X-Raying for NOT Job Hoppers

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Recruiters who place highly qualified full-time employees always scan resumes and profiles to see if the person is a “job-hopper”. Most employers assume we won’t be bringing people for interviews if they changed jobs too often in the past for no good reason. We do, too.

However – not too many search systems offer a chance to search for non-job-hoppers. LinkedIn is not an exception. Paid accounts can show the length of the current role and stay at the current company (potentially changing roles), but we can’t query the lengths of past jobs.

X-Raying LinkedIn is tricky, but we can search for any words on a public profile. The profiles have job lengths phrased as “xxx years yyy months“. We can take an advantage of that!

Here is an example search for people who stayed at least 3 years at each job: Example search. I am using a template: [ -year -“2 years” months “years” ].

Google numrange operator comes in handy in searches involving years of experience. Two periods (..) stands for numrange on Google:

  • 3..7 means any number between 3 and 7
  • 8.. means any number that is 8 or larger

Here is a search for job hoppers (not sure why someone will search for those, but someone has recently asked this question on one of Facebook Recruiter groups):

site:linkedin.com/in OR site:linkedin.com/pub -pub.dir “year” months -“2.. years”

Turning this search logic around – we can look for people who have a demonstrated job stability – their jobs lasted 3 years or more – but haven’t stayed at any job longer than 8 years:  Example.

I have used the template: [-year -“2 years” “3..7 years” -“8.. Years”].

Our presentation on Overcoming LinkedIn limitations was sold out. You can get a recording at the Training Library. We’ll repeat the webinar as soon as our schedule allows; stay tuned!

And here is a question for you: how would you X-Ray for people who do not have a current job? (Hint: it’s easy).




Comments 2

  1. I think we can use -present in our string as current roles display using that term, eg Senior Staff Engineer – Data Center Group. Intel Corporation. December 2012 – Present (4 years 11 months), whereas a past role is ‘closed off’ with an end date. Someone without a current role shouldn’t have present appearing in their profile (unless it is somewhere else, eg the summary or role description, which would be an unavoidable false negative but fairly unusual).

  2. site:linkedin.com/in OR site:linkedin.com/pub -pub.dir months -“present”

    BTW Irina, why -pub.dir? I haven’t seen it before, often I’ve used -inurl:pub/dir but I see that you get more results with -pub.dir

    Thanks 🙂

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