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Irina Shamaeva is regularly featured on this newsletter for the simple reason that she consistently provides practical advice and resources which anyone can use immediately. This self explanatory post is a great instance. Get the good stuff here
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
The existence of ‘unofficial Facebook pages’ - autogenerated by the platform when a user creates an employer alias - is the key to this sourcing technique from brainfooder Balazs Paroczay. Great example of how close we are to incredible sources of candidate data, if we just played around a little more with everyday social media.
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
When brainfooder Irina Shamaeva discovers something new about sourcing, it pays to pays attention to what she has found. This discovery is a nice combo of cool tools, logical thinking and practical value. Look and learn here folks.
Issue #192 published 14 Jun 2020
Do you know what a ‘Google Dork’ is? Basically advanced instructions to the search engine to 'limit results to’. All sourcers need to be aware of it, and of this site, which is an extensive database of such dorks. Check it out here
Issue #191 published 7 Jun 2020
Does anyone know how to source from TikTok? The only social media rocketship that is still flying north east, TikTok continues its extraordinary rise and it’s about time we recruiters knew how to make it work for us. This post from Bellingcat is as comprehensive a guide as you’ll find. H/T brainfooder Yulia Bondar for the share in the fb group
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
Simple yet smart, which describes the content that brainfooder Jonathan Kidder consistently produces. If you’re on the hunt for ready-to-go candidates from companies making layoffs, you can and should do all of these tips Jonathan recommends in this excellent how-to post
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
Lay off lists, searchable candidate databases, crowdsourced google sheets - you name it, Bret Feig has collated it. Useful for jobseeking recruiters or recruiters looking for ready-to-go candidates. Take a look here
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
What if you have candidate email but want to map to the candidates LinkedIn profile? Nice way to do this data enrichment through Outlook manager. H/T brainfooder Guillaume Lhote for the share
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
Superb how-to on something really quite basic - you can search for emojis and it can lead to candidates. I particularly like this post in the way it reminds you how dumb search engines really are - they will deliver what you ask them - you just have to ask the right questions…..
Issue #187 published 10 May 2020
Well presented how-to on global sourcing - obviously pertinent to the current remote-only working circumstances most of us find ourselves in. Some intelligent thinking here - have a read before you embark on your global sourcing journey. H/T brainfooder Denys Dinkevych for the share
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Excellent from brainfooder Balazs Paroczay - whose active blog on sourcing is a must follow. This is a great how-to on Facebook sourcing and a must read for anyone in the business of finding candidates. 
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Working smart before working hard is the impulse behind all great sourcing ideas. This post by brainfooder Balazs Paroczay is a great example - building on LinkedIn discoveries by Irina Shamaeva (who else?) and automating the boolean build. Great post and cool tool.
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
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We learn best when having fun, so this is a great initiative by Jan Tegze on using online games to teach and practice sourcing techniques. Give it a go folks - possible training tool, certainly a team building one. 
Issue #36 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s a community of tech recruiters who are actually themselves quite technical. They often surface up cool resources like this library of public / free API’s. As the era of easy data scraping comes to the close, collectively as an industry, we need to get better at using API’s. Have a look here
Issue #158 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva, relentlessly adding value to the sourcing community - again. More do-it-today sourcing tips for the one of the originals - two undocumented search operators to try on everyone’s favourite social network.
Issue #107 published 23 Apr 2020
Cool post listing twitter tools useful for social media research. Clearly useful for anyone at the sourcing end of the recruiting. Discovered in Sourcers Who Code, a rather cool fb group which often surfaces up material of this sort. You might like to join it
Issue #159 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder is one of our favourites in brainfood - he consistently produces top quality content with ready-to-use sourcing tips like this. Supercharge your efficiency with IFTTT. Read this, and follow him. 
Issue #71 published 23 Apr 2020
I’m willing bet real money that Irina Shamaeva knows more about LinkedIn than folks at LinkedIn do. Here she is breaking down the search capabilities according to the plan you have. Thinking about upgrading your LinkedIn account? You got to read and bookmark this
Issue #129 published 23 Apr 2020
Google’s Dataset Search is basically structured markup for datasets, but it enables users to be much more efficient when looking for those datasets. Read this for some additional background and click on this link and have a play. H/T brainfooders Lee Candiotti and Irina Shamaeva for the shares in the fb group
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s a few recruitment agency industry groups around, but I’m not sure there are too many that give consistent value like The Recruitment Network. Led by James Osborne and Gordon Stoddart, they put together a fabulous event series for members, as well as high value products like this Sourcing Hacks booklet. Click on all the links here folks, and reach out to James or Gordon if you’re an agency owner interested in upping your game.
Issue #138 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Open Source Intelligence’ - the art, some might say 'dark art’ - of using forensic techniques to extract data from the Internet. Here’s a site from brainfooder Denis Dinkevich (follow this guy) which lists the tools you can use to do it. One for the technical sourcers out there, bookmark it if you haven’t already.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to see my buddy Willem Wijnans back in the recruiting game - innovating, writing, sharing. Here’s his collection on ingenious ‘recruitment hacks’ from some of the smartest folks around, which I’m pleased to see several brainfooders amongst them. Recruiters, get inspired and have a read.
