Non-Technical Scraping in Sourcing

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  Web Scraping tools are rapidly gaining popularity among Sourcers and Recruiters. They are an essential part of a productive Sourcer’s toolbox. Here is an example of how scraping may help your work. Suppose you see a webpage like this (listing some promising prospects): If you wanted to examine and save the records, this format is quite inconvenient. Without tools, …

Google filetype: News

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Google.com has quietly improved its filetype: searches. Previously, it was looking (simply) for the part of a page URL that ends in the filetype: argument, and it can still do so: filetype:tonini (finds Facebook profiles in particular). However, for standard, common file types, Google now also searches for all files of a given kind (such as MS Excel), with a …

The Job Function Hack

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So, LinkedIn operators have briefly reappeared last week and are now gone again. Oh well. Let me show you a LinkedIn search hack I have found that does currently work, and that is – searching by the job function. To use the hack, you need to know LinkedIn codes for job functions, and they are as follows: Code Description 1 …

New Hacks Replace Old Hacks

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It’s never boring with sourcing tools and sites. Things change all the time and, at times, we lose tools. A major #OSINT publication Bellingcat writes that last week was “a hell week for research”: The past week dealt several blows to open source researchers. First, Facebook made major changes to its Graph search interface, effectively breaking previous methods to search …

Bye, Facebook Graph Search

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On Friday, June 7th, Facebook Graph Search stopped working. “Hand-made” URLs and tools Intelligence Search, SearchIsBack, StalkScan, and others, no longer work. (I believe it’s a permanent change). Needless to say, the drop in functionality badly affects Sourcers and, especially, OSINT people. Searches that used to have URLs with Facebook IDs and pieces like “visitors” and “likers” combined, now look …

21 Tools and Sites I Use Everyday

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Chrome Advanced Google Search Google Custom Search Engines, using Advanced Operators Yahoo Reverse Image Search LinkedIn.com People and Content Search LinkedIn Recruiter Social List Social List Contact Finder Connectifier Social Links Lusha Rocketreach Hunter.io Pipl.com Finding People by Email on LinkedIn Intelligence Search for Facebook Email Extractor Instant Data Scraper Outwit Hub Github Search for Users and Files Github Hacks …

Hidden Github Resumes

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Github has tens of thousands of resumes that Google won’t find. Intrigued? Read on. Unknown to many, Github is widely used not only to work on software code but to store documents such as resumes. Just as software code, documents are stored in the code section. This search – “my resume” – would reveal some, but it’s not well targeted. …

Update on LinkedIn People Search

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What happened? As of two days ago, search operators (that I have covered in previous posts) have stopped working on LinkedIn. This includes not only undocumented operators like headline: but also the officially documented operators firstname:, lastname:, title:, company:, and school:. (They were introduced in 2017). It’s quite unfortunate! [Edited April 22, 2019: LinkedIn has taken down that help page.] …