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Jan 22, 2018
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How many of us use slang words or phrases on a daily basis without realizing it? I wondered what slang sayings relate to industries many of us recruit for on a regular basis. Here are a few and how you can go about finding potential leads for you opportunities

Trucking Industry “Keep on Truckin

While researching a client in my company’s database, who happens to be a trucking company, I thought of the saying “Keep on Truckin’,” words that that came from a famous 1960’s comic strip and is known as words of encouragement.

If you want to XRay into associations for the trucking industry, use members, and you’ll come across and a list of 344 potential leads.

The U.S. Department of Transportations (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses a system called Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) System. SAFER is a database contains information on the safety fitness of commercial motor carriers. What does that mean to a recruiter or sourcer? Potential leads for trucking companies.

Company profiles are maintained by Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). I used “USDOT Number:” in my XRay search of the site since each company should have this as their identification (census) number. Using “USDOT Number:” “Company Snapshot” yielded numerous results with company name, address, and phone as well as the number of drivers.

Gasoline/Petroleum “A Gas

Another phrase for having lots of fun “a gas” as in “that’s a gas” reminds me of gas or petroleum, depending on what country you are in.

Using the Boolean string organizations (gas OR petroleum) in Google resulted in numbers organizations, take, for example, Oildex.

Oildex operates the most substantial business network in the oil and gas industry, offering a full suite of financial supply chain automation solutions including collaborative workflow software and secure digital data exchange service. You can search by scope (academic, government or professional) or organization type (Canadian Organizations, International Academic Organizations, International Government Organizations, North American Academic Organizations, U.S. State or National Government Organizations) within the website.

Using ( | | | | to find email addresses for those involved with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) led me to discover numbers of members names with email addresses. Say I wanted to find members of the Kakinada chapter, which is based in India, I can see in the results a member directory current as of December 2017 here

I came across a word document after using ( | |


Wanting to find out what year this document was from, I downloaded it and looked at the properties and noted it was 2015. I took “relacao” (found in the title of the document) and found out it is translated to relationship. I created a Boolean search using the keywords relationship SPE macae 2015 and came across a site for i2K Connect, a way to find and analyze information on, PetroWiki, and OnePetro – or for authors of topics relating to petroleum. I pulled a few last names off the list and came to find that the names on the Word document are emails to authors of topics related.


Ranchers “Meanwhile Back at the Ranch”

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch” was used to get person telling a story to get back on track with what he was telling. In other words, get to the point or to keep it short. Looking for an expert in Rancher operating software? You can use (“rancher OS” | “rancherOS”) –recipe (you don’t want huevo rancheros recipes in your search!) or this one (“rancher OS” | “rancherOS”) -recipe blog

When you find that a search for that perfect lead has you feeling it is a “Mess and a Half” (a situation has gone beyond what you can handle) or come away with thinking “What A Bum Trip!” (such a wasted effort of time) know that there are many ways to find that “mint” (fine, excellent, great) lead that will surprise everyone.

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