Irina Shamaeva's Blog (91)

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

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

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 26, 2016 at 11:00am — No 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

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…

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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. 

Public…

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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…

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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…

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

Candidates: Why You Don't See the Salary Range on LinkedIn Job Posts

In the previous post Why You Lose Potential Candidates with LinkedIn Job Posts, I talked about the (wrong) estimated salary ranges shown on LinkedIn Job…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on May 22, 2015 at 11:55am — No Comments

Why You Lose Potential Candidates with LinkedIn Job Posts

This post on LinkedIn got featured in the "Recruiting & Hiring" channel! (maybe they don't read posts before featuring?)

Salary

While professionals may consider changing jobs for many reasons other than money, the salary is one of the most important factors. If you …

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on May 19, 2015 at 2:30pm — 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…

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

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