Why Facebook Graph Search is No Threat to LinkedIn…For Now

  As with all new and bright shiny objects, people are quick and eager to make blind and wild predictions, and Facebook’s Graph Search is an excellent example. Facebook announced Graph Search on January 15th, and there are already 100’s of articles published on the possibilities, including how Graph Search will challenge Google in advertising, Match.com & eHarmony in online … Read More

How to Find Almost Anyone’s Email Address with Rapportive

  Sourcers and recruiters are always looking for different, easier and more effective ways of divining the email addresses of people they are looking to engage. While there are many ways of researching, guessing, and verifying valid email addresses, did you know you can find almost anyone’s email address using Gmail? I didn’t, until I stumbled across a very interesting … Read More

Diversity Sourcing: Boolean Search Strings for LinkedIn

    Note: I’ve updated this post as of August, 2015 with even more inclusive and effective diversity searches for LinkedIn. When it comes to diversity sourcing and recruiting, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is posting jobs on diversity sites and in diverse groups. However, as I have written about many times, posting jobs is … Read More

What’s the most effective way to X-Ray search LinkedIn?

  I’ve recently come across some blog posts and some Boolean Strings discussions on LinkedIn that inspired me to go back and tinker with searching LinkedIn via Google and Bing. For example, I continue to see people talk about: Whether or not you should use “pub” and/or “in” (e.g. site:linkedin.com/in | site:linkedin.com/pub) Whether or not you should use -dir Using country … Read More

Do you suffer from Obsessive Exotic Sourcing Syndrome?

    Okay, that might have been a bit dramatic, but I do expect a strong negative reaction from some folks because I am going to address an issue that might be a tad sensitive to the sourcing community. The issue I would like to address is the apparent obsession of many with exotic sourcing. What is Exotic Sourcing? If … 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

I Return to London For LinkedIn Talent Connect and TruLondon

  I’m writing this from the International terminal of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson airport – the busiest airport in the world. I thought I would let you know where in the world Glen Cathey is, and this week – I’ll be in London to speak at my 5th LinkedIn event, LinkedIn Talent Connect Europe. I’ve cooked up a great presentation for the … Read More

My SourceCon Presentation – LinkedIn: Beyond the Basics

  I was honored to be asked to present at the Dallas 2012 SourceCon event – which turned out to be the largest SourceCon event ever! When I was talking with Amybeth Hale back at the end of 2011 about what I’d like to present on, I asked if anyone had ever run a session solely dedicated to LinkedIn. Now, … Read More

8 Minute Video from my LinkedIn #InToronto Presentation

  I’ve had the distinct honor of speaking at every event that LinkedIn has put together in the U.S. and Canada, and I will also be speaking at the third Talent Connect event on October 10-12 in Las Vegas, where they expect well over 2,000 people to attend. I’ll be running 2 sessions on effectively searching LinkedIn (one basic and … Read More

How to View Full Profiles of Your 3rd Degree LinkedIn Network

  Just a short while ago I posted a piece on how some people are no longer able to view full profiles of their 3rd degree LinkedIn connections when logged in and searching withing LinkedIn. At the time of the article, I had not been affected, and I kept checking daily to see if and when I would be. Alas, the … Read More

Full Profiles of 3rd Degree LinkedIn Network No Longer Free?

  Do you use LinkedIn for free? Can you still view full profiles of your 3rd degree network? You may have read about some recent changes that have affected some LinkedIn users here and here with regard to 3rd degree profile visibility. Prior to both of those articles, I had a recruiter who I used to work with at a past company reach out … Read More

How Would You Search for these Positions on LinkedIn?

One of the things that has always struck me as extremely odd with regard to sourcing is the fact that there appears to be so little sharing of Boolean search strings. While one can find basic search string examples in training materials and in various sourcing groups online, I know plenty of sourcers and recruiters that have never seen another … 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

How to Get a Higher LinkedIn InMail Response Rate

Would you like to know what you can do to increase your LinkedIn InMail response rate? I have a couple of powerful ideas to share, but you might be disappointed by this post if you’re expecting a cookie-cutter article with the familiar advice everyone gives for increasing their messaging response rate – InMail or otherwise. This isn’t a “Top 5 … Read More

Are you a clueless recruiter?

You know what they say about first impressions? Do you ever wonder what people think of you based on the emails, InMails, voice mails, LinkedIn group posts, and other messaging efforts you undertake to make an initial contact with potential candidates? You should. Do you think they feel that they can get a sense of your competence as a recruiter … 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

How to Become a World Class Sourcer or Recruiter

So, you want to know how to become a world class sourcer or recruiter? You’re in luck, because in this article, I explain precisely how to become one. The good news is that all it takes is practice, and it doesn’t take 10,000 hours of practice either. No one is born with a sourcing or recruiting gene, so no one is predispositioned for … 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

Searching Facebook for Sourcing and Recruiting

As Facebook approaches 1 billion users globally, it would be folly to ignore the vast amount of human capital data that Facebook has to offer. However, as I have written and spoken about many times, the value of data is directly proportional to the ability to retrieve it. And therein lies the rub of Facebook. It’s just not very searchable, … Read More