Hack: Search for Female Names with This CSE

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Are you searching for diversity? Using the same “synonyms” trick as described in Hack: Use 500 Keywords, Not 32, on Google, I have created a Custom Search Engine that looks for the 50 most popular women’s names. Add location, title, or skills, and you will get a list of women’s LinkedIn profiles with the required qualities. Example search: python developer bay …

Google CSEs Go Wild with LinkedIn URLs

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This post will be of interest to those who use or create Custom Search Engines, in particular, to X-Ray LinkedIn for profiles (and avoid high LinkedIn subscription fees). The post is somewhat technical except for the first few paragraphs. We have a webinar on CSEs if you want to dig deeper into CSEs. You might have noticed that the LinkedIn …

Knowledge Graph Objects in Google CSEs (True Semantic Search!)

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  As I was finishing the “Hacks” slides for my favorite conference, Sourcing Summit Europe, I stumbled across something I hadn’t seen before. Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs) got a new setting in the control panel: We can now select Knowledge Graph Objects to restrict the search! I was intrigued; David Galley and I spent some time researching what the …

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Select custom search engines from the drop-down menu to try them out. For a CSE-like search on steroids, try the new X-Ray Tool – Social List (two-day free trial).

Five Tools to Scrape Search Results

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When you X-Ray on Google or search on LinkedIn, Facebook, or Github (etc.), you see results that are links with previews (called “snippets” in Google). The problem is that snippets never provide enough information to qualify a result. You can try very hard to phrase your search yet you should always expect false positives. It is time-consuming to click and …

Diversity Identifiers

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Due to the last few months’ global events, diversity hiring and diversity recruiting training are the two topics getting a lot – if not most – Social Media attention within our industry. If your search includes a preference for reaching out to diverse candidates, expect it to take twice as long, unless you have built a diversity sourcing part of …

Nice! #opentowork is Public

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Good news! We woke up to #opentowork LinkedIn members becoming visible in Google: I am pretty sure Google picks the hashtag from shares, so results will miss many, but – it will find many too! Here is a CSE to find the profiles: https://bit.ly/Opentowork By the way, I am open to work. 🙂 I am looking for new clients for …

Sixteen Techniques of Interest

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I want to share sixteen tools and techniques that have impressed me in the last few months. They should be of interest to recruiters as well as OSINT people, I hope. Consider them to be techniques that you did not know you should use. Outwit Hub is a veteran tool. And it is the only way to scrape your first-level …

My Best Diversity Strings

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Due to the need for OR searches, Custom Search Engines (CSEs) is a handy tool to use in diversity sourcing projects. From my tests, this Diversity CSE performs better than any other I authored, but please try it and let me know, OK? Like any other CSE, it needs to be tested using diverse searches to see how well it …

Three New Custom Search Engines

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I admire the evolving technology of Google Custom Search Engines (CSEs). By guessing some clever terms and operator combinations, over time, we have been able to un-dig (for example) loads of contact lists of passive candidates within every industry we get sourcing requests in. The best part of CSEs is that they make the web structured. In a sense, CSEs …