Please join me at the Silicon Valley Recruiting Roadshow

October 15, 2008

The RecruitingRoadshow is coming to the bay area.  This is a FREE event to attend! I will be participating on the sourcing panel and would love the opportunity to network and meet you in person!

Here are the details:

Thursday, October 23, 2008
9:00am to 2:00pm
Silicon Valley Recruiting Roadshow
Adobe Systems – Park Conference Room
321 Park Ave., San Jose, CA, 95110

Register by visiting

The Recruiting Roadshow is a half day of networking and professional education for recruiters.

Learn more at
Registration begins at 8:00am. The event starts at 9:00am. Presentations are finished at 1:00pm. Lunch begins at 1pm.

The presentations begin with “Spiky and Flat: Why Local Recruiting is Critical in a Flat World”. John Sumser, Founder and CEO of the Recruiting Roadshow, describes critical changes in the Labor Market that offset the trend towards a flat world. The material is a logical follow-on to last year’s Multi-generational Recruiting presentation.

A panel of Silicon Valley’s greatest Sourcers will gather to discuss their best practices and trade secrets. Featuring Dan Harris, Chris Murdock and Mark Tortorici, the panel will field detailed questions and provide useful documentation.

Nicole St Martin makes her living using Search Engine Optimization techniques to fuel Recruiting initiatives. Her talk will cover the ins and outs of SEO for Recruiters.

The final piece of the puzzle is an offering from Don Ramer, CEO of Arbita. Don’s breathtaking presentation, Recruiting as if People Mattered has been the high point of the Roadshow over the past year.

We’d love to have you join us. Register by visiting:


Checking out Usernames! People-Finding and Research

September 28, 2008

I love finding talent in many different ways.  Here’s another web tool I found last week and been playing with.  Userrnamecheck is interesting in that it goes through many common social sites and searches for a particular handle or username.  I like it because through this I can do a lot of research quickly and easy on someone I’m targeting, or better yet find more information or other talent – coworkers/friends/or a forum board to links they and similar others maybe active on 😉

This might be most similar to an internet site such as Spokeo.  There is another online web tool that comes to my mind also that searches boards, conversations, and forums.  Cocomment searches for and tracks comments or postings within websites and forums.  I first found out about Cocomment last year at the Techcrunch 9 August Capital party where I met the owner and found out he is an avid motorcyclist too 😉

[Note: I noticed while Usernamecheck isn’t perfect all the time, it has on several occasions for me thus far uncovered good free competitive intelligence to information on talent.  An example of how I used it last week would be that I was curious about discovering more information on Gov. Sarah Palin so I typed in gov.sarah (and possible alternatives such as or gov.palin and more) into the username field box at the top.  I then searched and saw what results and possible common social sites she may have an account or presence on.  So…a common handle I usually use is people’s first part of a person’s email as usually most people keep their same patterns or shorten versions of it. The “handle” I mentioned could also be as a blog, website or something they go by like researchgoddess, recruitinganimal, or idonato.]

Hope this may help give you additional insight into talent and/or lead you to discovering others!

All The Best!

On a side note I will be at a luncheon from Noon-1:30pm at Birk’s restaurant in Santa Clara on Wednesday, October 8th to learn and see more about JobFox.  JobFox is hosting this FREE luncheon! To learn more about JobFox and grab a possible free lunch on them at Farallon, Birk’s or Zibibbo next week in the bay area please e-mail for more information/reserve a free seat!

Helping fellow researchers, sourcers, and recruiters

September 14, 2008

Hello All.  I hope everyone enjoyed their summer! I’ve been heads down busy working at NetApp as we’re actively growing and adding talent to our company.

Speaking of talent…Our economy has been challenging lately to a number of displaced researchers, sourcers, and recruiters being let go as companies scale back in recruiting and HR departments to balance and survive.

I have a solution to all the emails I’ve been getting! Well, truthfully from a great friend and one I highly admire for making this – none other than the magnificent Jim Stroud.

Jim has created a free resource for HR talent to find those hidden opportunities which may lead you to your dream job.  Click Below!

[Note: This blog is of my own personal opinion and may/may not be of reflective of the views of NetApp]

Another online people search engine – Whozat?

July 7, 2008

Here’s another online people search engine I’ve been playing with lately. While I admit I do like Spokeo to help me research and find out more about people, Whozat is another people finder engine I am checking out and playing with.

I use these to help me piece together clues about the talent I am researching to helping me connect friends, peers, and coworkers of theirs also 😉

A Free Favorite Resume board

June 19, 2008

One of my favorites & is a free resume board is turning into a pay subscription model. So you may want to consider using this site while you can. On July 9th, 2008 you will no longer be able to use Gadball for free.

