Sourcing: The 2 Trustiest Tools in My Team’s Toolbox in 2016

Kelly Dingee Kelly Dingee, Sourcing, Uncategorized

What does your team need to source? How dollar conscious do you need to be about your budget?  I’m stingy.  Honestly, I’m way stingier with my sourcing budget than I am with my own money.  But I will always spend on automation—especially if the tools help me look smart and save time (which saves money!).  Show me what you got.  I’ve got two tools in the toolbox that I tested for months before passing on to our team, and now they are indispensable.  Because they were recommended to me, I want to share them with you.

Grammarly.  I hate typos, almost as much as I hate cursing in HR blogs, and quite honestly, I don’t remember high school English, so I do occasionally forget when an article is needed.  We’ve got a team at my company and the more people you have touching a document, the more likely it is that you’ll have errors.  And there is nothing worse than having a letter or a job posting go out with a big ole “I’m with stupid” kind of typo in it.  I have become obsessive about checking every job posting, every letter, every email and every blog.  I think the team probably thinks I’m the ultimate harpy, as I won’t let anything go with a typo; and if it goes around me and I catch it? Yeah, I have harpy status.  The last typo Grammarly caught for me? Decputy.  Yes…that’s Decputy.  Ugh.  Thankfully, once you install the Grammarly Google Chrome extension, it runs in the background on virtually everything you write, for free.  Now your more complex errors, you can pay to see those.  But those errors you’d typically see red pen action on? Grammarly edits for free.  And it takes seconds, maybe a minute if I’m disagreeing with the placement of a comma, but that’s a very limited time price to pay to not look stupid—especially when you are messaging people from all walks of life, from estimators in construction to C-suite nonprofit types.  It’s taken time to make the team convert, but Grammarly has proven itself to be invaluable.  Note…I didn’t find Grammarly all on my own—Laurie Ruettimann mentioned it to me first. Thank you!

Data Miner. I love a web scraper.  Probably because I’ve been sourcing long enough that I recall the mind numbing days of finding a candidate online and manually entering them into the company ATS.  Obviously, tech has progressed in 18 years.  But still, there are some sites where you do feel like the only way you are going to successfully extract information is by manually entering the information.  Data Miner, like Grammarly, is a Google Chrome extension.  And you can use it for free. But I’ll be honest: after months of using it for free, I just plunked down a nominal monthly membership payment. Why? Because at Data Miner, you can have one of their programmers write a custom script (aka recipe) to scrape a website.  Yes, you heard me, a nominal fee to get a programmer to write a javascript to make your life easier.  You need to pay to access it (a fee for the script writing, and a fee for accessing), but one of the things I wished I could do in this blog I can now do with DataMiner and it’s opened up an ability to cover everyone I can find online.  It won my heart when I realized it could scrape Facebook for me and it is a tool I use all day every day.  The hours I’ve saved? Innumerable.  I have had to spend more time on clean up of the downloaded information, but it’s not that time consuming, and anyone with a solid knowledge of Text to Columns can make the magic happen.  I originally heard about Data Miner via Dean DaCosta.  When you are looking for a tool to save time, check out what Dean is writing about and using.

Want to implement Grammarly and DataMiner? Just do it. Grammarly is the easier of the two.  DataMiner, take the time to read the information, watch the videos, and tinker.  The time investment you make to understand the tool will pay off when you become a power user, easily downloading pages and pages of information from Google with no captcha message in sight.