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

The Top 100 Most Connected People on LinkedIn

  I’ve compiled a list of the top 100 most connected people on LinkedIn, who represent the top .000044% of LinkedIn’s reported 225 million+ registered users. Here are a few interesting facts: There are only 5 women in the top 100, but 2 are in the top 10, and a total of 4 are in the top 20 The U.S. accounts … Read More

How to Find Your LinkedIn Network Statistics

    Do you *really* know the size of your LinkedIn network? While everyone can easily find the number of their 1st degree connections and estimated total network size on their LinkedIn home page…     …LinkedIn has long since removed the “Network Statistics” feature that allowed you to see their estimate of your 2nd and 3rd degree networks.   … Read More

Monster’s Undocumented Boolean Search Operators & Query Compression

  The other week I came across a question regarding Monster’s search operators in the Boolean Strings group on LinkedIn and I realized that most people don’t know that Monster’s classic resume search has a few undocumented search operators as well as powerful semantic search capability. In this article I will detail two of Monster’s undocumented search operators, how to … 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

LinkedIn’s Voltron Search: What’s New and What’s Missing

  In case you haven’t heard, LinkedIn is rolling out a new search interface globally over the next few weeks. If you’d like to read the official statements and press-friendly content about LinkedIn’s new search functionality, you can find read about the changes on LinkedIn’s blog, TechCrunch, Search Engine Land, Mashable, and PCMag.com. If you’re only going to read one – … Read More

Google Plus Search Guide: How to Search & Find People on G+

  Do you want to know how to search for people on Google+ by title/skill, company, AND location? If so, you’ve come to the right place – I’m going to show you 3 different ways to find people on Google+, and only one of them allows you to reliably search for and find people based on where they live: Google+’s … Read More

LinkedIn Catfish: Fake Profiles, Real People or Fake Photos?

  There have been numerous articles written about fake LinkedIn profiles, and some are really easy to spot because their names aren’t even names.     Then there are LinkedIn profiles with names that appear real but the profiles are obviously fake.     This person profile actually has some endorsements. I’m pretty sure this is a picture is of … Read More

First Look at LinkedIn’s New User Interface

  I just stumbled across this YouTube video created by Viveka von Rosen that walks through LinkedIn’s new user interface and functionality. I don’t have LinkedIn’s new UI, and apparently neither does Viveka – she only caught the new look and feel when she was working with one of her client’s profiles. I thought I would share this video with you … Read More

Is LinkedIn Locking Down Public Profiles or Just Having Problems?

  Have you noticed anything different about LinkedIn recently – specifically with regard to viewing 3rd degree profiles, searching for headline phrases, searching by first and last name, and using Google and Bing to X-Ray search for public profiles? I have, and either I am encountering some serious and hopefully temporary errors, or LinkedIn may finally making serious moves to … Read More

Diversity Sourcing is a Breeze with Facebook Graph Search

  In some respects, Facebook’s Graph Search has literally changed the game when it comes to diversity and inclusion with regard to sourcing. If you don’t already have access to Graph Search, you may not be aware just how easy it is to leverage diversity criteria such as gender, race and ethnicity. How easy is it? I’ll show you how. … Read More

How to Find, Hire, Train & Build a Sourcing Team: SourceCon 2013

  I recently presented at the largest-ever SourceCon event held at the mesmerizing Georgia Aquarium where you can network with industry peers while watching whale sharks, manta rays and Beluga whales swim by. My session focused on building out a sourcing function with an emphasis on building a sourcing team from scratch with people who have no prior experience in … Read More

Facebook Now Charges Users to Send Messages?

  If you live in the U.S. – have you noticed that Facebook now charges $1.00 for you to send a message to someone that you’re not “connected to” on Facebook? No? Go ahead, give it a try. You might encounter something like this:     If you’re in the U.S. and you don’t get a message like the one … 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

Facebook Graph Search Sourcing and Recruiting Initial Test Drive

    For those who don’t yet have access to Facebook’s Graph Search – I put together a video detailing 5 live searches for: product managers who work at Microsoft and live in Seattle software engineers who work at Google and live in New York (developer OR programmer OR engineer) underwriters in Charlotte accountants who live near Alpharetta I must … Read More