Is Boolean Search Boring and Less Effective than Semantic Search?

  Do you think Boolean search is boring, tiresome and ineffective, and that semantic search delivers faster results that count? I was struck by the image Marc Drees used in his #SOSUEU: the day after post, which you can see above. I would have loved to sit on that panel discussion and contribute my experience and thoughts on the subject – I was actually … Read More

Video: Discussing AI in Sourcing and Recruiting

I recently had the chance to participate in a Google Hangout with Jeremy Roberts of HiringSolved as an introduction to the speakers of their upcoming conference on Feb 7 in NYC (HIREconf). You can watch the recording of our chat here or play the video below to learn a little about my background and my thoughts about the evolving role of technology … Read More

Sourcing & Recruiting Candidate Funnel & Output Calculators

Have you ever wondered: How many resumes, social profiles, names, etc., you have to identify to result in 1 hire? How efficient your sourcing/recruiting/hiring process is? How many candidates you need to submit to fill your position? How more effective messaging/engagement strategies and tactics can measurably improve your efficiency? How wonderful it would be if you could educate your hiring … Read More

What is Sourcing? I Propose a New Universal Definition.

  What better time than at the beginning of a new year to take a critical look back at where we’ve come from, to reflect on our current state and to look forward to a next step in the evolution of sourcing? It believe it would certainly be helpful and beneficial to have a universally agreed upon definition of exactly … Read More

100+ Free Sourcing & Recruiting Tools, Guides, and Resources

  It’s been a LONG time coming, but I finally got around to updating my free sourcing & recruiting tools, guides and resources page where I now keep a current list of the best of my work all in one place for easy bookmarking and reference. You can find it here on my main page:     Additionally, I thought … Read More

How to Find People to Recruit on Twitter with Google & Bing

  There are over 500 million Twitter accounts with over 200 million represent active users globally. I’d say that qualifies it as a solid source for finding and engaging talent for recruitment. Of course, you can’t engage someone you haven’t found in the first place, and it’s been far too long since I’ve posted an update to how to search … Read More

The End of Sourcing 1.0 is Near, Sourcing 2.0 Just Beginning

  In case you haven’t read Dr. John Sullivan’s recent article entitled, “The end of sourcing is near…the remaining recruiting challenge is selling“, I highly recommend that you do so. While I agree with some of the points that Dr. Sullivan raises, I disagree with others as I believe he has an oversimplified view of sourcing. I argue that some … Read More

2 Very Cool and FREE Social Discovery Tools

  Today, I’m bringing you not one, but two very cool and free social discovery tools to your attention. While I am a bit late to the game in publishing  my take on the first one I am going to review (Bill Boorman, Marc Drees and a few others beat me to the punch – I need to clone myself!), my first … Read More

The Moneyball Recruiting Opportunity: Analytics & Big Data

  Earlier this year, I traveled to Australia to present a keynote at the Australasian Talent Conference on the topic of the Moneyball opportunity that exists for companies when they are sourcing, identifying, assessing, recruiting, and developing talent, and how big data and predictive analytics will be the next major area of competitive advantage in the war for talent. Below you … Read More

Two of the Coolest Recruiting Sites I’ve Ever Seen

I have come across some interesting recruiting sites over the years, and I wanted to share 2 among the best with you today. Both offer fully interactive experiences, leverage gamification, are brilliantly designed and executed, and happen to have been produced by…(wait for it)…the Swedish Armed Forces. Surprised? You’ll want to set aside a little bit of free (non-prime) time … Read More

Do Recruiters Ruin LinkedIn?

  What do I mean by “ruin?” I’d rather let you run with the concept, but if you need a little more direction, this may help: In general – do you think that the activities undertaken by recruiters on LinkedIn have any negative repercussions on the LinkedIn experience for non-recruiters? If so, why, and how? If not, why? This is … Read More

One Job Board to Rule Them All? Hint: It’s not Facebook.

Like many people in HR/recruiting, I recently read about Facebook making the jump into offering searchable jobs. What took them so long anyway? Apparently, Facebook is planning to launch its own job board later this summer, and the board will aggregate the job postings of third-party providers, making them available for search by Facebook users. This comes after Facebook announced … Read More

What’s Wrong with Job Boards?

What’s wrong with job boards? Nothing, in my opinion. However, from the ridiculous overabundance of articles, comments, and recruiting conference content that trashes job boards as if they are the worst source of hire, I am obviously in the clear minority. I continue to see and hear well respected thought leaders in the staffing industry make claims that the value … Read More

I’ve Joined SourceRight Solutions, a Randstad Company

When it comes to recruiting – it’s all about timing and opportunity, right? I’ve had a great 15 year run in the staffing industry, starting off in 1997 at a small privately held company in Chantilly, VA, and ultimately ending up at Kforce after they acquired that no-longer-small staffing company back in February of 2005. Over the years, I’ve progressed … Read More

The 50 Largest LinkedIn Groups

At the time of this article, there were 1,236,675 LinkedIn groups. With so many groups, how do you find and choose which groups to join? Depending on your LinkedIn group strategy, you may be interested in finding the largest groups of a specific type. LinkedIn groups are very searchable, and when you start typing letters into the search box, you … Read More

The Talent Community Conundrum

First it was social recruiting, then it was mobile recruiting. Now talent communities are apparently the latest cure for all of your talent troubles. One the surface, the talent community concept seems like a brilliant “no brainer.” However, like Socrates, I believe there is value in questioning everything. So when I start seeing  a strong buzz about just about anything, I … Read More

How to Effectively Source Talent via Social Media & Networks

Sourcing talent via social media requires an entirely different mindset than sourcing with other forms of human capital data, such as resumes/CV’s, employee directories, conference attendee lists, etc. Back in early 2009, one of only 2 guest posts ever co-written on my site was published on the topic of non-standard descriptors and the role they play in social media. Valerie Scarsellato … Read More

How to Use Resume Search Aggregators

I am often asked my opinion on the best use of resume search “aggregators” such as those offered by infoGIST, TalentHook, Data Frenzy RAM, DaXtra, AIRS SourcePoint and others. If you’re not familiar with resume search aggregators, a resume search aggregator is an application that allows a user to enter a search string that will simultaneously execute across multiple free and paid job … Read More

Big Data, Data Science and Moneyball Recruiting

With each passing day, an increasing amount of data is being generated and transmitted by and about more people than ever before. At Google’s 2010 Atmosphere convention, Google CEO Eric Schmidt stated that “There were 5 Exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days.” In case you were wondering, … Read More

How to Find and Identify Active Job Seekers on LinkedIn

I’ve received a few inquiries over the past month regarding how to find active job seekers on LinkedIn. This isn’t something I do, nor have I ever tried to do it, so I didn’t have any read-made search suggestions for these folks. I don’t recruit people because they are looking to make a move – I recruit people based on … Read More