Search Job Titles with Boolean Operators

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Dustin Nathaniel Keys
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Overview

When you search for people or contacts with the job titles filter, you can add Boolean operators for more granular results. These powerful parameters offer advanced control over your search and can help you find your ideal contacts.

Check out the following sections to learn about Boolean operators and use them in your search.

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Boolean Operators

Boolean operators refine your search for a particular job title by limiting or expanding your main search. Use one or more operators in a string to produce more exact search results.

An example Boolean search, with 'Manager NOT product manager' entered in the search.

Boolean operator Example Definition
AND UX Writer AND Content Designer Use AND to limit your search. This operator only returns results matching all the words in your string. For example, if you search for “UX Writer AND Content Designer,” Apollo only shows you people who identify as both UX Writers and Content Designers in their job titles.
OR Front-end Developer OR Web Engineer Use OR to broaden your search. This operator returns results matching any of the words in your search. For example, if you search for “Front-end Developer OR Web Engineer,” Apollo shows you people who identify as Front-end Developers or Web Engineers in their job titles.
NOT Manager NOT Project Manager Use NOT to restrict your search. This operator excludes results from the title following NOT. For example, if you search for “Manager NOT Project Manager,” Apollo shows you people who identify as Managers but not Project Managers in their job titles.

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Boolean Modifiers

Boolean modifiers modify or expand on Boolean operators. Use one or more modifiers on your main search.

An example Boolean search, with 'project manager NOT product manager' entered in the search.

Boolean modifier Example Definition
*
Asterisk
Engineer* Use * to include variations on the word in your main search. For example, if you search for Engineer*,” Apollo shows you results like Software Engineer, Senior Software Engineer, and Software Development Engineer.
( )
Parenthesis
(Product Manager OR Product Owner) NOT Product Marketing Manager Use ( ) to string different Boolean operators together. For example, if you search for “(Product Manager OR Product Owner) NOT Product Marketing Manager,” Apollo shows you results for Product Managers or Product Owners, but not Product Marketing Managers.
" "
Quotation marks
"Senior Director of Customer Success" Use " " around your search to find exact strings of text. For example, if you search for "Senior Director of Customer Success," Apollo only shows you results that match the exact phrasing.

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Use Boolean in a Search

To use Boolean operators and modifiers when searching for people via the job titles filter:

  1. Launch Apollo and click Search > People.
  2. Click Show Filters, and expand the Job Titles filter.
  3. Click Boolean Search and enter your search string.

An example Boolean search, with 'project manager NOT product manager' entered in the search.

  1. Click Apply.
  2. Your results will update based on your input.

You can save a search with Boolean operators for easy access later.

 
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