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 …

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 [gone now] Email Extractor Instant Data Scraper Outwit Hub Github Search for Users and Files …