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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LinkedIn’s Talent Connect, Talent Pipeline, and Certification

Talent Connect 2011 in Las Vegas  was just as good as, if not better than, Talent Connect 2010 in San Francisco. Nearly 2,000 people showed up, which is around 3 times as many attendees as last year’s conference, and they represented over 700 companies from 17 countries. One thing’s for sure – LinkedIn knows how to put on a conference. The Talent … Read More

LinkedIn User Demographics and Visitor Statistics 2011

Would you like to know more about LinkedIn’s user demographics, as well as LinkedIn’s visitor statistics broken down by country, city, and state? If so, you’ve come to the right place! After patiently waiting for a whole year since my last post on LinkedIn statistics, I’m excited to bring you LinkedIn’s latest user demographics and visitor statistics for 2011. In … Read More

All Recruiting Sources Are NOT Created Equal

While there is much written on the subject of how to search the various talent sources available to recruiters and sourcers today, such as the Internet, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, ATS/CRM systems, etc., there does not seem to be much written about their ROI as sources of talent/human capital information. I believe that the value of any source of information is 50% based upon … Read More