May 7, 2010

My Job Recruitment Tip that May Just Save You Thousands


It is often an extremely costly process finding adequate people for your business. Especially if the business is still relatively small, one cannot afford placing adverts in the major job websites or going through agencies that want 15% of an entire year’s salary.

So, a great option I have found is to search Google in the right way. Many CVs are online and have been indexed by the big G, and the trick is simply to find them. First, we start with a baseline CV search:

inurl:resume OR inurl:cv OR inurl:”curriculum vitae”  filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc

What this does is search for all PDF or DOC documents on the internet with the word “cv” or “resume” or “curriculum vitae” in the filename. If you search Google for this, you will find millions of results.

Next, we narrow it down according to city and skillset. For example, I may be looking for people with AJAX experience in Cape Town. The following query will return those results:

+”cape town” +”ajax”  inurl:resume OR inurl:cv OR inurl:”curriculum vitae”  filetype:pdf OR filetype:doc

This gives us all the publicly indexed CVs of people that mention Cape Town at least once in the document and who may very well have AJAX experience. Of course, a CV such as this could easily be about someone who once worked in Cape Town 20 years back, and communicated with a team of developers who worked with AJAX. With a bit of time investment and tweaking of the queries, you can easily find a candidate you can contact.

Additionally, you can add anything else you want to narrow results down, such as experience at a specific company or in certain tools. If you find the result set is still too narrow, you can include .HTM documents by adding the term “OR filetype:htm” to search normal internet pages for CVs, but this will add to your noise.

Good luck with your headhunting, and let me know if you have similar shortcuts below.

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4 Comments

  1. Michael Surber May 8, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    LinkedIn works like a charm. In addition to a Google search you can qualify your candidates by reading their recommendations. Your new VP sales + marketing for example is just a few clicks away. Plus most people list “career opportunities” as a subject they are open to discuss.

  2. Mike May 10, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve found that finding people looking for jobs just through a search is quite difficult. There are of course adverts, groups and referrals you can ask from your network.

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  4. verajolley639 May 2, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Informative post. And footprints or string that you are describing in your post is very effective and helpful. It help me a lot for job searching. Really like it. Thanks for sharing a great post.

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