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If you spend a lot of money on tools, then it might be useful to build a tool to help you sort out which ones you really need. Check out the Tech Radar from Zalando - useful as it is for tech recruiters, but I wonder whether the framework & implementation could be adapted for the recruiting tech market. Do you reckon Zalando might do it, if I ask nicely?
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
Phonebook.cz
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This web app is as bare bones as you will find: input the domain (i.e cnn.com), output every email address it can find with that domain. Obvious massive value in recruiting - check it out here
Issue #206 published 20 Sep 2020
There’s quite a few of these calculators out there but I always seem to be losing track of them. Thanks then to brainfooder Ivan Harrison for sharing this one - just plug in the numbers and get the cost-of-bad-hire. Useful
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
CareerHunter
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Let’s face facts: a lot of us have been thinking about our future direction over the past 6 months. Probably not a bad thing to periodically do this in any circumstance, so this cool web app is a useful tool to help you check your alignment with your North Star. H/T brainfooder Martin Poole for the share
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
WhatsMyName
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So this website searches a username (i.e ‘hunglee’) and brings back all the social profiles of people using that username. Obviously useful for sourcing & prospecting. PS: I didn’t forensically audit my own name so pls let me know if you find anything dodgy under my name…..H/T brainfooder Jan Tegze for the share
Issue #199 published 2 Aug 2020
Want to build an app? Why not give Debuild real english language commands and have it auto-generate and deploy the code for you. Workforce automation is coming folks - and it will come for the coders too. H/T brainfooder Craig Hughes for the share (and for the conversation all those years ago)
Issue #197 published 19 Jul 2020
HR for HR is an individual wellbeing checkup for HR practitioners
First step in any emergency to make sure you are in the right condition to help, not hinder. Excellent initiative and application from our buddies at Culture Amp. Have a play here.
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
PimEyes
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As big tech giants line up to put a moratorium on facial recognition technology research, up comes precisely the type of tool which might be used feed the machine with massive amounts of data. PimEyes purports to analyzes millions websites to provide the most accurate search results for image search. Obvious application for candidate sourcing, but as ever, not without significant ethical considerations.
Issue #192 published 14 Jun 2020
Very cool tool which allows to you remove the most popular sites from the search results. Think about it as googling from page 99 - you’ll surface up content you might otherwise never find. Obvious applications for candidate sourcing / customer prospecting.
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
This is just a really cool tool. Keyword search input on trending topics on Hacker News (hint: ‘hiring’) in order to output a clickable bubble chart from which you can explore further. Some obvious business development / candidate sourcing applications here. Give it a go.
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
Rezi
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Filtering candidate resumes using AI? Well you can expect candidates to use AI for getting past your filter. Cool tool here from Rezi, and another example of the evolutionary arms race between assessors and the assessed. H/T to brainfooder Liz van Zyl for the share
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
If you do miss the office, then this app might be exactly the thing you need to cure you of that madness. Click on the items, have them make the noise, then settle back onto your couch in your PJ’s and thank the Lord for good wifi at home….
Issue #187 published 10 May 2020
It’s like a dictionary, but using analogies instead of definitions. Perhaps the coolest of cool tools we’ve seen to date. Thanks to OH subscriber Kayleigh Smart for the share
Issue #36 published 23 Apr 2020
Who Posted What?
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Facebook’s recent hammering in the press only sharpens the lens on just how opaque the data actually is for the lay person to exploit. Recruiters of course are not the laity, so cue Who Posted What? - a textual search engine on historical facebook posts.
Issue #79 published 23 Apr 2020
Still urging your kids to learn to code? You might be prepping them for a career that might soon no longer exist. Bubble is a point-and-click, drag and drop app builder, entirely without code. Code connoisseurs are going to scoff, but the future is pretty clear
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb visualisation from our buddies at FlowingData. Based on the American Time Use Survey in 2014, toggle this tool to ‘fast’ mode and watch those bubbles fly. There’s probably some sort of 'optimal time for outreaching to candidates’ angle here, but really, just enjoy it.
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
100,000+ chrome extensions you can download and use, ordered according to installation popularity. It will take forever to dig through, but there’s gold in this archive for someone with unusual curiosity or patience. 
Issue #66 published 23 Apr 2020
LinkedIn have a salary calculator - did you know? Check it out here. No doubt data is based on advertised job vacancies, but they all seem little low to me. Type in ‘recruiter’ or 'HR manager’ and see for yourself. See what I mean?
Issue #112 published 23 Apr 2020
Despite the ugly slogans of the populists, economists agree that competition for the best talent is key to a countries’ future prosperity. See how your country compares in this nice website from the OECD. H/T ‘foodie Colin Donnery for the share. 
Issue #138 published 23 Apr 2020
Great interactive database, packed full of the information you’d expect to find from something called ‘the Complete database of YC companies’. Funding rounds, exits, growth rate, employee counts etc. Obvious value to recruiters / hiring managers here
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Human Terrain
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Pudding Cool are one of the next generation of websites which tell stories through data. ‘Human Terrain’ is one of their best - a massive interactive website visualising the world’s population, in 3D. Primacy of the cities is made clear. Have a play here
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
OptionPlan
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Great to see better tooling coming out of VC’s. This is a rewards calculator from Index Ventures -useful for any founder or recruiters for Startups offering options.
