Google Basic Syntax Chart

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Notes: These are the core operators and symbols. This is plenty to masterfully search and source on Google; the rest is practice, art, and experimentation, I think 🙂  (Please let me know if you feel you’d like to add another operator or a symbol to this). The list reflects the most recent changes in Google’s Boolean syntax. Do not use AND in your searches. …

The PLUS Operator Has Been Replaced

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This seems like a big piece of news. When you try to use the operator + (meaning, give me the exact term), you now get this message: The + operator has been replaced. To search for an exact word or phrase, use double quotation marks The help page reflects the changes. It has been somewhat awkward that Google introduced Google-Plus and their PLUS operator …

Advanced Custom Search Engine: “Online Lead Generator”

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Online Lead Generator This custom search engine will look for Excel files with lists of people, including their names, titles, companies, and contact information. To find lists that are relevant to your business, you can use Boolean strings with target companies’ names (ibm.com OR accenture.com or target titles (Director OR “Vice President”) . You can also try generic keywords that point to lists, such …

Lists of Sourcers and Recruiters on Twitter

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I used to have a friend who was known for making lists of lists. Here are two lists: 1) “sourcers” lists and 2) “recruiters” lists on twitter (do you have one? do you follow one?): http://twitter.com/animal/sourcers http://twitter.com/braingain/sourcers (this one is mine) http://twitter.com/carolmahoney/sourcers http://twitter.com/carolynkammeyer/recruiters-sourcers http://twitter.com/Craig_Silverman/sourcers http://twitter.com/gutmach/sourcers http://twitter.com/jescobar856/sourcers http://twitter.com/Job_Spot/west-coast-sourcers http://twitter.com/Kristen_Durkin/sourcers http://twitter.com/recruiterdotcom/sourcers http://twitter.com/RecruitingSuite/sourcers-recruiters http://twitter.com/rithesh/sourcers http://twitter.com/206techjobs/recruiters http://twitter.com/abbas25/recruiters http://twitter.com/AbbyDalzell/recruiters http://twitter.com/Acadia4U/recruiters http://twitter.com/alexbreezer/recruiters http://twitter.com/alexlerner/recruiters http://twitter.com/AlexSherstinsky/recruiters http://twitter.com/AllAboutCareers/graduate-recruiters http://twitter.com/almoshttp://twitty/recruiters …

The Guess Function

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It’s great to have tools that sort, browse and filter our search results. This saves time – and may allow us to perform more loose searches knowing that we can parse results later and go through them quickly. The best set of free tools I know of, and many of you have heard of it as well, is called Outwit. …

Ten People Search Engines

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Ten People Search Engines… and Two Custom Engines Which people search engines do you use? The first four in the list below are my favorites. One extra criteria for me, in addition to getting good info, is convenient and friendly user interface. ZoomInfo Jigsaw Pipl Tweepz (for Twitter) www.peekyou.com http://wink.com www.123people.com www.zabasearch.com http://people.yahoo.com www.spokeo.com I also X-ray spoke.com, looking for email addresses, …

Search Strings That Do Not Work

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The main reason why Boolean search strings don’t work is syntax errors – that are, in fact, easy to fix. Google, Yahoo, Bing, LinkedIn are very picky about the ways we express what we are looking for – but it’s not hard to adjust to ways they want us to talk to them. Let’s take a look at some examples …