Here’s a hint for other researchers, sourcers & recruiters! You may see some of my other favorite free resume sites (at least 15+ more other free resume boards) I shared with Jim Stroud in the past by visiting his website and searching for my collection of links.

[Quick additional note: While some of the websites I shared with Jim are now defunct, there are still more than a few good ones on that list that may help you in your research/sourcing/recruiting efforts today!]

A Live Learning event with Dr John Sullivan

June 10, 2008

I’m co-secretary of the HRCA and just wanted to let you all know of what we at HRCA think will be another great LIVE learning event this Thursday at McAfee at 7pm. We have Dr John Sullivan (usually he is featured on the front page of ERE) headlining that night.

I don’t mean to spam or totally self-promote HRCA, but these events are always filled with food, fun, and networking. I encourage everyone to continue learning, improving, and network at events such as this. I would love to greet and meet other HR professionals. See you there!

Another BIG Northern California HR Event for 2008 Hosted by HRCA at
McAfee at their Sunnyvale, CA facility. We will be having the
distinguished Dr. John Sullivan present his views on “Winning the
War for Talent”. Then we have Lisa Brusack, Sr. Trainer from AIRS,
presenting on “Good to Great: How to transform your recruiters”.

There will be an Open Bar along with Free Food and a networking hour
starting at 6:00pm sponsored by Jigsaw. Additionally, Jigsaws Craig
Brown will be showcasing “Smarter Sourcing with Jigsaw”.

This is the Bay Area HR event to attend!

The cost is $50 for non-members of HRCA. (If available, any
remaining) Tickets will be $75 at the door, so Pre-Register now as
seating is limited. Want to attend this program for FREE? If so,
it’s FREE to HRCA members so please contact me about becoming a

To register for the event go to:

http://hrca. eventbrite. com/


Thursday, June 12th 2008 starting by 6:00pm with an Open
Bar/Drinks/Wine/ Beer and Food sponsored by Jigsaw. Presentations to
start at 7:00pm with the event ending by 9:30pm.

6:00pm – 7:00pm Open Bar & Free Hordouvers (Sponsored by Jigsaw)
7:00pm – 7:15pm HRCA Updates and Craig Brown “Smarter Sourcing with
7:15pm – 8:15pm Dr. John Sullivan – “Winning The War For Talent”
8:15pm – 8:30pm Break
8:30pm – 9:30pm Lisa Brusack – Good To Great: How To Transform Your



535 Oakmead Parkway

Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Jigsaw is one of my Favorite Tools

June 4, 2008

One of my favorite tools is giving away free company data! You heard that right – Free! Today on June 4th Jigsaw is declaring their Data Independence Day. Its an open data initiative that now company data is FREE and accessible to all. I think the founding fathers of Jigsaw – Jim Fowler and Garth Moulton are doing it right.

Per their words: Now you can download millions of company records – all for free! Every record, includes an address, industry, revenue, and number of employees. Say Goodbye to the old companies that charge you for this data – the data dinosaurs – and experience the next revolution in data.

I encourage other researchers and sourcers to check out jigsaw (if you haven’t already)!

A new cv/resume search engine

April 29, 2008

Here is a beta website called CVfox that could help you find not only online bios on linkedin, but online resumes too.

CVfox was created by Donatello Tomasso. I believe he recently launched this beta a month ago for the public & professional recruiters.

CVfox does three types of searches – body search, title search, and x-ray search. It first defaults to doing an x-ray search first for bios/resumes. So you can or may even refine your search by then clicking body or title by hitting the refinement tabs after you’ve run your initial search.

Try it out and see if you like it.

Pick up something new in sourcing

April 25, 2008

A friend, Searchologist, trainer, blogger, and all-around nice guy Jim Stroud has something free to give away to all fellow HR staffing professionals. Check it out and pick up something new to help you find passive talent out there on the web!

Per his words…

With my new book – Resume Forensics, you will learn:

* How to search Google for free resumes
* How to search Yahoo for free resumes
* How to search Live for free resumes
* How to find additional keywords for your resume searches
* How to create search strings that work on Google, Yahoo and Live
* How to take a job description and create multiple search strings from it. (As an example, I take one job description and create 56 pages of search strings from it.)
* How to automate your resume searches so you can (literally) source resumes while you sleep.

If you would like to get a free copy of it, go to this link below for details:

(It will redirect to you my blog where you will find more instructions.)

Hanging out in San Diego at ERE!

March 31, 2008

Hello Everyone! I’m traveling again! Yesterday I met up with the Great Glenn Gutmacher, Russ Moon, Tim O’Connor, and Shally Steckerl. We have a pre-conference sourcing session we will be presenting to the crowd at this ERE Expo here in beautiful San Diego.

This is my first ERE event and I am pumped up, super excited to hang out, network and meet lots of new HR/recruiting professionals. Hope to see you there!