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Sourcing is Dead



The End of Sourcing Is Near … is a post by Dr. John Sullivan on ERE that is drawing lots of attention. I am not going to…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 14, 2013 at 10:30am — 18 Comments

99% of Recruiters On LinkedIn Don’t Use It…

... and yet it is a powerful sourcing tool, and it is free to use. (For the basic account it is also free, but you need to know your ways around to view the results. I will explain below.)

I am talking about the LinkedIn Signal. Even if you have the topmost account and all the power of people searching available to you, the Signal is an excellent addition with complementary ways to source. Namely, the…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 8, 2013 at 2:00pm — No Comments

LinkedIn 3rd Level Connection Profile Visibility

Here is a clarification on something fellow recruiters have been worried about. This is as of this morning and anything can change at any time, of course.

If you search for LinkedIn profiles on Google or on Bing (EXAMPLE), you might see an incomplete profile for those members who are either your 3rd level connections or are out-of-your-network and a suggestion to upgrade, when you click on the search results in Google. Don't worry;…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 17, 2012 at 1:27pm — 7 Comments

Last Names on LinkedIn

If you have a basic or a low-paid account on LinkedIn, you can't see the full names of people who are your third level connections. You can't see the names of people outside your network. In LinkedIn Recruiter, which is the solution for corporations, you can see all names.

I didn't realize up till I was at the #sourceIn event yesterday at the LinkedIn HQ in Mountain View, that agencies with the top solution wouldn't see the names either. Now, LinkedIn has decided to open up…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 21 Comments

LinkedIn Best Practices

LinkedIn is “the” top place for many recruiters and for many people I have met “LinkedIn” is almost equals “sourcing”. Everyone we had placed in the last year was initially contacted on LinkedIn.

We all agree on the importance of not spamming candidates and carefully reviewing their profiles before we reach out.

However, LinkedIn's nature is not fully understood by many, I think. Here's what I read on a blog post on ERE today: “Examine the resultant profile summaries…. “Red…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on September 5, 2012 at 5:15pm — No Comments

Sample Test Questions: Level One, Level Two

Here are some sample test questions for the People Sourcing Certification Program:

Level One

  • How many people currently working at Microsoft have the word Ninja in their current title on LinkedIn?
  • There’s a “Racquetball League” site that lists a person who works (or used to work?) at ToysRUs. What is his job title?
  • How many members of the site…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 29, 2012 at 2:17pm — No Comments

20 Things That Don’t Exist

I had noisy roadwork outside of my office this morning and somehow this made me think of this list. :) I am interested in what fellow recruiters would think about it.

  1. The Yahoo! Search engine
  2. Search tools that look through all the sources of data at the same time in a productive way
  3. Search strings to find the information that was not posted on the web
  4. Search strings that show only relevant results on Google
  5. Search strings that can be reused…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 28, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Sourcing in Australia

I have just come back home to the San Francisco Bay Area from the Sourcing Summit in Australia. The event was flawlessly and skillfully organized by Phillip Tusing.

My top impression from the Australian sourcing…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 23, 2012 at 11:59pm — No Comments

Who Is Thinking of a New Career?

Q: What do many people do when they start to think about their career? A: They update their LinkedIn profile.

Up till recently tracking, which members update their profiles, was only possible for your first level connections, as an example, by subscribing to Bullhorn Reach.

It is now possible to watch for all the skills and title changes by using the LinkedIn Signal. This is available to all members and is free to…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on August 8, 2012 at 2:55pm — 1 Comment

LinkedIn: a List of Challenges

I love LinkedIn! It has been bringing us more matching candidates and business connections than everything else combined out there. For my own recruiting business LinkedIn accounts for 100% placed candidates in the last twelve months and a large chunk of sourcing information that I submit to others when sourcing.

Yet taking the full advantage of LinkedIn is not straightforward! There are numerous obstacles and misleading marketing messages, blogs, and tutorials. Some LinkedIn members…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on July 30, 2012 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

A Test Question for the People Sourcing Certification Program

Participants of the People Sourcing Certification Program go through 60 questions for the Level 1 and 80 questions for the Level 2 at the end of the Program. We use the tests as an additional opportunity to practice and apply the sourcing skills.

As several participants have pointed out, and as one of them wrote, the Program actually makes you “think” instead of just plugging in some answers and…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on May 29, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

20 Must-Have’s For Recruiters and Sourcers

I believe that everybody who searches for professional people online – recruiters, sourcers, sales, marketing, business development people – need to aim to answer yes to these 20 questions below, to remain competitive and productive. (Do you agree?)

  1. Do you search for professionals on Google?
  2. Are you familiar with the Boolean logic in searches (AND/OR/NOTs)?
  3. Do you use advanced operators on Search Engines (like intitle:…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on May 18, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Webinar: Boolean Strings Basics, Updated - Wed 4/1

Join us for a Webinar on April 11 

Space is limited. 

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: 

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/717975874 



Lots has changed in Boolean search syntax and algorithms the last six months or so. Pretty much…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 9, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Google Finds Twitter Handles, Hashtags, but Not Emails Yet

April 5, 2012

Remember this recent post on Mashable Google: Sorry, Twitter, We Don’t Index the @ Symbol? Those of us on the Boolean Strings group, who are search syntax perfectionists and are tired of seeing yet another suggestion to search for @*.com or *@ibm.com, etc. to find emails,…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on April 5, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Announcing People Sourcing Certifications

March 12, 2012

I am happy to announce our Sourcing Certification program.

Terminology

Instead of using the term “Sourcing” (as we are used to in recruiting), and per a great suggestion I got, I will call the discipline “Peoplesourcing”, which means finding information…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 12, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Thoughts on Sourcing Certifications



Reasons for Sourcing Certifications

The Boolean Strings Group and Network have become by far the largest community of sourcers online. Together with two other groups…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on March 7, 2012 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Messaging “Passive” Candidates

Recruiters and Sourcers:

Do your potential candidates reply to your introductory messages? I’d like to share our experience on what works and what doesn’t.

  • It seems to us that email as a way to initially reach “passive candidates” is quickly dying, if not dead already. In rare cases – and only when when it’s personalized – do we get replies.
  • The phone works, of…
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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 24, 2012 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Can Boolean Search... be Automated?

 

Many thanks to Hung Lee, the @…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 17, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

As a Recruiter or Headhunter, how successful have you found LinkedIn: 1) to source talent for a placement - what strategy do you find works best for you 2) to check and assess the talent?

This was a question on LinkedIn a few weeks ago; I thought it was interesting; unfortunately it didn't get too many responses. I have pasted my answer below. What would you say?

[here's my answer:]

LinkedIn is the top resource. It is even more useful when it's part of your sourcing strategy, i.e. is not the only social media source. …



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Added by Irina Shamaeva on February 6, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Looking Up Anybody's Name on LinkedIn While Browsing - a Simple 2-Step Set-up

Yesterday morning I got an email from one of my webinar attendees who is a Sales and Marketing Manager. “I search LinkedIn a lot for lead generation confirmation.”, he writes,  ”I would like to select a name and search directly in LinkedIn only. Can you help direct me on the set up?”

Here is how to set this up.

Download Chrome if you don’t have it. Chrome is a great, fast…

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Added by Irina Shamaeva on January 17, 2012 at 1:49pm — No Comments

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