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 …

How to Do Executive Job Title Research

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Often, especially when sourcing for executives, we need to answer questions like these): What are possible job titles at a particular level of seniority, in a given industry (or at a company), with given functions? Equipped with this intelligence, we can start constructing filtered people searches. Without this research upfront, we would be encountering both false positives and false negatives …

17 Custom Search Engines

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Here are some Google Custom Search Engines for Sourcing I have created: Google No-Captchas(a.k.a. Search Like a Human) Public link: Search Like a Human– just search for anything without being tested for not being a bot Email Formats – use to discover email patterns for any corporation LinkedIn – Countries– X-Rays LinkedIn profiles; offers a dozen refinements by country Emails in …

Three LinkedIn Recruiter Sourcing Secrets

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LinkedIn Recruiter and the Talent Pipeline When we talk with our sourcing and recruiting clients and our students about paid tools they invest in, we almost invariably learn that all or most Recruiters on the team have LinkedIn Recruiter (LIR) subscriptions. Our recent Facebook group poll has confirmed the same. Yet the majority of LIR users are unaware of its …

How to Scrape Github Profiles in One Minute

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Here is a delightfully easy way to get an Excel spreadsheet from a search for Github users. (See an exclusive offer for Brainfood subscribers below). Install Chome Extension AutoPagerize. It will allow appending the 2nd, 3rd, etc. search results pages to the bottom of the current page, creating one long page that contains all the results (or as many as …