Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Funniest names sourcing tactics

Stumbled upon this old post on Funniest names sourcing tactics by Maureen on Recruiters Lounge.

If you cant laugh, be prepared to raise your eyebrows....:)

Jolly reading!!

Funniest names sourcing tactics

Who Killed Kenny the names sourcer

Part I How Low can the Cost of Name Generation
Part II How Low can the Cost of Name Generation

I would suggest you read this article along with Jeffs posts.

Part I How Low can the Cost of Name Generation
Part II How Low can the Cost of Name Generation

Monday, August 25, 2008

Recruiting / Sourcing Via Twitter

Ritesh nair has posted a tip on using Twitter in his article Recruiting/Sourcing via twitter

Following is a list of Boolean operators that you can use

(Alternatively, you can use the advanced search form to automatically constuct your query.)

OperatorFinds tweets...
twitter searchcontaining both "twitter" and "search". This is the default operator.
"happy hour"containing the exact phrase "happy hour".
obama OR hillarycontaining either "obama" or "hillary" (or both).
beer -rootcontaining "beer" but not "root".
#haikucontaining the hashtag "haiku".
from:alexiskoldsent from person "alexiskold".
to:techcrunchsent to person "techcrunch".
@mashablereferencing person "mashable".
"happy hour" near:"san francisco"containing the exact phrase "happy hour" and sent near "san francisco".
near:NYC within:15misent within 15 miles of "NYC".
superhero since:2008-05-01containing "superhero" and sent since date "2008-05-01" (year-month-day).
ftw until:2008-05-03containing "ftw" and sent up to date "2008-05-03".
movie -scary :)containing "movie", but not "scary", and with a positive attitude.
flight :(containing "flight" and with a negative attitude.
traffic ?containing "traffic" and asking a question.
hilarious filter:linkscontaining "hilarious" and linking to URLs.

Twiiter search operators
Twitter Advanced search
Twitter Search tool
Searching twitter: helpful tools

6 good Metrics

Stephen Lowisz has posted modern day metrics to evaluate recruiter performance namely

Performance/Quality of Hire
Manager Satisfaction:
Source of Hire:
Referral Rates:
Candidate Satisfaction:
Pipeline Development:

There are some interesting comments on the lack of control the situation provides the recruiter to be able to be judges on these metrics.

I tend to agree. I would definately not blame one recruiter for lack of a good referral program, or poor salary benchmarks, or lack of good screening abilities.

Dont fail to read Stephen Shearman's comment. He talks about measuring standardized key recruiter/team daily, weekly, monthly, yearly activity results that measures recruiter/team activities.

6 good Metrics

Middle of the night sourcing

Maureen Sharib has posted an article on names sourcing in out of office hours and how to use it to your advantage.

In fact it is also one of the lessons in the second module of the MagicMethod phone sourcing training series.

Maureen will be holding a chat discussing about some of the things you can do in the middle of the night with a telephone. Dont miss it

Middle of the night Sourcing

CV Gadget: People search tool

CV gadget is a Cool tool to find out people across various databases and networks like linkedin, myspace, zoominfo, xing, ebo, facebook.

Use this tool essentially to find people across the net and verify information posted across networks. As any other names search tool it is not very useful if the person you are searching for has a common name. Its unability to search on location or any other criterion makes it tougher to search. Hopefully some day, we will have a "boolean search string" capability on it.

CV gadget

Happy hunting
Core sourcing

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Use of Mobile phones in recruitment

Effective Recruitment is all about relationships, be it with the clients or candidates. What could built better relationship than clear, precise and timely communication. New age Mobile phones or Smart Phones have provided us with an effective communication platform.

Dr Sullivan writes about how these Samrt phones provide a “single point of contact” allowing the use of every form of messaging in use today at any time during the day and from any location.

Read the article "The Mobile Phone: The Most Effective Recruiting Communications Platform" on ERE.


Monday, August 18, 2008

Yahoo Shortcuts

Jim Stroud in his video "The recruiters Guide" talks about yahoo shortcuts (both open and custom) and explains how they can be used to make your search better and faster

Something which all internet sourcers should know.


Passive Candidates: How To Engage Them on the Phone

A sensible and short video by Scott on how to engage Passive candidates.. "Passive Candidates: How To Engage Them on the Phone"

What I found most appealing is the wiilingness and belief that the candidate cant be played with. You cant control the candidate, but yes you can lead him.

You may want to go through this flowchart before you go through the video

Scotts site recruiting mastery has some neat tools

FREE Manager's Tool: Weekly Target Sheet.
FREE Activity Tracking Sheet.

FREE Search Assessment Instrument.
FREE Annual Billing Goal Tool.
FREE Telephone Discipline Tool.

FREE POEM! Got kids? This poem will tell them what being a recruiter is all about. It's called "Recruiter Rabbit Closes a Deal". Click

Recruiting on Twitter

Thomas Licari has put a very useful video on Youtube explaining how to use Twitter to recruit candidates.

If you are interested in expanding your sourcing sources, you cant afford to miss this

Powerpoint presentation

PDF Genie

PDF Genie is a pdf file search engine designed to search for ebooks.

