LinkedIn Locations and Traffic in the Bay Area

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The traffic in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live, is pretty bad. What the commute is like is a serious consideration for anyone looking for a job. Let’s take a look how LinkedIn job posts treat locations – posted and searched for.   LinkedIn has 1) “area” locations and 2) specific cities as locations. The city locations are …

Increasing Candidate’s Response Rates

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This is a guest post from Martin Lee. We can be as creative as we like with our sourcing, writing killer Boolean strings, utilizing the latest tools and unearthing profiles that others wouldn’t, but without a response from prospective candidates we have only done 50% of what is required. According to a number of sources the average user spends 17 …

Learn to Search for Diversity

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We know that diversity in the workplace positively affects outcomes. Including a diverse pool of candidates in the talent  pipeline is a must for any forward-thinking recruiter and hiring manager. When we search for diversity candidates, the same sourcing principles apply, as always – look for “what you are going to find”, “visualize success”. Here are some diversity Boolean search …

Easy Sourcing with NO Boolean

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Lots has been said about using the natural language to search for potential candidates. Examples would be “I am a Software Engineer at Microsoft” or “earned her MBA from Wharton”. It’s a fruitful technique. Here is a different twist on searching in English. Suppose we wanted to find LinkedIn profiles on Google, but doing so without the operator site: or any …

Nine Association X-Ray Templates

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Association sites are an excellent source of professional and contact information. Are you familiar with associations in your industry? Finding them is as easy as Googling for <industry name> <location name> association. When I research an association site, I am interested in pages with lists of members and in contact information (that will let me look up additional background). Here are …

Facebook Research Hacks

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Facebook member’s groups, posts, comments, and events that we are allowed to see per member’s privacy settings can help us identify professional details on potential candidates – as well as find additional candidates. Unfortunately, this information not that easy to search for any longer, ever since Facebook retired its “official” Graph search. Here are some simple but useful “ex-Graph” searches, …

Least Understood Google Operator

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Arguably, the least understood Google operator is inanchor: Google’s advanced search documentation has lost the level of detail it used to have just a few years ago. It no longer describes inanchor: and quite a few other operators. What [ inanchor:keyword ] means, is – search for pages, links (anchors) to which from other pages have the keyword (or key …

How To Get Your Google Search History

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Google keeps your search history (and lots of other data), even if you clear the browser’s cache, and allows to download the history. Here is how to get your Search History for the last few years in a convenient Excel format. On your Google Take-Out, select (only) “Searches”. Google will create an archive of your searches, which you can download as JSON …

Get Ten Boolean Strings Free

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To Boolean Strings Enthusiasts: I will publish the 3rd edition of the e-book “300 Best Boolean Strings” in January 2018. In the meantime, you can preorder the book at http://booleanbook.com. (If you were wondering, by now, over six hundred of your colleagues have purchased the book and seem quite happy with it!) I’ve rolled ten (10) new interesting Boolean Strings from the upcoming edition …