Sourcing in LinkedIn Events

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While Facebook has stopped showing event attendees in most cases, LinkedIn has started doing so, for our benefit. LinkedIn has just introduced Event search. Pick an event that is of interest to people you would like to connect and mark yourself as “attending.” (Marking means an intention to attend). You can then not only see the full list of attendees …

Fifth Edition of “300 Best Boolean Strings” & One More String

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I am glad to announce that you can preorder the fifth edition of my popular eBook “300 Best Boolean Strings” at BooleanBook.com For the 5th edition, I had to replace about 35% of strings that no longer brought up remarkable results, and added new strings. And here is a new String for you. To X-Ray Facebook for specific content, use …

The Unconventional Boolean

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I have realized that I have been using some “unconventional” Boolean Strings in sourcing. This technique applies to LinkedIn or any database, but not to Google (where ORs are rarely helpful and long ORs are tricky). Let me explain. It is straightforward to search by ORs of synonyms, for example, Title = (Senior OR Sr. OR snr.) (software OR java) (developer …

How to Read the News Behind Paywalls

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I love reading Recruiting Brainfood and the industry discussions that Hung holds so well. Unfortunately, in the newsletter and in Facebook discussions great shared content is often behind a paywall. Here is what you can do about it. Copy the URL and rid of its part after ? Use the operator cached: followed by the URL, for example: cache:nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2020/09/the-robot-revolution-has-arrived-feature Read …

X-Ray LinkedIn for the Length of Employment and Five More Filters

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For the obvious reason, recruiters do not want to see profiles of people who have been employed for less than a year at the current company. The X-Ray technique I describe below allows you to: Narrow down to longer-term employees Search better for #opentowork Narrow to location Search within the Headline Search for a keyword within the current job description …

The First Name @ Mass-Email-Finding Hack

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Our online lives depend on little things. Slow performance and lack of functionality caused by limited computing power restrict our data gathering ability in seemingly small but consequential ways. (As always, our perceived needs run before computers’ ability.) As an example, Google will not search for the symbol @ as a part of an email address. At this time it …

Visual Research and Validation

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In this post, I outline two uses of image search in sourcing. For these purposes, searching in Google images is “good enough” but Bing and Yandex will also work. Visual Research My sourcing projects come from different industries (which I love.) There is a particular way I identify target companies for initially unfamiliar industries. To figure out what a company …

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 …

Combine Reverse Image with Boolean Search to Find Who Likes What

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Here is a neat trick involving a “part-visual” search. Did you know that, in Google Images, you can combine reverse image search with additional search parameters such as X-Ray? Neither Yandex, no Bing offer to enter anything else when you upload an image. The search pictured above finds public LinkedIn profiles in a unique way; here is how. Since Google …