Recruiters – Finding Love on Facebook

St Valintines day is later this week and thanks to a suggestion from Andy Headworth of Sirona Consulting, I have upgraded my Facebook Search tool to help love lorn recruiters find the love of their life.

This is a free Chrome Extension that allows you to search Facebook and now you can use it to search for people by their relationship status. As an example, I’ve recorded a short video demonstrating how to find single people, interested in men who like recruiters.

I can think of no practical recruitment application for this new feature but hopefully you will enjoy using it for more social pursuits and perhaps find love. This is a free tool but if you like it, I’d be very grateful  if you can share it and encourage more recruiters to think about sourcing techniques and how to find better candidates.


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New LinkedIn Search tool

I’ve been working to upgrade my Facebook search tool and have added a number of new features. This video describes the new LinkedIn search features and how to use these. Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve developed a number of techniques to search LinkedIn and so, for convenience, I decided to build a tool into my Facebook Search Chrome extension. Given that I plan to add search for several more platforms in the near future I may well have to change the name of this tool but for the moment at least it is remaining as my Facebook Search Tool.

Like my Facebook search, the results of a LinkedIn search can be easily downloaded into Excel or some other system. I hope that this will provide an easy way to work through lists and reduce long-list to short-lists.

This is a free tool, however, if you find it useful I will be very grateful if you can share it far and wide and encourage others to use it. First and foremost tell friends, colleagues and family after that, please tell the world through Social Media and anything else you may have at your disposal. The more people that use this the more effort I’ll put into developing it further.

Any suggestions for new things you’d like to see this do please let me know.


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Sourcing with Facebook

It is a surprise to me that Sourcing on Facebook is not more common. It seems that most recruiters turn first to job boards or LinkedIn or maybe even their own database before venturing further into the many other internet resources available. Perhaps these traditional routes offer low hanging fruit but we all know that valuable (Passive) candidates can be found elsewhere and that means Facebook should be considered a primary resource. Facebook is important because of its size but, considering the richness of data that its users record about themselves, it is hard to believe that it is not better utilized within the Recruitment Community.

Perhaps it is because a Facebook profile does not look like a resume or perhaps people often don’t say what their job is that mean Facebook is often overlooked. However, for me, these are just excuses and the fact that it is not obvious how to source on Facebook is all the more reason that Sourcers should learn the skills and techniques to do so.

When sourcing anywhere on the Internet, and particularly on Facebook, I first imagine the person I’m looking for and what it is that may lead me to them. Someone may mention a company name in their profile however it is perhaps more likely that their Facebook page will reflect their interaction with the company in lots of different ways. They may appear in photos of corporate events, they may have friends in the company, they may like the company Facebook page or they may be members of Facebook groups related to their job.

Facebook users who have their Language setting set to English(US) have access to Facebook Graph Search. This is a massively powerful search engine of all the data within Facebook. People, companies, groups and even concepts are represented on Facebook by different types of Pages. Every time a user does something on Facebook it creates a relationship between that user and the other thing they have liked or friended or interacted with. All these pages and the relationships between them are searchable and provide a massive freely available resource to recruiters.

As a demonstration, I’ve recorded a video explaining one technique to map the staff in a particular company. Initially I look for the people Facebook knows work there by their employment information but by running further searches for these peoples friends I am able to find many more staff and so build a talent map of the company. I use a free Facebook Search tool that is available here.

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Facebook Search

Earlier this year, I designed a tool to help recruiters search for people on Facebook. It has proven to be an extremely popular tool with thousands of people around the world. It was based on work by Balazs Paroczay who had written a blog explaining some of the ways that Facebook Graph search works and made use of a number of search operators to construct complex and very useful searches. I was reviewing the and, after some investigation, it turns out that what I have done so far is just the tip of the iceberg and there are a vast array of other ways that can also be used to search Facebook.

My original tool made use of around 10 Facebook operators and combined them in ways to create all sorts of complex searches. I went looking for more operators and have managed to find an additional 250 of them. This creates massive scope for more types of searches and new ways to tap the mine of information on Facebook and the billion plus people who use it.

I have now designed a new tool to utilize a small proportion of the new operators I have found. It is available here as a free chrome extension so I encourage all recruiters to try it and see what you can find.
Of the new features, I am particularly excited about the ways it can search for friendships and connections between people and groups. From a recruiters point of view a big problem of sourcing on Facebook is that most people do not say where they work or want they do. However I can now search for anyone on Facebook who is friends with anyone else and best of all I can see the friends tow of more people have in common. This means if I know two or more people who work together then chances are that the friends they have in common also work with them.

