How to Search for Bios on Github

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  Just like we can’t search for LinkedIn headlines within LinkedIn or by X-Raying, we can’t search for Github Bios – either within Github or by X-Raying. However, we can search for LinkedIn headlines with Custom Search Engines (CSEs). It turns out that we similarly can search for Github Bios with CSEs! We will be searching using Github X-Ray CSE. …

Hack: Use 500 Keywords, Not 32, on Google

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Google’s limit of keywords is 32. It’s a challenge for long OR searches, especially for diversity sourcing – for example, searching for women’s first names, Latino last names, or diversity colleges. I am no fan of long ORs on Google (definitely not to list synonyms for a word), but in cases like the above, or searching for target companies or …

Googling: Science or Art?

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When Google started out, it had a database of indexed pages searchable by keywords and advanced search operators such as site:. Gradually, Google began adding semantic search features. (It has been reworking its storage, Index, accordingly, to contain “knowledge” type of data about stored pages). Here are the most significant semantic-oriented additions over the years. A while ago, Google started …

Only 20% Queries Need to Be Boolean

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Sourcing includes three types of search: Research – finding info on terminology, target companies, schools, job titles, locations, and industry news Search – finding professionals with promising backgrounds Cross-referencing – finding additional qualifying professional info and contact info. “[1] Research” and “[3] Cross-referencing” rarely require complex searching. You can accomplish most of the tasks by Googling for a few keywords …

Numrange, BERT, and Natural Intelligence

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There are two significant recent developments in Google’s algorithm. [1] Google’s Operator Numrange is back! Numrange seems to be working. (Knock on wood!) [2] BERT – Search Naturally The latest Google’s algorithm change, BERT, affects a serious 10% of all queries. Google is now paying attention to “insignificant”, short words, that it had previously ignored as “stop words”. It is …

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 …

New: Google College Search

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While Google has posted a blog about college search, they did not tell us how to get to that advanced college search dialog, which looks like this for me: You can search through tons of useful info – Program, Location, Average cost. Tuition, Type, State, Acceptance rate, Size, and Campus setting. The secret to getting to this dialog is adding …

Talent Pipeline Decline?

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One of the few paid Sourcing tools I use is RPS (LinkedIn Recruiter, or LIR, for Agencies). It is our highest yearly expense, but we have been choosing to stay with it for a number of years now. My favorite feature of LIR has always been “Talent Pipeline” (the name doesn’t really fit), which is, in fact, the import function. …

How to Restore Image Search Functions

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Quite unfortunately, Google has just removed three useful options in its Image Search: Option “Face” from “Types”, Option “Photos” from “Types”, and An ability to enter an exact image size. Here is an example of what it used to look like until just a few days ago. This Image search looks for “Faces”, size 200×200 – with the idea to …