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Chrome Plugins & how to make them work for you

by Max Jones / Thursday 24th November 2016


I had a very strange dream last night that I wanted to share with you today. I was in some sort of city, much like the one we see in the “Truman Show” – do you know the film? I hope you do.

Anyways, I was walking along a paved street & car after car was driving past, & each car was exactly the same. Each car was the same beige saloon car, all going the same measly pace, along the same road, in the same direction, & to the same destination. The biggest difference – well…not much. Shows how wild my imagination is hey!

And this was the dream for about 5 or so minutes, until a jet black monster truck (5 times bigger than the rest) came driving along the same road, crushing every other car in its path on route to a destination it was clearly more eager to get to. This car was different, bigger, faster, stronger & clearly much, much more effective in “Max’s dream world”. For some reason that was enough for me & I woke up in the middle of the night, a little bit confused & not aware that this would becoming the introduction to a blog about talent sourcing…

I guess the reason I felt I wanted to share my dream with you was because, with the nature of the recruitment market how it is today, there is a concern among a lot of recruiters we support & have the chance to speak to, that the market is becoming so crowded, so saturated & so competitive – that what once was a perfectly reasonable way to recruiter, is now just the “beige saloon car” of recruitment. & while confidentially gathering up vacancies from clients, speaking to a select handful of candidates & putting the two together, sounds easy, I know you know it isn’t. & I also know actually sourcing these candidates is becoming increasingly more difficult.

Chrome, the popular internet browser, have a handful of plugins that have been made available to users of forums such as LinkedIn & the like, that’s sole purpose is to help with the talent sourcing of top quality candidates. Let’s have a look at some of them below & see if we can change our “beige saloon car” tactics into a much sleeker, efficient & productive “black monster truck”…

1. Hiretual

This is a piece of kit that is powered by Big Data & Cognitive Computing that helps you construct intricate & effective Boolean search strings. If you’ve had the opportunity to read any of our articles or articles from the likes of James Gage or Social Talent, I am sure you are all aware of the benefits of Boolean search strings. Hiertual look to simplify that process even more, making your “reach” as simple as searching through job titles.

If that isn’t enough, it also has an algorithm that allows you to feed your entire job description into it & converts it into an ideal Boolean search string, specific to that job advert.

2. AutoPilot

Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of viewing a candidate on LinkedIn, reading every detail from their job title to their hobbies & interests, using one of your precious InMails to carefully craft a personal yet informative message that highlights not only their skill set but also personal interests & career scope, all to have a “no response”, an InMails credit gone & your self-esteem shattered. Heck the candidate didn’t even take the time to view your profile.

I guess this is just part of the game on LinkedIn. What AutoPilot allows you to do, is automatically view X number of profiles per day (let’s say that number is 500, for want of a better example) & therefore your profile becomes visible to 500 more candidates. 500 more candidates you have not have to sequentially view over the space of 2 maybe 3 hours. Instead AutoPilot automates the process, making sure that the active candidates come directly to you, rather than the other way round.

Sound like a lazy way of recruiting? I guess with the changing landscape of how candidates interact with one another on social media, perhaps it’s not lazy but smart & a contemporary solution to the candidate shortage.

3. Discover.ly

This is a free extension which suggests to you “people you might know” that you can then drop into first conversations with potential prospects. A bit like on LinkedIn already where you have suggested people you are both connected to, Discvoer.ly is an extensions that searches, not only LinkedIn but, Facebook, Twitter & the like to draw out as many connections as possible to the individual you are looking to approach.

I am sure we have all had the unfortunate experience of receiving an InMail from a connection which is as generic & impersonal as the horoscopes you read in the Metro on the Central Line. Discover.ly allows you to leverage any pre-existing connections you might have with the prospect, making your opening “reach out” far more likely to be successful. After all, who wouldn’t want to talk to you after you explained that you know their best friends, sisters, boyfriends, ex-teacher?

Personally I have never really been “bothered” with extensions & wonderful ways of sourcing talent outside the more “traditional” routes – however we all know that’s a little bit limiting. & while each extension is very much down to the individual & while I appreciate they might not be for everybody, I think it is well worth giving them all a try & let us know what you think!