“Irina’s ideas and techniques are dazzling. I truly regard her as a search genius.”
– Paul Myers, BBC
– Shane McCusker, Intelligence Software
Irina Shamaeva is a recognized leader in Sourcing, Social Recruiting, and Internet Research. Her content has gained popularity in OSINT circles. Lately, she has been exploring AI image creation with Midjourney
and has gained a sizeable following since January 2023 when she began.
Irina is a Partner and Chief Sourcer at Brain Gain Recruiting, an executive search firm that eventually expanded into research and training.
She takes on Sourcing /Name Generation/Internet Research projects across numerous industries and geographies – which she loves doing!
She shares her discoveries, techniques, and strategies on her blog Boolean Strings which got over 2MLN views so far, and online presentations. She is the Founder and Trainer at the Sourcing Training & Certification Program, which has become the program of choice for recruiters worldwide. Tens of thousands of professionals have attended Irina’s webinars on Search Engines, LinkedIn, Social Recruiting, Internet Research, and tools.
An addition to the training program that aims to improve diversity hiring is the Diversity Sourcing Training and Certification Program (CDSP), already completed by over 2,700 Recruiters from companies including large corporations in Tech, Retail, Healthcare, and Banking as well as agencies.
Irina is a frequent speaker at international conferences.
Another of Irina’s ventures is SocialList.io, an online research tool for assembling highly targeted lists of professionals from public social network profiles. The tool is based on Custom (Programmable) Search Engine APIs.
In 2022, Both Google and LinkedIn Engineering contacted Irina based on her blog posts. Irina claims four bug fixes in LinkedIn Recruiter so far and extensive inside knowledge she shares on the Facebook Boolean Strings Group she moderates.
Lately, Irina has become obsessed with AI – ChatGPT and MidJourney in particular. Looking into ways this is changing the world!
Irina has co-authored three books together with David Galley:
- 300 Best Boolean Strings
- Sourcing Hacks
- Irina’s and David‘s new book about Google Custom Search Engines is out! It took 18 months of hard work.
Before Brain Gain Recruiting, Sourcing Training and Certification Program, SocialList.io, and ThePrompter, Irina held software engineering and management leadership positions at biotech and high technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. Irina has a Masters of Science Degree in Mathematics with Honors from Moscow University (this was pure Math – she was trained to prove theorems)
To learn more about Irina, check out her LinkedIn and Facebook profiles. If you are into AI art, join the new awesome Facebook group Midjourney Images & Insights. Share, Discuss Your Best Creations, Prompts that she originated this year.