Top 10 Technique – Boolean Search Cheat Sheet

Search engines can be considered as a cluttered resume database. Using detailed searches with Boolean search operators can drill down and find the information you are looking for faster. These operators are used to weed out irrelevant pages thereby narrowing your search results to find exactly what you are looking for. 


Each search engine is unique so review the help section on each of the search engines to determine what Boolean operators are supported.


Boolean Key


AND – The AND operator delivers results with the terms you requested. For example, searching resume and j2ee will return pages with both terms – resume and j2ee.


OR – The OR operator delivers results with either of the terms you requested. For example, MCSE OR M.C.S.E.


NOT – The NOT operator will not deliver certain words in your search results. For example, Java NOT coffee will deliver closer results for JAVA Programmers and not Java Coffee. 


NEAR – The NEAR operator locates words that are located in close proximity to other words. For example, Java NEAR Programmer. Not every search engine supports this operator.


( ) Parentheses – The ( ) operator allows you to group terms and build longer search strings. For example, NOT (submit AND employer) will avoid pages with both names.


* – The * operator is a wildcard. Adding a wildcard will find words containing the wildcard. For example program* will help so you do not have to run separate searches for words similar like: programmer, programming, program


Example of Complex Search String


resume AND (java or j2ee) AND program* AND (Virginia or VA or 703) AND NOT (apply or submit or jobs)


* In some case we recommend to go to the advanced search option within the search engine.


Search Engine Quick Guide 




X-Raying – searches for pages that are all on the same host.

Flipping – searches for pages that link to a specific page.

Page Title – searches for pages that has specific words in page title.

URL Search – searches for pages that has specific words in the URL or web address.