If you’re a technical recruiter or sourcer, then you’re likely familiar with Github’s existence. However, sourcing Github can be tricky and even intimidating for some, especially if you approach it as you would other social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.

Because Github is a community where developers share code, it’s best if you have a clear understanding of what you’re looking for as this is not the place for “title” recruiters/sourcers. If you’re looking for a software engineer, you’d be better served NOT using the term “software engineer” in your query and instead search for what the software engineer is working on.

The beauty of Github is the amount of layers the site has and how accessible it is via search engines and the more tech savvy you are; the better. There are many ways to build out your query to find…

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With approximately 11 million members and more than 105k local groups, Meetup.com can be an incredibly valuable source for identifying talent and, like Github, offers numerous ways to access site content. Unfortunately, Meetup’s site search function is very limited where sourcers and recruiters are concerned.

From X-Raying using zip code radius to searching groups and group members hosted on custom domains, the following will help you find everything you need or want on Meetup. (more…)

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For many recruiters and sourcers, LinkedIn is at the top of the heap for places to find and engage prospective candidates. One of the most popular methods to do this is by X-Raying the site via search engines.

When X-Raying LinkedIn, we generally only want to target profiles, and for better or worse, there are several ways we can accomplish this. The following will help you understand and decide what works best for you as you search for LinkedIn profiles via Google. (more…)

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Updated 6/4/2013 to include the Google Chrome Extension - LinkedIn Recruiter Chrome Extension

One of the most redundant tasks sourcers and recruiters experience each day is cross-referencing candidates in LinkedIn Recruiter that they’ve found from another source or via an X-Ray search of LinkedIn. The problem is that once we’ve identify a potential candidate, we have to open a new tab, copy the name and paste OR type it into LinkedIn Recruiter and execute another search. This is not time well spent.

So, to improve the speed and efficiency of our sourcing efforts, I created a Search/Cross-Reference Tool that I wanted to share with those who have LinkedIn Recruiter.
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When using search engines to source for candidates on LinkedIn, it’s common practice to exclude the “dir” directory. Whether you do it with -dir OR -inurl:dir OR -inurl:pub/dir, the goal is to ensure you eliminate directory listings from showing up in the search results.

With that said, you are potentially missing out on some great talent by excluding the dir directory. So, lets take a look at what can be discovered if we target the dir directory and exclude everything else. The string below is simply an example for you to see the syntax needed to execute the search. The most important piece is: , otherwise run the search as you would any other. (more…)

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