Issue #113 published 23 Apr 2020
SourcingHacks
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A collection of sourcing hacks and tools crowd sourced from #truMunity events. There’s a couple hundred here in this sister site we’ve built off WorkShape.io, crowdsourced from recruiters as far afield as Delhi, Cape Town, London, and from last week, Berlin!
Issue #61 published 23 Apr 2020
It never goes more than a few issues before Irina Shamaeva makes it back into brainfood. Here’s her method on how to conduct accurate searches on facebook for employees of a specific company. Have a read folks, and make sure to check out Irina’s blog, Boolean Strings - it’s full of anyone-can-do-it sourcing tips like this. 
Issue #93 published 23 Apr 2020
Being super efficient in our business is close to being super good at it. Aaron Lintz, our guest on Brainfood Live this week, is certainly one of those. This post on how to use a couple of boring old tools (LIR, Google Sheets) to extract people data in bulk is a lesson on what quality sourcing is all about. Have a read here, and make sure to catch Aaron on the show this week - register here.
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
Is sourcing the first or last thing recruiters do when a role comes live? OH subscriber Tris Revill has a clear answer - it should be the former, but it’s too often the latter. In this post, he explains why this is a mistake. 
Issue #43 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s plenty in leads generation that is relevant to recruiters - in many respects, we’re data gatherers, as much as anything else. This is an interesting growth hacking tutorial on how to scrape attendee email addresses from conferences. 
Issue #43 published 23 Apr 2020
There is an entire eco-system of chrome extensions which modify - and lets face it - improve the experience of LinkedIn for many users. The good times are over says brainfooder Josef Kadlec, who reports on the disappearance of popular apps from the Chrome store and product owners being summarily blasted off LinkedIn. Must read post folks.
NB: not all recruiters agree with this analysis. Read this thread
Issue #105 published 23 Apr 2020
How to hire via Slack is going to be a topic of Brainfood Live at some point. As a taster to what to expect, this simple technique by ‘foodie Pierre-Andre Fortin is a decent example of how to scrape a website for 'human capital information’
Issue #136 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you follow Denis Dinkevich? You really should, if you are into the technical side of sourcing. I think he is a ‘metasourcer’  - consistently finding and sharing creative ways to find candidates. Check out this latest 'hack’ using a new sourcing feature on AngelList. Simple stuff, that works. 
Issue #76 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder doesn’t go more than few weeks before popping up in brainfood. One of the most valuable contributors to the recruiting community, he is back with a cool tool review on scraping Facebook Groups. Get the tool here
Issue #80 published 23 Apr 2020
Great inside look at the thinking and working of a top tech recruiter. Enrico Heidelberg details his examination of his own ‘sourcing effectiveness’ over 5 months of recruiting for tough engineering assignments. Also check out his earlier post Part I here.
Issue #59 published 23 Apr 2020
AmazingHiring
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Our buddies at AmazingHiring have been doing some great work in helping recruiters source tech candidates. Free access to their awesome tool is usually 72 hours, but with this promo code, you got 2 whole weeks. You have to take a demo call and give up your email, but if you’re hiring for s/w engineers, it’s probably going to be worth it. Click on this link and use BRAINFOOD as promo code. 
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder doesn’t usually go more than a few weeks before making an appearance in this newsletter. Reason? Super practical sourcing posts like this. Great learning opportunity for anyone who is getting started / wants to get better at boolean search.
Issue #124 published 23 Apr 2020
Email is still the contact channel which works best, which is why it’s good news that my friend Jan Tegze tested some of the most popular chrome extensions on their effectiveness in harvesting them. He profiles 21 and shares the results here. For recruiters / sourcer types, this is a mandatory read.
Issue #121 published 23 Apr 2020
Always cool when a candidate takes an interest in the tools we recruiters use to get hold of their contact details. Antoine Neuenschwander, a software developer, breaks down popular contact finder app Lusha and shows us how he ended up getting headhunted by recruiters who used it. Fascinating for the technically minded to know more about how these tools work, and also raises important ethical questions on the type of work we do. Have a read here
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
1. Always be sourcing 2. Build relationships before you need the transaction 3. Make it easy for someone to connect with your brand. Good stuff from AngelList, on tech hiring, but useful for any situation where you are persistently hiring for the in-demand. H/T to brainfooder Denis Dinkevich, always on the ball for great content.
Issue #96 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva is a treasure. If finding people is what you do for a living, you need to follow this lady and read her blog - it’s full of snackable, do-it-today sourcing tips like this
Issue #100 published 23 Apr 2020
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Hiring for gender diversity? Why not conduct a boolean search on female first names? Here’s a mega .txt file which you can plug into any input field which supports basic boolean operators. H/T to On Hiring subscriber Natalie Glick for the share. 
Issue #25 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re a digital marketer, data analyst or growth hacker or recruiter into data — this post is for you. Stefan Petterson with a how-to on getting data from an API without knowing how to code. The era of cheap-and-easy data scraping is coming to a close, the API may be the only route we’re going to have left. Learn about it here.
Issue #156 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder consistently produces easy-to-do-right-now sourcing tips which can obviously improve your recruiting performance. Follow his work, as it almost always makes it into brainfood. 
