I Am So Over The “B Word”

And by that I mean “Boolean.”

There are Boolean groups, Boolean blogs, Boolean trainers.  There’s probably a Boolean 12 Step Program as well in a city near you.

There are people that critique Boolean, with no Boolean expertise.  There are people who speak of it’s demise.  Which is odd, because it’s logic and then you can run in a circle because we’re talking about the demise of logic?  How can that be?  And then there are people selling Boolean like it’s going to save the world, or at the very least your search.

It’s rare that you read about search in the recruiting world without Boolean being smashed in your face.  And I daresay more than a few people have their eyes glaze over when that word is bandied about.

I was actually relieved as I was flipping through Shally Steckerl’s tome The Talent Sourcing & Recruitment Handbook to see he has started using “logical operators” to describe the commands we input into a search engine.  He also introduces the average sourcer to the concept of “logical disjunction” and points out that referring to a sourcing search string as a B-Word search string is a bit of a misnomer as most B-Word search strings are looking for a result with only two possible values. And he must be right; this site agrees.  You should get his book—it’s a different read from what’s out there.

As I dig more and more into it, I’m finding others ditch the B Word as well.  The sites I go to when I’m looking for a kick start refer to search operators. And search strings… well they are search strings.

There are still a gazillion plus one references to Boolean search and Boolean search strings out there.  And I daresay I’ve contributed a few of those references in this very blog. But I for one vow for 2014 to reform. I’m keeping it simple with operators and strings!


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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition for Marriott International. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for Staffing Advisors (retained search), AIRS (training!) and Thales Communications, Inc., (cleared/telecom) and got her start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as Viavi). Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results…


  1. Tim Collins, GPHR (@collinstw) says:

    The B word I am over is BUSY. I am beyond tired of hearing and using the word. Let’s move on from BUSY.

  2. Gary Conaway says:

    While I am certainly guilty of pimpin’ Boolean myself, I couldn’t agree more! Nicely stated, Kelly! 🙂

  3. Roby says:

    Yours is a clever way of thikning about it.

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