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

For a 90-minute lecture on Productivity Tools please check out the Sourcing Tools Webinar.


Organize Add-ons in Chrome



Capturing Web Content

  • Save to Google – just for saving pages and images
  • Evernote – a powerful app – capture and organize content from the web
  • CometDocs – convert PDF to Excel


Checking job posts:

Scraping, Parsing, Filtering, and Sorting

  • Outwit Docs – “download manager”
  • Outwit Hub – advanced web scraping tool. It parses and collects data on web pages, in cases where there are lists of similar entries
  • Email Extractor – paste text in the box, and it will extract email addresses
  • Email Extractor/Collector Chrome Add-On – EmailExtractor
  • Scraper  – get data out of pages into spreadsheets
  • Instant Data Scraper by – does a really good job out-of-the-box
  • Dataminer – scraper with a visual UI

Generate Long Lists of Candidates with our Tool “Social List”

  • – find and export lists of Social Profiles exactly matching your requirements, such as a job title or company. Currently, works with LinkedIn, Meetup, Github, ResearchGate, Google Scholar, XING, Bloomberg, Doximity, and Healthgrades. The records can be populated with email addresses on request. Monthly subscription, one-week free trial  

Social Lookup

  • LinkedIn Sales Navigator – finds the LinkedIn profile based on an email address (former Rapportive)
  • – see social profiles in Gmail
  • Hunter – has a database of email addresses found on the web (and it tells us where!), predicts email addresses based on the database
  • Contact+ (formerly FullContact) – 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 FullContact
  • Facebook Search by Shane McCusker (down at the moment due to the Graph death)
  • StalkScan – Facebook Graph-based, researching a person (also down)
  • Connectifier Social Links – conveniently points to a person’s social profiles elsewhere
  • GlossaryTech – highlights and explains technical terms on a profile
  • OctoHR – shows the programming languages for a user on Github

Lookup & Contact Info

  • ContactOut – look up contact info on LinkedIn
  • Nymeria – find contact info on LinkedIn
  • Find That Lead – lead generation tool for b2b companies
  • ZAPinfo (formerly WebClipDrop) – collect profiles; enrich the records with contact and other info

Contact Verification

Email Tracking

Real-Time Search / Social Media Monitoring

Real-time social search:


Search in the Past

People and Company Search


Due to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) “whois” data is no longer available for European websites.

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 other sites
  • Pipl – works internationally; checks usernames, phone numbers, and email addresses — the free version is retiring
  • Radaris
  • Namechk – checks usernames across networks

Company Research

International Social Networks

Free Resume Search

  • – a large volume of resumes. Check their site for resume search in many countries. Has a robust advanced search dialog. Recently switched to showing candidate’s names only to paid users (US).

Custom Search Engines

CSE’s Home on Google

I have created a set of advanced custom search engines for Sourcing – feel free to include in your practice. See more CSEs on our company page.

Global Search Engines

General Tools

URL Shortening

File Storage and Sharing

Social Tools

Automation/Scheduling for Social Media Management


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