toolsHere is a List of some favorite Sourcing, Internet Research, and Social Recruiting Tools and Resources.

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Organize Add-Ons in Chrome



Scraping, Parsing, Filtering, and Sorting

  • Outwit Docs – “download manager”. It can save the documents referenced on a web page (such as the Google search results for Excel or PDF files); sort them by the size and date; save for processing offline
  • DownThemAll! – similar to Outwit Docs
  • Outwit Hub – an advanced web scraping tool. It “makes sense of” (parses and collects) data shown on web pages, in cases where there are lists of similar entries
  • Email Extractor – one of many similar email extraction tools; paste some text in the box and it will extract email addresses
  • Scraper  – get data out of pages into spreadsheets
  • Kimono – visual scraper –> February 2016: discontinued

People Aggregators (Paid)

People aggregators are systems that collect social data about the same professional across the web into one profile and allow users to search within the aggregated database of these profiles

Social Lookup

  • Rapportive (owned by LinkedIn) – finds online profiles based on an entered email address
  • Discoverly – see contacts’ social profiles in Gmail
  • FullContact – add-on for Gmail. They also have a site, where you can upload lists of email addresses and social contacts. They have accumulated an enormous database of contact and social data. The accuracy can be improved
  • Prophet – tries to guess and verify the email address
  • Findthatlead – a newer tool, similar to Prophet
  • Clearbit – similar to FullContact
  • Facebook Graph Search Shortcuts by Michael Buzzel at
  • LeadIQ – new – capture a profile, add email and social links, save to Google drive (25 credits at the link)

Email Verification

These tools all work on the same principle, “asking” the server whether a specific email address exists, without sending an email. This type of checking works only with servers that support that.

Social Job Distribution

Real Time Search / Social Media Monitoring

Real-time social search:


Tools by Shane McCusker

Search in the Past

People and Company Search

  • Zoominfo – a veteran site among professional search sites, still going strong. Collects professional information, including job titles, employers, and contact info, on the web
  • (former) Jigsaw, now – “business card exchange” – mostly used by sales professionals. It offers “Business card” data in exchange for the user’s data or for pay
  • Link Silicon Valley – a lesser known, older aggregator of news and executive profiles in the Silicon Valley. Limited free use
  • Whois – not a people search but rather checking who has registered a given site. In some cases, such as for newer, smaller companies, it’s the only place to locate some contact info

People Finders

People search that combines data from searching the open web, social sites, and public data. These sites make money by referring visitors to paid sites. (Don’t go to those paid sites, unless you are certain.)  There’s no need to use them all, just pick a favorite.

  • Zabasearch – one of the older People Finders; seems to show more phone numbers than some other sites
  • Pipl –works internationally; checks user names
  • Radaris
  • Namechk – checks usernames across networks

Company Research

International Social Networks

Free Resume Search

  • – excellent volume of resumes. Check their site for resume search in many countries. Has a robust advanced search dialog – it’s best to use it to search (there’s no benefit to X-Raying). The challenge is that there’s no contact info
  • TheLadders – it was initially oriented toward executes, went from free to paid to free again, and now has a variety of profiles, not just executives

Custom Search Engines

CSE’s Home on Google

I have created a set of advanced custom search engines for Sourcing – feel free to include in your practice.

Global Search Engines

“General” Tools

URL Shortening

File Storage and Sharing

“Social” Tools

Automation/Scheduling for Social Media Management