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
redditors have been publishing visualisations of their salary / expenses in the subredddit r/PFPorn. Totally SFW for feel free to check it out at work - it’s the sort of thing the Internet was made for. NB: they are using the open source tool SankeyMatic to build the visualisations, so feel free to give it a go yourself. 
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
Buffer is perhaps the organisational poster child for running a transparent culture. Perhaps most famous for their formulaic calculation of employee compensation, where no negotiation takes place and salary is determined by role / contribution. Here they have taken things one step further by creating a free tool to help you do the same. 
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
Nice headline writing tool from CoSchedule - analyses your headline for grammar, ‘power’ words and SEO. Worth getting past the email register and having a play with this. H/T to brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share. 
Issue #93 published 23 Apr 2020
Big news of the week is undoubtedly LinkedIn’s formal entry into the ATS business. With the distribution channel they have, ‘Talent Hub’ instantly becomes a player in this hyper competitive market. Hat tip to product marketing crew too in creating some FOMO - you have to join the waitlist in order to take a look. Let me know if you’ve had a play with this - love to get your report.
Issue #105 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva has been one of the foundational pillars of entire sourcing community. She also creates customised google search engines, which can be hyper targeted to index only specific sites or specific parts of sites. This one searches only for LinkedIn Headlines. Read the blog, use the engine. It’s great. 
Issue #62 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Hiring for values’ has been a thing for a little while now, but the tooling hasn’t really caught up to support the effort. Lynne Tye’s work with Key Values it’ll be a player in the game. Thanks to brainfooder Ollie Glass for the share. 
Issue #62 published 23 Apr 2020
Hiring internationally is literally going outside your comfort zone. So that what better than a Big List of Places to Post Jobs. Nearly 500 posting sites crowdsourced and validated by local expert recruiters. Give thanks to your fellow brainfooders folks, as this is your work ;-)
Issue #151 published 23 Apr 2020
EasyEmail
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Augmented messaging is the hidden gem in recruitment tech.  Small stuff that can make a big difference. Here’s the pitch for this plugin “…an AI that helps you quickly compose personalised emails in your Gmail…..” That’ll do it for me. 
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
I had the pleasure of seeing x.ai CEO Dennis Mortensen speak at Unleash London last week. Great to see his team produce some data driven content on workplace productivity. Have you ever wondered what your meetings look like in 3D? Wait no longer
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
New feature from our buddies at Workable. Evidence of their international traction (6000+ employers onboarded, tens of thousands of job openings) as well as a genuinely useful one stop shop for job seekers looking for work. Check out Workable’s aggregated jobs product here
Issue #80 published 23 Apr 2020
PeopleCamp
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Imagine if Hello Talent and Dux-Soup had a baby and you might get something that looks like PeopleCamp. Palpably the most useful chrome extension for recruiters-on-a-budget I’ve seen in a long time. Made by my buddy and long time brainfooder Ivan Stojanovic, they’re on special offer right now: Next 100 installs are free - then paid from the 101st install onward. You know what you have to do - grab it here, now.
Issue #80 published 23 Apr 2020
Discover what tech is running on any website. Suspect someone will find a recruiting angle on this, maybe as a method of identifying source sites of developers. 
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Free chrome plugin by OH subscriber Andrei Stetsenko - a recruiter friendly tool to find and master tech terms while sourcing on LinkedIn. Great training product for recruiters entering the tech industry. Download it now and give it shot
Issue #48 published 23 Apr 2020
Email remains the predominant method of first contact. Tools that extract and verify them remain the most popular ones around. Here’s another one to try out. 
Issue #29 published 23 Apr 2020
Social List
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Firstly, I like the name. Secondly, this is from our buddies at Brain Gain Recruiting, also one of the leading organisations in sourcing best practice over the past two decades. Thirdly, there’s a free trial. What are waiting for?
Issue #24 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating visualisation on the rise of the ‘covid economy’. Emergency workers, HCW’s, grocery store clerks - these job postings tells its own story as the current state of society. Recruiters will be needed in all of this though, so get ready and get involved.
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Nymeria
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Email remains the No1 method of first contact for candidates. So here’s yet another email finder that you might want to check out. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb interactive tool which maps the connections between programming languages into a interactive taxonomy. Useful for tech recruiters to better understand their craft. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting initiative to mind map the pathways that need to be taken by a developer in 2017’s. Useful for tech recruiters, especially those starting in the industry. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you know what a custom search engine is? Here’s a great example from our friends at Sourcing Hat. Basically, it’s google search using pre-configured boolean operators. This one, configured to search European profiles. Check it out. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
If you love reddit, you’ll love this - a search engine for discovering subreddits based on their relationships with each other. Visually appealing, easy to use and potentially super useful for exploring relevant communities you didn’t know about.
Issue #118 published 23 Apr 2020
Agent On Demand
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Well somebody was going to do it. The sports agency model hits the tech recruitment market, with this innovation from 10x Management, a recruitment company which originally sources high demand freelancers. Now monetising on both sides - the on demand model might just solve the exclusivity problem with this type of play. 


Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
The opportunity is blue collar LinkedIn. It’s definitely a massively underserved market, and Facebook, may be the only possible business who could give it a shot. This is there presser - love to see it in action, so message me if you have any direct experience with this.
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
A List of Slack tech channels, teams, groups or communities, all in one easy-to-use interface. It’s pretty much gold for recruiters looking for new places to locate and learn about software engineers.
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
The ILO and Gallup asked women and men in 142 countries whether they preferred for women to work paid jobs, care for their families and homes or do both. Interesting data, superbly presented in an interactive tool. 
Issue #23 published 23 Apr 2020
Vidyard
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Are you tired of low response rates on your email outreach? Check out this company which sales by sending this mini videos to prospects. Easy-to-use chrome plugin and this guy’s delivery is on point. Got to work for recruiting right? Thanks to brainfooder Karen Azulai for the share. 
Issue #81 published 23 Apr 2020
CV builder for developers. We did something similar with WorkShape.io once, but realised that github activity alone was not representative of a developers true interests / capabilities. This is on the way to a good idea though - and it does look great. 
Issue #49 published 23 Apr 2020
Why do we work? Not only for the money it seems, but also for the partner in life. Have a go at this fun tool from FlowingData. I dare you to put in ‘Recruiter’. 
Issue #49 published 23 Apr 2020
Fun interactive from the FT. I think the results are lean on the side of optimism, but then I do read a great deal of apocalyptic science fiction. Presumably this type of tool will soon have impact on young people’s academic and career choices. A good thing, I think. 
Issue #37 published 23 Apr 2020
Oldster
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Age discrimination is a thing folks. Love this idea - connecting Senior Advertising Professionals & the Companies Looking for Them. Certain to roll out across other industry sectors. We need it. 
Issue #11 published 23 Apr 2020
Will your job be around in the future? A question all of us need to be asking. NPR produced this little app in an attempt to estimate how likely a robot is going to take your job.C
Issue #11 published 23 Apr 2020
Lawbot (BETA)
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Justice Should Always Be Free. It’s the end of the ‘professions’. If your economic value is based on your collection, translation and delivery of arcane knowledge, this is your future. 
Issue #4 published 23 Apr 2020
Yippy
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I had the pleasure of sharing a video call with estimable Steve Levy last week. One of the good guys, and a fellow you should follow. Also shouted out this sourcing tool. Like Steve said, you really should give it a try.
Issue #109 published 23 Apr 2020
Placed
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Do you remember the days when your email was also your candidate database? If you do and actually miss those crazy days, then this gmail plugin is for you. Placed gives you lifetime search on gmail for the candidates you’ve already submitted and probably can never find again. There’s going to be someone out there who will find this tool a godsend. 
Issue #77 published 23 Apr 2020
Interesting new tool from LinkedIn - Interview Question Generator. Simple flow-to-onboard, a couple clicks later you’ve to a PDF and interview guide. Useful, but I wonder what happens when we all start asking the same questions. See mine here; get your own here
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
What am I doing - recommending someone else’s newsletter? But I got to do it in this case, because Levels.fyi have a spot solution for keeping up-to-date on your market rate. Not even sure it qualifies as a ‘tool’ but it is definitely cool.
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
Job Trends
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Shame Indeed.com haven’t done more with this. Research job trends based on it’s comprehensive index of over 50 million jobs a year. It’s definitely a cool tool which needs a second look. H/T brainfooder Tris Revill for the share
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
Daisie
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Can Arya Stark save recruitment? I should imagine she might prefer to kill it. Certainly it appears her list of things to do - Game of Thrones actor Maisie Williams gives recruiting tech a whirl with this matching product for creatives. 

Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
Andrew Stetsenko (founder of Relocate.me and Glossarytech) is constantly producing interesting apps in the recruiting space. Here is his latest effort, a CV Compiler, with close to real-time feedback. Check it out here. Developers are talking about it too - here
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
Find websites that are built in certain technologies. Very good looking tool which has loads of potential for tech recruiters who want to compile a list of source sites. CSV’s free to download. 
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s LinkedIn again, increasing its value prop with this newly released feature last week. We’re beginning to care about the folks who don’t apply. Providing tools to help companies better understand the near misses is smart. Love to hear feedback on folks who’ve trialled this. 
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
Cost of Living
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Salary is not the only number that matters for recruiting - cost of living is equally if not more important! Check out this tool Numbeo, courtesy of On Hiring subscriber Tris Revill
Issue #16 published 23 Apr 2020
Compare compensation data across companies and job titles. US data and somewhat tech centric, but still a useful resource for benchmarking your key comp numbers. H/T brainfooder and preternaturally on-the-ball Denis Dinkevich for the share. Check out the tool here, and of course, follow Denis here.
Issue #98 published 23 Apr 2020
Recruit'em
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Basic boolean builder with a decent UI? I’m down. Source candidates from everywhere with no registration and no fees. Actually a decent training tool if you want to know more about how search operators and boolean strings work. Check it out here. H/T Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Make My Persona
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Do you create a persona when hiring a candidate? You probably should, as its one of the better ideas to migrate from marketing to TA over the past few years. This bit of cool from Hubspot might be get you started on it. Create customizable personas with this intuitive - and free - persona generator. H/T ‘foodie Chris Raw for the share.
