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14. March 2013

Tips for the Social Networking Recruiter: Cheat Sheet Series

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 12:57

The following Cheat Sheets were produced by:

Pinterest & Instagram Cheat Sheet
Understand why images are so important in your marketing mix, and how you can use them on Pinterest and Instagram to drive engagement, increase social sharing, and improve your SEO and content marketing mixes.

Blogging Cheat Sheet
Discover tips for optimizing your blog to drive more leads and improve search results. Find out what makes a blog post truly stand out, plus rules to consider for your company’s blogging policy.

Google+ Cheat Sheet
How to create your About page, leverage Google Events, Google+ Hangouts, and Google Circles, and what you need to know about Google authorship and its contribution to search rankings.

LinkedIn Cheat Sheet
Learn how to use Company pages, Product pages, LinkedIn Advertising, and LinkedIn Groups. You’ll also see how you can use LinkedIn for targeted account marketing and to improve your company’s organic search rankings.

Facebook Cheat Sheet
Everything you need to know about EdgeRank, Facebook ads, Facebook groups, Facebook lists, Facebook apps, and promoted posts. Learn how to boost your numbers of interactions and shares, plus two key questions you should ask yourself before every post.

Twitter Cheat Sheet
How to use track and engage your key followers and influencers on Twitter, plus everything you needed to know about #hashtags, @mentions, tweetchats, promoted tweets, and the all-important 4-1-1 rule for social content.

8. February 2013

Social Recruiting Guide

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 21:59

Social Recruiting Guide: How to Effectively Use Social Networks and Avoid Legal Risk Building Critical Talent-Pipeline

Social networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn are some of the most powerful tools available to recruiters today. Facebook has more than 146 million U.S.-based members and regularly surpasses Google in site visits per day. LinkedIn has increased its number of registered users from 4,500 in 2003 to more than 161 million worldwide in 2012—with 61 percent of those users in the U.S…

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3. January 2013

Maximizing Your Social Media Impact

Filed under: Musings,Strategies,Techniques,Tools — netrecruiter @ 13:01

Social Media World

Check out how how to use these Social Media websites to benefit your business.

5. November 2012

How To Use The Internet When The Internet Is Gone

Filed under: Musings,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 11:27

In late October 2012, Sandy stormed through the Northeast, knocking out the electricity. Lights went out, and so did Wi-Fi. Though a laptop was still charged, it was without Internet.


The local cell networks were both degraded by the weather and instantly overloaded as thousands of people around called their friends and family to ask, “Did your power just go out? Are you OK?”


Your phone is getting service, but just barely. Calls are patchy. 3G and 4G Internet aren’t working at all, so neither are your apps. All you can depend on is the most resilient, and limited, feature of your cell service: Text messages.


The Washington Post had a great post up about how to use Twitter (, which was originally a text-based service, without Internet access. But there’s a lot more you can do with SMS — from Twitter and Facebook to email and search. Here’s how to access the Internet without the Internet:


You can still use Google even if all you have is SMS access. Just add 466453 (GOOGLE) to your phone book, then text to it as if you’re searching.


Here’s something you may not have known about your phone number: It has an e-mail address. Almost every carrier operates what’s called an e-mail gateway, meaning that you can send and receive e-mails via text.


Here’s how to figure out your phone’s e-mail address:


If you’re on Verizon, it’s (as in, or if that doesn’t work,


If you’re on AT&T, it’s, or if that doesn’t work


If you’re on Sprint, it’s


If you’re on T-Mobile, it’s


(For other carriers, or to troubleshoot yours, check here.)


Now, to receive your e-mail via SMS, you’ll need to forward it to your gateway address: Most e-mail services offer this for free in the settings page. Here’s how to do it in Gmail, for example. You’ll have to turn this on before you lose Internet access. So, like, now.


If this doesn’t work, depending on your carrier and e-mail provider, you can try an automated forwarding service such as TXTJet.


Add a forwarding address


To send e-mails via text, you can usually just enter an e-mail address instead of a phone number. These same e-mail gateways work in reverse, meaning you can either respond directly to messages forwarded through the gateway or send a new message by entering “” in the recipient box in your texting app. This works on many older phones, too, though typing out email addresses on a T9 keypad will be a chore.


It’s not the most graceful process, but it works.


You can do almost anything on Twitter via SMS, which, if you’re interested, you can read about here. But in the event of an outage, there are really only two Twitter SMS features you’ll need.


To get simple updates from any account, set up an SMS Fast Follow. This does not require your Twitter account, and will keep your text volume low. Just send “Follow [username]” to 40404. (No @ symbol required.) This will let you receive updates from important accounts, but won’t let you post. Some suggestions and example for Fast Follows, though yours will be location-specific:







To post to Twitter, follow these instructions from Twitter’s FAQ:


How to add your phone to your existing Twitter account via SMS:

– Send a text to your Twitter code [40404] with the word START.

– We’ll reply and ask you to text YES to the Twitter short code.

– Text your username to the same number. Do not use the @ symbol or quotation marks. Send your username ONLY. For example: netrecruiter

– Next, text your password. This is case sensitive, so be sure you are sending your password correctly.

– That’s it! You’re ready to go!


Your account can now be used with the whole range of Twitter text commands, found here. A few important ones:


ON: turns ALL your authorized Twitter updates and notifications on.


OFF: turns ALL phone notifications off.


