Our Favorite Facebook Sourcing Tool Just Received A Major Update

Shane McCusker has done it again. If you don’t know McCusker or have used his extremely popular Facebook Sourcing Tool, stop what you’re doing right now and download it! You don’t even need Chrome to use it, as there is also a free web based version. I have been an absolute fangirl since its inception. This useful sourcing tool has appeared in just about everyone’s SourceCon presentation and has been featured on many of our webinars. It’s a mixture of our sourcing favorites: Facebook, tool, free. According to McCusker, even the Facebook recruiting team uses it.

McCusker announced a few days ago that the latest version of its chrome extension has been updated. It now includes Facebook searching for People, Posts, Pages, Events, Groups and Photos. According to McCusker in the SourceCon Facebook Group (where else would you announce this?), “perhaps best of all for sourcing, I have been able to introduce AND and OR searching on top of Facebook Graph. I don’t think that this as ever been done before.”

With this exciting announcement, I had to try it. For now, the updates are only available with the Chrome Extension.

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After clicking in the Chrome Extension, the new updates were very visible.

 

Facebook Search

Job: Software Engineer OR Software Developer

AND

Lives: San Francisco 

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Brilliant! I noticed the results right away. The ability to use the OR operator works very well. For those of us nerds to like to manipulate the URL, here it is:

https://www.facebook.com/search/str/software+engineer/pages-named/employees/present/str/software+developer/pages-named/employees/present/union/str/san+francisco/pages-named/residents/present/intersect

Notice anything new? It appears the term “union” in the URL is the trigger that allows for the OR operator to function properly in Facebook.

One restriction that this update does not allow us to do is to search for two different OR sets. For an example, I can’t search “software engineer” OR “software developer” AND “san francisco” OR “oakland”

Despite this, the new updates were very useful. I had fun with a few more searches.

 

Facebook Search

Gender: Female

Job: Recruiter

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Lives: Dallas 

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Facebook Search

Lives: Madison Wisconsin OR Milwaukee Wisconsin

Job: Recruiter

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Facebook Search

Groups: Members Who Like SourceCon

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There are many, many more useful search possibilities. Share your favorite searches in the comments below.

 

Shannon Pritchett is the editor of SourceCon. As a lifelong student in the recruitment industry, Shannon is passionate about improving it. Shannon has a diverse background in training, sourcing, international recruitment, full desk recruiting, coaching, and journalism. Shannon got her start in the recruitment industry at Vanderbilt University and later worked as a Senior Recruiter for Internal Data Resources and Community Health Systems, Social Media Recruitment Ambassador for T-Mobile USA, Director of Recruiting for Moxy, Trainer with AIRS, and last as a Manager of Global Sourcing and Training for ManpowerGroup Solutions RPO.

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