Irina Shamaeva's Blog Posts Tagged 'Recruiting Tools / Sourcing' (35)

Boolean is Alive and Well, But Long Boolean is Dead

Recruiters like very long Boolean search strings. Why? It seems that the more synonyms and keyword variations you include, in long OR statements, the better control you get over the results and the more relevant results you will find. It's common to run searches on Google that …


Added by Irina Shamaeva on November 12, 2015 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Only a Few Days Left to X-Ray for Unlisted Groups

LinkedIn is in the middle of switching all groups to either …


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 14, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Large Free Resume Database Hidden In Plain Sight

Are you a Recruiter looking for talent online? It didn’t use to be some years ago, but now searching for online resumes on Google is a bit of a pain. We need to use advanced operators (intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) and add keywords. Then, we need to exclude job posts (-job -jobs -careers …). Need to exclude resume…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 2, 2015 at 12:13pm — 12 Comments

Search with No Boolean Strings Attached


Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 11, 2015 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Magically Sourcing Resumes on Slideshare

While Slideshare is now part of LinkedIn, there's not a whole lot we can do regarding searching for the Slideshare documents attached to LinkedIn profiles, because "Only your 1st-degree connections on LinkedIn can see your SlideShare presentations."

On the other hand, most Slideshare documents are public, so you can…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 13, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Googling for LinkedIn Profiles Template and Custom Search Engines

This is a refresher on searching for LinkedIn profiles via Google (“X-Raying” LinkedIn) and links to a Custom Search Engine for those who don't want to write complex Boolean Strings.

LinkedIn has many public pages that Google indexes: profiles, company pages, job posts, and more. 



Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 8, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Top 25 “Fake” and “What Not” LinkedIn Profiles

In this post I am sharing an observation about some newer public LinkedIn pages. It's quite…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on June 29, 2015 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Googling for Resumes is Obsolete

CV OR Resume

There are still many resumes on the Internet. Google is still by far the best search engine. However, Googling the world wide web for online resumes has stopped being productive for the majority of locations and industries, with few exceptions.

I'll share some thoughts, as to why Googling for Resumes is Obsolete, shortly. Let us first look at a typical Google "Boolean String" in the style still taught in some Sourcing classes or auto-created by a "Boolean…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on June 9, 2015 at 1:30am — No Comments

Breaking: 5 Major Boolean Syntax Changes and #googlenose

Things change so fast in our profession!

Here are the five major elements, that have just changed in Google's Boolean search syntax. If you are reading this blog, you will be one of the first people to know.

1. Synonyms in…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 1, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

What Doesn't Work on LinkedIn


I love LinkedIn and use it every day. LinkedIn has changed our profession, revolutionized sourcing and recruiting, and continues to be the #1 go-to site for the majority of recruiters, with no competition in sight. I am glad to share creative LinkedIn Sourcing techniques with my colleagues in blog posts, discussions, webinars, and as part of the Sourcing Certification Program..

Lately, I've been running into some LinkedIn functionality that seems temporarily broken.…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 12, 2015 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

How To Search Outside of a Geo-Area on LinkedIn


I'd like to share a tip on how to search LinkedIn for the members outside of a certain geographical area.

There are at least two good reasons to search outside of an area:

1. If you search by keywords, with no location specified, you are likely to see the top results from your own area - LinkedIn thinks that finding people who live nearby is a high priority.

To illustrate, here's an example search from an account, whose owner resides in the San…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 27, 2015 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Have You Discovered ZipRecruiter Resumes Yet?


It looks like ZipRecruiter, that has been offering job posts and social shares of jobs, is rapidly working on adding resume database access, currently in Beta. Applicants for past jobs can opt-in for their resumes to be found and viewed by all employers who use the system. (This gives ZipRecruiter instant volume of candidates already in the database.) New applicants can opt-in when uploading a resume.



Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 25, 2015 at 11:51am — No Comments

LinkedIn Search Results Unblurring Tool

If you have hit the new Commercial Use Limit on Search on LinkedIn, your search results screen will look like this - the first few results are shown and the rest are blurred:



Amazingly, the…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 7, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

13+ Tools: Profiles from Emails, Emails from Profiles

Finding someone's email address, starting from a social profile (such as a LinkedIn profile), and finding social profiles, starting from an email address, are two kinds of top-requested productivity tools for Sourcers, Recruiters, Sales Professionals, and Social Media Marketers these days, for many good reasons, such as the new rigid limitations for both searching for professionals…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 29, 2015 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Never Stop Searching LinkedIn

Due to the just-introduced Commercial Use Limit on Search, many LinkedIn members are hitting the search quota for the month in the first day or two of January 2015 - and have to wait another month to search again.…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 8, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Five Sourcing Tips I Learned From Others #Thankful


Once in a while I run into a post outlining a sourcing tip that I didn't know about, or hear a new tip in conversations. Today I'd like to point to some of those tips and thank my colleagues for sharing them.

1) The Facebook #Sourcing Tutorial by Balazs Paroczay . It's not "just" a tip but a whole methodology of constructing Facebook Graph…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on November 26, 2014 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Compare Free Messaging on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Google-Plus: Which Network Wins?


Back in 2009 I published a post on "Call or Email or Use Social Media?" The post was about reaching out to potential candidates, or to business prospects, using Social Networks. While some of the technical details are, of course, outdated 5 years later, the idea remains - and you can do MUCH more now than back then.

I'd like to clearly identify the topic of this post. It is not about messaging your friends on Facebook and…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 23, 2014 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Find LinkedIn Profiles via Google Search (Custom Search Engine, Making X-Raying Easy, Efficient)


Did you always want to search for LinkedIn profiles using Google but haven't done so yet? This is an intro to searching and a link to a Custom Search Engine to do just that.

This is a "shortcut" (a Custom Search Engine) to searching for LinkedIn…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 15, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

LinkedIn Recruiter Shows Fewer Results than a Basic Account


Up until recently, search results in LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) and in (any) personal account were the same. LIR provides more results available for viewing for a given search and better results visibility (and also some facets that are not available in a personal search).

This has changed dramatically.

If you have a LinkedIn Recruiter account, you must read on.

Here are three examples of searches, compared side-by-side for a personal vs a LIR…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 10, 2014 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

How to Connect on LinkedIn if the Reason is Not Listed


("Part One" briefly outlines some background. If you are only interested in "how-to", please jump to the "Part Two" below.

Please note, that I think that inviting others for no good reason is NOT appropriate.)

Part One. Reasons to Connect

LinkedIn is a business networking site, where people can "connect" with each other. Connecting provides for ways to keep each other's contact info; track interactions; perhaps get on…


Added by Irina Shamaeva on October 6, 2014 at 12:49pm — No Comments


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