What are Boolean Searches?
Boolean searches are specially constructed searches that combine many
search terms into a single search. This allows you to build a search
with any combination of terms.
Where Can I Enter Boolean Searches?
Use the JOB SEARCH field at the top of most pages for entering Boolean search terms.
The JOB SEARCH field also displays the Boolean equivalent
of searches you perform on the Advanced Search form. This is a simple
way to get started with Boolean searches.
How Do I Build Boolean Searches?
Boolean searches are built using additional symbols to indicate the type of
search terms you are entering:
|ALL of the words
||(no symbol required)
|ANY of the words
|NONE of the words
||- (minus sign)
|EXACTLY this phrase
||"" (surround with double-quotes)
- To search for multiple keywords, just list the keywords.
- To search for optional keywords, list the optional keywords separated by or.
- To exclude keywords, precede each keyword to exclude with a minus sign ( - ).
- To search for multi-word phrases, enclose each phrase in double-quotes.
Boolean Search Examples
To search for postings that contain the individual words “accountant”
and “legal”, your Boolean search would look like this:
Lets say you are looking for a project management position. Postings might
contain either “project manager” or “program manager”. A Boolean search for
this would be:
"program manager" or "project manager"
which is a combination of two EXACTLY this phrase terms with the ANY of the
words symbol, and postings with either of the exact phrases will be returned
in your search results.
Using the NONE of the words is also simple. Let's say you want to search
for the same project or program management postings, but leave out postings
referring to project leader. The Boolean search for this might be:
"program manager" or "project manager" -"project leader"
adding the NONE of the words term “project leader” as EXACTLY this phrase.
Jobs that contain that phrase would be eliminated from search results.
Here is one more example that combines all the Boolean terms. Suppose you are
searching for a senior financial officer position but not at a bank. You could
build a search like the following:
finance or financial chief or vp or "vice president" or senior -bank
This search has three parts:
finance or financial
results will include any of these terms
chief or vp or "vice president" or senior
and results will include any of these terms
and results will not include the term "bank".