Otherwise, anything you send to 40404 will be posted from your account. (These instructions only work for Verizon, AT&T, and affiliated MVNOs.)


This used to be more functional, but you can still have Facebook forward you notifications and private messages via SMS, as well as post status updates. You can also respond to private messages, which is potentially valuable if you don’t have someone’s phone number but happen to be Facebook friends.


To activate Facebook via SMS, go to your Facebook account settings and click “Mobile” on the left side of the page. Turn on Facebook Message forwarding and Notifications. (You can customize which ones get through in a submenu.)


Once this is set up, you can also post a status update by texting it to 32665 (FBOOK).

4. April 2012

16 Unique Job Boards to Help You Find Your Candidate

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 12:16

Whether you want a candidate in tech, television or typography, there’s likely a specialty job board out there designed to meet your specific desires. Here are 15 unique job boards to help jump-start your next candidate search:

1. Escape the City ( – Talented 20-somethings looking to ditch the 9-to-5 and “do something different.”

London-based founders Rob and Dom believe there’s more to life than doing work that doesn’t matter to you. More than 50,000 corporate professionals around the globe use this site to make their next career move.

2. 37signals Job Board ( – Programmers, designers, business types and iPhone developers.

Since 2006, this no-frills website has connected job candidates with industry leaders like Apple, The New York Times, Facebook and American Express.

3. Krop (!/) – Creative job-seekers from art directors and copywriters to web designers and developers.

This site works double-duty as a portfolio host and receives more than one million visitors each month. We love the Pluck-t portion of the site, which profiles a daily hand-picked peek at a portfolio.

4. Mediabistro ( – Anyone who creates content – whether you’re an author, blogger, writer or editor.

Frequently updated job boards keep job-seekers coming back, but it’s Mediabistro’s bulletin boards, classes (both online and in real life) and in-depth “how to” informational pieces that create community.

5. Tweet My Jobs ( – Anyone who’s tired of filling out long (and exhausting) applications on online job boards.

It’s like Mad Libs for job-seekers. Type in your desired role and industry and how you wish to receive job leads (via email, mobile or Twitter) and matches are sent directly to you. Heavy hitters like Starbucks, UPS and Verizon all use this hiring tool.

6. Glassdoor ( – This little black dress of job board sites offers resources for a wide variety of fields – from customer service and clerical positions to health care and human resources.

It includes lots of employee-generated content, which means an insider peek at anonymous salaries, company reviews and a sneak peek of interview questions and protocols.

7. Talent Zoo ( – Advertising, creative, digital, marketing and new media folks.

This easy-to-navigate site not only connects qualified individuals with clients, but also offers helpful blogs and columns from industry thought-leaders.

8. Job Postings ( – College students looking for practical job-hunting advice, who want to connect directly with employers.

This one-stop career resource offers a wealth of information, including articles, blog posts, a monthly e-advice column and a quick and easy “dream job” search engine. Its magazine is Canada’s largest career lifestyle magazine for university and college students.

9. Indeed ( – Anyone who seeks a more efficient job-application process.

With a few clicks of a mouse, applicants can narrow down job possibilities by position, salary, title, location and job type.

10. Chef2Chef ( – Culinary art students, chefs and hospitality industry types looking for positions in culinary field.

Whether you’re a baker, bartender, restaurant manager or sommelier, this site features jobs across the country, as well as resources for those still in school, just starting out or looking for a career change.

11. Journalism Jobs ( – Anyone involved in publishing and media.

Not only does this site offer extensive job listings, it also features fellowship, internship and online contest opportunities. We love its savvy industry commentary and event listings, too.

12. Think Beyond the Label ( – Workers with disabilities.

Job results are prioritized to first list those companies that are actively recruiting qualified job candidates with disabilities. The site also provides tools to employers so can they hire people with disabilities and seamlessly integrate them into the workforce.

13. Law Jobs ( – People looking for careers in the legal field.

Job-seekers can browse by category or location for everything from contract work to in-house positions. The site offers many resources, including connecting workers with temporary legal staffing agencies and legal recruiters.

14. Public Relations Society of America Job Center ( – Public relations, communications and marketing job-seekers.

The site offers handy education and professional resources from entry to senior level, as well as a tool for those considering a career change to public relations.

15. Mad Jobs ( – Design, marketing and advertising types.

This UK-based creative firm has its finger on the pulse of the new media industry.

16. Careerjet ( – Gives job seekers access to a huge selection of jobs that are sourced from various internet sites, saving the trouble of having to visit each site individually.

6. January 2012

10 Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips To Get You Started

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 12:12

1.       Monitor your search standings.

2.       Be conscious of placing appropriate keywords throughout every aspect of your site: your titles, content, URLs, and image names.

3.       Integrate internal links into your site (link back to yourself) — it is an easy way to boost traffic to individual pages.

4.       Add a site map — a page listing and linking to all the other major pages on your site — makes it easier for spiders to search your site.

5.       Make your URLs more search-engine-friendly by naming them with clear keywords.

6.       Flash and AJAX all share a common problem – you can’t link to a single page… Don’t use Frames at all and use Flash and AJAX sparingly for best SEO results.”

7.       Spiders can only search text, not text in your images — which is why you need to make the words associated with your images as descriptive as possible.

