User guide

What is Recruit'em for?

Recruit'em is a tool that helps you find people on social networks. It creates a basic boolean string that searches for publicly available webpages using Google.

How do I use Recruit’em?

Select the social network you want to search and type in your keywords in each of the relevant fields.

Can I use Boolean operators?

We’ve listened to users who want to use boolean operators on Recruit’em. So from now on, sourcing ninjas can start using:

  • AND - use to search for two or more skills or job titles you need to find e.g. java AND php. (Hint: If you’re too lazy to type “AND” over and over again, just use “,” or “&”.)
  • OR - use to search for at least one of several keywords, e.g. developer OR programmer OR engineer. (Hint: If you really would rather not type “OR” over and over again, just use “|”.)

How do I get the most out of Recruit’em?

If you're regularly using Recruit'em for the same profiles, use our "Saved Search" feature to save you time on future visits.

To take your sourcing game to the next level, after clicking on Open in Google you can edit the boolean string that appears in the search box. You can get really crafty here and start adding parenthesis to nest your search terms and refine your results.

Where does the data come from?

The profiles are publicly available records that have been indexed by Google.

User guide by network

Hopefully the tool is easy to use, if not, questions and suggestions to @CleverBiscuit or hello@cleverbiscuit.com are welcome!

How do I use Recruit'em for LinkedIn?

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then Open in Google.

  • Country: Select from 115 countries you'd like to search people for.
  • Job title: The job title you are recruiting for. Select Show similar jobs to see people with similar job titles.
  • Location or keywords to include: The locations and skills of the people you need. Separate search terms with commas, e.g. San Francisco AND Evernote AND PHP AND web developer. The comma functions in the same way as the operator "AND".
  • Keywords to exclude: Keywords to narrow down your search. For example, to exclude recruiters who optimise their LinkedIn profiles for the skills you're looking for, enter recruitment OR talent acquisition.
  • Education: Choose either Degree, Masters Degree or Doctoral Degree. Synonyms are automatically included e.g. Doctoral Degree will find candidates with PHDs.

How can I get better LinkedIn results?

Make sure that you search with the right level of detail. In countries where LinkedIn is more popular (e.g. U.S. and UK) specific is better, whereas searches in countries with fewer LinkedIn users should be broader. The more comma separated search phrases you enter the fewer and more accurate your results.

If you're logged in on LinkedIn while using Recruit'em, the profile details for any of your 3rd degree connections will be hidden. To avoid this, open any Recruit'em result in a new browser (one not logged in to LinkedIn) or use your browser's 'Incognito' / 'Privacy' mode. Instructions in;

When you find suitable profiles who are your 2nd degree connections, you can send them an invitation to connect. For 3rd degree connections, LinkedIn will only give you the option to send an InMail. But, log in to LinkedIn and search for the person using their full name and the "Connect" button will appear.

How do I use Recruit'em for Twitter

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then either Open in Google or Open in Twitter.

  • City: The locations of the people you need.
  • Skills or keywords to include: The skills you are recruiting for or keywords you need.
  • Skills or keywords to exclude: Keywords to narrow down your search. If you use Open in Google, we'll automatically exclude these words: job, jobs, recruiter, HR, careers. If you use Open in Twitter, there are no built in exclusions.

How do I use Recruit'em for Google+

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then Open in Google.

  • Job title or skills: The job title or skills you are recruiting for. Select Show similar jobs to see people with similar job titles.
  • City or Country: The locations of the people you need. For large markets, narrow down your search by cities. For smaller markets, it's recommended to use a country-wide search.
  • Current Employer: To be used if you're targeting employees from a specific company.
  • Education: Choose University education to only search for profiles that show a university listed in the "Education" field or Not Important to include everyone.

How do I use Recruit'em for Stack Overflow

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then Open in Google.

  • Skills or keywords to include: The skills you are recruiting for or keywords you need.
  • City or Country: The locations of the people you need. For large markets, narrow down your search by cities. For smaller markets, it's recommended to use a country-wide search.
  • Exclude profiles with no websites: Select if you want to filter out profiles without a link to any other web address. Without a website or a link to another online profile, it's harder to contact a person.
  • Exclude profiles with no reputation: Profiles with no reputation scores will often mean registered but inactive users. Exclude profiles with no reputation score to focus only on users who contribute to Stack Overflow.

How do I use Recruit'em for GitHub

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then Open in Google.

  • Skills to include: The skills you are recruiting for or keywords you need.
  • City or Country: The locations of the people you need. For large markets, narrow down your search by cities. For smaller markets, it's recommended to use a country-wide search.

How do I use Recruit'em for Xing?

Enter your search terms (no field is mandatory), hit Find your people then Open in Google.

  • Job title: The job title you are recruiting for. You can use either English or German keywords.
  • Location or keywords to include: The locations and skills of the people you need. Separate search terms with commas, e.g. Berlin, Siemens, PHP, Java Entwickler. The comma functions in the same way as the operator "AND".
  • Keywords to exclude: Keywords to narrow down your search. For example, to exclude recruiters who optimise their Xing profiles for the skills you're looking for, enter Rekruiter or Personalvermittlung.

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