Issue #137 published 23 Apr 2020
I’m going to be talking about voice, voice tech and how it impacts recruitment in a future Brainfood Live. This cool tool is going to feature, so I might as well show you it to you now. Q is the First Genderless Voice, created to end gender bias in AI assistants - have a think and a play. H/T Oscar Mager for the share
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
Hemlock
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Do you want to stalk your competitors online activities? Silly question because of course you do. And now you can with this neat calendar visualisation app. from PeakFeed. Just type in the name of your nemesis and watch the magic happen.
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
We’ve been missing this since Sidekick went and got themselves acquired. Great little extension to track whether and when someone opens your email. Only $24 per year for unlimited. Get it now before the prices go up
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
Discovery Demo
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Watson driven content / sentiment analytics engine for brands. Some way to go before this tool becomes really useful but one to bookmark and keep an eye on. Thanks to OH subscriber Bianca Walterspiel for share. 
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
If No Reply
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We all know that following up is a critical part of securing engagement. Few remember to do it. Here’s a tool which can preschedule follow up emails in case of no reply. Of course, I can trust OH subscribers to use this judiciously.. 
Issue #26 published 23 Apr 2020
Slack At Work
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So Slack getting into the jobs posting business. 3 x free job posts for any paying customer of the ubiquitous communications / collaboration tool. Might as well? You bet. H/T brainfooder Anna Ott for the share
Issue #72 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Drafted (Vinayak Ranade and crew), build some great free resources for the recruiter community. Check out this website - a collection of referral programs from top companies, beautifully presented. It’s like something we should have made. 
Issue #72 published 23 Apr 2020
Travelscope
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A visual exploration of the travel freedom attached to passports. Beautifully rendered web app by Markus Lerner - poignant and needed right now. Just needs an update on rights to work / rights to reside and it will become truly useful to us here - keep an eye on it, and have a play here
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
Wappalyzer
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“Wappalyzer is a cross-platform utility that uncovers the technologies used on websites. It detects content management systems, e-commerce platforms, web frameworks, server software, analytics tools and many more”
Useful to recruiters, recruitment tech vendors, salespeople and any other kind of professional snoop, really. Get it free, here
Issue #131 published 23 Apr 2020
There have been quite a few new web apps that focus on providing visa / relocation intelligence. This is another one to add to the list - great UI, easy to use - type in your country and get the info you need, instantly. Not saying you should relocate or anything but if you’re tired of how things are going in your home country right now, this may prove an invaluable tool.
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
Sjamilla Van der Tooren has been on sabbatical, and as happy as we were to follow her travels, we are glad she is back as she tends to do cool things like this; an update to her awesome list of favourite recruitment things. Brainfood is in it, amongst 100’s of other great resources for recruiters. Get to it, here
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
BombBomb
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When brainfooders Jonathan Kidder and Michael Crouse both endorse a cool tool, it’s time to take notice. BombBomb looks like video messaging-in-email (rather than attachment). Asynch video messages is a new category of comms folks, first mover advantage there to be taken. Check it out here.
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
Google Hire
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So the big news this week was a quiet-not-so-quiet launch of Hire with Google. By all accounts this is a combined job distribution / ATS type product. Invite only at the moment, so if anyone has had a chance to take a peak. please do get in touch with me with me - I’d love a review. Sign in link is above in case anyone wants to track to hack their way in.
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
Gusto
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HR Basics is a fully integrated online HR services product - payroll, benefits and everything else it seems. Nice market penetration strategy from the former ZenPayroll. And for SMB’s amongst us, who doesn’t like free stuff? Sign up for beta here folks. 
Issue #75 published 23 Apr 2020
JSON Resume
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JSON Resume is a community driven open source initiative to create a JSON based standard for resumes. Can the universal CV come from the community? I might have to.


Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Tech is probably the most jargon filled industry vertical there is. Good news is that OH subscriber Andrei Stetsenko is around to produce this CV scanner for instant definition on unfamiliar terms. 
Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Find out with this prediction tool. Fun, possibly useful, maybe essential. H/T OH subscriber @Matt Bradburn for the share
Issue #34 published 23 Apr 2020
Karen.ai
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IBM Watson powered recruiting chatbot. You probably need to click on this link and check this out. In fact, I’d welcome your feedback on Karen.ai, I’m betting its the most advanced automated recruiter out there. What do you think of it?
Issue #9 published 23 Apr 2020
ZenSourcer
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Complexity of the tools landscape is a scourge of the recruiter. This productivity tool takes a clear shot at the problem. Thanks OH subscriber Matt Buckland for the share. In private Beta right now, looks particularly relevant if you’re into efficiency and already on Greenhouse ATS
Issue #45 published 23 Apr 2020
Great little web app provides recruiters with an input box to find out how long a programming language has been around. Clearly built by developers aiming to neutralise the impossible demands made in unrealistic job ads. Worth a bookmark. H/T to brainfooder Denis Dinkevich, a fellow recruiters should follow
Issue #108 published 23 Apr 2020
70 million…is a ridiculous number. And recidivism is tied to the ability to (re)enter the workforce. This is an outstanding idea from a former inmate - something we can all get behind. 