8.       Content needs to be fresh — updating regularly and often is crucial for increasing traffic.

9.       Distribute links to fresh content on your site across appropriate social networking platforms.

10.   Direct more traffic to your site by developing relationships with other sites.

23. September 2011

Making Simple & Easy Choices to Creating a Secure Password

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques,Tools — netrecruiter @ 19:17

There is no such thing as a perfect password. A committed hacker can crack any password, given enough time and the right “dictionary” or “brute force” tools. But just like breaking into a car, if the protection is strong enough, the hacker will become discouraged and pursue an easier target.


1. Start With a Base Word Phrase.


A good password starts with a base word phrase. Choose a memorable catchphrase, quotation, or easy-to-remember saying, and take the first letter from each word. Choose a phrase that is memorable to you.


Examples of some base word phrases:


    * Can’t See the Forest Through the Trees:  cstfttt

    * Put Up or Shut Up:  puosu

    * If the Shoe Fits, Wear It:  itsfwi

    * You Can Lead a Horse to Water:  yclahtw

    * The Last Mile Is Always Uphill: tlmiau

    * I Think, Therefore I Am:  ittia

    * Oh Say Can You See:  oscys

    * My Dog Quinnie Loves Mystery Suprises: mdqlms


Suggestion: try this list of acronym phrases you could use for inspiration


Suggestion: try this list of famous quotations and catchphrases


2. Lengthen the Phrase


Passwords start to become strong at 6 characters long. While a long password can be annoying to type, a long password really helps to slow down brute force hacker attacks.


Tip: lengthen your password by adding the website name or computer software name to the base phrase. For example:


    * cstftttGmail

    * puosuVista

    * itsfwiEpinions

    * yclahtwWin7

    * tlmiauMac

    * ittiaAboutdotcom

    * oscysPayPal

    * mdqlmsEbay


Tech tip: passwords that are 15 characters and more are extremely strong, because Microsoft Windows will not store scrambled passwords in hidden files once they are 15 characters or longer.


3. Scramble the Phrase


Scrambling does not necessarily mean rearranging the letters. Rather, scrambling your password can effectively be achieved by swapping one or more of the password letters with a non-alphabetic character, and then purposely including uppercase and lowercase letters within the password. Scrambling creatively uses the shift key, punctuation marks, the @ or % symbols, and even semi-colons and periods. Using numbers as substitutes for letters is another strong scrambling technique.


Examples of scrambling:


    * CstftttGm@il

    * Puo5uVista

    * 1tsfwiEpinions

    * Ycl@htwWin7

    * 7lmiauMac

    * ittiaAboutdotcom

    * o5cysPayPal

    * mdqlm?!Ebay


4. Lastly: Rotate/Change Your Password Regularly


At work, your network people will require you to change your password every several days. At home, you should rotate your passwords as a matter of good computer hygiene. If you are using different passwords for different websites, rotate portions of your passwords every few weeks. Note that rotating parts of the password, not the entire passwords, will help deter hackers from stealing your phrases. If you can memorize three or more passwords at the same time, then you are in good shape to resist brute force hacker attacks.




    * mdqlm?!Gmail

    * CstftttVista

    * Puo5uEpinions

    * 1tsfwiWin7

    * Ycl@htwMac

    * 7lmiauAboutdotcom

    * ittiaPayPal

    * o5cysEBay


5. Advanced Password Tips


There are several other resources for building strong passwords.


    * See more samples of strong passwords here.


    * See other personal password suggestions.


    * A FREE online password generator.


    * There are multiple drag-and-drop software tools that help you bypass hacker keylogger software.


Free tools like:


KeyWallet Password Manager


KeePass – a free open source password manager, which helps you to manage your passwords in a secure way.




work well because you can avoiding typing your passwords entirely, and just let your mouse do the data entry.


    * You can also employ a digital vault like Password Safe. This kind of software creates personal “lockers” to keep all your passwords locked under a master password.


    * Or try phrasing tips for password generation.

26. July 2010

How to Design a Mobile Enabled Website

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 15:59

Is your website mobile? Can your customers find you when they need you the most?


It is estimated that mobile advertising growth will continue at a rate of 10% each year throughout the next decade. With statistics like this, no business can afford not to jump on board and stay on top of this highly effective marketing method in this stage of the game.


Look around your business and note the people using a smart phone. Are some of your clientele mobile warriors? You might be surprised but odds are if you are one yourself, you are already aware of the growing numbers of people of every demographic that are using their mobile devices for much more than making phone calls.


Here are few import points to consider when designing a mobile enabled website for your organization.


1. Less is better. Plan your information architecture based upon what users typically want first when they go to your web site. Make a list and prioritize each page or function.


2. Minimal use of graphics. The on-the-go mobile user is not going to be wowed by images, pictures and graphics. They are browsing because they are looking for specific information. You want them in and out of your site. You’ll wow them with simplicity.


3. Button and font size. Eliminate wasting your visitor’s time by make links and buttons a size that is finger-friendly. Tiny text and button will just bring the visitor closer to exiting your web site.


4. If you want to sell products or services via your mobile website, think about using PayPal or Google Checkout. This eliminates the visitor from having to type in all contact and credit card information.


5. Promote your site through geo-targeted sites like Google Maps, Bing Maps and Yelp.


Your website should be able to read easily on a web capable phone or mobile internet device. If you’re equipped and capable enough to make your own mobile theme, the more power to you, for those of you who don’t have a designer’s or coder’s bone in your body, you have several viable options:


WPtouch is a hybrid WordPress theme/plugin. It allows you to pick and choose what content you want to display to mobile browsers, and based on your formatting, plops your data into a beautiful, easy-to-read, mobile WordPress theme. WPtouch loads lightning fast and shows your content beautifully, without interfering with your regular site theme. WPtouch automatically transforms your WordPress blog into a web-application experience when viewed from an iPhoneTM, iPod touchTM, AndroidTM, or BlackBerry StormTM touch mobile device.


