One Way… Or Another… I’m Gonna Find Ya!

If anyone were to ask about my biggest weakness, it’s that I’ve found I’m a creature of habit.  Ask anyone. I get set in my ways. And I certainly get set in a sourcing strategy, especially if it consistently and efficiently produces solid results.

But I’ve got a search where I can leave no stone unturned. And I don’t want to leave anything unturned, because when the Bossman asks me, “Well, can’t you find more?” I need to lay out a really detailed answer of where I’ve looked.

LinkedIn is my crutch, and they’re not my biggest fan… nobody’s asking me to speak at the LinkedIn conference. But that’s okay—I like to stay humble and I know, I know… I work in retained search… I get it. Every once in a while I get candidate searches that are excellent at reminding me not everyone’s on LinkedIn.  I know—earth shattering news, isn’t it?  And those candidates that are on LinkedIn… I can’t always see them. It depends on how much I’m willing to pay to play. Quite frankly, I still have recession brain. I will hold on to my recruiting dollar and budget in a tight-fisted manner because of those recession lessons. It can be an exercise in frustration, continuing to dive into the well and not yielding buckets and buckets of fish. But as with all things in life—it just takes one—one name to get you on a better path.

I was weary of surfing the internal LinkedIn maze the other day and decided to go old school. The project I was working on involved taking a list of companies that listed their employees on their website, gathering up the people I needed and then seeing if I could generate more than a name. I really wanted a bio or profile. And then I found Jay. Jay was just a name and a title, but the right name and title. And gosh darnit, Jay did have a LinkedIn profile I hadn’t seen. But it gets better… wait for it… when I ran Jay’s name through Google, in what I was taught is a “peer search,” I’ll be damned if good ol’ Jay didn’t surface on a current membership roster for a regional organization appealing to him and his professional peers. Sweet. 75 names with the right job titles, employers and emails. Thanks, Jay! My work could be done, but then I looked at that Google page one more time and realized Jay’s employer had created resume files—so then I picked up a few more of his peers.

I’m bringing back the idea of searching for your ideal candidate’s name to see what it yields in the no-stone-unturned cases. Our research team is going to know and love the concept (and it’s free! free! free!), especially when there’s the potential for it to yield 75+ candidates in a Google search! Have you tried it lately? Did it work? Hit me in the comments with your thoughts.

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Kelly Dingee
Kelly Dingee is a Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition for Marriott International. She has extensive sourcing experience having worked for Staffing Advisors (retained search), AIRS (training!) and Thales Communications, Inc., (cleared/telecom) and got her start in the profession while a full life cycle recruiter at Acterna (now known as Viavi). 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. Megan Calimbas says:

    Yes! I just had one of those great back and forths with one of our recruiters where she gave me a name, I found the contact info, she called, got two referrals, while google provided me with a directory of 82 others for us to call from the one name. LOVE IT!

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