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

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

Why Boolean Search is Such a Big Deal in Recruiting

In the past, I’ve explained the Boolean Black Belt concept and exposed what I feel is the real “secret” behind learning how to master the art and science of leveraging information systems for talent identification and acquisition. Now I would like to show you precisely WHY Boolean search is such a big deal in recruiting. There are 2 main factors: Candidate … Read More

The Current and Future State of Talent Sourcing

I had the distinct honor and privilege of serving as the conference chair of the biggest-ever SourceCon, held at the Georgia Aquarium in February. Part of my responsibility in that role involved kicking off the event, and I took the opportunity to touch upon my observations and opinions on the current state of sourcing, as well as what I believe will be the … 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

Top 15 Common Talent Sourcing Mistakes

Practically everything I have learned about sourcing and recruiting didn’t come from a mentor or any formal training. Instead, I learned how to become a top performing recruiter “the hard way.” What that really means is that when it came to finding top talent, I tried a lot of things that didn’t work, and because I refuse to make excuses, … 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

LinkedIn Is Making Changes to Prevent Copying Profile Text

Last week, I had someone ask me what was going on with LinkedIn. She told me she was having difficulty selecting text from a LinkedIn profile in order to copy and paste it into a search engine to find the public profile. I jumped onto her computer to check out what she was talking about, and I found out that … Read More

Is Your ATS a Black Hole or a Diamond Mine?

Most companies and staffing organizations, ranging from executive search sole proprietorships to staffing agencies to Fortune 500 companies, have internal databases filled with rich and actionable information on thousands to literally tens of millions of applicants, candidates, and professionals. You would think that a private internal database of people that an organization has actively and passively, tactically and strategically collected over the years … 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

SourceCon 2012 Atlanta – the Biggest SourceCon Ever!

It’s official. The SourceCon event at the Georgia Aquarium on Feb 9 & 10 will be the biggest event ever, with more attendees than any other SourceCon! What that really means, other than proof that Atlanta is the center of the sourcing universe [sorry Seattle ;)], is that attendees will have more opportunity to network with, share best practices, and … Read More

How to See Full Names of 3rd Degree Connections on LinkedIn

For a while, there was an interesting little method for revealing the full name of 3rd degree and group connections on LinkedIn. However, LinkedIn has changed the “get introduced” functionality and UI for most people and effectively eliminated that method (albeit unintentionally, IMO). Oh well – it was easy and fun while it lasted. Fortunately, I’ve recently become aware of … Read More

What is Your Talent Sourcing ROI?

Anything worth doing is worth measuring, and sourcing isn’t exempt from this. If you want to know which method of sourcing has the highest ROI in terms of enabling a person to find more of the right people more quickly, then you’re in luck – because that’s what this post is about. Human capital data comes in many forms – … Read More

The Guide to Semantic Search for Sourcing and Recruiting

If you have nearly any tenure in HR, sourcing or recruiting, you’ve probably heard something about “semantic search” and perhaps you would like to learn more. Well – you’ve found the right article. As a follow-up to my recent Slideshare on AI sourcing and matching, I am going to provide an overview of semantic search, the claims that semantic search … Read More

Talent Sourcing: Man vs. AI/Black Box Semantic Search

Back in March 2010, I had the distinct honor of delivering the keynote presentation at SourceCon on the topic of resume search and match solutions claiming to use artificial intelligence in comparison with people using their natural intelligence for talent discovery and identification. Now that nearly 2 years has passed, and given that in that time I’ve had even more hands-on … Read More

Looking Back, Forward, and For Your Input

As a reader of Boolean Black Belt, I’d looking for your feedback and input on a few things. For example: What would you like to see me write more about? Would you like to write a post on Boolean Black Belt? What do you think of me changing my site to something other than “Boolean Black Belt?” However, before I … Read More

Why So Many People Stink at Searching

The trouble with search today is that people put too much trust in search engines – online, resume, social, or otherwise. I can certainly understand and appreciate why people and companies would want to try and create search engines and solutions that “do the work for you,” but unfortunately the “work” being referenced here is thinking. I read an article … Read More

How to Find Bilingual Professionals via Boolean Search

Have you ever had to find bilingual candidates or search for people who speak a specific language? If so, you’re in luck – this week’s post focuses on a few ways of how do just that. If not, no worries – the thought processes and search strategies I use in this post are helpful no matter what it is you’re … Read More