June 05, 2016

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LinkedIn Tip of the Week: How to become a boolean search ninja on LinkedIn

Like Google, LinkedIn search allows modifiers to help you get more targeted results. To get you started, we have created a simple guide on how to become a Boolean Search Ninja.

With more targeted searches, it makes it easier to find current and/or past employers, potential candidates or interesting people to connect with.

Boolean Search

Maybe you have heard about boolean search or seen some boolean search strings, but don't worry - they are not as confusing as they look.

There are only five elements you need to fully understand:

1. Quotation marks

Quotation marks are used to capture a whole phrase that needs to be kept intact, in the order the words are stated.

2. AND

Any word that follows the AND modifier must appear in the search result. For example: programmer AND coding. Results will include both programmer and coding. 

3. OR

OR gives you options in a search. For example programmer OR programming OR "computer programming". Results will include one or more of listed words or phrases.

4. Brackets

Brackets are used to group expressions and give priority over other elements around them. The most common place to use brackets is in OR sentences. For example coding AND (programming OR programmer OR "computer programming"). In this case, results must include coding and one of the the terms programming, programmer and computer programming.

5. NOT

This is very simple - use NOT in upper-case letters before the words you want to exclude from the results. For example NOT “IOS programmer".

Use these 5 simple boolean search rules in your next search on LinkedIn, and you will see just how precise results you're capable of getting.




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    Anna Fast Nilsson
    Anna Fast Nilsson