Jim stroud in his article "Search Engine Tatse test: PDF Genie:" writes about its utility to search for candidates.

Its is a handy tool to find candidate, but still quite ripe to replace a Google filetype:pdf search
The search string (java developer c++ atlanta) gives the following results
PDF Genie results
Google filetype results

Moreover the flexibility of google search commands is not present.

Lets bear in mind, this has been designed to search for ebooks, and is not a resume search engine.

Search Engine Tatse test: PDF Genie: Jim Stroud

PDF Genie results
Google filetype results

Keep your telephone factory Humming

As a student of HR I was taught how Human beings are different from other inputs for production.

Human beings as a resource are unique in their ability to transform inputs in different ways. Don’t expect the same output all the time not even from the same individuals.

They will react to the same processing differently, so forget a structured a process. The process doesn’t make them look good; they make the process look good

They are raw materials right, but have the ability to transform themselves

They interpret the same inputs/information differently… One approach/one solution is not possible

In his article “Run Recruiting Like a Factory Manager if You Want to Hire More Top Prospects” Lou Adler compares sourcing to a buying process. He has highlighted the top “Sourcing” and “Non sourcing” problems that are encountered in the recruitment process.

“Too many companies try to solve their hiring problems with a new sourcing-idea-of-the-month program. This is like applying a Band-Aid when major surgery is required.

Instead, think big and fix your scrap rate problems first and then start posting compelling ads in exactly the same places. Before you know it, your talent factory will be humming along.” – Lou Adler


Run Recruiting Like a Factory Manager if You Want to Hire More Top Prospects

Friday, August 15, 2008

Streamlining online recruitment with technology

In his article on Express Computer Nivedan Prakash elaborates on how Online recruiters are now able to leverage the latest technological advancements to streamline the whole hiring process.
He has given an birds view on most of the technologies, incorporated in a usual recruitment process with exception of Passive Sourcing.
e.gSocial networking sites, passive search engines have been left

Overall an informative article. Happy reading!!


The Article: Streamlining online Recruitment

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wikipedia Search engine

Wikipidea is an excellent resource for information but I have had a longstanding gripe with its inability to give a good search tool.

Following are a few Links that you can use to harness the knowledge of Wikipedia
Wikipedia Search Wiki
Google Search plugin

Mission Impossible for NGE's

Here is a cool video for the Mission impossible team of NGE's (VS)

Whats your mission today?


Common Social Networking Mistakes

This article from Rebecca Beasley on social networking is like stating the obvious. The "obvious" that we generally let past our perepheral vision. Atleast I do make most of these mistakes.

Thought of sharing with you all.

Common Social Networking Mistakes


Googlepedia is a completely free Firefox extension written by James Hall.

To install, download the file to your computer, then drag into Firefox. Alternatively, you can download from

Shows you a relevant Wikipedia article along with your search results. Clicking links in the article will trigger new Google searches, making it a very useful research tool.


Will add a review soon

Friday, August 8, 2008

RPO Interest Grows While Global Hiring Slows

Leslie Stevens in his article "RPO Interest Grows While Global Hiring Slows" explains how RPO interest is growing inspite of a slowdown in global hiring.

I believe RPO today is not essentially being treated as a cost effective method of fullfilling manpower needs but a specialized process needing focussed attention and specialist skills. RPO's have existed long enough to alleviate concerns.

With individual hiring reducing outsourcing the requirements becomes a more progmatic approach.

Core sourcing

RPO Interest Grows While Global Hiring Slows

How much of sourcing is enough?

In his article Seven days without sourcing makes a week Shally Steckerl gives some wonferful tips
that a recruiter can use to incorporate internet sourcing effectively.

It is not meant for a fulltime sourcer, but full-desk recruiters who struggle to create enough time for building a pipeline for Passive candidates.

Seven days without sourcing makes a week

Finding resumes on Scribd

Another gem from Jim Stroud for all sourcers who intend to go beyond job board sourcing.

As so many other passive candidate sourcing , the key is to know how to use them. Jim Strouds article "How to find free resumes on Scribd (Part 1)" on Recruiters Lounge

Happy reading!!


New LinkedIn End User License Agreement

If you are a regular linkedin user you need to have a look at their new aggreement

Some spooky highlights from a network which has turned into Big brother.

"LinkedIn may limit the number of connections you may have to other users and prohibit you from contacting other users through use of the Services."

" LinkedIn reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other members and to terminate your account if LinkedIn determines, in its sole discretion, that doing so is prudent."

"Dont upload a cartoon, symbol, drawing or any content other than a photograph of yourself in your profile photo;"

"Dont upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that: includes telephone numbers, email addresses, street addresses or any personally identifiable information for which there is not a field provided by LinkedIn;"

"Dont upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that: adds to a content field content that is not intended for such field (i.e. submitting a telephone number in the “title” or any other field)

"LinkedIn may terminate the Agreement for any or no cause, at any time, with or without notice, which shall be effective immediately or as may be specified in the notice"

New Linkedin user aggreement
Summary of changes
Linkedin Answers