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Try This Shortcut Tool For Candidate Cross-Referencing On LinkedIn

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Note: This article originally appeared on our sister site SourceCon.com.

One of the most redundant tasks sourcers and recruiters experience each day is cross-referencing candidates in LinkedIn Recruiter that you’ve found from another source, or via an X-ray search of LinkedIn. The problem is that once we identify a potential candidate, we have to open a new tab, copy the name and enter it into LinkedIn Recruiter, then execute another search.

This is not time well spent.

So, to improve the speed and efficiency of our sourcing efforts, I created a Search/Cross-Reference Tool that I want to share with those who use LinkedIn.

Installation and usage instructions:

To use, highlight the potential candidate’s first and last name listed on the web page where you identified them. (Google, MeetUp, Web Based ATS and so on.)

Once you’ve highlighted the name, simply click on the bookmarklet in your bookmarks toolbar. A new tab will open where the search will be executed.

And that’s it, very simple and very effective.

Shane Bowen is an accomplished senior sourcing recruiter currently working at Microsoft. He has an unparalleled passion for all things recruiting with strong experience developing creative sourcing strategies and building out sourcing tools to promote a more efficient and productive talent acquisition process. Connect with Shane on LinkedIn and Twitter @ShaneABowen.