150+ Favorite Sourcing Tools

toolsHere is a list of some favorite Sourcing, Internet Research, and Social Recruiting Tools and Resources.

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Last updated: June 29, 2021

Organize Add-ons in Chrome



Web Content

  • Evernote – capture and organize content from the web


Checking job posts

Scraping, Parsing, Filtering, and Sorting

  • Outwit Docs – download files from a search
  • Outwit Hub – an application. It parses and collects data on web pages with lists of similar entries, has good intelligence (but get a fast computer)
  • Email Extractor * – paste text in the box, extract email addresses
  • EmailExtractor * – collect email addresses from all pages you visit
  • Instant Data Scraper * by Webrobots.io – does a really good job out-of-the-box
  • Data Miner – scraper with a visual UI
  • PhantomBuster – scrapers for LinkedIn and Facebook and various automation scripts
  • ScrapeStorm – downloadable, highly configurable app
  • LinkedIn Helper – automation tool; works as a nice scraper (trial, subscription)
  • Dux-Soup – – automation tool; works as a scraper (subscription)
  • SocialList.io * – find and export lists of Social Profiles exactly matching your requirements, such as a job title or company. Has a Contact Finder. Monthly subscription, one-week trial  
  • SQL query generator – get detailed info on StackoverFlow users

Social Lookup & Contact Info

  • Contact+ – an add-on for Gmail, showing social profiles. Their online app allows to upload and cross-reference lists of email addresses and social contacts
  • Clearbit – similar to Contact+
  • GlossaryTech – highlights and explains technical terms on a profile
  • OctoHR – shows the programming languages for a user on Github
  • Intelligence_X OSINT Tools
  • Mobile-friendly page test – allows you to see public LinkedIn profiles in incognito
  • Hunter – has a database of email addresses found on the web (and it tells us where!), predicts email addresses based on the database
  • phonebook.cz – get long random lists of emails at companies

Contact Verification

Social Media Monitoring

URL analysis

People Finders

People search that combines data from searching the open web, social sites, and public data. These sites make money by referring visitors to paid sites.

  • Zabasearch – one of the older People Finders; seems to show more US phone numbers than some others
  • Pipl (paid) – works internationally; checks usernames, phone numbers, and email addresses
  • xlek.com – public records search
  • Zoominfo – aggregates professional information, including job titles, employers, and contact info, from the web (subscription)
  • Social Networks by Country

LinkedIn-friendly Boolean Builder by Sourcing Certifications

Company Research and Datasets

Custom Search Engines

CSE’s Home on Google

I have created a set of advanced custom search engines for Sourcing – feel free to include them in your practice.

Most popular Diversity CSE

Find full CSE coverage in the new book.

Global Search Engines

Search “from elsewhere”

Special Google Dialogs

Topical Searches

General Tools

URL Shortening

Record yourself



Image Editing

  • PicPick (has a “blur” function)

Second Chrome to run


Social Tools


Social Media Automation

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