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Technology & Resources

Free Tool Friday: Learn More About Google+ Users With CircleCount

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Note: This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. In this series, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions.

CircleCount is a Google Chrome Addon that allows you to see more info about a person’s Google+ profile and activity.

As you can see below, it sits in the ribbon at the top of your chrome browser. 

Tips & Tricks

A LinkedIn Hack to Get More Referrals From Hiring Managers

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linkedin-logo_INDo you ask your hiring managers to give you referrals when you’re working on a search? Imagine being able to send that hiring manager a list of their first degree LinkedIn connections with the skills you’re looking for.

Jubal Ince of Workday uploaded a Youtube video that will show you how to do this. 

Challenges, SourceCon

#SourceCon Live: A Debrief With the 2014 SourceCon Challenge Finalists

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Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 2.37.31 PMHave you ever wondered what it takes to win a SourceCon Challenge? Today I hosted a Google+ Hangout ON AIR with Jim Schnyder – two time winner of the SourceCon Challenge – and the other finalists who participated in the 2014 challenge.

The final round of the 2014 challenge, which was organized by Glen Cathey, was different than previous challenges because participants were responsible for engaging real candidates for a live search. Since participants were donating their time and conducting a free search, we chose to partner with the American Red Cross. We figured that if anyone was receiving free recruiting, it should be a worthy non-profit organization.

Industry News

How Will the New LinkedIn TOS Affect Recruiters and Sourcers? #InTalent

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For most recruiters, LinkedIn’s updated user agreement that goes into effect Thursday doesn’t change much. Recruiter customers will still be able to search for candidates, download profiles, send InMails, and generally source as they have before.

The biggest change is that LinkedIn says you own the content you post on the site. That, and the simplicity and clarity of the wording of the updated terms of service, have earned LinkedIn kudos with one writer calling the changes “monumental for the industry.” More about that later.

Technology & Resources

LinkedIn Announces Data Visualization Tool Showing Size of Talent Pool

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IMG_9183LinkedIn’s annual conference — in addition to its high-end audio/video production and its steady supply of food, entertainment, coffee, and miscellaneous other beverages — is known for an annual product launch or two (see the second paragraph from last year’s event).

This year, LinkedIn announced it’s working on two new tools, both being piloted by some customers now and set for release in 2015. 

Candidate Engagement

#InTalent Live Blog: Hit Your Target: InMail Best Practices


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LinkedIn Talent Connect started today in San Francisco. This afternoon I attended a session called Hit your target: InMail best practices. The session was led by Tina Dover, a Senior Executive Recruiter with iHeartMedia (who happens to have a 50% response rate to her InMails) and two LinkedIn Product Consultants, Maya Toussaint and Rebecca Vertucci.

Below are some ideas they shared about common InMail pitfalls and things talent acquisition professionals can do to improve InMail response rates.


How to Make the Most of Your SourceCon Experience

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SourceCon just wrapped up early this month in Denver and it was awesome! Throughout the conference speakers shared numerous tips, tricks, and tools to make us all better sourcers. I don’t know about you, but by the end of it, my head was absolutely spinning. Now that it’s over, I think many of us struggle with the same questions: What do I do now? How do I put all of this into practice?

Here are a few suggestions:


Webinar: Candidate Location Tools: Google+ and Twitter

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In this upcoming iCIMS webinar, your host, Andy Headworth will shed some light and bring some revolutionary new tips and tricks to the recruiting table. Join in and get ready to take home the following:

  • How to use the platform for sourcing candidates, developing a strong talent pipeline, to contacting talent via email

  • New techniques to identify and source candidates

  • A better understanding of why Twitter lists are a recruiter’s dream

Technology & Resources

Free Tool Friday: Find Job Candidates on Google+ With the ‘Search Extension for Google Plus’

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Note: This is a part of the Free Tool Friday series with Dean DaCosta. In this series, Dean provides a short description of one of his favorite browser addons, apps, or extensions.

Google+ is a treasure trove of untapped talent that can sometimes be hard to find. Search Extension for Google Plus simplifies the process. This great addon allows you to search Google Plus and narrow each search down based on if you want to view posts, profiles, Buzz or Google reader results. 

Technology & Resources

Does Connectifier Harvest Contacts From Your Address Book?


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Rolodex - Stock PhotoSourceCon conferences and the SourceCon blog are great places to hear about the tools sourcers and recruiters are using in the trenches. Earlier this month, Mark Tortorici plugged several of his favorite tools during his SourceCon Denver session. This resulted in a blog post from one of the attendees which listed some of the tools Mark mentioned. After reading the post, several founders of sourcing technology companies voiced sharp criticism of one of the tools, Connectifier, and of Mark Tortorici for mentioning the company on the SourceCon stage.