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: or site: )?
  4. Would you know how to locate resumes posted online?
  5. Would you know how to locate LinkedIn profiles (or some other online profiles) using the site: operator on Google?
  6. Would you know how to look for associations and events relevant to a particular type of professionals?
  7. Would you know how to locate a list of people posted online, such as “members” or “attendees”?
  8. Are you aware of some changes in Google’s search syntax in the last 6 months?
  9. Have you used other search engines, such as Bing or Blekko?
  10. Is your profile on LinkedIn filled out up to ~70%?
  11. Do you search for people on LinkedIn using its advanced search dialog?
  12. Are you a member of many professional LinkedIn groups?
  13. Do you use messaging on LinkedIn?
  14. Do you know what InMail stands for on LinkedIn?
  15. Do you know the difference between private and public profiles on LinkedIn?
  16. Do you have a profile on Google+?
  17. Do you have a profile on Twitter?
  18. Have you used “lead generation” sites such as jigsaw.com?
  19. Have you used people search engines such as pipl.com?
  20. Would you know how to look for contact info for a person?

For those considering signing up for the People Sourcing Certification Program: If you have answered “yes” to most of these questions, you might be able to get to the Level 2 in the Program. If you have answered “no” to most of them, you will probably answer “yes” to all – and will reach Level 1 if you sign up and complete the Program.

The great part is, you can decide which level test to take toward the end of the program; all participants get the material for both levels.

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