Issue #73 published 23 Apr 2020
Kamran Ahmed’s diagrammatic explanations of complicated ideas has been a hit with brainfood before - search for ‘developer roadmaps’ here. He’s now taking on the browser experience - what actually happens when you execute your boolean search. Sourcers, you will like this
Issue #132 published 23 Apr 2020
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So this is a sourcing tool for GitHub. Probably something recruiters for developers should bookmark, I’d say. Thanks Aaron Lintz, a constant source of sourcing good stuff
Issue #23 published 23 Apr 2020
The breakthrough insight for sourcing is recognising that websites are textual documents which can be interrogated. Irina Shamaeva (who’s in London in June btw) shows us simple techniques to get different results on common places like LinkedIn. Her Booleanstrings website is classic which is full of useful little sourcing nuggets like this. Read it, follow her.
Issue #81 published 23 Apr 2020
Aaron Lintz is one of our faves on Recruiting Brainfood - a technical sourcer in the truest meaning of the term. Here’s a method post of using advanced Excel for data cleanup. 
Issue #49 published 23 Apr 2020
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Bret Feig should have more followers. Jonathan Kidder explains why with this excellent review of Bret’s own review of a new Facebook scraping extension called: DiG. Read Jonathan’s review, and watch Bret’s how-to. H/T also Michał Bieńko for the initial share.
Issue #120 published 23 Apr 2020
Does what it says on the tin - two chrome extensions, used in combination - to automate the scraping of public data which can be used for recruiting. It’s a quick win folks, so take a look here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
If you were in any doubt that Google are taking recruiting seriously, the launch of ‘candidate discovery’ should expunge it. Two of the best analysts in the business, Matt Charney and Joel Cheesman have been quick with their initial thoughts. Check out Matt’s post here and Joel’s here. Also see Joel’s interview with Bogomil Balkansky in Who’s Talking, below. 
Issue #77 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfooder Jonathan Kidder is an outstanding collector and distributor of great tools and techniques for top of the funnel recruiting. Check out his amazing list of free sourcing tools. There’s a few in here you don’t know, but should.
Issue #114 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder with a do-it-today boolean string which can help you find job active software developers - you just have to tell Google what to do. Have a look here. PS Jonathan will be featuring on Brainfood Live next month - register for the show here
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
It’s not only recruiters who know how to ‘source’. Extraordinary document from First Draft on how investigative journalists do it. There’s a lot in here we likely don’t know. H/T Denis Dinkevich for the share. He is a fellow you should follow btw.
Issue #171 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to see Jonathan Kidder back in the game when it comes to content production - his stuff is excellent quality - and usually very practical. This post certainly is - pre-built boolean strings you can copy and paste into google to help diversify your talent pools. US centric (not his fault - someone do a European / Asian / African one) and mainly focused on gender diversity, but definitely worth a dive into, especially the massive first name search string.
Issue #171 published 23 Apr 2020
Not enough recruiters know that Google is configurable. Fewer still have ever done it - H/T to recruiting legend Irina Shamaeva who is the obvious exception to this rule. The good news for everyone else is we have found a huge list of custom search engines collected together in this here spreadsheet. There’s some gold in here folks.
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder is back with a follow up to the LinkedIn account restrictions controversies of the past month. Turns out: nobody really knows, but I do like the claim that your past behaviour creates the barometer. Must read for anyone who has recently visited LinkedIn gaol. 
Issue #69 published 23 Apr 2020
This is pretty good. Shared again by Denis Dinkevich who is like a meta sourcer - finding sourcing tools / techniques / methods which help other sourcers get better. The fella also posts regularly in Tris Revills awesome Growth Hacking Recruiters FB group. Connect with these two, and join the group…
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva’s contributions have featured in brainfood more than any other author. Reason? Because her content packs maximum value in the smallest possible package. More sourcing greatness from one of the best. Take a look here
Issue #111 published 23 Apr 2020
Is a better place to find Slack communities? Right now, I can’t think of one. Enormous list of slack groups which you might like to join. Obvious sourcing value for recruiters here. 
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
And it’s yet more goodies from LinkedIn. Filtering by ‘connections of’ will provide users with much greater granularity on the results they see - should improve relevancy, promote better outreach and ultimately improve user experience. Not yet rolled out on my account, so give me a shout whoever sees this first. 
Issue #42 published 23 Apr 2020
Jonathan Kidder with a do-it-today boolean string which can help you find job active software developers - you just have to tell Google what to do. Have a look here. PS Jonathan will be featuring on Brainfood Live next month - register for the show here
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re a technical sourcer you probably be following Susanna Frazier. Currently out in New Zealand where she is presenting at the inaugural #RHUBNZ, Susanna is a recruiter who always comes up with interesting, do-it-today tips on getting better at the job. This tweet on a data scraping technique is a great example
Issue #162 published 23 Apr 2020
Guess what? It’s Irina Shamaeva again with another gem of a post in Boolean Strings. This is classic Irina - simple, do-it-tomorrow how to posts on an important sub discipline of sourcing - how to scrape data.
Issue #145 published 23 Apr 2020
Probably a touch out of date (can any sourcers validate?), but this might be the most comprehensive resource on the topic I’ve seen out there on Facebook Graph Search. If even half of it still works, it’ll be an essential resource for all sourcers out there.
Issue #123 published 23 Apr 2020
Bellingcat is the website of Eliot Higgins, the amateur forensic online investigator who has since popularised the OSINT movement. Recruiters - especially the more technically minded sourcing community - have jumped on some of these techniques. This latest post investigating LinkedIn is accessible to most and is a super interesting read on the techniques and mindset of online investigation. H/T Denis Dinkevich - an OSINT aficionado - for the share.