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Searching, Sharing, Scrapping and Shane’s Blog

This months free recruiter tool is an update of my Recruiter Bookmarklet previously called Shanes Tools. This is a very handy tool that I personally use all the time. It combines Searching, Sharing, Scrapping and finally a link to this blog.

To install this, simply drag and drop the button below onto the bookmark bar of your browser. You can then select some text in a web page, click the bookmarklet and search Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube or Wikipedia. If you want to share the page you are on to LinkedIn, or Twitter, simply click the bookmarklet and share the page. If you want to scrape all the email addresses from the current page there is an option for that and finally, if you want to visit my blog page click the link for Shanes Blog.

Credit where credit is due. My original Bookmarklet tool was very much inspired by the work and webinars of Shane Bowen, Glenn Gutmacher and Jermery Roberts.

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Another way to Search LinkedIn

Last month I developed a very clever search tool for LinkedIn and this month I’ve developed another one. Last months tool was inspired by work from Irina Shamaeva and this months tool was inspired by the work of Steve Beckitt and his partner in

Steve has written a blog about how it works and it provided a very clever and accurate way to search LinkedIn.

Recently LinkedIn have been limiting the search ability of free account holders as a way to encourage them to spend some money with LinkedIn. This tool does not replace LinkedIns search but it does offer an alternative that will give good albeit different results. The tool uses Googles Index of LinkedIns public profiles and so can search all these profiles for free without it ordering the results based on your connections. Steve has provided a technique that makes this type of search very accurate and the tool that I have build around this technique makes using it very simple.

The Search tool is available here . Steve and I produced the following video to demonstrate how it works.

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Search LinkedIn

When searching LinkedIn there are been two main methods used by recruiters, either searching directly though LinkedIn or using a search engine to x-ray the public profiles on linkedIn. These two methods work in different ways and so give different results. Searching through LinkedIn is great in that you can search the full profiles however the results are based on your network and on a free account LinkedIn is now further limiting the searches and results you can access. An x-ray search on the other hand searches all the public profiles and gets lots of good results however public profiles often have less information than full profiles and contain other information not related to the profile at all.

Thanks to work shared with me from Irina Shamaeva, I’ve now developed a new way to search LinkedIn. This tool combines ideas from x-ray searching and direct searching and generates different results to the other two search methods.

The search tool is available here. Please try it out and let me know what you think. I’m still working on ways to improve this so feedback is very welcome. I’d be grateful if you can share this on social media.

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Sourcing on Facebook

Facebook Graph Search has significantly changed and this creates fantastic opportunities for Recruiters. As everyone knows Facebook is massive, much bigger than LinkedIn or Twitter or indeed any of the other social networks so it should be a rich resource for recruiters everywhere.

Balazs Paroczay wrote a fantastic and very in depth blog on how Facebook Graph Search seems to work and discussed a wide range of techniques to source candidates through Facebook. These techniques are very powerful although can be quite complex to use in practice. As a result I’ve now designed a new free tool to help you source on Facebook to make Balazs’s techniques as simple as possible.

The new tool is available here so please try it out. If you like it I’d be very grateful if you can share this with your colleagues and on social media.

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Big Data – What it is and why you can ignore it.


Big Data has been talked about at length but what is it and how can it help recruiters? Unfortunately I fear, Big Data is another one of these technical terms that have been corrupted by sales people in an effort to confuse and further corrupted by the confused, of which there are very many.

Big Data is a technical term for data sets that are so complex that they create all sorts of problems for software engineers like myself. Luckily for me it is only a very small number of organizations that have to manage these unmanageable data sets and so for the rest of us the challenge remains that of doing something useful with all the ‘Small’ Data that we do have.

While I believe that Big Data is a buzz word that can happily be dismissed by the vast majority of recruiters, Big Data has changed the world and all of us indirectly use Big Data every day. For example, a simple Google search will access Googles index of  30 trillion web pages and return a result in a fraction of a second. This is amazing but now so common place that this principle use of Big Data is taken for granted. Hopefully the regular readers of my blog will know that there is more to Google Search than meets the eye and its use in Recruitment is very exciting. The excitement for me however is all about finding the needle rather than the size of the haystack.

If you are still in doubt about Big Data and it implications for recruiters I highly recommend a fantastic blog written by Glen Cathey a number of years ago but still very relevant. Big Data, Data Science and Moneyball Recruiting


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Apply with LinkedIn – A Replacement

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