INTERNET PEOPLE SOURCING TOOLS – 2014
By Irina Shamaeva| Partner, Chief Sourcer, Brain Gain Recruiting
Founder, People Sourcing Certification Program
Here is a List of People Sourcing, Internet Research, and Social Recruiting Tools and Resources.
(For comprehensive coverage and one month support check out The Sourcing Tools Prerecorded
Last Updated: January 2014
Productivity Browser Add-Ons
Fastest Chrome - offers “endless pages”, searching for the selection on a number of sites on a
mouse click, linkifying URL’s, and more
Fastest Fox - the same but for Firefox
iMacros Chrome - an advanced tool, to run prerecorded sequences of actions (macros)
iMacros Firefox - the same for Firefox
Search by Image (Chrome) - offers searching by image under the right mouse click
TinEye Image Search - searching in the Tineye database of images
Selection Search (Chrome) - expands Chrome’s capacity to search for the current selection in its
default search engine: allows to right-mouse-select from several engines
(Using Chrome? Don’t miss the Manage Search Engines function.
Scraping, Parsing, Filtering, and Sorting
Outwit Docs – “download manager”; offers to store documents referenced on a web page (such as
the Google search results for Excel or PDF files); sort the documents by size and by date; save and
process offline. Similar to DownThemAll!
Outwit Hub - an excellent web scraping tool. It “makes sense of” (parses and collects) the data
shown on web pages, in cases where there are lists of similar entries, in particular, lists of search
results. There’s a free version; the paid version costs very little and is worth it (I think). A lot can
be done with no extra effort on the users’ part: collecting contacts; creating tables with data; going
over all the search results in many sites offering search; “digging” into certain sub-sites; and
more. Quite often it’s easy to clean-up the resulting data in Excel. Advanced users can write
“scrapers”. Comparable Recruiter-oriented tools like (Broadlook Diver) cost a lot.
Outwit Email Sourcer - collects contact info from a selection on a page. It has more targeted
functionality; overlaps with the Hub.
Free tools from eGrabber – check them out
Broadlook Contact Capture - a free downloadable piece that offers contact collection from the
current selection in the front window on control-key combination. It seems to have improved its
international contact data parsing.
Email Extractor – one of many similar email extraction tools; paste some text and it will extract
Scraper (a simple Chrome Add-On) – get data out of pages into spreadsheets
Firebug (a Firefox Add-On) – a web development tool that includes HTML inspection and cookie
People Aggregators (a.k.a. “Dream Software”)
This is a new generation of People Sourcing Tools. People aggregators are the systems that collect social
data about the same professional across the web into one profile and allow the users to search within the
aggregated database of these profiles.
While the idea of aggregating profiles is the same across these tools, they vary widely in: specific
networks, industries, and locations they cover; numbers of aggregated profiles; quality of gluing together
pieces of the same person’s profile; accuracy and freshness of the data; ease of use; search facets;
advanced search syntax; correct handling of locations; supplementing the contact info for profiles;
availability of export; integrating with Applicant Tracking Systems; and more.
Some tools have extra functionality (on top of people aggregation and search), as an example: sending and
tracking emails; predicting when a person may be open to a job change; or giving access to a browser addon to display the aggregated data while browsing networks. I feel that as long as the main function of
aggregation and search is done right (which is a challenging task!), extra functions are not that important.
Dice is the only job board where aggregation is integrated with a resume database. Due to LinkedIn being
protective of its data, it presents a challenge to all of the people aggregator developers. All of the existing
tools cover software engineering in the US; many of them cover other industries and territories as well. All
of these tools are paid.
Want to learn more about people aggregators? Ask the vendors for a demo.
Dice Open Web (former theSocialCV, which was acquired by Dice Holdings)
Facebook-Based Tools (paid)
Rapportive - Chrome Add-On; finds online profiles based on an entered email address: looks up
in its database. Company was acquired by LinkedIn.
360social.me - Chrome Add-On; dynamically finds social profiles and possibly contact info of the
person while on a profile page in one of the ~40 supported networks. May evolve into the People
Connectifier - Chrome Add-On; finds profiles and contact info of the person while on a profile
page. Keeps and grows database, plans to become a People Aggregator. Large coverage, including
contact info. Be aware of its’ tracking the user (you).
Account Researcher by eGrabber (paid) - finds contact info for an online profile
These tools work on the same principle, “asking” the server whether a specific email exists, without
sending a specific email. This type of verification works only with the servers that support that.
Fonant Mail Tester
Social Job Distribution
Real Time Search / Social Media Monitoring
Real-time social search:
Topsy - has had access to Twitter’s “fire hose” of info for a long time and keeps this data
socialmention* (it used to have alerts; not sure they are offered right now)
Newsle – offers searching for people from your social networks or everyone; has alerts
SalesLoft – (paid) collection and maintenance of looked up social profiles
Alternative: Talkwalker alerts
WayBack Machine - Internet Archive
People and Company Search
Zoominfo – a long-timer among professional search sites. Collects basic professional information
across the web, including job titles, employers, and contact info. Combines the database of
professionals with company data. (Predecessor for People Aggregators.) Solid User Interface. Free
with the Community edition”, where you offer your data from MS Outlook in exchange for access.
(former) Jigsaw, now Connect.data.com – “business card exchange” – heavily used by sales
people, offers Business card” data on professionals in exchange in users’ data or for pay. Has
some mechanisms for cleaning up data by the user community. The % of hits may be low, so
combine with some sort of verification before you start calling or emailing.
Implu – not being actively developed but works just fine. It collects data on public companies and
executives from the public sources and offers search. The results can be downloaded as a CSV.
Phones only, no emails.
Yatedo can be here or in the section for people aggregators. It has been criticized for making
public access to LinkedIn public profile data, including old data. (I am not on top of the story
here.) It’s free. Offers people to step in and verify or remove their personal data.
Link Silicon Valley – a lesser known aggregator of news and executives in the Silicon valley. Has
been out there for a while. Free use can be quite enough.
Whois – not really a people search but rather checking who has registered a specific site. In some
cases, such as newer, smaller start-ups, it’s the only place to pick some contact info.
InsideView Free Addition has limited professional people search functionality. The product is for
People search, combines data from searching the open web, social sites, and public data. Makes money
from referring visitors to paid sites to get more info. (Don’t go to those other paid sites, unless you are
certain.) There’s no need to use them all, just pick a favorite. Some data on can be obsolete or wrong.
Zabasearch – one of the older People Finders; seems to show more phone numbers than some
Pipl –works internationally; checks user names
More sites; the quality and the coverage varies:
Namechk – checks usernames across many networks
Crunchbase – technology companies
AngelList – start-ups
International Social Networks
Free Resume Search
Indeed.com – excellent volume of resumes. Has a solid advanced search dialog – which should be
used (no benefit to X-Raying). The challenge is that there’s no contact info and messages are
rarely read. This can be compensated by cross-referencing elsewhere. International coverage.
TheLadders – a site that has changed over the years, was originally oriented toward executes,
went from free to paid to free again and now has a variety of profiles, not just executies. Definitely
worth checking whether your target population is there, if you haven’t.
Custom Search Engines
CSE’s Home on Google
Look up a set of advanced custom search engines for Sourcing and include in your practice.
Global Search Engines
Bitly - also with chrome extension
File Storage and Sharing
Automation/Scheduling for Social Media Management
If This Then That
Please let me know what else should be added to the list. Thanks!