Issue #128 published 23 Apr 2020
Are LinkedIn listening to their users? I’m sure they did, so well done those noisy folks in the recruiter community who joined the outcry. An important product has got better and it didn’t cost anybody anything.
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
Crowdsourcing is the most efficient way to create snackable content of real value. This is excellent from SourceCon. 
Issue #28 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva consistently uncovers ingenious ways to use common tools. Her is latest discovery is a flaw in the synonym feature on Google which enables you get around the 32 word keyword limit on search. Jaw drop, mind blown etc. Must read for every sourcer
Issue #164 published 23 Apr 2020
Sometimes, the simplest tools as the best. This is couldn’t be simpler - a text doc of women’s names which you can copy / paste into their input box with a data base behind it. Won’t solve your diversity challenge, but it’s got to help. 
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
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At WorkShape.io, we’ve been collecting of sourcing hacks and tools that we crowd source from #truMunity events. We’ve even built a website specifically for it. 100’s of sourcing tools, hacks, processes and techniques from recruiters as far afield as Delhi, Cape Town and Berlin. 
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s plenty in leads generation that is relevant to recruiters - in many respects, we’re data gatherers, as much as anything else. This is an interesting growth hacking tutorial on how to scrape attendee email addresses from conferences.
Issue #63 published 23 Apr 2020
It never goes more than a week or so before Denis Dinkevich makes it back into brainfood. Here’s his recent share of diversity sourcing guide, second guide also here. H/T to original authors and fellow brainfooders Cody Horton, Jim Stroud and Glenn Gutmacher
Issue #89 published 23 Apr 2020
For those of us who have been following an otherwise obscure legal case of hiQ Labs, Inc. v. LinkedIn Corp, this week might prove to be momentous. Bottom line: it’s ok to scrape public data from LinkedIn user profiles. Massive implications for software providers who do said scraping and the folks who probably find most use from the scraping - us. Read all about it, here
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
OP states in his post: “Important clarification — all source materials in this article are presented solely for informational and educational purposes. The author doesn’t encourage their use for commercial purposes”
So, get educated here
H/T brainfooder Irina Sharafan for the share
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
Let me know if you get tired of me talking about Irina Shamaeva. [Spoiler alert] I won’t stop regardless of what you say because she consistently produces outstanding how-to content like this superb post on sourcing on Github. Tech recruiters, must read.
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
I suspect Irina Shamaeva might know more about the LinkedIn than anyone at LinkedIn. More do-it-today usefulness from the queen of sourcing. Read her post here, and I highly recommend recruiters follow her blog here.
Issue #102 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re comfortable with amending some jquery on the browser, this little hack might be of use to you - especially if you’re a LinkedIn Inmail addict. Lesson: everything you see via a browser is a webpage, which ultimately can be modified to purpose. 
Issue #38 published 23 Apr 2020
LinkedIn is great for looking for new contacts, but is it the best tool for searching through your existing network? The answer is no it isn’t so here’s a handy workaround from my friend and OH subscriber Kasia Borowicz. It’s a worth a read folks. 
Issue #27 published 23 Apr 2020
Loving the work by OH subscriber Andrew Stetsenko and team. The GlossaryTech chrome plugin was perhaps the most popular cool tool ever on this newsletter (download it here), and now we have this - a big list of cool tools which recruiters should know. If you’re a people finder, this is a gold. 
Issue #51 published 23 Apr 2020
Facebook’s pivot to privacy this year has meant the end of one of the industry’s most useful tools - the graph search. Or has it? You can always trust the OSINT community for coming up with ingenious workarounds. One for the more technical sourcers out there, but if you want to access the largest candidate database on the planet, you might want to deep dive into this post
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to see Jonathan Kidder back in brainfood - another favourite we’ve been missing for a while. Sadly, it’s with sub optimal news for us recruiters, as this post is a report on big tech’s inevitable response to the global privacy outcry. Its reduced tooling for us, especially if you’re into Chrome extensions. Check out this post and watch out, for this date.
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
Michael Wright was one of the early favourites of brainfood. So it was a welcome surprise to see his return to this newsletter with this Youtube video. It’s got everything - great idea, great execution, great explanation of one very cool recruiting technique. Have a watch here. H/T brainfooder Jim Stroud for the share
Issue #150 published 23 Apr 2020
Absolutely massive post on how to scrape data using free / paid tools. From the growth hacker community but concepts easily applied to recruitment. It’s grey zone stuff but sometimes you got to do what you got to do. H/T OH subscriber Tris Revill for the share
Issue #45 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you know that you can configure Google? These ‘Custom Search Engines’ can massively improve sourcing efficiency for busy recruiters. Stefanie Proto has a public list of over 70 pre-configured CSE’s. If you’re a sourcer, you need to bookmark this
Issue #108 published 23 Apr 2020
I’m sharing this post for two reasons; 1) it may actually be effective in identify talent pools 2) it demonstrates the sort of url manipulation which is key to a great deal of modern candidate discovery. I’m not sure whether looking for faces is entirely unproblematic but we can leave that for a Brainfood Live at some point. Take a look at the technique, here.