Mobify is more of a manual tool, you kind of have to know what you’re doing, or at least have someone who does at your disposal. It has a web editor that allows you to style your mobile them yourself. Just using the default style it has after choosing your content won’t cut it. You have to work some CSS magic.


WordPress Mobile Edition will give your website an iPhone-like makeover. Not much room for customization here, but you can add more mobile user-agents via the settings page.


Encouraging communication between yourself and your readers is an endless task, so give them more reason to respond to you by reversing the order of comments, displaying the newest comments on top, right below your post. It’s just a simple setting change, go to your Discussion Settings in the administration area, and choose to display newer comments at the top of each page.


Remember, the internet is always changing, and so are the ways we communicate on it. Show your readers you are informed and have an opinion about current events in your niche, and they will be drawn to speak to you.

25. May 2010

Purples Squirrels Discovered at RecruitDC

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 19:52

A purple squirrel is more than just an oddly colored rodent. In the recruiting vernacular, a “purple squirrel” is a metaphor for that very rare, highly sought after, almost extinct species of candidate, because finding this candidate is about as easy as finding a purple squirrel.

How to Find Polygraph Candidates on Google

The strategy I use is filtering all the things I don’t want to see like job postings, etc. Keep your basic skill set search simple. If you get too many results, you can always add more filters to target a specific location or type of polygraph (“full-scope” OR “fullscope” OR “life style” OR lifestyle).

clearance AND polygraph AND resume -recruiter -job -jobs -submit -apply -”looking for” -recruiting -hiring -send -”email to” -”email resume” -opening -”to resume” -“resume database” -“sample resume” -applicant -examiner -chartrecorder

clearance AND polygraph AND “about me” OR bio OR vitae OR cv OR homepage OR profile OR resume OR resumebook -recruiter -job -jobs -submit -apply -”looking for” -recruiting -hiring -send -”email to” -”email resume” -opening -”to resume” -“resume database” -“sample resume” -applicant -examiner -chartrecorder

Place this hyperlink in your browser. It’s a search for any resume that has the word “polygraph”.  Add more filters or come up with your own key words.

30. April 2010

Top 10 Technique – Honing In On That Elusive Resume

Filed under: Strategies,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 15:05

How many different words can be used to find a resume or candidate profile, only a resume or profile, and not a job announcement? Crafting a search string that returns only useful information about your intended target is not that hard.

Let’s start with the different ways a resume or candidate profile can be found on the Internet. You want to find the following words in either the title of the web page or the within the URL or web address. Hence, the two commands to use will be “intitle:” and “inurl:”. These are generally universal commands among most of the major search and metasearch engines.

Here are some synonyms or alternative names for how resumes or candidate profiles can be found.

About Me
Curriculum Vitae

You can further refine your search of that elusive resume or candidate profile by adding qualifiers that are generally found within the body of these pages.

Summary of Qualifications
Work Experience
Work History

And finally, you will need to weed out all those JOBS with some choice words or phrases.

email resume
email to
looking for
to resume

21. April 2010

Top 10 Tool – More Metasearch Engines

Filed under: Techniques,Tools — netrecruiter @ 13:17

PolyMeta is an advanced Web 2.0 meta-search (federated search) and clustering engine. It enables organizations and individuals to simultaneously search diverse information resources on the Web with a common interface. The search results are merged, ranked and presented in relevance order.

Choose Select Sources and check all the search engines below.


Also, try out the AllPlus Meta Search and Discovery Engine which is based on PolyMeta.

With Zuula, it is quick and convenient to get results from all the top search engines. Search engines often return very different results for the same terms. Currently, it offers Web, Image, Video, News, Blog, and Job searches and provides the results from your favorite search engine unaltered, so you can check those first and then get results from other search engines simply by clicking on their tabs.

Choose Preferences to pick all the search engines. Set your results to 60 per page


Try this sample search string: +”top secret/sci” +clearance resume OR “my resume” OR vitae -recruiter -job -jobs -submit -apply -”looking for” -recruiting -hiring -send -”email to” -”email resume” -opening -”to resume”

4. January 2010

Welcome to 2010

Filed under: Musings,Techniques — netrecruiter @ 17:57

Let’s usher in 2010 with more giving than asking. A recent search of “advanced sourcing tips” revealed that there are a ton of “self-professed” experts, who for a bit of bling will divulge all their secrets to you. Whatever happened to sharing what you’ve learned freely with others. I have found over the years that this method of exchange returns much higher returns that can’t be measured in just dollars and cents. If you have been reading this blog, you have found numerous examples of search string algorithms to better identify both passive and active candidates. Below are just a few more. I challenge you to devise some new and more radical strings and identify more sources and venues to find those ever elusive A-list candidates.


site:**/res “software engineer” -“this posting has expired”

intitle:resume or inurl:resume (java or j2ee or weblogic) “software engineer”

intitle:resume or inurl:resume (admin or administrator or administration or administer or administered or maintenance or maintained) (server or servers) (mail or email or messaging) (mcse or “microsoft certified systems engineer”) “software engineer” and geeks

21. December 2009

Top 10 Technique – The Power of the Word “Resume”

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 19:30

How many resumes can be found using Google? A bunch! The same is true for most any other search engine. My research revealed that when searching for nothing more than any one of the following versions of the word resume, over 3.6 billion were found. Now, of course, there was no additional filtering to remove jobs or other keywords that would return only true resumes, but the potential results far outstrip anything you could find using all the fee-based resume boards.

