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Outcomes of EVOLVE! Masterclass 2018

Last month, Prague and Budapest hosted another round of very successful recruiter training called EVOLVE! Masterclass. Mark brought many interesting techniques and new methods to Prague that any modern recruiter or sourcer can use in order to search for the right talent for their company.

We would like to share a few tips that Mark has left in Europe. However, as Mark has presented so much knowledge, it would take pages and pages of text and it still wouldn’t be enough. Therefore, we doubled down on two topics as a sneak peek into the expertise this year’s attendees of the Masterclass could get. Maybe, it will be also useful to you in order to improve your talent search skills.


Applications and Google Chrome Extensions

If you use Google Chrome as your preferred web browser, you might know, that this browser allows you to install external tools and applications to improve and amend Chrome to your needs. Below you can find few tools that are used for sourcing by Mark.

Have you ever experienced a situation where you came across someone on LinkedIn, but you were not connected via a 1st degree connection, yet you needed the person’s email or phone number?

Contact Out is an ideal solution. The basic, free of charge version, allows you to use up to 50 credits to obtain the contact details of candidates. Next to this application, you can also try the app called Lusha, that has a very similar functionality.

If you need to find out in which format does a company structure their email addresses, try Hunter or Clearbit Connect.

Aggregators of social media are also on the rise as they are able to check, whether any given candidate has other social media accounts apart from LinkedIn and list them. It can become very handy, especially in cases, where you want to screen your candidate a bit further before contacting them. If that is the case, try out Prophet, for example.

Session Manager is another interesting tool. If you are in the middle of talent search, several tabs with candidates’ profiles open, and you wish to save such state of work, this is the app to use.

If you wish to speed up and automate your work, give SearchBar a go, where you can set up several keyboard shortcuts and assign action, that is supposed to happen after pressing the right combination. For example, you can highlight the candidate’s name, press desired keyboard shortcut and it will automatically pull up the person’s Facebook or LinkedIn profile in a new tab. That is just a small preview of what such tool can do. You can set up the functionalities as you wish.

I you want to track whether the receiver has already read your email, try out Email Tracker or Mailtrack. A very practical tool in case you want to be sure the candidate has indeed read your email.

Last but not least, Mark has praised Intelligence Search, which was personally presented by its creator Shane McCusker at EVOLVE! Summit two years ago. Currently, you will most likely not find more effective tool for Facebook search.

Another useful app seems to be Data Miner, mainly at times, when the search returns larger volume of data (e.g. email addresses, phone numbers, employer names etc.), and this tool is capable of mining this data to one place and sort them into a clear table.

There are many tools and applications to be used as Chrome extensions and new ones are being developed every day. They are a necessary part of every modern recruiter’s or sourcer’s skillset.


5 how-to tips for Boolean operators

Nowadays, the candidate search is not just about punching few keywords into LinkedIn.

Anyone, who searches for the candidates knows, that this route is very restricted and if such sourcer wants to thoroughly search the market, he or she needs to use the very well-known operators AND, OR, NOT and others. The operators can be divided into the basic ones, e.g. AND, OR, NOT, that are used by most of us but also advanced ones such as  ““, (), inurl, site, intitle, filetype and others. We will not go into detail on the use of these operators, but we will share a few tips that Mark shared with us last week:

  • Do not rely on one search engine only, but try to use several. Each search engine has different search logic and the search results may vary in each search engine. Try Bing or Yandex, for example. Beware, that the operators can differ in each search engine, some may not even work. For example, inurl works in Chrome but not in Bing.
  • Some operators may not work in certain regions and at the same time, you might get different results in different parts of the world. Mark also recommends to change the proxy server to various locations or try VPN connection. Typical example is the operator numrange (..), that is use on order to search for numbers within a certain range, such as candidates that completed their studies in a certain timeframe. Numrange does not work in Hungary and may become obsolete in the Czech Republic soon. Therefore, if you wish to continue using this functionality, you will have to use a VPN or Proxy.
  • Everyone, who often uses Boolean for searching, may copy and save them for future use. You want to be careful when using Word or Excel for saving, because these programs automatically change certain operators and the commands don’t work. For Boolean saving, apps like Evernote or some other easy text editor are the best solutions.
  • You may have come across apps or web pages that are able to create search commands using the Boolean logic for you such as SourceHub from Social Talent. It is sufficient to just type in some keywords and the app puts together the search command for you. However, in this case, you are not able to check the correctness of the whole command and you are not able to amend it to your needs. You have to rely on the logic of someone who programmed the app and you might get the same search results as anyone else that uses these apps, including your competitors.
  • Try Natural Language Sourcing, which is the creation of simple commands with the use of natural language. Natural language is the expression in first or third person that can be seen in personal web pages, blogs or other introductory style pages describing people (including potential candidates).


EVOLVE! Masterclass has once again presented many interesting ideas and newest trends from the world of recruiting. Thank you all for coming, hope you liked it and here’s the photogallery to enjoyed it all once again 🙂
We are already preparing this fall’s EVOLVE! Summit in Brno, that is set to take place on the 13th and 14th of November. Don’t forget to check it out!