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
How good is your google fu? Mine could definitely be better, which I proved by viewing this search engine query guide which was shared with me by brainfooder Denis Dinkevich. It’s a comprehensive guide on how to use search operators, properly. If you’re a sourcer, you need to download / read this. 
Issue #74 published 23 Apr 2020
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You might have guessed that I like a big list or two. This one is from the OSINT community therefore full of the weird and arcane; some of it will be super useful for the core activity of recruiting; candidate sourcing. H/T Catia Sousa for the share
Issue #152 published 23 Apr 2020
Hat tip to my buddies at SourceCon who are in Budapest this week for the first ever SourceCon Europe event - I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it! What better than a European language sourcing top from brainfooder Iker Jusue to mark the occasion?
Issue #87 published 23 Apr 2020
More on Github. Here we have ‘foodies Sofia Broberger and Susanna Frazier collaborating to produce a Big List of Github search operators. And you should know by now, how much I like Big Lists.
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
Early returns from the How to Hire Country Guide global survey indicates that Github as a source for candidates has broken through the mainstream. That means only one thing - the platform will close ranks and protect its user data. Good job we have Irina Shamaeva to hand to figure out the workarounds - it’s another must read.
Issue #135 published 23 Apr 2020
A bit technical but accessible breakdown on Jonas Schroder’s attempt to scrape the world’s largest repository of human capital information. Must read for any technical sourcer - so have at it here. H/T brainfooder Jan Tegze for the share
Issue #167 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you know what a Custom Search Engine (CSE) is? My friend Irina Shamaeva has been creating and sharing them for years. Here’s a handy collection of 10 of her best - essential resource if you want to get faster, more accurate results from Google. Have a look here.
Issue #125 published 23 Apr 2020
Did you know about ‘Industry Codes’ as a search operator on Linkedin? Nor me, but Irina Shamaeva does and she’s here to give us the good news. Please also make sure you follow Irina’s blog here - it’s full of snack able do-it-today tips like this.
Issue #110 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfooder Jonathan Kidder has been MIA on brainfood for the past few months - more my lack of awareness, rather than any slowdown in his output - amply demonstrated with this fantastic listicle of free sourcing tools for recruiters. Some you might know, most you might not. Check it out here.
Issue #104 published 23 Apr 2020
Did you know that job functions on LinkedIn are numerically coded? ‘Foodie favourite, Irina Shamaeva has figured out the taxonomy and shares it with us here, along with clear examples of how to use it. Sourcers need to read this and follow Irina - you’ll simply get better at recruiting by doing so. 
Issue #142 published 23 Apr 2020
Our buddies at Standuply have compiled a list of 1000 Slack communities, well organised and handily available for this downloadable PDF. Thanks to brainfooder Denis Dinkevych for the share
Issue #60 published 23 Apr 2020
Let me know if you get tired of me talking about Irina Shamaeva. [Spoiler alert] I won’t stop regardless of what you say because she consistently produces outstanding how-to content like this superb post on sourcing on Github. Tech recruiters, must read.
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Too late to be of any immediate use for recruiting, but an interesting example of how to think about social networks as simply a collection of hackable webpages. Bug report and fix by by Tommy DeVoss
Issue #12 published 23 Apr 2020
This is ……kind of incredibly useful. All hail Erin Mathew for putting this superb list of reddit resources for sourcing. Probably going to have to do a ‘How to Hire on Reddit’ show at some point, cos I know nothing about it. In the meantime, sourcers, get to this
Issue #133 published 23 Apr 2020
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Great to see brainfood favourite Jonathan Kidder back in these issues. Here he is reviewing a useful looking email extractor from Boolean string’s Irina Shamaeva. Follow both these folks if you want to get better at sourcing, and download the extension here
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
There’s been some changes to Facebook Graph Search recently, which Irina Shamaeva explains here, and now she shows you how to modify the url to generate the search results you need. Must read for recruiters, so do it here
Issue #90 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you use Chrome extensions to get more out of sites like LinkedIn? If you do, you should probably read this post from Corey Prophitt, a software engineer and builder of such plugins. Accessible for the lay person, and might tell you a few things on how exactly LinkedIn knows what extensions you’re using.
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible 3 pager from Josh Bersin on how to select the right tech sourcing solution for your business. Documents like this can age quickly, but the framework for analysis may well stand the test of time. Take a look here if you are thinking of buying sourcing tech. H/T to ‘foodies Ivan Harrison and Sonia Parancin for the share
Issue #141 published 23 Apr 2020
So Bret Feig has a Youtube channel which provides sourcing automation / data mining / web scraping tutorials. It really should have more viewers. Check out this video on scraping AngelList, and here’s the link to subscribe to Bret’s channel. 
Issue #91 published 23 Apr 2020
More GitHub sourcing for ye.  These are the shortcuts -  five tools will help you find GitHub profiles and contact info. Missing DevScanner.com,  though which I corrected in comments!
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re a tech recruiter, you probably know what Github is. Extracting useful recruiting information from it is a challenge for most though, as it’s primarily a place of code, for coders. Here’s a decent if long winded method of getting an email addresses from it. 
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
More great content from OH subscriber Balazs Paroczay. The main point is that we put way too much time trying accurately filter data we cannot trust. Key to efficient recruiting is not to filter at the beginning, but somewhere in the middle. You should follow this guy.
