Super-Connectors Are Blocked

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  I would be glad if some of the positive predictions outlined in Martin’s post on the Microsoft-LinkedIn deal came true. But I doubt LinkedIn will change in any significant ways anytime soon. (I’d welcome some changes if you ask me.) Looking back, we should be grateful to LinkedIn for its multiple innovations and new terminology in professional online activities. An interesting “unofficial” notion that didn’t …

What will the LinkedIn acquisition mean for sourcers? – by @MrMartinLee

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Author: Martin Lee  The corporate tech chess game took an interesting and for most of us an unexpected turn yesterday as Microsoft bought LinkedIn in the biggest move yet. If you haven’t reviewed Microsoft’s conference call (or at least the slides), there are many answers to be found. (image credit) As sourcers, my partners and my first reactions were excitement. What …

The Best Way To Fight Inappropriate Content Is Not Engage

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  Maybe Facebook is the next LinkedIn – at least, with LinkedIn Groups showing less engagement after the global group functionality change this year, we see raising interest in professional discussions in Facebook Groups. (Join our new group if you haven’t – Boolean Strings on Facebook.) Unfortunately, LinkedIn has duplicated some Facebook functionality and tweaked algorithms in a not-so-helpful manner if LinkedIn wants to stay on …

A Stellar Addition to Our Team!

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Photo: David Galley, me, and Martin Lee – from Oscar Mager’s Sourcing Summit Europe – 2015 album. I am very happy to announce that my good friend and colleague Martin Lee is joining us full time as Head Instructor at Sourcing Certification and  Partner, EMEA & APAC at Brain Gain Recruiting. Martin and I met at the second #trulondon event (very un-conference style) back in 2010, …

The Boolean Basics – Webinar 17 May 2016

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(Drawing by Sourcing Certification Staff Artist Peter Friedman.) For EVERYONE who searches for qualified professionals as part of their job (You!): If the last class you took on Boolean searching was over a year ago or if you have never taken one, join me to the upcoming webinar on the Boolean search. Did you know that: – You shouldn’t use …

Facebook Hacking (Searching for Job Titles and Employers by IDs)

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Due to the main professional social network not meeting our expectations on several fronts, there’s a growing interest in sourcing on Facebook. As many people are already aware, the Graph search is “officially” gone but still exists in the back-end. @TheBalazs has two great posts on using Graph search: The Facebook #Sourcing Tutorial Part 1 The Facebook #Sourcing Tutorial Part …

Verify Mobile Numbers Using Facebook

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Mobile phone numbers and personal email addresses both uniquely identify people. If we can locate social profiles tied to a mobile number or email address, that would serve as verification of this data; we can also get additional information, helping us to decide whether to try to connect with the person regarding a job opening or a business deal. Many …

Where Is Semantic Search?

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I was preparing a “Boolean for everyone” presentation and went over general concepts of searching in databases and search engines. This made me thinking – why is it that the strongest semantic search we are seeing is in Google (where it’s very hard to implement because of the volume of data and diversity of web pages) and not in databases …

Built-In Introductions Are Broken – Create Your Own Instead

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When we talk about getting the best response rate from potential candidates or clients, one of the important considerations is how the message (text, email, etc.) looks on their end. A friendly way to reach someone, that LinkedIn has had as its Social Networking function for a long time, is to be introduced by a common connection. However, if you have been …