10 Little-Known Strings to Mine Member and Attendee Lists

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Many Sourcers know how to locate lists of professionals in Excel format by using the operator filetype: and the typical column headings, such as name, title, company, and email. Indeed, by adding keywords to a search like filetype:xls name title company email we can find lists of professionals whose background we can further investigate to see if they match our requirements. There, …

LinkedIn Network Trimming

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LinkedIn is automatically removing many connections between its members today, July 18th, 2016, following an email it sent to all “mega-connectors” (including me). A copy of the email LinkedIn has sent to mega-connectors about the Trimming Project can be found, for example, in these blog posts: Further LinkedIn Changes Agree Or Disagree ? and Why Is LinkedIn Blowing Up My Network? Some members think …

20 Strings to Track CXO Appointments and Resignations

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  Clearly, we all benefit from staying on top of industry news, and that includes appointments of new C-level executives. Here are twenty (20) Boolean search strings to simply look those up on Google’s web and news search. I have used “cloud computing” as an additional key phrase for these examples. “cloud computing” “chief * officer” “will be replaced by …

Wrong Search Results? Personalization vs. Relevance

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When we search for information – such as resumes or professional bios – on a site, the following factors affect our productivity: The site does have the desired info (say, it has some profiles that match a job description) The site’s search system allows to easily find the info When there are multiple search results, those shown first are the most relevant, …

Beware of the Smart LinkedIn Recruiter Search Syntax Change

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If you use LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) and have upgraded to the long-awaited new User Interface and Search – have you noticed that previously working searches no longer produce the expected results? The idea behind the redesign was to provide suggestions – for example, for job titles. It’s a good idea and should be of help, but… Let me outline what has happened around …

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 …