Advertising as a Researcher’s Friend

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Not every advertising option is equally useful for research, and I don’t think truck advertising or billboards can play a big role. But some other advertising platforms can give us invaluable data – even before we invest any money in them. The two social networks with giant amounts of professional data, LinkedIn and Facebook, offer to explore to whom to advertise. While …

Nerdy Custom Search on GitHub

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Ever since we started making use of structured web search capabilities, I have been fascinated by the precise results we can obtain from a general search engine via this mechanism. Here is an investigation and multiple examples of precise X-Raying on Github.com, which is a truly useful site to know if you are looking for software developers. For those (few) Sourcers who love …

This Webinar will Change the Way You Source

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“Like writing poetry or tweeting, searching without operators allows us to be creative and make discoveries.” – David Galley Searching without Boolean is a new webinar with how-to, step-by-step guide to creating amazing searches in English; here is a quick write-up on its content. If you search the Web on a regular basis, you will want to obtain the webinar materials, to instantly improve …

Search Like a Pro in Three Simple Steps

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Want to search the Web like a Pro? Here is a fast way to get there. Searching the Web is not Rocket Science. Everyone can learn to search even for complex information, such as professional bios, quite efficiently, following the three steps that I am about to describe. And the good news is, you do not necessarily have to use …

Who Offers Proximity Search?

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Finding several terms that are close to one another is a way to make the search results more relevant, i.e. make the search more semantic. This feature is called Proximity Search; it’s especially useful when searching on the web and in long, unstructured documents. A familiar example is to search for the word manage close to the word people, to find bios of those who have managed people, vs. profiles that …

Have You Retrained Your Team on LinkedIn Recruiter?

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The new LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) has some interesting and useful features. Unfortunately, it also offers unique search syntax that is hard to remember or understand. Here’s an example. Guess which job title search will provide more results: Software Engineer Software Engineer NOT Senior If you said “1.”, you are wrong – it’s the 2nd search that will return more results, and here’s why. …

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, …