I’ve been working to find unique ways to find candidates. One of the ways I am trying out is nothing more than being very, very nosy on the web. My husband thinks I’m well-suited to this task – apparently, he thinks I am very nosy. I have no idea why. But, I digress….

As I am sure you well know, there is a plethora of information available on the web, and if you know where (well, really, HOW) to look, you can find out a lot about people. If you’re really good, you can efficiently and effectively find out the information you need to target specific candidates who don’t even know they’re looking for new career options.

I hate to admit it, but I am becoming a big fan of Google. They allow very robust targeted searches, which makes my search life easier. Googling for Recruits is a big topic in the recruiting world. There are blog posts galore about the whys and hows. I’ve also been able to find lots of interesting bits and pieces that make my life more fun. But, the main focus of my searching is to find the absolute best candidates for a place like BSG. I have to use search strings that go beyond the “senior developer c#” and delve into behavioral items, such as “leadership” and “initiative.” I want only the best, and I don’t want to have to waste my time sorting through resumes of people who won’t make it past an initial screen. That’s what makes Google nice – it does that for me.

Once I’ve found the candidates, though, there is still a lot of work to be done. Getting an initial response is the first step, and then I have to be in “sell mode” to make sure that the candidates understand what an amazing opportunity BSG is offering. So, my search efforts are only the very tip of the recruiting iceberg, but a very important tip. And, I like to do my homework on a candidate to find out if we have anything in common, or if there are any significant red flags about which I should be aware, and I use Google to help out with that, too.

Just because I think I should add this…. I know that some people may consider “Cyber Sleuthing” to be on the questionable side of ethics. After all, some people want to keep their online lives private. The problem is, when you put things out on the web, they effectively become public knowledge. If you’re a true professional, you probably know that it wouldn’t be wise to write in your blog about going into work drunk. If you do, and a potential employer (or, worse, your current employer) is to find it. So, I guess I’m giving a word of advice to folks here: don’t post anything that you think would embarrass you or your employer out on the blogosphere for everyone to see.

I’ll see you on Google!