I was recently told about a new tool – Recruitin. I was told it let you X-ray LinkedIn, by creating the boolean for you, so I figured I would give it a try, last week.
First, make sure your web browser will allow pop-ups. You will need this turned on to get the results. After you are on the site, Recruitin, you just fill out the following tabs:
Country you want to Search. Use the pull down menu to select the country.
Job Title. Enter in the job title you are looking for. (also click the box for similar job titles. This way if you are searching for a Project Manager you will also pull up PM and so on.)
Fill out and list the location and key words. (Use a comma to separate the words. For example: Columbus, Ohio, OH, Engineer, PLC, automation, solidworks)
Exclude words. Do you have any words you do not want to search for, if so list them here, also separate by using a comma. If you do not have any words to exclude you leave it blank.
Degree. Use the pull down menu to select a specific degree or leave it blank.
Finally click the button – Find your people.
You will now notice a Boolean String at the top of the page. This is an X-ray string that is using Google to X-ray and deep dive into LinkedIn. You can either save the string or click on “open in Google”. If you click on open in Google, a new window will pop up with your results. You do not need to be connected to the people on LinkedIn to see the full names. It doesn’t matter if you are a first connection, second connection, or connected at all.
I also suggest you save your strings, if you wish to reuse them. You will see your saved strings on the right hand side of the screen.
Try it and play around with it. Recruitin has its own user guide here, if you need more help. I think it works pretty good. If you do not like writing your own strings and need some help – this could be a useful tool for you to use.
There are certain traits I think every Recruiter needs to have, to be successful. Here they are, in no particular order:
Be structured. Recruiting is a few simple disciplines practiced every day.
Be able to adapt. You must me able to drop what you are doing to start something else. You never know where that next phone call is going to take you. This is the people business, we deal with people all day long. Even though each situation or scenario is the same – it is also different.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You don’t know everything. Ask the candidate and company – they are the experts. Keep learning and become the expert in the industry.
Partner with the Candidate. You are in this together. Be the expert, be the advisor and counselor. Make sure they have a good candidate experience. They are going to get a job and if it is not yours then make sure they remember you and refer others to you.
Pick-up the phone. Too many newer recruiters are relying on technology and email. Just pick up the phone and talk to people.
Are you using boolean strings in your recruiting and sourcing? Why Not!? What a great way to find the professional you are looking for. You save money because it’s FREE and you do not have to post the expensive job ads that produce tons of resumes of unqualified candidates. Boolean Strings will help your search so you can get the results you are looking for.
This post will focus on searching LinkedIn and narrowing down your search. There are three main search engines to use: Google, Yahoo and Bing. I would suggest using all three of them. Each search engine has a different indexing system and will produce some different responses.
Next we want to start narrowing the Boolean String so that it only does a Deep Dive into LinkedIn. We start with a site command.
If you notice there are no spaces so far in this command. Next, let’s say you are looking for a Mechanical Engineer, with a BSME, to work in Columbus, OH and they must have PLC and Lean Manufacturing Experience. Do you know what to write next? Try this:
site:linkedin.com “Mechanical Engineer” Columbus (OH OR Ohio) Lean PLC BSME
This is a good basic Boolean String. If you notice above, you do not have to type the word AND anymore if you are searching for different criteria and multiple keywords. A simple space in-between your keywords will work. If you look at the string above it says, we are looking in LinkedIn only, for the phrase “Mechanical Engineer” who lives in Columbus OH (we added an OR so it will look for the abbr. OH or spelled out OHIO) and key words lean, BSME and PLC.
Hope this helps – this is pretty basic so far. You can play with it and see if you can narrow it down, if you want. Try it and see.