Sourcing Process for Talent Hunters – Nov 23rd

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This webinar will be useful for all talent hunters: sourcers and recruiters from corporations, agencies, and those who work individually.

[The webinar is over. Please check the Downloads section for available training materials, or let me know if you’d want to arrange training on related topics.]

Carson’s Law: It’s better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.

Would you like to find more qualified candidates in less time and with a lower budget? Do you get stuck when looking for some hard-to-find skills? Do you have a high volume of requirements? Do you have a team and want to find ways to collaborate and share sourcing knowledge?

We will explore several steps that form an optimal sourcing process and will look into ways to enhance and customize your sourcing process. I will included some unpublished sourcing tips in the presentation, to add to your toolbox. I will also present examples of sourcing projects from my own practice.

Registered attendees are welcome to send me sample searches or questions ahead of time, and I will do my best include those in the presentation as well. As always, one month of follow-up Q&A over email is included.

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $79
Date/Time: Nov 23rd (Tue) noon EST/ 9  AM PST

• Sourcing Challenges
• Elements of a Sourcing Process

  • Doing Your Research
  • Going for the Low-Hanging Fruit
  • Cross-Posting Requirements
  • Digging Deeper on LinkedIn
  • Using Boolean Strings for the Web
  • Exploring Niche Sites and Places
  • Filtering and Sorting Search Results
  • Saving, Sharing, and Reusing Searches
  • Messaging, Emailing, and Calling
  • Caring About Your Brand

• Keeping Up with New Tools
• Examples

  • Hunt for Google Software Engineers
  • Looking for SAP Consultants (or a custom example from the audience)
  • Example 3 (a custom example from the audience)

• Resources

Lists of Sourcers and Recruiters on Twitter

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I used to have a friend who was known for making lists of lists.

Here are two lists: 1) “sourcers” lists and 2) “recruiters” lists on twitter (do you have one? do you follow one?): (this one is mine)

The Guess Function

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It’s great to have tools that sort, browse and filter our search results. This saves time – and may allow us to perform more loose searches knowing that we can parse results later and go through them quickly.

The best set of free tools I know of, and many of you have heard of it as well, is called Outwit. It is a set of Firefox extensions. I’d like to bring your attention to one function in the Firefox extension called Outwit Hub called “guess“. The screenshots below show a search for people on LinkedIn and the guess function in action.

(Please notice, I’ve chosen to use a customized view of search results on LinkedIn):

And here are the results. Look, it parses the profiles! We now have columns with the first, last name, profile URL, location, industry, and the current title/company. You can export the results into Excel.

Your Discussion Has Been Moved to Jobs

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Many of us would agree that LinkedIn Groups are a great way to post jobs to your target audience. While Discussions allow to include a URL to an outside site or a blog, the Jobs section only allows to post a title and text. If you feel like including the original job post URL, so that candidates can apply on your site, do the following:

  • Post a discussion item in the discussion section, with the “apply” link included
  • Flag it as a Job:

Now this post is in the job section – and the group members have an easy way to go and apply on your site using the link that you have included:

Like it? Feel like posting the job to several groups? Share a link to your job post with those groups and then move the post to the Jobs section in each group. It’s also faster than posting  jobs individually.

Oh, and there’s one more advantage: others (such as helpful people who know of a referral, or members of your recruiting team) can now easily “share” your job post with LinkedIn members, post to updates and repost to other groups.

Basic Account Shows Extra Information

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If you search for people on LinkedIn, it shows the distribution of the results along its search filters such as Industry, Current Company, etc. I like it a lot! I use the feature quite often to select either current or past companies to be from my target company list, to narrow down the search.

Here is something I have noticed and want to share with you. If you have a business account, it turns out that you do not see the distribution along some filters. Here are two screenshots to compare. I searched for “SAP MDM Consultant”  from a business account (for the first screenshot) and from a basic account (for the second screenshot):

If you have a basic (free) account, you see more:

– and you can, for example, based on that, decide which groups to join so that you can send messages to your candidates.

10 Internet Sourcing Myths

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  1. Boolean search strings should be very long and complex to work well.
  2. There are top 5 (or 10 or 20) Boolean search strings that gurus know of. I would do great if I could find out what those strings are!
  3. If I have access to Boolean strings templates all I have to do is add keywords, and the search is done.
  4. To search for email addresses all you do is put * into Google, and you find them.
  5. Boolean search will soon be completely replaced by semantic search.
  6. Metasearch engines obviously search better than individual search engines – they look into multiple sources.
  7. Sometimes the Yahoo search engine will find results that neither Google nor Bing can find.
  8. If I only had money for LinkedIn Recruiter, I would be able to find anybody with the given skills on LinkedIn.
  9. I need to choose between Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, depending on which network works best.
  10. Internet Sourcing is incredibly hard. Until I am done studying all the materials and sites I can’t even begin sourcing.

Anybody wants to add more? 🙂

Future Webinars

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Dear All:

I am giving a LinkedIn for Sourcing and Recruiting webinar on Friday 9/24.

I am preparing a webinar on Bing.

If you have any requests or suggestions for future topics (advanced search, Boolean, Deep Web, Semantic, Tools, Twitter, etc.), please leave a comment or send me a note.


P.S. I am available for custom webinars or face to face training for your company.

Seven Custom Search Engines

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Google Custom Search Engines let us hide “unreadable” operators and reuse them. Search engines on Recruiting Blogs, CVFox, Big5Hire, Referyes are all custom search engines or are based on this technology.

Custom engines have their tricky side but it’s not too hard to create a basic one. On your control panel, use the sections “sites” and “refinements” to start with, and just with those two one can create wonders.

Custom engines let us do some things that are not possible to do in Google search itself. As an example, we can:

  • use refinements (an example would be to search for doc files only or excel files only)
  • expand the max number of words and symbols in a search string
  • use special characters in a search; that one is tricky (thanks, Mike Notaro!)
  • use URL patterns to define sites to search in; the patterns can contain special characters such as ? or @

Here are some engines I created a while ago. (When you try them out, notice refinements.) I hope to get back and design more. If you create one or discover some exciting features in the technology, please share!

Custom engines are not likely to decide that you are a bot. For those of us who struggle with Google’s “I’m human” dialog lately, it’s a big plus.

Cool Advanced Operators on Bing

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Bing has very limited documentation at the search site. There’s much more available if you just dig a little deeper. Here is the full operator documentation posted to the Boolean Strings Network, take a look.

Here are some examples of using the advanced syntax:

Looking for an Email Pattern

Searching for Resumes

Searching for LinkedIn Profiles (thanks for the hint on Glen Cathey’s blog today).

… and there’s so much more.

Let’s explore!

Comments with examples are very welcome.

Google Instant Search of Little Benefit to Sourcers, Recruiters

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Being a really slow typer I love to be helped. However, I don’t think that recently introduced instant search is likely to become a favorite tool. Here’s just a few reasons:

  • I use Google operators, and if you do, too, you may notice that it’s slower with instant search than without. Just try typing intitle:resume OR inurl:resume with and without instant search (luckily, we can turn it on and off).
  • With instant search on, I can only see 10 results on one page; I like to see 100.
  • Words guessed by Google may be of more interest to Google (since it would show more ads to click on) than to me.

What do you think?