Free LinkedIn Sourcing Webinar Wednesday November 20 @ 2PM ET

  When you search LinkedIn, are you finding top talent, or simply those people who are easiest to find? Would you know the difference? While some people firmly believe that LinkedIn is “over fished,” I can confidently tell you that nothing is further from the truth. In fact, what if I told you that you routinely find only a fraction … Read More

Some Very Interesting Google / LinkedIn X-Ray Search Results

  While I was writing last week’s post in which I explored using Google to X-Ray search within specific LinkedIn groups, I decided to perform some general X-Ray search syntax testing to challenge some assumptions, as well as to compare X-Ray results to LinkedIn Recruiter results. I notice quite a few folks seem to use the “people you know” phrase … Read More

Using Google to Search for People in Specific LinkedIn Groups

In this post, I am going to share with you the journey I took and the discoveries I made while investigating the answer to a Boolean search request for help I recently came across online about using -dir in a Google X-Ray search of LinkedIn. Some of you may enjoy and appreciate seeing my methodology, others will likely learn a thing or … Read More

LinkedIn Certification, Talent Connect and Boolean NOT Update

LinkedIn Recruiter Certification In case you missed it, LinkedIn has launched a recruiter certification program! If you think you’re ready to get certified, between now and December 31, 2013, LinkedIn will waive the exam fee for the first 500 customers that register for the LinkedIn Certified Professional—Recruiter certification exam. Click/see the coupon code below: Before you attempt to take the certification assessment, you … Read More

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

Building Talent Pipelines and Just-In-Time Recruiting – Part 4

  Welcome to the 4th and final post of the “Building Talent Pipelines and Just-In-Time Recruiting” series. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read parts 1, 2, and 3 before reading this post. In Ben Franklin’s the Way to Wealth, he talks about the issues associated with carrying unnecessary inventory, “You call them goods; but, if you do not take care, they … Read More

Building Talent Pipelines and Just-In-Time Recruiting – Part 3

  In Part 1 and Part 2 in this series, I explored many of the intrinsic limitations and hidden costs of building traditional talent pipelines – sourcing, screening, and “keeping warm” candidates for which you do not have a current need. To recap, traditional candidate pipelining: Is a “push” based strategy that is not based on an actual customer (client or candidate) need Often … Read More

Building Talent Pipelines and Just-In-Time Recruiting – Part 2

  In Part 1 of this series, I explored and challenged the practice of traditional candidate pipelining. Some people may have interpreted my thoughts on the subject to mean that I don’t believe in any form of proactively building candidate pipelines. That would be incorrect. Anyone that really knows me knows that I am not a black/white, either/or kind of guy. What … Read More

Building Talent Pipelines and Just-In-Time Recruiting – Part 1

  Back in 2009 I wrote a 4-part series examining the logic and practices behind proactively building talent pipelines and how I believe that traditional talent pipelining can be significantly improved through leveraging Lean production principles to achieve Just-In-Time recruiting. I haven’t written much on the topic of applying Lean principles to the recruiting life cycle in quite a while, and … Read More

50 Google Search Tips & Tricks

  If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out Google’s Inside Search site, where you can explore a cool interactive graphic explaining how Google search works. What I found especially cool is that Google decided to put all of their search tips and tricks in one place – 50 of them to be exact. While many of you are probably familiar … Read More

How to Find the Best Software Engineers on Stack Overflow

  Looking to source and recruit software engineers? One of the best places to find software engineers is Stack Overflow, where nearly 2,000,000 programmers from all over the world ask and answer programming-related questions. How would you like to know which software engineers might be the most talented and skilled? A year ago, Peter Kazanjy of TalentBin published an extensive … Read More

Using Extended Boolean to Achieve Semantic Search in Sourcing

When it comes to sourcing and recruiting, semantic search is perhaps the most powerful way to quickly find people who have experience you’re looking for. Now, I am not talking about black box semantic search (e.g., Google, Monster’s 6Sense, etc.). I’m referring to user-defined semantic search, where you tell a search engine exactly what you want with your query, and … Read More

LinkedIn Traffic Statistics and User Demographics 2013

Would you like to know more about LinkedIn’s user demographics, mobile traffic, and LinkedIn’s visitor statistics broken down by country, city, and state? How about real-time LinkedIn unique visitors and page views per second? If so, you’ve come to the right place!

Social Recruiting w/Facebook – One or Two Facebook Profiles?

Do you use Facebook to source and recruit potential candidates? If yes, do you have one or two profiles? If no, why not? (two words: Graph Search!) One of the most common social recruiting questions I get is whether or not sourcers and recruiters using Facebook to search for and engage potential candidates should have 1 or 2 profiles (one … Read More

My Future of Sourcing Keynote at Talent42

I recently attended and thoroughly enjoyed the Talent42 conference in Seattle – John Vlastelica and Carmen Hudson have done a fantastic job, and I was also honored to be asked to present the closing keynote on the current and future state of sourcing. Aside from the stacked speaker lineup, valuable content, sourcing roundtables led by a good portion of who’s … Read More

How to Find Military Veterans for Sourcing & Recruiting

In a similar vein to my recent diversity sourcing article, I wanted to create a resource for people looking to effectively search for and identify military veterans for recruiting. While this posts focuses on the U.S. armed forces, I encourage folks from other countries to create and distribute similar searches to identify their own military veterans. If you’re interested in … Read More

List of U.S. Location Phrases on LinkedIn

Last week I was assisting a team in building an exhaustive sourcing strategy for identifying, contacting and pipelining a consistent and continual weekly flow of highly specialized software engineers and 13 other hiring profiles that all allow for nationwide relocation. If you’ve never been faced with such a challenge – imagine sourcing the entire U.S. (or any large country) on … Read More

How LinkedIn Search Actually Works

If you’re in sourcing, recruiting or HR, you no doubt search LinkedIn from time to time or perhaps even every day. So why not gain a better understanding of how LinkedIn search actually works? And what better way to learn how LinkedIn search works than from the Heads of Search Relevance and Query Understanding at LinkedIn? Yes, you read that … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Ninja Webinar Recording now on YouTube

  In case you missed my record-setting LinkedIn sourcing webinar on 6/4 (3,000+ attendees!), the fine folks at LinkedIn recorded the whole session and have graciously uploaded the presentation to YouTube, where you can find the Become a Sourcing Ninja: Earn your Boolean Black Belt with Glen Cathey video.     Be sure to change the quality to 720 for the best viewing … Read More

Analytics, Big Data & Moneyball HR/Recruiting for Dummies

  The interest in leveraging big data, analytics and Moneyball in HR and recruiting is gaining significant steam. Ever since my first article on the subject back in 2011, I’ve set up Google Alerts and Hootsuite streams set up to catch any mention of big data, analytics and/or Moneyball in conjunction with HR, sourcing or recruiting,  and the volume of activity is bordering on surprisingly … Read More