Summer Reading for The Sourcer

beach bag books

Okay, I’ll be honest. During beach week I do not haul the iPad to the beach to read. I go old school and hit up the bookstore for a super thick paperback that has the potential to lull me into a nap.

But I do start everyday with some online work related reading, just can’t help myself.  I’ve been working on getting through Untangling the Web – A Guide to Internet Research (former NSA training guide…thanks Sourcecon!) Much of the content is seriously outdated (2007) but the search commands are still fairly valid and good to check in on in case you’ve hit a rut.  And heck, it’s free.

I also plunked down $24.95 to purchase the Jim Stroud book, Resume Forensics.  If you haven’t ever met Jim, I believe at heart he is an entertainer. Bonus, he’s incredibly genuine and knows how to source.  His book is good, and proposes some alternative boolean search tactics leaning heavy towards Google.  It’s a quick read but one you can continue to reference and has viable tactics to test out, and you’ll need to do that as it’s not necessarily a process oriented book, but one filled with tips. Jim also does a nice job at the end of promoting his current employer and the opportunities they offer.

I’m constantly looking for new sources, so I’m checking in with NutshellMail to see what my peers are reading. Shannon Myers (@slcmyers) retweeted this Fast Company article on niche social networks. When I’m back in the office, or waiting at the airport… I’ll be checking them out.

Got any good sourcing reads from this summer? Share them in the comments with fellow FOT fans.

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Strategic Recruiting Manager for Staffing Advisors. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for AIRS, as a Sourcing Researcher/Technical Writer, performed contract sourcing for Thales Communications, Inc., and got hers start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as JDSU).  Lucky for Kelly, she had a boss who could see the potential of sourcing candidates from the web, and in 1998, she stepped into a newly created sourcing role. No truth to the rumor that she has a side business to help you push your resume to the top of Google search results...

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the mention in the post. I would be interested to know what takeaways you get from Untangling the Web. There is a lot of outdated information. However, the core principles of internet research remain the same. Have a great week!


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