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www.randstadsourceright.com elevating the art of sourcing new search methodologies are drawing attention, but Boolean is still what you should further invest in By Vince Szymczak Sourcing Subject Matter of Expertise EMEA Center of Expertise, Randstad Sourceright W ith the rapid advance of new channels and tools, recruitment professionals are always on the lookout for new sourcing techniques. Nevertheless, most hands-on sourcers still very much rely on good old Boolean searches to find suitable candidates. But they might not always be making the most of their Boolean skills. Doing so requires investments in the sourcers, methodologies, and market insight, and often talent acquisition leaders simply lack the resources to equip their recruiters with the latest knowledge. However, those that do will find that the results are well worth the effort. Boolean alive and kicking Over the past year, I've heard many opinions that Boolean is dead for sourcing. I beg to differ! Boolean is alive and kicking, and it's the sourcers who need to up their game. In the end, what we aim to achieve is maximum productivity and efficiency. When we're looking for people with specific skills, we need to make sure our searches are specific enough to deliver all the best results. Remember that Boolean is a necessity because most of the databases we access as an industry work with Boolean. New technologies such as semantic search or matching algorithms have not matured enough to change these databases. So as of today, most engines are Boolean, which means organizations must still invest in optimizing Boolean searches. When I observe sourcers working with Boolean, I see both good and disappointing results. How you approach Boolean strings can make a huge difference. Poor sourcers tend to set up the initial string, check the first couple of hundred results, and leave it at that. It's quite unlikely that this will give them all the right candidates.

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