Variations on the word Resume

vitæ, resumé, rèsumé, rèsumè, resume, résumé, résumè, CV, vitae, vita

Going one step further, I further refined the search with this algorithm:

(~resumé|~rèsumé|~rèsumè|~résumé|~resume) -intitle:~job -intitle:~jobs -apply -submit -job -jobs -template -“resume writing” -“resume sample”

This produces over 170 million results. However, this is still much too large to work with. Your challenge is to introduce a variety of keywords to further refine your results. All the best.

11. December 2009

Top 10 Technique – Google Does Math

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 16:38

Beyond using keywords and catch phrases to identify candidates with Google, this search engine also employs very powerful computational language that allows you to perform any type of calculation or conversion. Here are some examples.

–  4+3 displays 7
–  9-4 displays 5
–  3*7 displays 21
–  45/9 displays 5
–  5^3 displays 125 (5 raised to power 3)
–  11%5 displays 1 (the remainder after division)
–  sqrt, nth root ofx (sqrt(64) displays 8, if you need non-square roots you can use for example 3th root of 27)
–  sin, cos, arctan, tan…

Google calculator supports various trigonometric functions, expecting a radians value, that can be expressed also using the pi constant: sin(pi/2), tan (2/3*pi)

–  ln: displays natural (base e) logarithm: ln(e^5)
–  log: displays base 10 logarithm: log(100)
–  !: displays n factorial: 3!

Numbers can be entered also in hexadecimal, octal and binary base, using 0x, 0o and 0b prefixes, for example 5 +0xf+0b1001


–  in degrees / in radians: convert radians to degrees: pi/2 in degrees or convert degrees into radians: 90 degrees in radians
–  in hex / in binary / in octal / in decimal: convert to each of the given bases: 16 in hex , 16 in octal, 16 in binary, 0×11 in decimal
–  use 2009 (MMIX) in Roman numerals
–  distance conversions: use 100miles in km , 1m in mm, but also 200000 km in light-second etc.


–  100mph in kph
–  1 month in seconds
–  280 Kelvin in Celsius
–  50 Fahrenheit in Celsius
–  3 euros in $ or 3 euros in dollars

5. December 2009

Top 10 Technique – Basic and Advanced Search Tricks for

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 18:48

  A quote/ phrase search can be written with both quotations [“like this”] as well as a minus in-between words, [like-this].


  Google didn’t always understand certain special characters like [#], but now they do; a search for [C#], for example, yields meaningful results (a few years ago, it didn’t). This doesn’t mean you can use just any character; e.g. entering [t.] and [t-] and [t^] will always return the same results.


  Google allows 32 words within the search query (some years ago, only up to 10 were used, and Google ignored subsequent words). You rarely will need so many words in a single query – [just thinking of such a long query is a hard thing to do, as this query with twenty words shows] – however, it can come in handy for advanced searching… especially as a developer using the Google API.


  You can find synonyms of words. i.e., when you search for [house] but you want to find “home” too, search for [~house]. To get to know which synonyms the Google database stores for individual words, simply use the minus operator to exclude synonym after synonym (they will always be shown as bold in the search engine result page (SERP), like this: [~house -house -home -housing -floor].


  To see a really large page-count (possibly, the Google index size, though one can only speculate about that), search for [* *].


  Google has a lesser known “numrange” operator which can be helpful. Using e.g. [2006..2009] (that’s two dots in between two numbers) will find 2006, 2007, and so on until 2009.


  Google’s define-operator allows you to look up word definitions. For example, [define:css] yields “Short for Cascading Style Sheets” and many more explanations. You can trigger a somewhat “softer” version of the define-operator by entering “what is something”, e.g. [what is css].


  Google has some exciting back-end artificial intelligence to allow you to find just the facts upon entering simple questions or phrases like [when was Da Vinci born?] or [da vinci birthday] (the answer to both of these queries is “ Leonardo Da Vinci’s Birthday – April 15, 1452“). This feature is known as Google Answers <>.


  Google allows you to find backlinks by using the link-operator, e.g. [link:blog.*.com] for this blog. The new Google Blog Search <> supports this operator as well. In fact, when Google’s predecessor started out as Larry Page’s “BackRub” <> in the 1990s, finding backlinks was its only aim! However, not all backlinks are shown in Google today, at least not in web search. (It’s argued that Google does this on purpose to prevent reverse-engineering of its PageRank algorithm.)


  Often when you enter a question mark at the end of the query, like when you type [why?], Google will advertise its pay-for-answer service Google Answers.


  There is a “sport” called Google Hacking. Basically, curious people try to find unsecured sites by entering specific, revealing phrases. A special web site called the Google Hacking Database <> is dedicated to listing these special queries.


  Google searches for all of your words, whether or not you write a “+” before them (I often see people write queries [+like +this], but it’s not necessary). Unless, of course, you use Google’s or-operator. It’s an upper-case [OR] (lower-case won’t work and is simply searching for occurrences of the word “or”), and you can also use parentheses and the “|” character. [programmer (java | j2ee)] will find pages containing the word (or being linked to with the word) “programmer” and additionally containing at least one of the two other words, “java” or “j2ee”.


