Smart companies know that to effectively sell their product they must provide value-added content for their readers that is both valuable and completely free. eGrabber publishes its Tips for Recruiters newsletter twice a month. Here is a sampling of what they’ve offered up over the last year.
Use Google to Build Lists of Targeted Companies, July 2008
Industry-related conferences and the companies taking part in them are a good way to build a list of targeted companies.
The Google search syntax to find information on conferences pertaining to a particular industry is
(intitle:conference OR intitle:symposium OR intitle:expo) Industry
For example, to find information on conferences about the pharmaceutical industry, the search string will be
(intitle:conference OR intitle:symposium OR intitle:expo) pharmaceutical
Of particular interest would be the speakers, industry experts, sponsors and the companies they represent.
‘linkdomain’ Command in Yahoo!, September 2008
The linkdomain is a lesser known command in Yahoo!. It finds resumes that contain links to a particular website. The search syntax for this command is as follows:
linkdomain:website intitle:resume keyword
For example, if you are looking for the resume of a software engineer who is related in some way to projects at IBM, the search string is as follows
linkdomain:www.ibm.com intitle:resume “Software Engineer”
This could be a great way for you to get in touch with corporate alumni.
Find Companies that Layoff or Downsize in your State, October 2008
A recession is a time when top talent finds itself unexpectedly out of work. This provides an opportunity for you to hire them. Do a search on Google News to find companies in your city or state that layoff or downsize their staff. The Google search syntax is as follows:
Company Name/ Industry (layoff OR downsize) (State)
For example, if you are looking for layoff related news in the manufacturing sector, the search string will be
Manufacturing (layoff OR downsize)
You can also set Google Alerts to receive news on current and future planned layoffs.
Automate Part of your Sourcing Process, November 2008
Sourcing candidates manually from the Internet is a time consuming process, even if you have the right search strings. But, there are ways to automate parts of the process. For example, you can use Google Alerts to receive links to new resume postings straight to your inbox. Here’s how:
1) Go to the Google Alerts website
2) In the ‘Search terms’ box, enter your search string. For example, if you would like to receive information in new resume postings/ updates for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) in the state of California, enter the following search string* in the box
intitle:resume (CPA) (California | CA)
3) In the ‘Type’ box, select Web from the drop-down
4) Enter your email and click on the Create Alert button
Now you will start receiving updates from Google through emails. All you need to do is check your inbox for info on links to new / updated resumes.
Search College Honor Societies for Resumes, December 2008
You can use the intitle and inurl command in Google to look for resumes in College Honor societies. The Google syntax is as follows:
(intitle:resume | inurl:resume | inurl:cv | intitle:cv) “Society name” (keyword)
For example, Alpha Sigma Mu is the Honor Society for Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. If you are searching for someone with experience in Metallurgical engineering, the syntax will be
(intitle:resume | inurl:resume | inurl:cv | intitle:cv) “Alpha Sigma Mu” (Metallurgy | Metallurgical) Industrial Design
Similarly, there are societies for Business and Management, Criminal Justice, Journalism and more.
Using Social Networks for Background Screening, April 2009
A recent survey titled “Background Screening – Top Technology Trends 2009” said that 1 in 5 employers use social networking sites to make a hiring decision. The trends indicate a considerable, if not major, shift in focus to using non traditional sources – social networks, forums and blogs – for background screening.
Here is a simple Google search script that will help you research people’s profiles on LinkedIn, MySpace, ZoomInfo, etc.
<Candidate’s Name> site:xyz.com
For example, to search for Chandra Bodapati’s (Founder & CEO of eGrabber) profile on LinkedIn, the script will be
Chandra Bodapati site:linkedin.com
Similarly you can use zoominfo.com, myspace.com, friendster.com and more.
Search Resumes on Free-For-Recruiters.com, May 2009
Free-For-Recruiters.com has a resume directory with thousands of resumes. The Google syntax to search resumes on Free-For-Recruiters.com is as follows:
Keyword site:Free-For-Recruiters.com inurl:resumes State
For example, to search for resumes of software engineers in the state of California, your search script will be
Software Engineer site:Free-For-Recruiters.com inurl:resumes CA
You can replace the keyword and the state in the above script to search for resumes of your choice from preferred locations.
Note: You can also use the inbuilt Google search option on this website to search resumes.
Include Related Job Titles in your Resume Search, July 2009
You might sometimes have the tendency to get stuck by a single title that your client (company) may use to describe a job position. In today’s industry, job titles are changing frequently. For example, software programmer, software developer, software engineer, etc. are different job titles for the same job function. So, unless you use all the related titles in your search, you are likely to miss out on some good candidate leads.
One way to find all relevant job titles is to first search the career sites using the (only) job title given by your client. Take note of the job titles that come up. Most sites provide a “View similar jobs” link beside the job titles in the results. Clicking that link will get you a series of similar positions categorized by Freshness, Overlooked, Relevant, etc. Under the Relevant category, you will find jobs similar in content to the position you are searching for.
You can include all such relevant job titles to expand your search.
Search profiles on Pipl.com using Google, October 2009
Pipl is a search engine to find addresses and other information that can help locate someone – a business contact or a prospective candidate.
The Google search syntax to find profiles on pipl.com is
site:pipl.com (inurl:people OR intitle:profile) -jobs
For example, to search for profiles of Business Analysts, the search string will be
Business Analyst site:pipl.com (inurl:people OR intitle:profile) -jobs
You can even make the search location specific as follows
(Business Analyst) (California OR CA) site:pipl.com (inurl:people OR intitle:profile) -jobs
Try different variations of the above search string or replace the keyword with related terms to get desired search results.
Use Online News Sites to Find Passive Candidates, December 2009
Did you know that you can use online news websites to prospect for passive candidates? The Google search syntax to search news sites is
site:online news website “keyword”
For example, if you are interested in sourcing Software Architects from The Seattle Times’ website, the search string will be as follows
site:seattletimes.nwsource.com “software architect”
You can also use the OR operator to search multiple news sites
(site:seattletimes.nwsource.com OR site:al.com) “software architect”
If you do not know the URLs of websites of newspapers, go to www.onlinenewspapers.com to look them up.