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




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. Highly customizable
  • 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 (paid subscription)

  • – 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, Doximity, and Healthgrades. The records can be populated with email addresses on request. Monthly subscription, one-week free trial (no card required)

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
  • FullContact –an add-on for Gmail, showing social profiles. They also have a site, where you can upload lists of email addresses and social contacts
  • Clearbit – similar to FullContact
  • Facebook Search by Shane McCusker
  • Facebook Graph Search Shortcuts by Michael Buzzel at
  • StalkScan – Facebook Graph-based, digging deeper into researching a person (scary level of detail!)
  • 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 used on Github

Lookup & Contact Info

  • ContactOut – currently my favorite tool to look up contact info on LinkedIn (I use the free credits)
  • Nymeria – find contact info on LinkedIn
  • LeadIQ – capture a profile, add email and social links, save to Google Drive
  • Find That Lead – lead generation tool for b2b companies
  • ZAPinfo (formerly WebClipDrop) – collects profiles; enriches 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

  • Zoominfo – a veteran site; collects professional information, including job titles, employers, and contact info, on the web
  • (former) Jigsaw,, owned by Salesforce – “business card exchange” – mostly used by sales professionals. It is going to be retired in May 2019


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 phone numbers than some other sites
  • Pipl –works internationally; finds people; checks usernames, phone numbers and email addresses
  • 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

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


Other lists of tools:

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