In the world of recruitment, the technology that sourcers use has been changing rapidly.
From the old days of mapping the guest list of an event or via numerous bait calls to companies to searching for candidates on LinkedIn, the work of sourcers has been made easier and faster. And it is still improving every single day.
Here are a list of tools that are not only free but are so easy to use that you don’t need a one-day webinar to learn how to create your profile. Heck, you don’t even need a single minute. They just work.
Import.io is a website that transforms any website into a table of data or a Structured API in minutes without even writing any code.
A good source of potential candidates is to get from a list of speakers, these are usually posted publicly on the event website to help in driving traffic. In almost every case, the list is done up in a structured manner. With that import.io could easily scrap the page of the url and display them in a format that you could easily export to a csv.
Truecaller is a service that transforms today’s phonebook with a set of smart features to make it more intelligent and useful. Truecaller lets you search beyond your phonebook, identify unknown incoming calls, block calls you don’t want to receive, and make relevant contact suggestions based on time and place – so you never have to leave the service to find the right contact.
With this tool, you can reverse search a contact number and find out the name of the holder. This might come in useful at situation when you have only got the number (perhaps via a quick glance into a namecards bowl).
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This is a simple tool to help you find an email address in a site easily. You just need to enter in the first and last name of the person and the domain that he/she belongs to. For instance if you wish to find the email address of the CEO of Facebook, you would enter “Mark Zuckerberg” in the name field and “facebook.com” in the domain field.
The tool will come up with one or a few suggestions based on what it could match and gather from online sources.
Constructing Boolean queries is almost a default requirement for anyone to become a successful sourcer. But Boolean can be complex and it shouldn’t inhibit you from sourcing well.
Recruit’Em is a tool that allow you to construct the very same Boolean queries (and a few more) using a simple and easy to use interface. You not only get to search for candidates from LinkedIn but also from GitHub, Twitter, Google+, Xing and stackoverflow.
Each of these tools would only take you seconds to run, saving you an enormous amount of time yet providing perhaps even more results than you could have previously achieved the old school way. Give them a try and let me know if it works for you.