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Find candidates on LinkedIn using Google

Discovering potential candidates for job openings can be a daunting task, but leveraging Google's Boolean searching in conjunction with LinkedIn can significantly streamline this process. This article provides a step-by-step guide on utilising Google Boolean searches to effectively find candidate resumes on LinkedIn.

Understanding Boolean Search

Boolean search refers to a type of search allowing users to combine keywords with operators such as AND, NOT and OR to produce more relevant results. In the context of finding resumes, this method can be particularly effective.

Step-by-Step Guide

  • Basic Boolean Operators:

    • AND: Finds resumes containing all the words or phrases. For example, manager AND marketing.
    • OR: Broadens your search to include resumes with either of the words/phrases. For instance, engineer OR developer.
    • NOT: Excludes resumes containing the specified word or phrase. Example: analyst NOT senior.
  • Utilise Quotation Marks for Exact Phrases:

    • To search for an exact phrase on LinkedIn profiles, use quotation marks. For example, 'project manager'.
  • Incorporate LinkedIn-Specific Keywords:

    • Use LinkedIn-specific terms such as site:linkedin.com/in or site:linkedin.com/pub to focus your search on profiles rather than general content.
  • Combining Operators for Advanced Searches:

    • For more refined results, combine operators. For example, site:linkedin.com/in AND 'software engineer' AND (Java OR Python) NOT intern.
  • Search for Location and Industry Specific Resumes:

    • Include location or industry keywords to narrow down your search. For instance, site:linkedin.com/in AND 'graphic designer' AND London AND 'graphic design'.
  • Using Google to Search LinkedIn:

    • Enter your Boolean search query into Google's search bar. The results will display LinkedIn profiles matching your criteria.
  • Review and Analyse the Search Results:

    • Skim through the results to identify potential candidates. Look for relevant experience, skills, and qualifications.
  • Reach Out to Candidates:

    • Once you've found suitable profiles, you can reach out to them through LinkedIn for recruitment purposes.

AI Can Lend a Hand!

AI can help with you with what are commonly known as 'X-Rays'. These are text commands or extensions to 'Boolean' searching that when implemented correctly can yield very positive results. A very good website fo this is https://www.dorkgpt.com/. Using DorkGPT you can enter (in natural language) such as

find resumes on linked in for a project manager

The website will then use AI to generate your X-Ray / Boolean search string which will look something like this...

site:linkedin.com/in 'project manager' 'resume'

It also provides handy dandy links to open directly in Google (in a new tab) or copy to your clipboard (if you're running in stealth mode and don't want candidate's seeing that you're looking at their profiles!)

Tips and Best Practices

  • Keep Your Search Terms Specific: Avoid overly broad terms to refine your search results.
  • Regularly Update Your Search Criteria: As job roles and industry terminologies evolve, so should your search terms.
  • Be Aware of LinkedIn's Privacy Settings: Some profiles may not be fully visible due to user privacy settings.
  • Stay Ethical and Respect Privacy: Always approach potential candidates professionally and respect their privacy.

Google Boolean searching is a powerful tool for recruiters to find candidate resumes on LinkedIn. By mastering this technique, you can significantly enhance your talent search capabilities and find ideal candidates more efficiently.

For more detailed information on Boolean searching and recruitment strategies, consider exploring this blog, other recruitment blogs, LinkedIn's own resources, and Google's search documentation. Online courses in HR and recruitment can also provide valuable insights into advanced search techniques.

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