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  • 1. Sourcing – Beyond Basics
  • 2. Google Is Your Friend
    Google revolutionized the way recruiters source for candidates and research competitive intelligence.
    Google is my homepage
    Bing does not return as effective results, but it is helpful to occasionally compare/contrast searches
  • 3. Sourcing isn’t just about finding candidates
    • It’s about knowing the industry landscape. Who’s doing what, where, when and how.
    • 4. Keeping the “big picture” in mind
    • 5. Thinking profile vs. job
    • 6. Strategic –know immediate and future needs
  • Advanced Boolean Search
    AND, OR, AND NOT
    Advanced Boolean Searches follow the same rules as compound math equations using the same format: the parenthesis
  • 7. Related Concept Search
    Often an “ideal” candidate is going to be someone you find with related concept searches.
  • 8. Technology Resources
    Wikipedia
    Webopediahttp://www.webopedia.com/
    Computing Dictionary http://foldoc.org/
  • 9. Competitors
    Know competing products and companies
    -Example: Unifi runs on EC2/3, which is the Amazon Cloud service. “EC” stands for “elastic cloud”.
    Research competitors
    Tech Crunch, Corporate Marketing collateral, Press Releases, consumer reporting, Annual Reports, Twitter, Wikipedia
  • 10. Candidates – Beyond Boards/ATS
    Figure out where the candidates are hanging out – build talent pools
    SIG’s (Special Interest Groups)
    Online communities
    Tech blogs
    Conferences *Keynote speakers
    LinkedIn Groups
    Facebook fan pages
    Twitter # searches
    Alumni groups, professional organizations, social clubs, geographic communities (DE, CW)
  • 11. Local/National trends
    Who’s laying off?
    Who’s hiring?
    What industries are hot/growing?
    http://layofftracker.blogspot.com/
    http://www.vault.com/wps/portal/usa/companies/layofftrack
    http://www.siliconvalley.com/
    http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/?from=stnv2
    http://www.vocationvillage.com/seattle-venture-capital/

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