Which Companies Use Which Technologies

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If we are looking for professionals who work with certain technologies (for example, Linux, Selenium, Tensorflow, or NetSuite) and have not been able to find enough to cover the demand, how can we find more? If we know that a company uses a particular technology, then the employees who are on a team that uses the technology are likely to use it too. …

A Github Productivity Tool

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It’s not often that I post a blog about a tool the next day I hear about it; this one is an exception. As if in response to my complaint about finding Github profiles where a particular programming language is “dominant”, i.e. most of the person’s code is written in that language, I got a message about OctoHR, a new free, …

Lesser-Known Github Sourcing Tips

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Searching for Software Engineers? Github.com got plenty of attention from bloggers; you can find a couple of older posts on my blog as well. Recently, I went back to Github to source for top-notch Java back-end coders for a fast-expanding start-up. Let me share some search tips picked along the way. Choosing Keywords As a general consideration, to expand the …

More on OR: the Google Boolean Dilemma

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  Anthropology and Psychology study human behavior. Ethology is the study of animal behavior. As a Sourcer, I am finding myself more and more studying software behavior. (Is there a term for that?) Studying a software application may sound odd. Isn’t writing software also called “programming” which means that its behavior is fully predictable? There are two factors related to studying software behavior: We usually don’t have access to the …

Search by Ideal Candidate? #LIR

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An “ideal candidate” is a notion of importance when sourcing talent. When we source, we always ask for one, or better, several profiles of “ideal” candidates. Even with a well-written job description and clearly specified parameters, such as location, target job titles, years of experience, salary range, must-haves and nice-to-haves – there can be some unverified assumptions as to whom the hiring manager and her team want …

How LinkedIn “Loses” Your Potential Candidates and Leads

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  Searching on LinkedIn? As illustrated by some puzzling search examples in the posts LinkedIn-Based IQ Test and Advanced LinkedIn-Based IQ Test, LinkedIn search has been missing some results that apparently do exist in its database. Thanks to all for the comments and investigating. Special thanks to Rachel Evans and Adam Kovacs who performed an in-depth exploration of the unfortunate “phenomena” and …

Advanced LinkedIn-Based IQ Test

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In the previous post, LinkedIn-Based IQ Test, together with some folks who have posted insightful comments, we have observed that LinkedIn search attempts to interpret search terms. It recognizes the names of people and some (large?) companies if we enter them in the search box  – and automatically alters the searches it performs based on that. For example, search for Morgan, get people with the …

Social List Launch!

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Social List is Live I am happy to let you all know – our new sourcing tool http://SocialList.io is up and running! We are getting our first subscribers, fast! If you have not heard, Social List is an easy-to-use tool to instantly build lists of target social profiles, matching your search parameters, such as locations, employers, and job titles. We have developed the Social …

LinkedIn-Based IQ Test

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Whether Boolean, Semantic, or Machine Learning win the global search quality competition, remains to be seen. But a search system quality, by definition, depends on how well users can get results they want. For that, a user’s understanding of what to expect in the results is important (I hope you agree with the last statement). Many modern systems have advanced search syntax – at …