A Detailed Guide on Advanced Search Operators (Infographic)

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Sometimes when you’re looking for really hard-to-find talent, the information you need just isn’t in the usual places. You’ve checked the social sites and your databases, but you just can’t find the right people or the right information on them. So do you do next?

Answer: you use x-ray sourcing techniques and a variety of advanced search operators to cleverly scour the web for the information you need, whether it be the names, phones numbers, email addresses or background information of people who attended a particular conference, who were mentioned at a certain event, who were tagged in photographs, or who included some information about themselves on a company site.

What is x-ray search? It’s the ability to use specific commands in search engines like Google and Bing to find particular information online. These specific terms are known as Advanced Search Operators, and by using them you can burrow down into the depths of the web to seek out EXACTLY the information you’re looking for.

In other words, knowledge and correct use of advanced search operators is what really sorts the Sourcing Ninjas from the rest of the recruiters in the world! And we have a fantastic (albeit slightly complicated) infographic to teach you each of the Advanced Search Operators associated with Google search and how to apply them to your own x-ray Google searches.

P.S. Pay particular attention to the information surrounding the following advanced search operators, as they are the most useful search operators for recruiters are:

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Image courtesy: SEO Optimizers

For a simplified, recruiter-specific guide to advanced search operators and x-ray searching, be sure to check out our Expert Sourcing module as part of the Black Belt in Internet Recruitment online training course. On completion of our Expert Sourcing module you will:

  • Hiroto, the Black Belt in Internet Recruitment chief Sourcing Ninjalearn the advanced search operators needed for Google and Bing
  • learn how to use the operators associated with x-ray search
  • discover how to find and exploit patterns online
  • learn how to use those patterns to find profile information
  • take your knowledge of x-ray search and apply it to LinkedIn
  • be able to source candidates on alternative social sites like Pinterest, Blogger, WordPress and About.me using x-ray search techniques
  • have the skills to create your own custom search engine

So what are you waiting for?! Get a sneak peak at this module now by requesting a free demonstration of our online training platform with one of our team members.

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