Issue #19 published 23 Apr 2020
Guest post on sourcing from one of the undisputed masters of the craft, Martin Lee. Lesson 1: natural language search. Lesson 2: search by association. Martin and Irina Shamaeva are in London for June 19 sourcing workshop. Exclusive 25% discount for brainfooders who want to get training from two of the masters - book your place here

Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
I had the pleasure of hanging out with Josef Kadlec at #SOSUDE in Munich last month. He’s one of the pre-eminent finders of people in the game today. Here’s his action packed post of his covering new tech and traditional sourcing techniques, the combo of which is likely to make you better at the sourcing game. 

Josef’s a fan of the brainfood and has opened up his Talent Sourcing course for us with a massive 75% discount, using this link. Valid for 7 days only so get to it folks. 
Issue #82 published 23 Apr 2020
Wouldn’t it be great to have a single database of all of your contact data? Probably no one in the world of recruiting knows more about this than Aaron Lintz. Jess Roberts does a great job of summarising a quick hack to enrich LinkedIn data with personal contacts & social profiles. 
Issue #47 published 23 Apr 2020
The reason cited is the default restriction notice is use of browser plugins which breach terms of use. Brainfooder Jonathan Kidder suggests we use yet another browser plugin to figure out what LinkedIn’s looking to ban and not use them. Its a smart idea or a genius trap. 
Issue #67 published 23 Apr 2020
So this guide on data scraping really needs a better title. Because it’s actually a really good walk through on how to use some common (and mainly free) tools in combination to scrape public data and aggregate them into useful information for recruiting purposes. Practical stuff from brainfooder Marcel van der Meer, whose fb group tech sourcers should really join.
Issue #170 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you know Balazs Paroczay? If you don’t, you probably should. One of the pre-eminent sourcers in the world today. Also the producer of great recruiting content, such as this checklist post on setting up a sourcing function. 
Issue #18 published 23 Apr 2020
Great post by OH subscriber Tris Revill, on a distinction rarely made between a full cycle recruiter and a candidate sourcer. Two different roles folks, with different skills required. 
Issue #18 published 23 Apr 2020
Guess what folks? Recruitment is too noisy for the in-demand! Yet another post to join the catalogue of open letter complaints from developers, which now extends from agency recruiters to internal recruiters of name brand tech giants. As sourcing becomes easier, so engagement becomes more difficult. I’m sure there might be another way to do it. 
Issue #18 published 23 Apr 2020
This week’s announcement of a 40% downsizing of Soundcloud immediately resulted in tech community rallying to support. Here’s a crowdsourced list of on-the-market ex-SoundClouders. Some great people here, unexpectedly on the market. You know what to do. 
Issue #39 published 23 Apr 2020
Great how-to by the best recruiter training business around. Thumbs up to our buddies at SocialTalent for consistently providing value to the community!
Issue #21 published 23 Apr 2020
Being super efficient in our business is close to being super good at it. Aaron Lintz, our guest on Brainfood Live this week, is certainly one of those. This post on how to use a couple of boring old tools (LIR, Google Sheets) to extract people data in bulk is a lesson on what quality sourcing is all about. Have a read here, and make sure to catch Aaron on the show this week - register here.
Issue #176 published 23 Apr 2020
Great write up of the The Fall 2017 SourceCon Hackathon by Ben Solomon. This is a good inside look at the psychology, investigative problem solving and information retrieval techniques used by modern recruiters. 
Issue #55 published 23 Apr 2020
Great overview of how to use Github to recruit, written by Ninh Tran and Steve Jiang, founders of Hiretual. Worth a read this folks. 
Issue #13 published 23 Apr 2020
Massive resource of ‘social sourcing’ techniques coming out from our buddies at Recruitd. This chapter on Reddit is a taster on the content quality. Full pdf available (free) download here. Must read if you are a recruiter searching for platform appropriate techniques of candidate sourcing.
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
Need I say more? Irina Shamaeva has another do-it-today blog post out. So give her a follow, subscribe to her blog and have a read of this. Like all great hacks, it’s simple an do-able by all - take a look here
Issue #126 published 23 Apr 2020
‘OSINT’ stands for 'Open Source Intelligence Tools’ - an outstanding collection of tools which can be directly applied to sourcing. H/T to long time brainfooder Denis Dinkevich for putting this together. He’s fast becoming one of the most useful people to follow in recruitment. That might be a hint btw. 
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
As the Cambridge Analytica story rolls on, the tech giants are being forced to shore up their image by restricting access to data. We’ve likely seen the high point of scraping on the open web. For recruiters, that means the job of finding candidate date has just got harder - and likely - more expensive. 
Issue #78 published 23 Apr 2020
Facebook Graph Search was one of the most powerful (and underused) methods of candidate identification. So when it appeared to break this week. the OSINT community went apeshit. Henk van Ess has probably done more than anyone to figure out a workaround - check out his twitter thread here.
Issue #139 published 23 Apr 2020
Do you know what a custom search engine is? It’s usually a pre-configured google, and damned useful if you can spend the time to tune it. Luckily for us, the legendary Irina Shamaeva of Boolean Strings has done a bunch of them for us, for free. Must read / bookmark folks. 
