Boolean is Dead: SourceHub

Dean da Costa
Dean da Costa

By Dean da Costa

(Source: RecruitingTools)

Okay, Boolean is not really dead. The way that you have written your Boolean search in the past, however, may be thanks to SourceHub a Boolean string generator by Social Talent.

To Be + To Be = 1: Understanding Boolean.


Webopedia describes Boolean Search this way:

A type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT and OR to further produce more relevant results. For example, a Boolean search could be “hotel” AND “New York”. This would limit the search results to only those documents containing the two keywords.

In the recruiting world, those who understand and use Boolean have had a true advantage. Even for the most experienced recruiter, it can take forever to create the perfect searching string to find an ideal candidate. SourceHub simplifies the process by breaking it down into three sections: Job Title, Keywords and Location. All you have to do is register on, fill out the three fields, and SocialHub will create a Boolean search string with your keywords and their synonyms.

Boolean is Dead

WIIFM: How SocialHub can Help you.

So, for instance, say I enter “Recruiter” in the Job Title field. SocialHub will add words like recruit, sourcing, talent, and headhunter as keywords to search for in addition to the keywords you have entered.

One of the bonus items of sourcing with SocialHub is that it will also allow you to see the results on multiple sites.



The search string that SocialHub will create for you will look something like the one below.You and I both know or your best day, your Boolean string will be nowhere as detailed as this one.

boolean string


Social Talent wants all of us to become a “Recruiting Ninja” by using their recruiting training platform, but that costs money. If you are okay with being just a “Recruiting Brown Belt,” you can do that for free with SourceHub.

Master Class: Dean DaCosta Explains SocialHub

In the video below, Dean DaCosta shows us SocialHub in greater detail. Things you will learn by watching include:

  • The latest updates in SocialHub.
  • How to get the most from using SourceHub.
  • Information for deciding on keywords.
  • Ways to optimize SourceHub by using the SocialTalent training platform.



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