Private and Out of Network Search Results on LinkedIn

Posted by | August 23, 2010 | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.

  • gary cozin

    Glen- gr8 post as always. I believe you can find something unique in the private profile such as a unique title or school or skill – in your example above you can use “Partner at KPMG and Owner” in an xray search string in a search engine to possibly uncover the actual name in the profile- but doesn’t work all the time-

  • Boolean Black Belt

    Gary, thanks for the comment! Although you are right that in many cases simply taking a unique phrase or combination of terms from a “private” profile can be used to find the public version using an Internet search engine, you’ll find that it won’t work with the example LinkedIn profile I used. That’s because the person only published their “basic” information, so you can’t use the headline or titles – the only things left are location and industry, and good luck identifying that one person in the group that will get returned. These are the profiles I am most interested in – because very few if any other recruiters find them – even with a LinkedIn Recruiter account. :-)

  • Dave G.

    You should be able to run a script to check the names of… well, every existing user profile on LI. Seems like hundreds, even thousands at certain times, are added in the space of minutes, but it seems like a fairly low-intensity process to run in background.

    You could use LI’s nearly limitless field depth to search the names, and any who don’t turn up are not in your network.

    Tricky part would be cross-referencing with x-ray results, given all the “prove your humanity” requirements.

    Or am I missing something in all this?

  • Ismail Recruiter

    Hi Glen, I am working on a Position for OSS/BSS Architect with Dutch Language proficiency in Netherlands. I tried various string like (inurl: resume OR intitle: resume) +OSS +BSS +Dutch +Netherlands -Job -Jobs etc… but i am unable to get the exact results. Can you please help me on this. Thanks Ismail

  • Nancy

     Glen, I would greatly appreciate your help as am new to using boolean sourcing. I’m new in a  recruiting position, for a large medical medical staffing company. My departments already set up to retrieve resumes from google .What’s the best string to use for nursing professionals through-out the state of florida? Example cvor manager, within a 100 mile radius of 33446? Must have MSN, minimum of  5 years experience. All my searches are very specific, title ,degree requirements etc. all my attempts have come back with mixed results.

    Also are there any webinars that I can study on the week-ends that you can recommend?
    Much appreciated

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