Here is a custom search engine that looks for LinkedIn profiles. Enter a name or a keywords and see the results:
Now, let’s search, for example, for
Let’s exclude the word “recruiter” from the above search:
We got fewer results.
Contest warm-up: Did we just exclude recruiters’ profiles or did we also lose any relevant (non-recruiter) profiles in the search results?
CONTEST. Please give an example where excluding a keyword that we don’t want to see on a profile (like we just did) leads to excluding relevant results. Please either use the LinkedIn custom search engine or a search for LinkedIn profiles using your own Boolean search strings, either on Google or on Bing. Please explain how this happens. (Or, instead, explain why this can’t happen if you believe that it can’t.) Of course, it could be a search for any type of professional in any geographical area.
The first person who sends the correct answer to firstname.lastname@example.org gets a guest pass to the 2-part webinar http://booleanstrings.ning.com/events/extract-candidates-from-linkedin-webinar or a pass to a future webinar.