Irina Shamaeva's Blog Posts Tagged 'Recruiting Tools / Sourcing' (17)

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

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

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

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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

LinkedIn Kills Its CRM Features

Remember, when LinkedIn acquired this company:

connected

... and integrated its functionality into the main product, we got this menu item - Contacts. I became a fan of…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 1, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Need to Find an Email Address? You Got New Options

For starters, Prophet is not new any longer but has gained much-deserved popularity since it was introduced and is absolutely worth using.

In the past few months, I’ve noticed a myriad of other tools, all of which will try to find an email address, starting from a social profile or, in some cases, from the persons’ and…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 26, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Five Strings to Source for IT Professionals

As some sourcing tools are going away, I am becoming more interested (almost addicted!) to creating and using Custom Search Engines for sourcing. Recruiters have not yet utilized this resource to its full strength - especially, semantic search features,…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 17, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Tools That No Longer Work

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Are we experiencing a general tools decline? What are the most innovative tool concepts since people aggregators made their appearance a few years ago?

Here are some tools that have reduced functionality or are gone altogether:

  • The latest version of MS Outlook no longer supports the Social Connector. The last Outlook version that still supports ir, the one from Office 2013, has stopped supporting LinkedIn.
  • Topsy, the search engine that…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 10, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Skill Search on LinkedIn You May Not Have Heard Of

If you are a Recruiter and have listed your job openings and the skills you are looking for within your LinkedIn profile, chances are, sometimes you receive messages offering a job as a JavaScript programmer or a SAP consultant. Annoying! That happens because you have those keywords on the profile; someone found you in search and forgot to review your profile. It's NOT a good practice sending messaging to people who are not qualified. However, they will not have found you in the…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on December 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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 …

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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 …

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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…

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

Search with No Boolean Strings Attached

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

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