LinkedIn Hack: Search Past the Present Pair

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Guest Post from Talent Sourcer Mike Santoro Perhaps the most famous “pair” in recruiting and sourcing search strategy is finding candidates based on matching their “Current Job Title(s)” at “Current Company(s).” Let’s call this a “Pair of Aces.” In this article, I’m going to show two new ways to search (on LinkedIn and via X-ray) for a NEW search combination …

Sourcing Mathematica in Closed Networks

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I want to share my experience sourcing a Mathematica Engineer (Palo Alto) on Reddit, Discord, and a professional forum. I followed advice from Wim Dammans and Erin Mathew, who are experts in this sort of sourcing. Here is what I learned. Mathematica Engineers working outside of Wolfram’s Mathematica are rare primarily because it is expensive and not open-source software (here …

LinkedIn Software Crisis (a Summary)

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A few days ago, many functions on LinkedIn broke for several hours (you can always – and hopefully will be able to – check on Twitter whether something is going on globally). LinkedIn mostly got it back together to the previous state. This post is about what remains broken. A lot, unfortunately – I don’t think it has been that …

Deviations from Boolean

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Is Boolean (newly) broken? First, let us make it clear what we mean by the question. There are: Google Boolean search Google search LinkedIn Boolean search LinkedIn search. Out of the four, two are intentionally “broken,” and one is broken due to bugs. One works fine, but produces unexpected numbers – and lists – of results – something that has …

The Shallowest Deep Web Where Hackerranker Lives

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Search Engines like Google index pages on the Surface Web, i.e. (roughly speaking) pages that do not require a login. Not all of those pages are indexed. Sites can tell Google not to index parts of them. The mechanism is via robots.txt files or <meta> directives on individual pages. Even though you can view those pages in incognito, you won’t …

Boolean Search Is Dead

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Google search strings are often called Boolean Strings. But do you think Google search is Boolean? It is not. Neither is LinkedIn’s, despite what their help says. Both platforms apply semantic algorithms, trying to guess the searcher’s intent; one – successfully, the other – poorly, introducing bugs while at it. Both platforms break the formal Boolean rules. You can see …

Hide-and-Seek Profiles

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As my friend Master Sourcer Marcel van der Meer demonstrates, 84 MLN LinkedIn members will not be found by locations. We also know from test searches that: ~45-60% members are not found by Seniority, Function, Company Size, and other LinkedIn-calculated filters ~600 MLN members cannot be found by years of experience. People join LinkedIn to be visible and be found. …

LinkedIn Job Search Is Haunted

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Happy Halloween! I’ll just leave this here. If anyone can make sense of what LinkedIn Job Search does in the two screenshots below, please get in touch. (As with people search, I have no idea. LinkedIn Developers have started to write code in mysterious ways.) (I doubt there is anything underlying here like in the Google case with quotes. It …

Who Needs LinkedIn Recruiter? X-Ray vs. LinkedIn Search Comparison Chart

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LinkedIn.com LinkedIn Recruiter Google X-Ray (finds public profiles) Google Example Name Y Y intitle:<name> site:linkedin.com/in intitle:”phil tusing” Current Job Title Y (false positives) Y (false positives) Y – intitle:<title> site:linkedin.com/in intitle:”executive assistant” Current Company Y (false positives) Y (false positives) Y – intitle:<company> site:linkedin.com/in intitle:seekout Last Company (even if left) N N Y – inanchor:<company> site:linkedin.com/in inanchor:”morgan stanley” Last School …

Advanced Sourcing School and #CPSP Exam & Catch Up on the News

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Hello Sourcers and Recruiters: On October 25th, 2022, we are launching our most substantial live training program for Recruiters yet, Advanced Sourcing School and CPSP Exam, and you are invited! As hands-on Sourcers working across industries and globally, we share proven sourcing methods. Subscribers are eligible, so if you are into sourcing, consider subscribing. The School is a way to …