Issue #57 published 23 Apr 2020
Jim Stroud brings his unique style to a well known hiring challenge - improving gender diversity in tech hiring. This is a super how-to packed with ‘do-it-today’ sourcing tips, presented in an inimical way. Tech recruiters please take note.
Issue #157 published 23 Apr 2020
Free copy of Full Stack Recruiter II - from brainfooder and resourcing hero Jan Tegze. His first book was excellent and now for some reason he is giving away his second for free in e-book format. No brainer this one folks - if you recruit for a living, download the book and pay it forward for the price of a social share.
Issue #106 published 23 Apr 2020
So apparently CV Library - UK’s largest searchable candidate database - still does a 7 day, no questions asked, no demo required free trial. Here’s the direct link for it - there’s a ‘might as well’ element here isn’t there? H/T brainfooder Karen Azulai for bringing this to our attention…
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
More on sourcing on Google products - where everything is basically a website with greater or lesser visibility - that means they are a recruiting goldmine if you know how to dig. Some new ideas and techniques from a master of the sourcing trade - Jan Tegze
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Recruiting has a simple rule: go where the talent is. Long time brainfooder, Adriaan van der Heijden shows us how in this post introducing groups in two of the most popular messaging apps around. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Did you know you can subscribe to your keyword search directly on Google? H/T Jonathan Kidder for an excellent method of post on a basic yet neglected sourcing technique
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Sometimes you just need someone to pull it all together for you in one place. For sourcers, this week, that person is Shannon Pritchett. Well linked post that takes up and down your sourcing stack. You saw it in the title - read it. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Massive piece of work from long time brainfooder Denis Dinkevych, who not only breaks down a Stack Overflow profile for the newbies but also provides advanced search and engagement techniques on and off the platform. It’s a must read for any tech recruiter. 
Issue #65 published 23 Apr 2020
Want some recruitment gold? I have some recruitment gold right here - a collection of Slack channels, teams, groups or communities, all in one incredibly well made and searchable website. Hat tip to Slofile and bookmark this page
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
Marcel van der Meer has been producing these playbooks for some time now - accessible how-to guides for sourcers & recruiters. Want to message at scale on LinkedIn with non-pay account? Marcel has a playbook for that. Download it here, and make sure to join Marcel’s fb group here, in order to get more free playbooks.  
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
Big news: Brainfood has secured an exclusive discount for Irina Shamaeva and David Galley’s new book, Sourcing Hacks. It’s down to $41 (from $59) to the first 10 brainfooders who claim. Use this link, and I’d suggest you snap to it.
Issue #117 published 23 Apr 2020
OSINT Framework
SOURCING
A list of OSINT or Open Source Intelligence tools and resources, superbly presented as an interactive mindmap. From these sources, it should be obvious why the more technical recruiters amongst us have embraced OSINT. If you want to do more than just search LinkedIn, this site is for you. H/T Catia Sousa for the share
Issue #148 published 23 Apr 2020
Can you even Google? Surprisingly, most of us really can’t, never going beyond the most basic AND OR operators. Here’s a list of 100 search strings you can use to find software developers - and learn something about how these operators really work. Must read if you want to improve your sourcing game
Issue #169 published 23 Apr 2020
Google’s attempt to reclaim its place one stop shop for specialised search takes a new twist with the release of College Search last month. Irina Shamaeva has hacked around the url to display the previously hidden advance search filters. Obviously useful for sourcing. Take a look here
Issue #155 published 23 Apr 2020
A.K.A ‘indirect search’, this excellent blog post by 'foodie favourite Sofia Broberger is a great example of thinking one layer deeper when on the search for the highly skilled, in-demand. Focused on tech, but the thinking is transferrable to any field. If you’re hitting the wall on your search, have a look at this.
Issue #134 published 23 Apr 2020
Perhaps the days of couch surfing are over, but this is an example of lateral thinking which separates the good from the great in the world of sourcing. And brainfooders Mark Tortorici and Balazs Paroczay are definitely pretty great
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
Facebook’s drive toward a privacy orientated service means shutting down access to many of the features that have been useful for the sourcing community - namely Facebook Graph Search. We have the OSINT community to thank for working on workarounds, in particular ‘foodie Denis Dinkevich for documenting this technique (NB: should be obvious by now: follow Denis)
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
Instagram has over 1 Billion users and is well known as the killer when it comes to engagement. Recruiters (some may say ‘thank goodness’…) don’t know how to use it, but with some OSINT techniques, there’s going to be a way. Here’s an accessible sourcing post on How to search and interact with Instagram. H/T Denis Dinkevich for the share.
Issue #146 published 23 Apr 2020
Typos
SOURCING
More sourcing genius from Denis Dinkevich. Quick tip here on the benefits of deliberating using typing errors in sourcing - the result? More results. Plus cool script on automatically building a boolean string of such errors. I’m telling you, should follow this guy. Dig into the good stuff here
Issue #85 published 23 Apr 2020
Building an internal recruiting capacity has become an increasingly attractive option for companies who are hiring at scale. But do they really know how much it’s going to take? Long time brainfooder Balazs Paroczay outlines his thinking of what to consider before your build your team. There is a bonus cool tool that’s free to use - check it out!
