How to Verify Email Guesses on the Professional Network

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“Which tools are best at finding emails”? – seems to be every other question from Recruiters on Facebook groups, always triggering multiple answers. But here is an approach that does not require any Chrome Extensions or other email-finding tools. If you are looking at someone’s LinkedIn profile or just know someone’s full name and the company name, you can start …

Virtual Travel for More Matching Results

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Google has several location-related settings affecting the search results: It relies on your IP address to figure out your location, even if you search in incognito You can set a country (“region”) in the Advanced Search Dialog You can set a language, and if it is not English, the setting will positively affect searching in that country. (Google also has …

A Tool, a Hack, a Link, and a Site

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David Galley and I are obsessed with tools, hacks, links, and sites. On our Slack, we have a channel called “Interesting Links” that gets populated nearly daily. Where do we get the info? Facebook Groups, Recruiting Brainfood Newsletter, shares in Messenger by colleagues, tweets with the hashtag #OSINT, RSS feeds from selected sources, and always, Googling. Once in a while, …

Image Diversity Sourcing with No Photos

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  Those of us who source for diversity know that reviewing profile photos is one of the key filtering techniques in sourcing for several kinds of diversity. But today, I want to tell you how to find some female candidates with no photos included. I came up with this hack while sourcing for a Director of Data and AI in …

Hack: Google for Facebook Photos Interpretations #OSINT

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Based on the following two behaviors from the tech giants: Facebook interprets pictures and inserts the interpretation into its public pages HTML code Googlebot indexes these interpretation phrases – you can reveal lists of members’ names and profiles based on Google’s image search. The two Facebook phrases most common for tagging photos are: “Image may contain… “, for example, “image …

The First Name @ Mass-Email-Finding Hack

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Our online lives depend on little things. Slow performance and lack of functionality caused by limited computing power restrict our data gathering ability in seemingly small but consequential ways. (As always, our perceived needs run before computers’ ability.) As an example, Google will not search for the symbol @ as a part of an email address. At this time it …

Hack: Find LinkedIn Members by Company Size

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Recruiter is the only LinkedIn account offering member search by company size. We used to have it in business accounts some years ago – remember this dialog above? –  and now it is gone. We used to be able to search for companies by size but now Sales Navigator is the only account allowing that. Here is how to search …

Profile Export Hack in Recruiter

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LinkedIn loves its import. It lets us upload phone books, contact lists, resumes, salaries, identify professional relationships, job hunt preferences, company information, and more. Import has been the most reliable function in my experience with Recruiter. But LinkedIn allows almost no export. Its PDF profile export loses part of profile information. No lists can be exported. It is a matter …

Hack: Search for Female Names with This CSE

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Are you searching for diversity? Using the same “synonyms” trick as described in Hack: Use 500 Keywords, Not 32, on Google, I have created a Custom Search Engine that looks for the 50 most popular women’s names. Add location, title, or skills, and you will get a list of women’s LinkedIn profiles with the required qualities. Example search: python developer bay …

Hack: Use 500 Keywords, Not 32, on Google

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Google’s limit of keywords is 32. It’s a challenge for long OR searches, especially for diversity sourcing – for example, searching for women’s first names, Latino last names, or diversity colleges. I am no fan of long ORs on Google (definitely not to list synonyms for a word), but in cases like the above, or searching for target companies or …