Issue #44 published 23 Apr 2020
So Jan Tegze has been a favourite of Recruiting Brainfood for a little while. A recruiter, an excellent blogger and also, a tool maker with Sourcing Games - a website to train recruiters through sourcing challenges. Take a look folks
Issue #44 published 23 Apr 2020
Everyone knows I love a google sheet, and this is as good an example of as any I’ve seen. An industry specific job board for the animation industry, aggregated by one person. See the post here and see the raw spreadsheet here for yourself. It’s the internet at its finest.
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
Transcribing interview notes…. is one recruiting function we would all want to see automated. Our buddies at AI Sense may have the solution - check out Otter app released last week on the app store, which purports to do exactly this. Download it and have a play - seems to work…
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
What you really need is cool infographic which maps the relationships between all the emerging technologies which have the potential to change the world - here it is as a downloadable pdf
Issue #152 published 23 Apr 2020
GlossaryTech
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Perhaps the most common criticism of tech recruiters is that we don’t know what we’re talking about. Well here’s a crowdsourced search engine for tech terms which might help. Made by my friend and On Hiring subscriber, Andrei Stetsenko. Support it and we’ll all get better together
Issue #17 published 23 Apr 2020
Machine Sourcer
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Everyone has been talking about this tool recently. The world is not short of chrome extensions that support the sourcing effort, but the bandwagon on this one is well under way, so you may as well jump on it as it’s free. Useful how-to vid by Greg Hawkes here
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s been a ton of material about PM’s recently, so this handy little search engine is a timely find. Packed full of articles on PM'ing in general - a great resource for anyone hiring for this increasingly important function
Issue #125 published 23 Apr 2020
Export search results from LinkedIn directly to Excel or CSV files without needing to install any software…..I think….useful. Have a play here.
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
This calculator has been created to show you how much poop you have to produce to use up your Coronavirus (COVID-19) toilet paper stock. Important.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
Still Hiring
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Some pretty cool crowdsourcing going on at the moment, and some of them are fortunate enough to have a decent designer / developer put into a front end folks might want to use. Useful leads site for recruiters for need a new client or a new job.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
My friend and long time brainfooder Shane McCusker built a chrome plugin which helps recruiters search Facebook for candidates. It’s been downloaded nearly 100,000 times - for good reason. Must have tool for anyone in a sourcing role - and entirely for free. 
Issue #68 published 23 Apr 2020
Anyone else here use Phantombuster? It’s like Zapier for scraping data. All the cool kids in the sourcing world like Denis Dinkevich, Marcel van der Meer and Susanna Frazier swear by it. Probably time to give it a try if you haven’t already, especially as they’ve recently massively upgraded their API store.
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
This is what you get from LinkedIn when you run a Talent Pool Report. Pretty obvious it’s going to be a must have service for most TAM’s. Thanks to the brainfooders who’ve shared this with me. Take a look here, and get a demo for yourself here
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
At what stage does an app become popular enough to generate an eco-system? Zoom is getting there, as this handy little website might shows. Useful for more than just reasons of cool, a virtual backgrounds on video calls equalise socio-economic disparity.
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Watch & listen to the likes of Heather McGowan, Perry Timms, Johnny Campbell, Josh Levine, Lorna Borenstein, Kyle Lagunas, Lars Schmidt, Dethra Giles, Dave Hazlehurst, Fanny Comba, Vanessa Raath, Greg Savage and many, many more on replay. Each session separately recorded - sign in and find the session you missed. It’s better than Neflix and 100% free, so get to it.
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
I’ve also built a chatbot. Or more precisely, our buddies at TalkPush have built a chatbot, donating their tech and expertise to help us access 3 types of information on mobile - content, connections and - ultimately - work opportunities for recruiters & HR. If you have WhatsApp already installed on your phone, simply message ‘hello’ on +1 501-380-7313 to activate the service. Otherwise, click this link to launch. Again, 100% free to use, so please do so.
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
The Brainfood Hall of Fame was originally meant to be a permanent and public ‘thank you’ note to the contributors and supports of the newsletter. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent economic fall out, I’ve repurposed it to serve a more immediate need - as a notice board for brainfooders to alert the rest of the community what their weekly bandwidth is for additional work - and to find other members who may be available for work you need to have done. We’re all more economically insecure than we ever expected to be and so urgently need to find new ways to diversify our sources of revenue.
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Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
What size is big enough? Someone one said. It’s an argument made by those who might think they know more about statistics than perhaps they really do. This useful tool from Survey Monkey should come in handy for all us - keep it in your locker if you’re planning to run a survey or publish the results. H/T to ‘foodie Amleto Montinari for the share
Issue #122 published 23 Apr 2020
Workmode
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‘Find the best places to work near me’ is the strapline of this nice looking tool. Will it deliver on the promise first made by the likes of FourSquare / Swarm? Probably not, but why not give this is a try anyway - I’m definitely going to.
Issue #119 published 23 Apr 2020
FluidDATA
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Searching for sound has been one of those impossible tasks that have so far evaded the tech community. No longer - check out FluidDATA, a free tool which searches keywords, phrases, names, and brand mentions in audio. It’s probably the coolest tool we’ve ever featured here. And it will exit to Google for zillions. Have fun
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
Comprehensive framework for auditing a HR department. This has the look of paid consultancy work and we’re lucky to have it for free here. H/T to authors Mike Pritula, Yulia Oncheva and, of ever, Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
CV Timeline
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Given the fact that we spend on average less than 7 seconds reviewing an online profile, this simple browser extension might have an outsized impact on your efficiency. It’s basically a work experience summariser. Worth a look if you want to get even faster at reviewing CV’s….
