Changes to Four Major Tools

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Long ago, in a previous life, I was interviewing at a start-up, and a tired interviewer, noticing that my degree was in Math, sighed and said: “Mathematics is great! The fundamentals stay the same, always. You can count on them not to change”. True! (Obviously, the amount of change at that company was overwhelming at the time). Axioms are true and stay …

Fascinating: Custom Headline Search

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I must admit that until I started using the search technique that I am about to describe, I did not realize that a significant number of LinkedIn members customize their Headlines. I had expected most members to stay with the default Headline, which is <Job Title> at <Company>. Not true. It won’t be easy to estimate the percentage of customized …

X-Raying for NOT Job Hoppers

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Recruiters who place highly qualified full-time employees always scan resumes and profiles to see if the person is a “job-hopper”. Most employers assume we won’t be bringing people for interviews if they changed jobs too often in the past for no good reason. We do, too. However – not too many search systems offer a chance to search for non-job-hoppers. LinkedIn …

Programming Languages and IT Sourcing Pitfalls

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These are the top fifteen programming languages on Github, the top site where engineers collaborate on creating software. Scroll down on the advanced search dialog  and you will see the lo-o-o-o-ong choice of the languages, starting with the 24 most popular, then, listing “everything else”: Github also offers to search for languages using the language: operator instead of the menus. You can type …

What Did The Machine Learn?

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Have you seen the heated Facebook discussions where our colleagues suggest the percentage of a Sourcer’s research work that will be soon automated – anywhere from 5% to 80%? Some say that we are in a dying profession. The future will show, but I am currently with the “5%” crowd. I do agree that some other jobs will change or …

Do Not Procrastinate – Refresh Your Recruitment Data

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Is Recruitment Data in your ATS (Applicant Tracking System) outdated? The answer is “yes” (or “yes, unfortunately”) for the vast majority of us. We also realize that updating the records would be beneficial, because: People with whom we were in touch or who applied in the past (those in our ATS) are more likely to respond if we contact them …

The Opposite Bug in LIR

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  Two days after I published an astonishing discovery on the space ” ” providing extra results, LinkedIn Recruiter quietly changed its search algorithm – again! (Big thanks to several colleagues who tried the searches, no longer saw the same results as I had posted, and alerted me). Could be, LinkedIn fixed the LinkedIn Recruiter problem? After the change, both examples in …

Spaced Out!

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If you use LinkedIn Recruiter, I highly recommend at least skimming this post and the next. LinkedIn Recruiter fooled me this time! I was searching for managerial level people, putting the word “manager” in the title and varying other parameters. In a while, I have started feeling suspicious about the number of results. It seemed unreasonably small. After a bit …

Don’t Save the String

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It’s funny that people in our industry would talk about Boolean Strings as if those strings were “heavy”, complex, and lasting. Just think “building a string”, “crafting a string” and “saved Boolean Strings”, “Boolean Strings storage”. Boolean Strings storage is serious business. But you know what? Saving Google Boolean search strings is just like saving the sentences you say so …