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A New Way to Search LinkedIn

by
Todd Raphael
Dec 5, 2012, 2:15 pm ET

As JobSync works on a new tool for searching applicant tracking systems, an ERE reader from Glattbrugg, Switzerland, emailed me today to tell me about a new tool for searching LinkedIn.

It’s called “RecruitIn,” with the last two letters a play on the “In” from LinkedIn.

With RecruitIn, you put in some search parameters, click on the “open in Google” button, and, voila, you have yourself a search of possible job candidates, comprised of people who’ve created profiles on LinkedIn.

You can get more than 100 results, and see “out of network” connections for LinkedIn public profiles.

RecruitIn was created by a London company called Clever Biscuit (“a young company driven by passion and bucket loads of caffeine,” Clever Biscuit says). RecruitIn’s history is explained briefly here.

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  1. Martin Snyder

    egrabber has powerful tools that do a similar search / append of ATS records from LinkedIn name lists, but it goes well beyond Google to construct profiles.

    LinkedIn acts as if they think they own the social networks and the data, but those data are mere facts- facts that can be discovered otherwise with enterprising software. The culture difference between Google and LinkedIn is profound…

  2. Keith Halperin

    @ Martin: I like eGrabber too- I think it’s a good suite of products. However, unless they’ve chained their pricing model, it’s not free, and it looks like RecruitIn is (for now), and that’s a good incentive. However, you still have to use InMails or go through LI itself to reach these people. I may have mentioned that I’ve found some folks who will get you the contract info on up to 100 LI Profiles (yo find or they find) for $150, and you only pay for what they find….

    Cheers,

    Keith
    keithsrj@sbcglobal.net

  3. Martin Snyder

    Hi Keith,

    egrabber did change pricing model- not to free- but they created an SKU called “job suite pro” that bundles the best stuff for TPR use into a monthly $150, with $500 setup (including live training). Free is sometimes a little too cheap- I know the engineering that goes into egrabber and it aint free by a long shot. It automates that profile build process for $150 the whole month, thousands and thousands of profiles if you (or your researcher of course) run the software. very slick stuff IMO, and of course, a seamless integration with my favorite recruiting solution ;-)

  4. Fraser Hill

    Not sure if this a “new” way to search LinkedIn. RecruitIn have simply taken Boolean search strings that any good researcher should already by using (e.g “site:uk.linkedin.com java C# Glaxo” to find UK based Glaxo employees with Java and C# skills within the LinkedIn site), and created a page to input the search terms.

    It’s good to see though – it will help bring awareness to recruiters not using Boolean search strings already and help them to realise that they don’t need to upgrade a basic LinkedIn package, either for in-house or external agencies.

    There will come a time when LinkedIn either need to re-think their pricing or find a way to better contain and restrict their data. Good luck to them on that! :)

  5. Irina Shamaeva

    @Fraser I agree with you on many points.

    @Keith Sorry, egrabber has nothing to do with it. They parse search results – which makes a lot of sense, actually. They can also get you additional info on LinkedIn profiles.

    Here are some detailed comments on the tool: as comments on the SC article http://www.sourcecon.com/news/2012/12/05/another-way-to-search-linkedin-without-boolean/ and on a shared link on the Boolean LinkedIn group: http://linkd.in/TS2L0R

    -Irina

  6. Keith Halperin

    Thanks, Martin and Irina.
    BTW, I’ve used LI for 8 1/2 years, and Boolean searching for longer. I just learned a few weeks ago that you can do compound keyword searching in LI (which I thought you couldn’t do) by putting OR (in caps) between the keywords. I knew that OR was basic Boolean syntax, I never saw anything on the LI site that said you could do that, though- maybe it wasn’t there or hard to find…

    -kh

  7. Irina Shamaeva

    @Keith, LinkedIn has some help files on Boolean searching. They have a couple of typos, unfortunately, but they are very easily available. Google the words “linkedin boolean search tip” and you will see a PDF “tip sheet” file posted on LinkedIn. Or go to straight to LinkedIn’s help files and look for help in searching.

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