Issue #130 published 23 Apr 2020
Orca
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An ‘AI Account-based marketing orchestration salesbot’ - sounds terrible you say, but bear with me because this tool is a significant upgrade on standard drip email marketing tools, mainly because its multi-channel. First 200 engagements are for free - download the app here and give it a shot. 
Issue #92 published 23 Apr 2020
Now you can find out, with this ‘Financial Independence Calculator’ from our buddies at Nomadlist. PS: you can get it done at 39 in Antigua, if you can save $200K. All the countries represented. Have fun
Issue #95 published 23 Apr 2020
ScrapeWebsiteEmail is a service that exposes an api to fetch e-mails from a website. If you’re any kind of sourcer, you should be interested in this. 
Issue #12 published 23 Apr 2020
This product has been around for a long time but recently resurfaced with a snazzy new UI and more data science behind it. I’ve seen some bad LinkedIn photo’s so this tool certainly has a place - give it a shot here. H/T ‘foodie Ivan Harrison (again) for the share.
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
Time is money. Yet we waste so much of it in internal meetings, where nothing is communicated other that hierarchy and political position. Maybe his cost-of-meeting calculator can help?
Issue #56 published 23 Apr 2020
Quickli
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Make sure you’re logged into your LinkedIn account and then use Quickli to er.. quickly conduct searches on LinkedIn data via it’s super simple user interface. Its definitely a cool tool so check it out here
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
We all agree we’re in too many pointless meetings, so this little web app is just the thing to help you think about whether you really need to be there. Chances are…no. Please pass on your thanks to brainfooder Adriaan van der Heijden for all the time you’re going to save. 
Issue #83 published 23 Apr 2020
Because scheduling is a royal pain in the arse. Thanks to brainfooder Jonathan Kidder for putting this list of appointment scheduling apps together. Choose one, use one and never do an email chain chasing for availability again. 
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
Have writers block? Never run out of blog ideas with HubSpot’s awesome Blog Ideas Generator. Simple tool which generates blog ideas no matter how niche your industry is. Recruiters / EVP folks who care about inbound marketing should have this one on their radar
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you want to help train AI? Well here’s your chance folks. Check out Lorenzo - a new idea coming out of ideas factory, Founders Factory. Complete the survey and help this recruiting tech Startup along. Karma and more will come back to you.
Issue #33 published 23 Apr 2020
FindThatLead
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Do we need another email finder / verifier? Of course we do. Here’s one with some potential, especially if the bulk email function works as it should. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
The most obvious application of LinkedIn’s native video feature is for job seekers to create introductory bio’s. Niah Curry has done one and - what do you know - it’s pretty good. Will LinkedIn revive the ‘video CV’? Got a chance I’d say
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
We all know it is hard to get people to read your words. Can you improve your copy writing to make it easier for your readers? There can be no better help than this Hemingway inspired textual analysis tool. Channel your inner Ernest folks, and improve your writing. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
Slack List
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Slack is an employer agnostic collaboration tool, which meant that it quickly became the default tool for organising communities of interest online. This beautifully presented website is a directory of some of the most popular - obviously useful for recruiting. Use sensibly
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
Ranking the popularity of programming languages. Interesting to see the persistence of older languages like FORTRAN in the top 50. Worth a play around, check methodology also.

Issue #41 published 23 Apr 2020
Governments have the data, but need to do a much better of job of making it accessible to the public. Something like this from Office of National Statistics is along the right lines - gender pay disparity interactive. Thanks to OH subscriber Tris Revill for the share. 
Issue #41 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s often difficult to understand if you’re being paid fairly. GlassDoor releases a new tool called Know Your Worth designed to help you understand your market worth. Based in market survey / reports tho. 
Issue #3 published 23 Apr 2020
These types of frameworks are difficult to create. Our buddies at RL100 have had a go and have produced a worthy effort; might be useful to plot where your business appears on this matrix, as well draw inspiration from the template for customisation for your own use.
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
Lob
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So this service enables you to send physical mail at scale. No doubt useful for direct marketing when you realise email isn’t working. Obvious applications for recruiting here, I trust OH subscribers will use it sensibly
Issue #39 published 23 Apr 2020
Respondable
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Better writing has got to mean better responses, right? Respondable from Boomerang is a real time AI copy writing assistant, popping out a sidebar which scores your writing as you type. Free to use folks, get it here
Issue #88 published 23 Apr 2020
You probably haven’t done this yet, but you will at some point you will so you might find out how. Excellent post from Chris Russell explaining how to use the Facebook jobs posting feature. 
Issue #21 published 23 Apr 2020
TweetBeaver
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Twitter is experiencing a bit of a comeback of late, so it makes sense rethink how to mine it for information useful to recruiting. TweetBeaver looks like an interesting tool for a lot of this work - check it out here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
Trinsly
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As a receiver of way too many I’m generally not a fan of ‘drip marketing’ campaigns. However, I could just be an irate outlier, so this useful looking chrome extension might be just the thing for those of you who swear by the 72 hour auto follow up rule.