  Not all Google services support the same syntax. Some services don’t allow everything Google web search allows you to enter (or at least, it won’t have any effect), and sometimes, you can even enter more than in web search (e.g. [insubject:test] in Google Groups <>). The easiest thing to find out about these operators is to simply use the advanced search and then check what ends up being written in the input box.


  Sometimes, Google seems to understand “natural language” queries and shows you so-called “onebox” results. This happens for example when you enter [goog], [weather washington, dc], [washington dc] or [2012] (for this one, movie times, move rating and other information will show).


  Not all Googling is the same. Depending on your location, Google will forward you to a different country-specific version of Google with potentially different results to the same query. A search for [] from the US will yield hundreds of thousands of results, whereas the same search from Germany (at least if you don’t change the default redirect to returns… zilch. Yes, Google does at times agree to country-specific censorship, like in Germany, France (Google web search), or China (Google News <>).


  Sometimes, Google warns you about its results, especially when they might seem like promoting hate sites (of course, only someone misunderstanding how Google works could think it’s them promoting hate sites). Enter [jew], and you will see a Google-sponsored link titled “Offensive Search Results” leading to this explanation <>.


  For some search queries, Google uses its own ads to offer jobs. Try entering [work at Google]. Further drilling down revealed a great and current HR position need (Director of People Operations) in New York


  For some of the more popular “ Googlewashing” <> results, like when you enter [failure] and the first hit pertains to heart failure; George W. Bush is now second. Google displays explanatory ads titled “Why these results?”.


  While Google doesn’t do real Natural Language Processing <> yet, this is the ultimate goal for them and other search engines.


  Some say that whoever turns up first for the search query [president of the internet] is, well, the President of the internet. (I’m applying as well, and you can feel free to support me with this logo.)


  Google doesn’t have “stop words” anymore. Stop words traditionally are words like [the], [or] and similar which search engines tended to ignore. Sometimes, when you enter e.g. [to be or not to be], Google even decides to show some phrase search results in the middle of the page (separated by a line and information that these are phrase search results).


  There once was an easter-egg in the Google Calculator <> that made Google show “42” when you entered [The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything] <’s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy>. The easter egg only works in lower-case.


  You can use the wildcard operator in phrases. This is helpful for finding song texts – let’s say you forgot a word or two, but you remember the gist, as in [“Science in the home * Maxwell Edison * *”] – and similar tasks.


  You can use the wildcard character without searching for anything specific at all, as in this phrase search: [“* * * * * * *”].


  Even though is nothing but a “typosquatter” <> (someone reserving a domain name containing a popular misspelling) and search queries return very different results than Google, the site is still getting paid by Google – because it uses Google AdSense <>.


  If you feel like restricting your search to university servers, you can write e.g. [java-tutorial] to only search on the “edu” domain (you can also use Google Scholar <>). This works for country-domains like “cn” or “de” as well.

4. December 2009

Top 10 Technique – Advanced Google Operators

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 19:18

daterange: Returns documents modified in the given time interval. Dates should be entered in Julian format. For example, go to: to convert Calendar date to Julian date. Using java programmer daterange:2455139-2454466 you can find who talked about java programmers from November 4-December 4, 2009.


filetype: returns links to documents with the given file type. For example searching for programmers filetype:java will find portable and object-oriented programmers. Supported file types are pdf, ps, wk1, wk2, wk3, wk4, wk5, wki, wks, wku, lwp, mw, xls, ppt, doc, wks, wps, wdb, wri, rtf, swf, ans, txt, but other are supported as well, like xml, cpp, java etc.


site: restricts the results to the given domain. will find all indexed page on, while bagels will find all bagel-related pages on


update: you can use the site operator also to find your supplemental results using this query: ***


cache: shows the cached version of given webpage. Other words in the query will be highlighted in the returned page, bagels


link: lists webpages that link to the given webpage. link: programmer will list webpages with links pointing to wikipedia’s voice for java programmer


related: returns pages that Google somehow thinks are related to the given page.


info: returns some information about the given web page. Typically website and description.


define: returns the definition of a given word. define:programmer


phonebook: search in residential phone book. phonebook:jones dc


stocks: returns stock info: stocks:aapl


weather: weather information for the given city. weather:bethesda


movie: returns all movies related to the search term given. movie:2012  You can also find movies by locations: movie:dc , movie:20817


flights: search for flights inside USA using the airport code (does not work for every airport). flights:dca


SEO-Oriented Operators


allintitle: Search for documents with the given words in their title. allintitle:bagels cheese will find all the documents with title containing ‘bagels’ and ‘cheese’. This operator cannot be combined with others.


intitle: Search for documents with the first word after the intitle operator in their title. intitle:bagels cheese will find all the documents with title containing ‘bagels’ and talking about cheese. Note that the word ‘cheese’ is not necessarily in the title.


allintext: Search for documents with the given words in their text. allintext:bagels cheese will find all the documents with text containing ‘bagels’ and ‘cheese’. This operator cannot be combined with others.


intext: Search for documents with the first word after the intext operator in their text. intext:bagels cheese will find all the documents with text containing ‘bagels’ and talking about cheese. Note that the word ‘cheese’ is not necessarily in the text


allinurl: Search for documents with the given words in their url. allinurl:bagels cheese will find all the documents with url containing ‘bagels’ and ‘cheese’. This operator cannot be combined with others.


inurl: Search for documents with the first word after the inurl operator in their url. inurl:bagels cheese will find all the documents with url containing ‘bagels’ and talking about cheese. Note that the word ‘cheese’ is not necessarily in the text


allinanchor: Search for documents with the given words in an anchor. allinurl:bagels cheese will find all the documents with anchor text containing ‘bagels’ and ‘cheese’. This operator cannot be combined with others.


inanchor: Search for documents with the first word after the operator in an anchor. inanchor:bagels cheese will find all the documents with anchor containing ‘bagels’ and talking about cheese. Note that the word ‘cheese’ is not necessarily in an anchor.

