your company has a non-compete clause with another company, you may choose to go in here and type in a company that's not Citrix for example which is the name of a company. And now it makes that number go down because I don't want to see candidates from Citrix because we have a non-compete clause with them. So this is a beneficial place to use that. If I scroll down, also under keywords is a great place that you can use Boolean modifiers.
And when we searched up in the search bar, that is where it was going, it was to keywords. One final Boolean modifier is the parentheses and that's one that's a little bit trickier but it creates a order of operations, kind of like an algebra equation. Now I'm going to delete this and for instance let's say I want to do a search for anyone who is a project manager. So in this case here I'll type in project manager in quotes OR PM OR PMP AND has budgeting.
Now because I want this order of operations, I want to go ahead and put parentheses around project manager all the way to PMP. So this is saying that I want to find a search of anyone who either has project manager, PM, or PMP, and the word budgeting. By doing this it makes sure that it runs this search first and then adds the budgeting one. So it can help to kind of clarify exactly what it is you're looking for. My recommendation is to learn Boolean modifiers in order to maximize your efficiency when searching for candidates in Recruiter.
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