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
Perhaps the pre-eminent tracking app for all tech startup layoffs — and lists of employees laid off — that has emerged since the Covid-19 pandemic. Lots of tech candidates volunteering their email & contact data here - concerns for data privacy clearly now a legacy of the pre-Covid world. H/T brainfooder Adam Gordon for the share in the fb group
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
How well prepared is your organisation vs Covid-19 and the contingent second order effects? This navigator tool might help give you some sort of understanding. It’s a cool tool which would be massively cooler if it didn’t require an annoying onboard. Still what else are you doing in your time right now?
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfood Larder
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My buddy Simon Hammond built this database to store and retrieve all articles distributed by the recruiting brainfood newsletter. This will be a useful link for everybody and you should click on it and bookmark for future use. It’s really going to be more effective than asking me.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
The Microsoft / LinkedIn integration has been so slow burning that we can miss what may be game changing moves. ‘Resume Assistant’ is just a taster of the near future vision of linking the desktop with the social web; not hard to imagine JD assistant coming next. MS / LinkedIn might have the distribution power to standardise these documents - a precursor to a matching service, perhaps? H/T Ivan Harrison for the share
Issue #57 published 23 Apr 2020
SSaR
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Pretty much the one stop resource for all your recruiting tooling needs. I’m fairly certain you might know about this amazing one pager already - and the author Dean Da Costa - but in case you haven’t, here you go.
Issue #157 published 23 Apr 2020
I’ve been interested in this product by brainfooder Danny Hodgson since I first saw it two years ago. The best ideas solve problems you didn’t even know were there. Foresight gives you a credible a 12-month hiring plan to work to. Stupidly simple - and now - free 1 month use if you claim it before Oct 31st. So get to it folks - click here.
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
SpiderFoot
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There’s a growing interest in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), especially as technical sourcers dive ever deeper below the surface of visible web. SpiderFoot is kind of the next generation OSINT tool - automated search with a UI most can use.
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
Yeah, I know - the era of globalisation is coming to an end. That’s not to say it will for everyone, especially those with an in-demand, work-from-anywhere skillset. This is a cool country-by-country comparison site - here is the UK compared with the Netherlands. Useful if you’re thinking about it yourself or recruiting for those who need to relocate. Have a go here
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
I reckon scheduling is around 30% of an average recruiters day. It’s definitely way too big a part of the job than it should be. Startups are trying to solve it - check out interview Schedule, a calendar manager / appointments booker designed specifically for recruiting. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
OSINT Combine
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Aggregation website for searching different types of social network, including the darling of 2019, TikTok. Someone have a play with this, be cool to get a real sourcers view on how useful this website is. Check it out here
Issue #160 published 23 Apr 2020
Linked Helper - that chrome extension which allowed you to do all sorts of cool (*and dodgy) things on LinkedIn - more or less shut down last month with its site wide warning message that users were at risk of losing their LinkedIn accounts by continuing to use the product. PhanthomBuster seems confident that it is currently ok - here is their post explaining why and how.
Issue #148 published 23 Apr 2020
Compare the passport power of every country on the planet. Exceptionally useful website, especially for those who recruit for multiple locations or source globally for talent. Check it out here. PS: Can’t wait to see how ‘Brexit Blue’ will measure up….
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
Big launch of Talent Insights from LinkedIn this week. Talent Pool insights and Company report, both of which offer a promise of business intelligence which no other vendor can provide. Brainfooder Tim Sackett has an early review, as does Fredrik Johnson from Spotify. Any one else had a play?
Issue #103 published 23 Apr 2020
Recruitment and Marketing are not the same, but there’s value in learning from each. One place marketing is definitely ahead is in ‘quick use’ tech, as this tools grid amply demonstrates. Take a look here. H/T Martyn Redstone for the share in the fb group
Issue #155 published 23 Apr 2020
Indeed going for all the marbles - again. You have to admire how aggressive this company is - going after established markets, attacking entrenched incumbents, all at the same time. Nothing is a moonshot when Indeed is involved. 
Issue #5 published 23 Apr 2020
LinkedIn respond to GlassDoor’s salary benchmarking service with this new feature. Data is all through sampling though LinkedIn’s sample size is going to be large enough to matter. Could be the first global salary benchmarking service. 
Issue #5 published 23 Apr 2020
How much should you be paid? Hard to know in a world where salary transparency is not the default. This crowdsourced effort from Ask A Manager goes some way to providing benchmarks. It’s a great resource, which should get better as more ppl do it. Probably should do a brainfood one - what do you think?
Issue #134 published 23 Apr 2020
I really think one of us should do one of these newsletters for us. Might come in handy, given the circumstances. You game?
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
Some goodies here from Hubspot, one of the few online businesses that have mastered the art of the giveaway. Create lists and send up to 2,000 emails every month. Used sensibly (I’m sure you will….) this could super charge your candidate re-engagement. H/T Martin Kelly for the share
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
Freesist lets you find people who are willing to work for free. Labour exchange, reinvented. Suspect we’re going to see a lot more of this type of non-monetary service for a service exchanges
Issue #15 published 23 Apr 2020
Buffer are probably already better known for their company culture than for their software products these days. Here’s their famously transparent salary calculator, open for public use. 
