How to Verify Email Guesses on the Professional Network

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“Which tools are best at finding emails”? – seems to be every other question from Recruiters on Facebook groups, always triggering multiple answers. But here is an approach that does not require any Chrome Extensions or other email-finding tools.

If you are looking at someone’s LinkedIn profile or just know someone’s full name and the company name, you can start guessing their email address, either work or private. For example, for a Jason Smith at Amazon, his email may be:

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

(etc.)

There are email permutators out there that can give you more suggestions.

And now, you can find out which email is the right one! There’s no need for a paid LinkedIn account. Follow the steps; pause a little between them.

STEP ONE. Check whether you have imported data. If you do, remove it.

STEP TWO. Create a CSV file in the following format:

first last email
jason smith [email protected]
jason smith [email protected]
jason smith [email protected]
jason smith [email protected]om
jason smith [email protected]
jason smith [email protected]
jason smith [email protected]

STEP THREE. Upload the file.

DONE.

Now, in the imported contacts, see the results. The emails associated with LinkedIn accounts bring up the profiles (the first and last name in the input does not matter). The emails that are not associated with profiles show up as the last name from the input file, in our case, “smith”.

What’s (quietly) new and beautiful is that you can see which email points to which profile. That would tell you the correct email address for the person in question! Click on a profile, see the contact:

Here is a twist to the above. If you have a list of email addresses and want to quickly check which ones were used on LinkedIn, here’s a hack variation. Replace the last name by the email in the input:

first last email
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]
jason [email protected] [email protected]

The result will show the email addresses NOT on LinkedIn. Use an Excel function to find those that do point to profiles.

LinkedIn Recruiter, in theory, has an import function, but it has been broken for a while with no estimated fix date. (Recruiter won’t even upload LinkedIn’s own example file). But, if it is fixed, you are still limited to 200 records now. Yet you can upload a thousand or two addresses and see the matches with the free personal contact input, just as described above.

We’ll talk about LinkedIn Recruiter Mastery at our upcoming class on April 21st (Wednesday) – and it includes working outside of the platform to compensate for its deficiencies.

 

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