YOE in LinkedIn Recruiter Demystified

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For years, I have been annoyed at the “years at company” , “years in position”, and “years of experience” filters in LinkedIn Recruiter. I get false positives like many other. For example, I search for people with more than one year of experience and see those who have only worked for eight months. I have filed it in the (long) …

The Rule of Three In Search

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It is like mushroom gathering. If you see a few mushrooms, you would look around for more. (It was a favorite family vacation activity when I was a child). If a web page has (about) three values of the same kind – for example, company names or email addresses – it will likely have more. There are two ways to …

Advantages of Inclusive Sourcing on LinkedIn

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Search is an iterative process. (It is the main reason for “Boolean Builders” not to “fully automate” sourcing – however, they can be useful for LinkedIn.) Search, review the results, reword, make wider or narrower, repeat. The process is both monotonous and creative. In a sourcing sequence, there are two approaches to take: Start narrow, e.g., put in all the …

War In Ukraine

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I have not posted any non-sourcing content before, but I want to speak up this time. The war in Ukraine is horrible. Children have died. Let us support the Ukrainians by donations. Here, your donation will go directly to the Ukrainian refugees (shared by a friend who knows the organization) – https://www.cashforrefugees.org Putin has started the war, not the Russians. …

Suddenly, Google Search Is Less Semantic

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Until about a week ago, Google provided us with synonyms and variations – “auto-stemming” – of every search term (unless we put it in quotes). It still does, but noticeably less so. Previously, searches like supervisor -supervisor -supervisory -supervisors gave us synonyms for the word “supervisor,” like “manager”. Now the search produces no results. Previously synonyms readily made it to …

What Is a Boolean String?

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There is no formal definition for the expression “Boolean Strings.” Recruiters and Researchers use the term “Boolean Strings” as a shortcut to advanced Google search strings (i.e., using operators) and, sometimes, searches on LinkedIn or other sites that allow a logical combination of terms. The word “Boolean” means the logic of AND, OR, and NOT. It was an essential part …

Four Sourcing Process Steps

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I want to share the steps I have been taking that get additional candidates to respond in this difficult market. It is part of my sourcing process. STEP 1. Collect LinkedIn profile URLs of potential candidates. (Make sure they look like a definite match.) If you have LinkedIn Recruiter, use its export. If you do not, an option is using …

Why LinkedIn Is Unavoidable and Irreplaceable

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For the majority of sourcing tasks, LinkedIn provides the best database to use: It is the largest professional database (for comparison, only a tiny percent of Facebook or Twitter users have added their job title and employer to the bio) It has self-entered data, the latest from each member It offers many decent search filters. If you are considering an …

Scraping Values to Feed the Boolean Builder

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Undeniably, scraping has become a must-use skill for anyone who sources for hard-to-fill roles, profiles outside of LinkedIn, or Diversity. Sadly, Sourcers are not blessed with a satisfactory advanced scraper. (We know of the perfect design, but the app was abandoned. Know of a strong developer team?) However, for the simpler job of recognizing and collecting similar records on a …

How to Talk to Image Search

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To access the largest number of Google Image Search filters, it is best to use the Advanced Image Search Dialog. Image Search also accepts the operators: site:, filetype: (image file type, not page file type), and imagesize:. But did you know that you can also affect some advanced filters (for which there are no operators) by adding specific keywords to …