3. December 2009

Top 10 Technique – Using Boolean Logic in Search Strings

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 21:51

With over 15 billion web pages and over 40,000 job boards and resume databases, how does a recruiter sift through the data to discover the candidates who truly shine?

The answer lies in effective search methods.  One of the most popular methods is the use of Boolean logic in the search criteria.  Click here to download a MS Word file that lists some of the most common Boolean operators.

Top 10 Technique – Finding Resumes on Twitter

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 17:22

Here is my latest search string to identify more resumes than jobs on using Google search. Please feel free to share your enhancement to this string to derive better results. <keyword(s)> resume OR “my resume” OR vitae -recruiter -job -jobs -submit -apply -“looking for” -recruiting -hiring -send -“email to” -“email resume” -opening -“to resume”

28. November 2009

Top 10 Technique – Boolean Search Cheat Sheet

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 19:30

Search engines can be considered as a cluttered resume database. Using detailed searches with Boolean search operators can drill down and find the information you are looking for faster. These operators are used to weed out irrelevant pages thereby narrowing your search results to find exactly what you are looking for. 


Each search engine is unique so review the help section on each of the search engines to determine what Boolean operators are supported.


Boolean Key


AND – The AND operator delivers results with the terms you requested. For example, searching resume and j2ee will return pages with both terms – resume and j2ee.


OR – The OR operator delivers results with either of the terms you requested. For example, MCSE OR M.C.S.E.


NOT – The NOT operator will not deliver certain words in your search results. For example, Java NOT coffee will deliver closer results for JAVA Programmers and not Java Coffee. 


NEAR – The NEAR operator locates words that are located in close proximity to other words. For example, Java NEAR Programmer. Not every search engine supports this operator.


( ) Parentheses – The ( ) operator allows you to group terms and build longer search strings. For example, NOT (submit AND employer) will avoid pages with both names.


* – The * operator is a wildcard. Adding a wildcard will find words containing the wildcard. For example program* will help so you do not have to run separate searches for words similar like: programmer, programming, program


Example of Complex Search String


resume AND (java or j2ee) AND program* AND (Virginia or VA or 703) AND NOT (apply or submit or jobs)


* In some case we recommend to go to the advanced search option within the search engine.


Search Engine Quick Guide 




X-Raying – searches for pages that are all on the same host.

Flipping – searches for pages that link to a specific page.

Page Title – searches for pages that has specific words in page title.

URL Search – searches for pages that has specific words in the URL or web address.

Top 10 Technique – Search Google by Area Code

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 19:07

(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) j2ee polygraph (virginia OR va) 703


Using the following template (for Google) would improve things by getting rid of resumes with street addresses led by 703, etc.:


(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) j2ee polygraph (virginia OR va) *703*-*-*


The search algorithms change over time, of course, and so while that template may have helped then, it doesn’t now. Thus his question is worth revisiting.


You want to eliminate not only apartment/suite numbers matching your area code, but things like house numbers, sites that blind resumes (e.g., just show “Area Code: 703”), etc.


Do a narrow test search for the positive case, i.e., try to find the thing you want to eliminate with other narrow criteria so you only get a few results. This way, you can quickly scan to see if your fix is successful.


For example, try


(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) j2ee 703.*.street




(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) j2ee 703.*.st


and see if/how the results differ.


Since 703.*.street yields different results than 703.*.st , you must account for both in searches (hardly anybody uses Av for Avenue, so Ave is the only alternative needed). Similarly, very few resumes include the Ste abbreviation for Suite, so 10 Downing St., Suite 703 is sufficient for that NOT-type search. Ditto for Cir as an unnecessary abbreviation for Circle.


Again, before I receive complaint emails, let me clarify: I know the word “Ste” appears on web pages. But if you’re searching for individual resumes, the number of appearances of Ste (or even Suite, for that matter) is insignificant. Make sure to run the same kind of search as your desired search.


Unfortunately, Google doesn’t let you eliminate the number in a list (e.g., 703 644 …) with -703.644, nor does it differentiate between #703 and 703 (see for yourself), so there’s no point in trying to eliminate results with content formatted in those ways. Ditto for the inability to rid of 703 results where it’s the local phone prefix (e.g., 703-555-1234).


Also, using Dr as an abbreviation for Drive is problematic, because it tends to include people whose resumes have your desired area code number in it, but used in a different way, and within a few words is Dr., as in the Doctor abbreviation. You can eliminate good results using that, so just stick with Drive, to be safe (the number of extraneous results added is trivial).


Here is a way to avoid page number references. This yields the following template (substitute your desired state/province name, abbreviation and area code for those values below, as well as any skill terms):


(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume) j2ee (virginia OR va) 703 -area.code.703 -page.703 -pp.703 -703.*.st -703.*.street -703.*.rd -703.*.road -703.*.ave -703.*.avenue -703.*.drive -703.*.circle


The last NOT term is to eliminate results from, which blinds resume results.


