Think OkCupid is just for dating? Think again. With a little imagination and some solid sleuthing, you’ll discover it’s ripe for candidate data mining too.
Let’s face it, spending hours scouring LinkedIn and job boards can leave your talent search a little stale. And don’t forget: if you’ve trawled those sources, chances are your competitors have too. Now, we’re not suggesting you stop using them – it’s just that, in recruiting, it’s crucial to think creatively and stay one step ahead of your competition.
So why is OkCupid such a promising alternative to add to your search arsenal? OkCupid and websites like it require a person to create a profile that often includes their professional information, and that’s a potential goldmine of data for your next lead.
Many OkCupid users keep their profile data public – so you can access their location and sometimes their work details. Some members list the languages they speak too, including programming languages like C++ and LISP – a bonus if you’re looking for IT talent.
Can you see where we’re going with this? With a little bit of lateral thinking and the web at your fingertips, the options are almost limitless.
If you’re searching in a particular industry, try thinking about what sites may have users in that industry. TripAdvisor, for example, is teeming with people in the travel and hospitality industries. And Realtor.com? Well, you can fill in the blanks.
In the same way, there’s more to find than just holiday accommodation on Airbnb. You can find potential talent leads among the property owners and their visitors if you know where to look. On Airbnb, user profiles may also contain professional details – which you can find by X-raying the site. And the related AirHostsForum.com site gives you access to similar user details.
Recruiting is all about meeting – and delivering on – constant challenges. It’s about finding that jewel where no one else would look. That’s what keeps you hungry and driven, right? Broadening your search this way really opens up your potential for finding ‘the one’.
To help you out, we’ve worked in partnership with Brain Gain Recruiting to compile the hottest 10 social and consumer sites rich with candidate data – and most likely where others aren’t sourcing from. We’ve also included bonus search strings to get you started.
You’ll save time, and once you get the idea, we’re sure you can come up with some clever sources of your own – and have some fun in the process.
Get your copy here, and good luck finding your perfect match. 🙂