How I Search LinkedIn to Find and Identify Talent

Would you like to know how I search LinkedIn when sourcing for talent? I don’t have a premium LinkedIn account, so you may be surprised to learn that I don’t X-Ray search LinkedIn all that often. I’ll tell you why in a moment, but first I would like to share my inspiration for this post. I recently read a great … Read More

LinkedIn’s Dark Matter – Undiscovered Profiles

Sourcing has a fundamental problem: All searches return results. Yes, that is actually a problem. Why? Because everyone’s a winner. Type in a few keywords and BAM! – you get some good looking results. Hey, this sourcing stuff isn’t so hard! If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – sourcing is easy. In fact, it’s ridiculously … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Challenge – X-Ray Location False Positives

I was extremely pleased to receive many responses/solutions to the Ruby LinkedIn Sourcing Challenge I posted recently, including some from well-known online sourcing heavyweights, as well as a number from other talented folks who came out of the Internet ether from several continents to show off their skills and take a crack at solving the challenge. Kudos to those who … Read More

Do You Really Know the Size of Your LinkedIn Network?

  When people talk about the size of their LinkedIn network, many make reference to the “Total users you can contact through an Introduction” number, which is the total of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree connections. However, many people don’t know that the number representing LinkedIn users three degrees away from you is just an estimate. Yes, you read … Read More

LinkedIn Profile Search Engine Optimization / SEO

I recently wrote about what happens when you search for yourself on LinkedIn. Now I’d like to address what happens when people don’t search for you by name, but rather try to find people like you using “regular” keywords and titles. When it comes to Internet search, the goal for most people and companies is to be on the first … Read More

LinkedIn Tips for Seeing Full Names of 3rd Degree Connections

I recently wrote about the change LinkedIn made that no longer allows people with a free LinkedIn account to view the full names of 3rd degree and group connections. While you can go through the trouble of using a search engine such as Bing to view any public LinkedIn profile, there are a few ways that you can find and … Read More

Now Premium on LinkedIn: Full Names of 3rd level & Group Connections

I had an associate with a free LinkedIn account contact me  late last week complaining about how he could no longer see the full names of his LinkedIn search results for 3rd degree connections – his results only showed the first initial of the last name. Furthermore, he claimed that LinkedIn had started charging for the ability to see the … Read More

LinkedIn Demographics and Visitor Statistics

If you have ever been curious about LinkedIn’s demographics, as well as LinkedIn’s visitor statistics broken down by country, city, and state, you’ve come to the right place! A while ago I stumbled across a very interesting and powerful website called Quantcast, which is used by 9 of the top 10 media agencies because they quite accurately quantify Internet audiences. … Read More

A Better Way to Search LinkedIn for Industry Experience

Sourcers and recruiters are often tasked with finding candidates that have experience in a specific industry. I’m sure that such a thing seems easy to the hiring managers and clients making the request, but it’s actually not an easily accomplished feat to perform exhaustively. Sure, finding some people who work in a specific industry is easy – simply target one or a … Read More

How to Search LinkedIn for Diversity Sourcing

If you ever have a need to perform diversity sourcing, I’m going to show you a trick on LinkedIn that goes beyond the obvious and “everyone’s doing it” methods of searching for fraternities, sororities, specific universities, and of course groups, societies and associations. Let’s say you were in need of identifying people with specific skills and experience that are also … Read More

LinkedIn Shows New Search Options, Some No Longer Free

LinkedIn now shows some new search functionality to the masses who use LinkedIn for free. Perhaps of greater interest, some previously free search options are now premium filters. I first noticed the changes to LinkedIn’s advanced search page on Saturday, June 19th. Did they appear earlier and I just didn’t notice them? Perhaps I missed a press release? For those of us without a premium LinkedIn … Read More

Searching LinkedIn with Google and Yahoo for Free

When it comes to searching LinkedIn using Internet search engines such as Google or Yahoo, there are many different ways to construct your search string (“X-Ray” or otherwise) and get results. Ultimately, the goal of any good sourcer or recruiter is to find all of the best available potential candidates that a particular source has to offer. A short while … Read More

LinkedIn X-Ray Search Results Change: Update Your Strings

The game is afoot. It appears that something’s happening behind the scenes at LinkedIn. Have you noticed anything odd when running a typical LinkedIn X-Ray search on Google and Yahoo? I have. For example – try running this search: site:linkedin.com (inurl:pub OR inurl:in) -intitle:directory (controller OR CFO) “Charlotte, North Carolina Area” You’ll get results that look like this:

LinkedIn Current Title Search: Internal vs. X-Ray Part II

In the original LinkedIn Current Title Search: Internal vs. X-Ray post, I found that there was a large disparity in results between identical internal and external (Google X-Ray) current title searches on LinkedIn.  At the end of the post I asked if anyone had any ideas as to where the missing 288 profiles were, why they weren’t returned using the basic Google X-Ray … Read More

Top 25 Most Connected Recruiters on LinkedIn

I’ve complied a list of the top 25 most connected recruiters on LinkedIn. To generate this list, I searched LinkedIn for anyone in the world who had one of the following terms in their current title: recruiter OR recruiting OR recruitment OR sourcer OR sourcing OR talent, and I sorted the results by connections. It looks as if you will need at … Read More

LinkedIn Current Title Search: Internal vs. X-Ray

So you know how to X-Ray LinkedIn, and perhaps you even know how to target current titles with an X-Ray string. However, did you know that you’re not finding all of the available matches within LinkedIn using this technique? Did that get your attention? Would you like to know approximately how many people you might be missing when you run … Read More

LinkedIn Network Connections: How Do You Measure Up?

You’re on LinkedIn – congratulations! So, how big is your network? Without going into a rant on quality vs. quantity (who says we can’t have BOTH?), let’s take a different angle on the size of your LinkedIn network…at your current company, where do you rank in terms of number of connections? Do you know off the top of your head? Why not? … Read More

What Social Recruiting is NOT

After recently writing about moving beyond the hype of social media and recruiting, I took some time to reflect quite a bit on the topic, and focused a critical eye on exactly what “Social Recruiting” is. While there is no shortage of what people think “Social Recruiting” is, quite frankly – I’m not satisfied with any of the definitions and explanations I’ve found … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Tip: Searching by Company? Beware!

Recently, I wrote about the intrinsic issues associated with searching LinkedIn for potential candidates with specific industry experience, and how using the “Industry” field can actually prevent you from finding the people you’re looking for.  A number of readers responded by suggesting a logical solution to the issue – searching by specific company name(s) instead of using LinkedIn’s “Industry” field. It is a … Read More

LinkedIn Sourcing Tip: Industry Search Issue

Do you ever use social networks to such as LinkedIn to search for people with experience in a specific industry? If you do, I can almost guarantee you that you are not finding everyone you’re looking for. How? There are intrinsic issues associated with any user generated content, especially when it comes to how users of social media identify themselves, and they can actually … Read More