News Letter - Recruiting is all about the Find not the Search

 

May 2014

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It seems that in today's society we are always searching. We search for a job, we search for the meaning of our existence, we search for our soul mate, we search for our car keys or we search for our cell phone on which we search the web for everything else. While much has been written about searching in recruiting, why is no one writing about finding?

Searching can be all consuming with very few end results but it is those end results - the find - that makes you money. If you search on LinkedIn for candidates without good finding skills, you can literally spend hundreds of hours without that elusive find that allows you to make the next placement. What good is having access to hundreds, thousands or millions of candidates on the internet if it takes you days, weeks or months to weed through them?

Here are our top tips for effectively finding candidates (or anything) on the web and more importantly, in your Gopher database.

1. Know what you are searching for and be specific. We know this sounds fundamental however many recruiters start searches with too few criteria which returns unwieldy results that are painstaking to go through. The better and more specific your criteria, the fewer and more targeted your results will be.

2. Understand how web and data searching works. There are many expensive seminars popping up to teach you to use search engines like Google or find on LinkedIn but all of that information is available online for free. Take the time to learn Boolean searching and you can cut your time to the find exponentially. If you use Google, use these tips to find your next placement fast.

3. Don't get into the rut of using the same search engine all the time. Google is only one of many search engines and they all yield different results. Consider a meta-search engine like Dogpile or Info.com that can search Google, Yahoo, Bing and/or other search engines simultaneously and display the results for you in one list. Once you are on a web page, you can find a word or phrase on that page by holding down the ctrl key, clicking the f key and putting your keyword(s) into the search box that comes up. This works in Internet Explorer, Firefox or Chrome.

4. Remember to search your Gopher database first! The person you are looking for may already be there and you may just need to perform the right find to make that placement.

 

Using Gopher's Query Engine to View, Modify or Save a Find

With the ability to search in any field you can see, Gopher provides unlimited options for getting results from your database. If you need tips on finding, this newsletter is a great refresher on all of tools used to search Gopher.  But what if you want to apply some of the great Boolean logic you just learned about for finding just the right person?  Here is how to use Gopher's 'Queries on Command' feature.

  Viewing Current Query: This offers the ability to view the source of the current Find in order to modify or save it. For example, you wish to perform a search to include all active applicants with VB.net experience who live in AL, MS or TN. If you attempt this search directly on the Profile tab you will receive an error because just one OR statement is allowed in the State box. To resolve this, perform your search with just 2 states by selecting A in the Stat box, A in the A/C box, *VB.net* in the Skills box and AL^MS in the State box. Next, click Commands on the Gopher menu bar and click View Current Query. The following source will open in the ‘Query Window’:
Select * From PRO where (Prost = 'AL' OR Prost='MS') And (Proty = 'A') And (Prosta = 'A') And ((Prokw1 Like '%VB.NET%' OR Prokw2 Like '%VB.NET%')) Order by Prodt DESC
In order to modify it to include the third state of TN, you would change it so it appears as follows:
Select * From PRO where (Prost = 'AL' OR Prost='MS' OR Prost=’TN’) And (Proty = 'A') And (Prosta = 'A') And ((Prokw1 Like '%VB.NET%' OR Prokw2 Like '%VB.NET%')) Order by Prodt DESC
Then, click the Run button. The query will run on the Profile tab in order to display the new results.

  Saving a Query: On the open Query Window, you will see a Save option on the menu bar. Click Save and name the saved query. In the future, when you would like to run the query again, click Commands on the Gopher menu bar, click Saved Queries and click the applicable query name. The query will be saved in the go4.mdb database that resides on your local drive, so it will appear in your Gopher only. The ability to save queries is a great feature. Not only does it save you time in the future when you want to find these people again (and new people that match the criteria), but you can use that query to create Hot Lists, Bookmark Lists or Target lists.

  Query History: To view the most recent Finds performed on the various tabs and note pad, click Commands on the menu bar and click Query History. The history is cleared each time you exit Gopher.

  Need help or training on how to effectively find in your Gopher database? Contact your Gopher Support Team for details.

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