Issue #53 published 23 Apr 2020
Does what it says on the tin - two chrome extensions, used in combination - to automate the scraping of public data which can be used for recruiting. It’s a quick win folks, so take a look here
Issue #166 published 23 Apr 2020
Are you following Irina Shamaeva yet? You will immediately get better at recruiting if you do. Here she is with another vintage post - do-it-today sourcing tips, this time for developers, on Github. Simply sourcing gold
Issue #147 published 23 Apr 2020
If you don’t know Bellingcat by now you probably should. Online investigation using techniques which apply immediately to recruiting. This is a google doc which lists all of the tools Bellingcat’s investigators use. If you’re a sourcer, you must click on that link. H/T to brainfooder Liam Fitzgerald for the share
Issue #172 published 23 Apr 2020
I’m sharing this post for two reasons; 1) it may actually be effective in identify talent pools 2) it demonstrates the sort of url manipulation which is key to a great deal of modern candidate discovery. I’m not sure whether looking for faces is entirely unproblematic but we can leave that for a Brainfood Live at some point. Take a look at the technique, here.
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
Insanely useful list of of tools, hacks & M.I. sources from long time brainfooder Martin Freeman. Need a github scraper, chrome extension or some open source intelligence tools? Martin’s got you covered. 
Issue #84 published 23 Apr 2020
Those of you who have been following this newsletter know that I’ve been getting into OSINT of late. Not practically you understand - this is all too technical for me - but observationally, and you know what? It is a treasure trove of esoteric techniques you can apply to the finding of people. This open google doc from Bellingcat contains dozens of tools and ideas that a diligent recruiter can use. H/T Catia Sousa for the share.
Issue #149 published 23 Apr 2020
Europe’s biggest gathering of Pythonistas takes in Rimini in July this year. So here’s a great website of the attendees who’ve published their profiles. You might find a Data Scientist / Python Engineer or two here. Use sensibly folks. 
Issue #40 published 23 Apr 2020
Denis Dinkevich is back with another amazing how-to on sourcing automation. Here it is about enriching email data using a recipe of custom search engines, Blockspring and FullContact. This is how you get faster folks. Watch the tutorial here.
Issue #94 published 23 Apr 2020
Free Boolean strings list which will help you find contact information, resumes, xraying, flip-searches, to searching on social media sites etc.
Pretty much what it says on the tin. Great work Jonathan Kidder, a fellow you should follow, btw
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to see recruiting tech vendors come up with original content like this; our buddies Stack Overflow remain the pre-eminent only online space for software engineers so here’s a post by another one of our buddies - Seen By Indeed - on how to get better at sourcing on that platform. Must read for any tech recruiter
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
Glenn Gutmacher is one of the OG’s of the sourcing world. Here he comes up with some innovative techniques to get around protected websites, mainly paywall news / resource sites. Useful to read as it is, but also as a how-to study on breaking into places where you shouldn’t
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
Complete 12 segment, 100 page course teaching journalists how to google. In the age of fake news, online research and verification skills has become a premium for the 4th estate, and it’s pure gold for us reading this newsletter, as recruiters have similar pressures for similar skills. Must read for anyone searching for candidates. H/T to brainfooder Denis Denkivich, who you should follow
Issue #173 published 23 Apr 2020
Irina Shamaeva with the latest on the end of Facebook Graph Search. Extraordinarily powerful resource (for those who knew how to use it), now looks like being permanently disabled. Intelligence Search amongst many other chrome extensions affected. Sad day for sourcers and OSINT folks and a sure sign that the era of free personal data is coming to close. Seminal moment folks, so have a read here.
Issue #140 published 23 Apr 2020
Web scraping or crawling is the fact of fetching data from a third party website by downloading and parsing the HTML code to extract the data you want. But you should use an API for this !Not every website offers an API…
Quite technical but well laid out how-to post on extracting public data from a web site. Obvious applications for recruiting, candidate or client side. Have a read here
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020
Want a method post on Boolean X-ray sourcing that provides instant value? Michael Crouse not only provides the explainer (hint: you’re using the site: operator) but also helpfully lists dozens of links which puts your candidates one click away. More on refining Google search here
Issue #70 published 23 Apr 2020
So Willem Wijnans is one of those recruiters who really needs to write more. Now and again he’ll come up with something like this - a post a lot of people are going to get real value from. This post focuses on tools which help you get email addresses. So you probably should read this!
Issue #14 published 23 Apr 2020
Josef Kadlec is an ex-software engineer turned recruiter. I really like his systematic approach to sourcing. Here he is with an excellent and accessible method post in sourcing candidates from abroad. Also check out his excellent online sourcing course, you can do so here with a massive 50% off of rate card for brainfood subscribers.
Issue #97 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfood favourite Irina Shamaeva is back, this time to highlight a couple chrome extensions which can be used to scrape & enhance candidate data. Useful blogging can be as simple as this. Update: Irina’s just updated here tools list also. Check it out here
Issue #97 published 23 Apr 2020
Been saying this for a while. Follow Irina Shamaeva if you want to get better at sourcing, and in particularly better at sourcing on LinkedIn from outside the platform. Latest sourcing genius from Irina, here
Issue #144 published 23 Apr 2020
More free stuff from our buddies at AmazingHiring. 10 outstanding hacks to power up your sourcing game. Great to see the list is entirely made of ‘foodie subscribers. Get the free book here. And - I think - AmazingHiring’s free 72 hour trial is still on using this link and the Promo code: BRAINFOOD…
Issue #127 published 23 Apr 2020