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How to find Healthcare Assistants with Boolean search strings

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How to find Healthcare Assistants with Boolean search strings
Eoghan Scully
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Given all that’s transpired in the past 2 years, it should come as no surprise that the most sought-after job title, according to our data, is for Healthcare Assistants. One of the tools in a recruiter’s arsenal that can help in the search for in-demand passive candidates, is the use of Boolean search strings.

What is a Boolean search?

A boolean search is essentially a way of narrowing down a search by using symbols to get more exact results you want. If you’re looking to find Healthcare Assistants, using Boolean logic on Google to find CV’s and profiles is another technique a recruiter can use to identify passive candidates. Read on below and use our search strings examples to provide a foundation for you to build your own commands around the skills you want applicants to have.


Generic search string to find Healthcare Assistants

Build out the search according to your specific requirements:

  • -job -jobs -sample -examples, to avoid irrelevant results
  • (intitle:resume OR intitle:cv), to discover candidates’ online resumes or CVs
  • (“licensed practical Healthcare Assistant” OR HCA), to cover variations of the same healthcare title

Here’s an example of a Healthcare Assistant Boolean search string that you can modify to your needs to find CVs:

(intitle:resume OR cv) (“Healthcare Assistant” OR HCA) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Run this string in Google to get results that contain the words “resume” or “CV” in the page title. Adding variations of healthcare titles will provide more relevant results. By excluding additional terms you reduce the number of false positives.

examples of boolean search strings for healthcare


Searching for Healthcare Assistant profiles

Find Healthcare Assistants by looking through social networks and forums on Google. Include the site: operator and keywords or terms found exclusively on member profiles. For example:

  • site:Linkedin.com Healthcare Assistant “languages Spanish”

Add more criteria in your search to find profiles that better match your requirements.

Examples of Boolean search strings to find Healthcare Assistants by skills and experience

Find Healthcare Assistants who:

Are specialised

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “Acute Services Healthcare Assistant” -job -jobs -sample -examples

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) “Hospice Healthcare Assistant” -job -jobs -sample -examples -example -"writing service" -ideas

Have experience in specific types of patient care

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) Healthcare Assistant (“emergency care” OR “critical care”) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Have specific certifications and credentials

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) Healthcare Assistant “QQI Level 5” -job -jobs -sample -examples

Have trained others

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) Healthcare Assistant (trained OR mentored) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Possess advanced degrees

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) Healthcare Assistant (“master of science” OR MSc) -job -jobs -sample -examples

Sample string to search for resumes of Healthcare Assistants in various formats

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc OR filetype:txt) Healthcare Assistant -job -jobs -sample -templates

Examples of Boolean search strings to find Healthcare Assistants by location

By city or country:

(intitle:resume OR intitle:cv) Healthcare Assistant (UK OR London) -job -jobs -sample -examples


examples of boolean search strings for healthcare

This is just a quick overview of some of the most useful commands for creating Boolean searches when recruiting, and those specifically to help source Healthcare Assistants.

If you’ve tried some of these tactics, but still need help sourcing Healthcare Assistants or other healthcare roles, Occupop is a leading recruitment technology for the healthcare sector. We have helped hospitals and healthcare facilities like the Beacon Hospital and TCP Homecare source in-demand talent in a challenging market. Occupop is a beautifully simple recruitment software / ATS System that helps your HR team focus on the work that matters with its intuitive design, features, and integrations which remove cumbersome learning curves, makes it accessible to everyone at work and saves hours of tedious HR admin work. Try it out with a free 14-day trial.


Summary Points

How to find Healthcare Assistants with Boolean search strings

Use these search strings to find Healthcare Assistants by:

  • location
  • specialiation
  • type of patient care
  • who have trained staff
  • by certifications/degrees

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