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 …

LinkedIn Tip Sheet Error And a New Hack

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  We shouldn’t be mixing the level of service, quality of software, and changes in features and pricing as a reason to use or not use LinkedIn. OK, LinkedIn has taken us along for a ride, adding and removing features the platform used to have years ago and making it “news”. BUT – it would be silly and unproductive of us …

Googling for Recently Updated Profiles?

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Can we find web pages, including social profiles, that have recently been updated? (We all know that updates may mean warming up for a new employment opportunity). On Google, you can set a date range for the search results, then sort by date. However, I have long noticed that, even if we set a date range from the beginning of …

Seven Fun X-Ray Strings for Tech Talent

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Those of us who search for Technical Talent, know how competitive the industry has been. Let me offer some X-Ray searches to help to discover potential IT candidates – and to help to grow your X-Ray skills. As always, pay attention to the URL structure and common phrases that are unique for the target pages, and you’ll find what you are …