Webinar: How to Create Search Strings that Work

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Join us for a Webinar on April 20
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/559359819

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In this webinar, we will discuss the following questions in regards to web searches (and more).

* Is there the best Boolean string for every search? Which strings are right and wrong? How many strings do you need? How to alter a string that yields the wrong results? How do deal with too few or too many results? How to search for a keyword that has several meanings? Does it help to save strings and what’s the best way to do it?Participants are encouraged to “bring” their search string to the webinar; we will have an interactive practical session at the end where we will work on enhancing those strings.

The webinar will be helpful to recruiters, sourcers, and anybody who wants to get better results in their searches. As the result of the webinar, you will be prepared to search like a pro.

The webinar comes with one month of unlimited Q&A over email.

Time: noon EDT/ 9 am PDT
Length: 90 min
Price: $79


Locating Qualified Candidates on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn provides advanced capabilities to search for candidates. We also know how to X-ray LinkedIn. One problem is, though, that the majority of LinkedIn users have profiles that are barely filled out. Quite often all they have is a list of titles and companies. While these people may be fantastic potential candidates, they haven’t put the right keywords in their profiles for us to find them. If this is the case, one of the ways to still locate these people is to look by LinkedIn group memberships.

Here’s an example. Suppose I am looking for candidates with secret clearances of some sort. The potential candidate may have no clearance-related words in the profile, but may, as an example, belong to the LinkedIn group “Cleared Connections”. If person’s profile also shows employers that are likely to hire cleared people, we can reasonably expect that the person has a clearance as well.

To find those candidates, one option is to join the group “Cleared Connections”, use the LinkedIn advanced people dialog and look for candidates just within this group. (Did you know that you can restrict your choice of people search results by one or more of your group memberships?)

Or, you could do a Google X-ray search (add your keywords to narrow it down)

inurl:in OR inurl:pub site:www.linkedin.com -intitle:directory “Cleared Connections” <your keywords>

Or, try

LinkedIn People Finder


Emailing a Google Custom Search Engine

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Google Custom Search

Did you know you can email a custom search engine to a colleague? Google provides us with a piece of HTML source code to include on a site, which you can also just save as an HTML file. You can then email it to someone as an attachment. If you have a team of sourcers, it’s a nice way to share searching techniques.

Take a look at the file I have attached to this post and guess what it searches. 🙂
Experts – can you guess which two links are included and which one link is excluded in it?

Webinar: Google-Based Sourcing

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Join us for a Webinar on March 30
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/993401131
Google-Based Sourcing

Google remains the Tsar of search engines.
75% of hiring managers and recruiters Google candidates.

We will discuss all facets of using Google search for sourcing, including new features introduced by Google in December 2009 and in 2010.
We will start from the basics and go to the advanced and creative techniques. The webinar will be useful for sourcers, recruiters, and anybody interested in online lead generation.
Prerequisite: experience searching on Google.

* Boolean syntax
* Operators and Special Characters
* Creative Use of Special Characters for Sourcing
* Finding email addresses
* Targeting Geography
* Finding Lists and Directories
* X-raying Zoominfo, Jigsaw, Spoke, Scribd and other useful sites
* Using the Date Range
* Real Time Search
* Google’s Social Search
* Custom Search Engine Basics
* Productivity Techniques

All webinars come with one month of unlimited Q&A over email.

Date: Tuesday, March 30
Time: noon EST/ 9 am PST
Length: 90 min
Price: $79

7 New Google Search Features

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Did you notice these new features on Google?

1. Search within a Date Range and Sort by Date.

While this was available to “geeks” before, Google has made this really simple now. Pick a date range from the search results page using the “show options” link.

Important! If you pick a date range (say, search posts within the last year), Google allows you to sort by date.  If you have over 1,000 results, this allows you to see the 1,000 most recent results as opposed to the  “most relevant” as decided by Google.

You can also use the cool graphical UI for “timeline” available under the “show options”.

2. Search Nearby.

Looking for resumes? You can search for your usual “intitle:resume OR inurl:resume” and then just select the target geographical area and not worry about area codes, zip codes and all that!

Let’s not get too excited though: the Nearby search on Google will only pick up some results; a lot of those will be from local universities. If you would like fuller coverage you may want to use all those area codes, zip codes and city names just as you used to.

3.  “Images from the page”. Please note, this is different than the image search. This will help you decide which pages to view; there are other creative uses that I will write about later.

4. Page previews is another cool option.

5. Pages Not Yet Visited (as if Google had heard a question from the audience at the recent #trusource event in London!)

6. Option to Search in Discussions

Remember reading about clever Boolean strings that bring up forum posts? No need to try very hard now since Google provides that. The options are: 1) Forums 2) Q&A. You can also sort by date and choose between short, medium and long posts.

7. Updates (real time search) Google introduced it about 2 months ago. The recent addition to your real time results now include facebook and myspace, in addition to twitter.

Please note: you can’s access some of these features from the Advanced dialog and can’t have Google alerts send you based on these selections. You need to be on the results page to access the features. If you are technically inclined, try noticing the URLs of your search results and you can then create prepackaged strings for reuse.

Happy Googling!

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#SourceCon Quiz Explanation and Sourcing Q&A

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Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/825565755
This free webinar if for all participants of the Sourcing Quiz published on the Boolean Strings network.

We will go through the 10 questions and talk about Boolean Syntax and helpful hints, followed by a general online sourcing Q&A period.

Any questions, please email me at irina@braingainrecruiting.com

Title: SourceCon Quiz Explanation and Sourcing Q&A
Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM PST / noon – 12:50 PM EST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Boolean Strings Made Easy, Updated for 2010

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Join us for a Webinar on February 1
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/566350218

Overcoming the Challenges for Boolean “beginners”
Basic and “Basic Plus” search engine syntax
* Logic
* Special Characters
* Operators
Google vs. other engines
Search engines vs. Metasearch engines
Typical mistakes to be aware of
Sourcing strategy  – including:
* Searching LinkedIn from Google
* Searching Twitter from Google
What’s New in 2010
Resources

This webinar will help beginners to get going and intermediate level sourcers to refresh their knowledge and enhance their toolbox. It contains some unique, very practical material.

Monday Feb 1st noon EST
Price: $79 for 90 minutes
Includes one month of unlimited support over email

Title: Boolean Strings Made Easy, Updated for 2010
Date: Monday, February 1, 2010
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST/noon-1:30 EST