Using Google Alerts, you can set multiple searches for each state/area code combination you want. You may need to create additional strings if you’re adding more than a few skill and/or job title keywords, anyway, since this template is close to Google’s 32 keyword/string limit.


This search string template is geared to Google. It is not the only way to find resumes on Google, nor is Google the only place you should search for resumes, so adapt this template accordingly. The results overlap between the search engines is surprisingly and extremely low. In other words, the same search on different search engines pulls up entirely different candidates! Don’t only search one engine.


Even if you search PageBites for resumes, which pulls resumes off the web using Google (PageBites created a Google API), it yields completely different results than the above Google template. For example, try j2ee (keywords) and Fairfax, VA 22033 USA (default searches 50 mi. radius) on PageBites. Unfortunately, some of PageBites’ resumes are not in the Dallas area (e.g., it pulls a French postal code, a past employer location, etc.) and it includes some blinded-type results (e.g., which you can’t eliminate.

23. November 2009

Top 10 Technique – Peeling Back a URL

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 16:15

The following ten URLs all point to a specific resume. However, can you spot any other information in the URL that would lead you to many more resumes?


Search Strategy 1:

Peel back the URL. For example, in URL 1, peel back or delete the filename of “mco5y.pdf” and see the new results of personal resumes, dated from 12/6/04 to 7/11/09.

You can do this again for URL 4, by peeling back “1707886-Resume.html”. This will display all the resumes from New York. Try swapping out NY with another state abbreviation such as VA and see your new results.

Search Strategy 2:

Perform a domain site search in Google, AltaVista, or other robust search engine. Since each URL has the word “resume” in the URL, simply insert this word in your search string, followed by the AND operator and lastly the SITE: command and the corresponding domain information.

URL 5: resume and
URL 6: resume and
URL 7: resume and
URL 8: resume and

These are just two of many creative strategies you can use to uncover passive candidate resumes on the web.

Top 10 Technique – More Google Search Algorithms

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 16:09

(intitle:”curriculum vitae” OR inurl:vitae OR intitle:vitae) <keyword> -about -jobs -inanchor:apply -inanchor:submit

(intitle:”resume for” OR intitle:”resume of” OR intitle:”Curriculum Vitae” OR intitle:”‘s resume”) <keyword> -intitle:example -intitle:examples -intitle:sample -intitle:submit

(intitle:”resume for” OR intitle:”resume of”) <keyword> -inanchor:apply -inanchor:submit -inanchor:sample -intitle:how -intitle:write

(intitle:resume OR intitle:”curriculum vitae”) +<keyword> -jobs -apply -submit -required -wanted -write -sample

(intitle:resume OR inurl:resume OR intitle:homepage OR inurl:homepage) <keyword> -jobs -inanchor:apply -inanchor:submit

(resume OR cv OR vitae OR homepage) <keyword> -jobs -apply -submit -required -wanted -template -wizard -free -write –sample

~resume (filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc OR filetype:rtf OR filetype:htm OR filetype:html) <keyword> -jobs -apply -submit -required -wanted -write –sample

~resume <keyword> -jobs -apply -submit -required -wanted -template -write -sample -inurl:books -inurl:product

<keyword> ~cv (intitle:blog OR inurl:blog OR intitle:blogs OR blog OR blogs) (rss OR feed OR archives OR posted OR tags OR comments OR trackback OR author) -job -jobs -send -submit -you -inanchor:apply inurl:res <keyword> inurl:resumes <keyword> for (inurl:in OR inurl:pub) -intitle:directory -intitle:recently -intitle:”company profile” <keyword>

<keyword> (intitle:profile OR inurl:profile) -intitle:sign -inurl:public

inurl:edu (intitle:resume | inurl:resume| intitle:cv | inurl:cv | intitle:”curriculum vitae” | inurl:”curriculum vitae”) -submit -apply -free -sample -samples -job -jobs

intitle:resume OR inurl:resume OR Intitle:cv OR inurl:cv OR Intitle:vitae OR inurl:vitae OR Intitle:bio OR inurl:bio) -submit -apply -jobs -templates -writing -services +<keyword(s)>

Top 10 Technique – Google Search Algorithms

Filed under: Techniques — netrecruiter @ 16:06

Find a List on Google:  <keyword> List OR listing OR directory OR members OR staff OR attendance OR membership OR members

Find a Company:  <keyword> corp OR llc OR corporation OR inc OR incorporated

Find a Member Directory:  <keyword> phone AND email AND (brown OR johnson OR jones OR smith OR white OR williams) AND (members OR member)

Find a Person:  (email OR mailto OR phone) “<keyword>”

Find a Tradeshow:  <keyword> Tradeshow OR Expo OR convention OR Event OR symposium OR conference

Find an Association:  <keyword> association OR society OR organization OR center OR consortium

Find an Org Chart:  <keyword> (chart phone email (org OR organization OR organizational or orgchart)) filetype:doc OR filetype:opx OR filetype:pdf

Find a Resume-1:  inurl:resume intitle:resume <keyword>

Find a Resume-2:  (intitle:resume | intitle:”my resume” | intitle:”resume of”) inurl:base intext:<keyword>

Find a Resume-3:  (objective OR summary) education (“<keyword>” OR “<keyword>”) “<keyword>” “<keyword>”

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