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
There™
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As remote working increasingly becomes the default setting for work in the 2020’s, we’re going to have to get used to friends or co-workers’ working across multiple timezones. This gorgeous looking app is basically what you need for managing that future
Issue #172 published 23 Apr 2020
As we rightfully become more vigilant on how public data can be used for malevolent purpose, we should not forget that there’s some undeniably cool things you can do with aggregated data. This app helps you visualise what an account tweets about and when, useful in researching for outreach. H/T brainfooder Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #84 published 23 Apr 2020
Super useful resource for anyone who needs to calculate equity as part of comp. This is potentially us as employees and also as recruiters pitching stock options to candidates. One to bookmark folks. Check it out here
Issue #154 published 23 Apr 2020
This extensive interactive mindmap of skills from NESTA and Profinda combines value with immediate gratification - an outstanding addition to the brainfooder tool kit. Have a play here. H/T Katrina Hutchinson-O'Neill for the share.
Issue #149 published 23 Apr 2020
Email remains the number one preferred method of contact by candidates, prospects, customers and everyone else. We need to find a way to acquire and verify them. So here is another cool tool worth trying out (you have to sign up for the BETA)
Issue #40 published 23 Apr 2020
DevScanner
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Need to hire Software Engineers? Nothing better than free-to-use sourcing tool. Check out Devscanner.com {Spoiler Alert: We built this over a weekend}
Issue #8 published 23 Apr 2020
Search Explorer
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Very nice sourcing support tool from our buddies at HiringSolved. Input a keyword and Search Explorer will generate a list of related and relevant terms around it. Along with tools like GlossaryTech, these sorts of apps can really help deepen a recruiters knowledge of his / her craft. Check it out here - it’s free
Issue #94 published 23 Apr 2020
Your LinkedIn network is now your phonebook, with this significant yet surprisingly quiet feature release last week. Brief thoughts from me here. If you have it already, and want to experiment with me on this feature, send me a voice message and say hello. I’ll say hello back.
Issue #94 published 23 Apr 2020
A surprising move by Skype, but not too late to take a chunk of the tech assessment market. Simple feature to enhance the tech interview. Codility / HackerRank take note. 
Issue #46 published 23 Apr 2020
Superhuman VIP
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Remember Rapportive? It was perhaps the most popular gmail plugin of all time as far as recruiters was concerned, before it was bought and killed by LinkedIn. Well the folks who built the tool are back, with what promises to be multi featured email app combining scheduling, social data enrichment, auto follow ups and more. We’re signing up, in order to queue up, because frankly, this is what we need. 
Issue #46 published 23 Apr 2020
re:Work is Google’s commitment to share it’s knowledge and best practice on hiring. This is the managers feedback survey that employees score their managers. 
Issue #46 published 23 Apr 2020
Email look up tools are a dime a dozen but this one seems to be well worth a look. Free to use - for now - so get whilst the going is good. 
Issue #32 published 23 Apr 2020
One for the real sourcers out there. Bing Custom Search is a user friendly tunable search engine. Hat tip to OH subscriber Aaron Lintz for the share
Issue #32 published 23 Apr 2020
This is definitely is cool. Track tech trends with this fabulous tool from our buddies at Stack Overflow. Interesting to see how fast frameworks get adopted - and dropped - in software development. 
Issue #32 published 23 Apr 2020
It was always going to take a company with the data set scale of SO to make something like this happen. Plug in your data and crank out your results. It’s fun. And maybe useful. 
Issue #50 published 23 Apr 2020
Brexit day last Friday, so appropriate to review the 2018 Passport Index - a useful website which tells you what visas are needed where, according the passport you hold. It will need an update in 11 months time for the UK, but a useful resource now for anyone who will be internationally travelling in the meantime, or hiring for candidates who need to relo.
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
OSINT Tools
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On the week Facebook Graph Search died (see above), we need to find a pick-me-up for the technical sourcer community. Enter my buddy and ‘foodie favourite Reggie Ebbe with this superb list of OSINT tools. Enjoy!
Issue #140 published 23 Apr 2020
OctoHR
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If there’s one thing a tech recruiter loves it’s a Github Scraper that looks nice. Here’s something that may be new to you - download the extension and have fun. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Anyone else heard of this service? New one for me, but it’s a collection of interesting ideas based around anonymity. One of the features is send anonymous postcards to your boss. Inspired from PostSecret and Whisper, I think. We can think of this as a tool for radical feedback. 
Issue #35 published 23 Apr 2020
Descript
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Lets agree that transcribing audio is one of the things we definitely want to automate. Descript might be one of the first tools to actually do it. Take note (ahem), the podcasters amongst us, as well as anyone who is still doing interview notes (which is more or else all of us)
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
Manager Readme
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Manager Readme’s are ‘user guides’ for employees who want to know how to interact with managers. It’s now also this cool website. Create one for yourself, to help your team better understand just how to get the best from you. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share. We should all probably do one of these.
Issue #97 published 23 Apr 2020
I think my buddy Simon Hammond might have worked on this. Cool interactive on supply / demand data from Dice. Bit fiddly though
Issue #31 published 23 Apr 2020