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17 Google Custom Search Engines for Sourcing

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  1. Google No-Captchas(a.k.a. Search Like a Human)

    Public link: Search Like a Human– just search for anything without being tested for not being a bot
  2. Email Formats – use to discover email patterns for any corporation…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 30, 2019 at 8:43am — No Comments

How to Do Executive Job Title Research

Often, especially when sourcing for executives, we need to answer questions like these):

What are possible job titles at a particular level of seniority, in a given industry (or at a company), with given functions?

Equipped with this intelligence, we can start constructing filtered people searches. Without this research upfront, we would be encountering both false positives and false negatives when searching.

While doing open-ended searches (on…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 30, 2019 at 8:41am — No Comments

LinkedIn Keywords Boolean Search Is Compromised

Some of us, when starting a new search, go to LinkedIn, type a few terms - including, perhaps, a title and some skills - into the Keywords field in people search and try to assess the volume of potential candidates. However, if you do so, your answers may be flawed.

The LinkedIn Boolean Search Help…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 25, 2019 at 12:29pm — No Comments

LinkedIn Search Operators

LinkedIn has documented the operators firstname:, lastname:, title:, company:, and school:. They are redundant because we can search using the relevant textboxes. But it turns out there are many more search operators that work on LinkedIn.

Below is a list of LinkedIn search operators that work with any basic or…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on December 11, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Find Phone Numbers by Googling for ☎, ☏, or ✆

Did you know that Google can search for symbols - including these: ☎, ☏, and ? We can use this capability to look for publicly posted phone numbers. Use an area code to find phone numbers in a target location.

Here is an example:…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 15, 2018 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

“Rapportive” without Gmail or Chrome

Recently LinkedIn switched the former Rapportive tool to become Sales Navigator extension, which works in Chrome/Gmail. We've all experienced some intermittent problems with the tool.

Here is a way to uncover all that that extension does - even without the need for Chrome or Gmail. This link…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 25, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Should You Trust All Google Tip Sheets? (No)

To the best of my knowledge, these are trustworthy, informative posts, correctly outlining Google's advanced search syntax as of now:

  • Google Help (partial list; Google's Help no longer lists all of the operators)…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 24, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Three Research Tips for Recruiting Agencies

If you work at a recruiting agency, the following Boolean Strings would be useful for generating new business.

1) Find people who have recently started new jobs:

site:linkedin.com…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 16, 2018 at 10:44am — No Comments

Sourcing on AngelList

AngelList has recently introduced a "sourcing" function. To source on AngelList, you need to define your company and post a job. Then, press the menu item "Recruit" to launch the Sourcing function:

The free search filters AngelList offers for Sourcing include keywords, role, location, looking for full/part-time, work authorization, years of experience, and skills. Many members have their resumes and social profile URLs attached to their…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 30, 2018 at 8:12am — No Comments

Easy Sourcing with NO Boolean

Lots has been said about using the natural language to search for potential candidates. Examples would be "I am a Software Engineer at Microsoft" or …

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 29, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

Association X-Ray 9-Step "Plan of Attack"

Association sites are an excellent source of professional and contact information. Are you familiar with associations in your industry? Finding them is as easy as Googling for <industry name> <location name> association.

How would you research an unfamiliar association site? When I research an association site, I am interested in pages with lists of members and in contact information (that will let me look up additional…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 19, 2018 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Fascinating: Custom Headline Search

I must admit that until I started using the search technique that I am about to describe, I did not realize that a significant number of LinkedIn members customize their Headlines. I had expected most members to stay with the default Headline, which is <Job Title> at <Company>. Not true. It won't be easy to estimate the percentage of customized Headlines, but they are quite common.

What members put in Headlines often falls into one of these…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on November 26, 2017 at 8:01pm — No Comments

Programming Languages and IT Sourcing Pitfalls

These are the top fifteen programming languages on Github, the top site where engineers collaborate on creating software. Scroll down on the advanced search dialog  and you will see the lo-o-o-o-ong choice of the languages, starting with the 24 most popular, then, listing "everything else":

Github also offers to search for languages using the…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 18, 2017 at 4:38pm — No Comments

Hacking the Lack of Features in Recruiter

Do you use LinkedIn Recruiter? Read on.

Given the UI design for advanced people search dialog in LinkedIn Recruiter (that I would call user-unfriendly), there couldn't possibly be a clean resolution for the vague "companies or boolean" field:

Indeed, if there is one word entered, which is a company name (like Apple), will it be looking for employees of that particular company (Apple) or for people from all the companies with this…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 25, 2017 at 11:53am — No Comments

If You Are Looking for Potential Candidates In Other Countries...

How can we search for pages local to a particular country?

For starters, there are country code top-level domains. To find pages that belong to a country-level domain, we can simply use X-Ray:

site:za 

But there are many other domains, that don't point to a location.…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 7, 2017 at 10:34am — No Comments

A Close Look at "Open to New Opportunities"

Signaling that one is "Open to New Opportunities" without alarming your boss is certainly a good idea for a job seeker. Recently, LinkedIn introduced this feature.

If you are a job seeker, there are a couple of things to be aware of…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 13, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Search Like a Master in Three Simple Steps #NoBoolean

Want to search the Web like a Master? Here is a fast way to get there.

Searching the Web is not Rocket Science. Everyone can learn to search even for complex information, such as professional bios, quite efficiently, following the three steps that I am about to describe. And the good news is, you do not necessarily have to use advanced search operators to…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 31, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

10 Little-Known Strings to Mine Member and Attendee Lists

member-list

Many Sourcers know how to locate lists of professionals in Excel format by using the operator filetype: and the typical column headings, such as name, title, company, and email. Indeed, by adding keywords to a search like filetype:xls name title company email we can find lists of professionals whose background we can…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 24, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

The redesigned LIR (LinkedIn Recruiter) breaks Boolean search syntax - and you need to know how

If you use LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) and have upgraded to the long-awaited new User Interface and Search - have you noticed that previously working searches no longer produce the expected results? The idea behind the redesign was to provide suggestions - for example, for job titles. It's a good idea and should be of help, but...

Let me outline what has happened around the…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on June 27, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

In 2016, Googling Simpler is Better

The content below, backed up by examples, has immediate practical implications.

Over the last few years, Google has made algorithm advances in the area of semantic search. Last Fall Google told us that…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on June 20, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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