Help for Recruiters – More Precise Targeting with Boolean Search

More Precise Targeting with Boolean Search  |

By Robert Walker  |  vice president of sales at RecruitMilitary and a veteran of the United States Army  |

Published in the March/April 2012 issue of print Search & Employ®  |

RecruitMilitary has upped the ante on candidate search. Employers asked for Boolean search, and now we have it. Now, employers  can focus their targeted searches even more precisely.

Every year, we help hundreds of employers find just the right candidates. One of our most popular and successful tools is resume database search. Since 2002, thousands of employers have searched the database at – and, as our client base has grown, so has our pool of talented veteran candidates. In late February, we pushed past the half-million mark in candidate registrations, with over 300 new registrations daily.

Our job board sees approximately 90,000 unique user sessions each month, counting both client and candidate sessions. Database search has been so popular and successful mainly because our search tools are extremely precise.

The usual starting point for local and national searches is basic keyword search. This search typically yields a return of between 5,000 and 10,000 candidates. The user can then refine the results via special filters that we have integrated into the search results page – pay grade, education, branch of service, military status, work interest, city, state, languages spoken, minimum compensation, security clearance, and most recent activity.

Alternatively, clients can use our advanced search tools on the front end of their database queries to yield targeted results even more quickly. Clients can select options in more than 20 fields, then get their results with a single click.

Boolean search takes resume database search to a higher level. The user types a Boolean search term in the keyword box of either basic keyword search or advanced search, and our search engine does the rest.

The four key Boolean terms shown below allow for more specific skill-set searches that yield near-perfect results. If filters and advanced search are like the basic building blocks of language that children learn, think of Boolean search as the advanced language aptitude of adults.

For more information on Boolean search, employers can sign up for a free webinar demo at This webinar, conducted daily, is a complete backgrounder and training session on resume database search and our job board.


Example Search Filter Description
Accounting AND Quickbooks Include Term If a common word is essential to getting the results you want, you can include it by putting “AND” in front of it.
Management OR Consulting Either Term Include results that contain either word. This is useful for searching for different words with similar definitions.
Sales NOT Retail Exclude Term You can exclude a word from your search by putting “NOT” immediately in front of the term you want to exclude from the search results.
“User Experience” Phrase Search Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words marked in this way will appear together in all results exactly as entered.


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